Downhill mountain biking is quite different from standard mountain biking in that it is only downhill and uses lifts to get back uphill!

It is usually practiced on rough and steep terrain and features frequent jumps, rocks, bumps and drops. As such, it requires a good level of technique and good biking skills in general.

The bikes themselves are quite different, as they are built to go big and shred hard. They are full suspension bikes which are geometrically designed so that you are lower and positioned further back than on standard cross country mountain bikes. This gives you more stability at speed and during cornering. You will be using a very tough, heavy duty kind of machine !

If you like the idea of going downhill but aren't quite ready for a full on technical downhill experience, why not try one of our cross country mountain biking descents. For these you are driven up to a col or mountain pass and then follow a classic cross country mountain biking route back down to the valley. These are generally a mixture of some technical sections with forest tracks and paths and though there may be the odd section where you need to go back up a little, they are generally downhill all the way.

You can choose from a full on downhill biking holiday in the Alps, or try it as a one off experience or short course on most of our summer activity holidays.