By chaletpomet, Sep 22 2015 12:36PM
What is the fat bike appeal? We chatted to Jamie at Ride The Alps in Morillon
to find out what it's all about and how to go about booking a trial for this Winter..
A fat bike is a mountain bike with extra fat tyres for riding on terrain
that requires extra traction e.g. snow & ice. It is the most exciting new
winter sport to come to Europe and it's so much fun!
Is it difficult?
If you can ride a normal bike, you can ride a fat bike. For novice riders we
choose relatively flat, non-technical trails. If you're an accomplished
mountain biker, there are some more adventurous, steeper trails to ride.
Do you use the lifts / pistes?
No, fat bikes are not allowed on the lifts or the ski pistes. However, at
the end of the day in the quiet season it is possible to sneak a cheeky run
down ;o) We use pisted hiking trails, away from the crowded ski pistes. In
early season when there is less snow around, we ride the fat bikes on our
usual mountain biking trails.
What equipment do you need is this supplied?
We have the bikes available for hire. We can supply helmets. You need
to wear sturdy walking shoes or boots or winter bike shoes for flat pedals,
all with warm socks. Either wear winter biking gear (thermal tights) or
winter hiking gear. You'll need thermal gloves and sunglasses.
Can anybody try?
Yes, fat biking is suitable for anyone who can ride a bike.
How big a group can you take?
We will have a fleet of 7 bikes so we can take up to 6. It may be possible
to hire 2 more bikes from elsewhere to make the group up to the maximum size
What are the costs?
50 euro p.p per half day. 2 minimum in a group.
How do I book? I heard there's a voucher scheme?
Yes, we are selling fat bike vouchers in advance.
A voucher is 50 euro and entitles you to a guided half day fat
bike ride. The vouchers are valid for 3 years from purchase, during the
winter months so if you don't plan to come to Morillon this winter season,
you can use them another year. You can purchase these vouchers directly from
us by emailing [email protected] or via your chalet host in resort. They are a
perfect unusual birthday or Christmas gift. Let's see some Chalets De Charme
guests flying down the slopes this winter..