Monthly Archives: September 2014

Mountain Biking (MTB) Argy to Les Carroz d’Araches September 2014

Agy is situated a few kilometres from Les Carroz and is popular in the winter for ski de fond at the Centre Nordique d’Agy. The centre is accessed via the Route d’Araches (D6) near Saint Sigismond.  The Nordique skiing is across undulating countryside at altitudes up to about 1350 m.
I started at the car park at Agy, where it is a slight incline on good track to Le Haut des Flatieres at 1330m altitude. The signposting, shown below, were excellent with GPS coordinates on many signs.

Les Charmettes near Agy

Les Charmettes near Agy

Le Haut de Flatieres near Agy

Le Haut de Flatieres near Agy

Mountain Bike and signpost

Mountain Bike and signpost

On the route there are some open spectacular views across to Samoens and the mountains at Sixt fer a Cheval. Continuing along the track it rises to the ski terrain at Morillon, entering the Marvel run. Cycling past the Igloo restaurant, which we often stop for drinks and/or lunch in the ski season. Photos of views are shown below.

Mountain view near Morillon

Mountain view near Morillon

Mountain view near Morillon

Mountain view near Morillon

The route back to Les Carroz d’Araches was relatively straightforward, after reaching the summit of the Sairon chair lift in Morillon, at 1711m I cycled down the Biollaire piste,under the Gron lift and down the Combe psite. There was good track on the edge of these pistes so not too difficult.

The track near Gron chair lift is shown below.

MTB in Les Carroz near Biollaire piste

MTB in Les Carroz near Biollaire piste

Total time from Agy back to Les Carroz was 2.5 hours, some time spent pushing the MTB up hill, but rode much more than the Flaine MTB experience. Mountain Biking in the alps is a great way of seeing the mountain flora, fauna and geology without spending a full day out hiking.

Hiking in Flaine and Montagne d’Aujon September 2014

During our holiday in Les Carroz d’Araches in the French Alps in September 2014 I had wanted to walk some of the areas that I ski in Flaine during the winter so I drove towards Flaine on the D106 Route de Flaine and parked at the bottom of Flaine at 1600 m altitude. I walked up the Celestine red piste through the forests of d’aujon heading towards the drag lift called Aujon. In the winter these are nice winding pistes through the forest with a moderate incline. When hiking this seems a challenging incline; interesting and different perspective from winter to summer, skiing and walking. Below is a couple of photos of looking back towards Flaine.

View back to Flaine Forum

View back to Flaine Forum

Mountain view

Mountain view

 

Walking and pushing my mountain bike towards the Aujon area of skiing the views become quite spectacular. Below are a couple of photos showing the Aujon chalets and my mountain bike at about 1750 m altitude.

Aujon Colony in mountain at Flaine

Aujon Colony in mountain at Flaine

Mountain bike at 1750m

Mountain bike at 1750m

The return part of the journey was considerably quicker on the mountain bike, although in many parts it was too steep to safely ride the bike. I headed towards the Serpentine piste under the Grand Platieres lift with good views of the Grand Vans lift and ski slopes above Flaine.

Total time spent on the mountain was approx 2.5 hours with majority pushing the bike from the centre of Flaine to about 1800 m before the cycle back to 1600 m. 

View of Grand Vans lift in summer

View of Grand Vans lift in summer