Mountain Biking in Chatel
Mountain biking has exploded over the last 15 years and Chatel has been at the front of this evolution. The resort is connected to the huge network of lifts that makes up the Portes du Soleil and creates exceptional “enduro” and “freeride” routes.  The Chatel “Bike Park” is one of the best in Europe and will amuse, challenge and frighten the best downhill rider. Softer riding also exists with use of the Super Chatel Telecabine which gives you access to the tracks and trails of the Swiss resorts of Morgins, Les Crosets and Champery. Download the Chatel Bike Park Map and Mountain Bike Guide
Rental options: We have bikes available to rent for every discipline. We encourage you to contact us ahead of your stay to discuss your requirements so we can best organise your activities. We have a large range of bikes available however Full suspension bikes for Enduro , Freeride and Downhill are available only with a reservation in advance. Contact us using the enquiry form at the bottom of the page or email us [email protected] for pricing and availability.

Road Cycling
Chatel is a superb location and start point to experience road cycling in the Alps. Situated on the French/Swiss border there is an endless list of amazing routes for all abilities. From the Rhone Valley and around Lake Geneva to any one of the famous Alpine climbs that have featured in the Tour de France and Criterium de Dauphine, this area offers great variety set in stunning scenery.   Some of our favourite routes include the Col de Joux Plane, Col de Corbier, Col de la Forclaz and the Col de Bassachaux.  Whether you are riding a “local sportif”, enjoying a group ride with one of our guides or just want to go and explore, we offer a range of bikes to suit your level.
Rental Options:  The Scott CR1 30 is an entry level bike to get you started, with all the climbing gears you need. A full carbon frame gives you the advantages of weight and responsiveness. For those of you looking for more, our Performance level road bike will add the turbo to your pedal power.  All our road bikes are available in a range of sizes with different pedal options.  Contact us using the enquiry form at the bottom of the page or email us at  [email protected] for pricing and availability.

“Ride the River” Family Riding
With the recent completion of the path that runs the length of the valley from Chatel to Abondance alongside the river, a whole new terrain has opened up for safe accessible riding. Twelve kms of smooth path that is shady and cool in the summer with only 150m of descent means all the family can ride. Stop off on your journey and visit the picturesque village of La Chapelle d’Abondance or take the chance to visit one of the local markets. Shop for cheese and local souvenirs along the way. Picnic by the river or eat in one of the many bars and restaurants accessible from the path.
We have a large range of great bikes available to rent for a full or half day so you can enjoy this lovely ride. Start and finish in Chatel, or if you wish this can be a one way ride and we will meet you in Abondance and drive you back to the start. Otherwise, we can pick up just the bikes and leave you to enjoy the Abbey and village before returning on one of the frequent buses. To reserve your bikes please contact us using the enquiry form below or send us an email to [email protected]

Servicing & Accessories
Let us put our experience of more than 16 years in biking into getting your bike running at its best. From a pre-season “all points” check to running repairs during your holiday or biking season.
We have a range of spares and accessories to maintain your bike’s performance and help you enjoy your riding. From cycle helmets and gloves, to water bottles and lubricants and on to brake pads and cables you see we have everything needed to “get you started”, “keep you going”, and “bring you to a stop”

Get in touch
Vertical Horizons
1616 Route des Freinets
74390 CHATEL
0033 (0)450 73 38 91
[email protected]

Opening Times
The shop is open for the winter season from Saturday 10th December 2016 – Sunday 23rd April 2017 every day non stop.

Monday to Sunday 8am – 7pm

Reserve your equipment
To reserve your equipment please follow this link to our reservation form.
How to reserve your equipment