Alpine Introduction For novices on their first trip to the Alps

If it’s your first time riding in the Alps then we offer a huge range of trails to build up your confidence and skills in this very different environment to British riding. We choose trails that will get you used to the exposure and the altitude, before then introducing all the Alps have to offer in terms of gradients.

We time this progression with the ability of the riders and will only ever show the trails that will suit you and help you get the most out of your stay and make it a natural progression that your skills will improve.

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Endless Routes Tailored To You

Our guides are CTC trained, 1st aid qualified and are experts on riding and the area. You will feel the passion they have for the sport and the determination to make your holiday and rides the very best.

We have a great selection of novice trails to get you going and develop your skills and stamina. The lifts still run so don't worry about too much uphill either!

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The resort lies at 1,620m and our riding goes up to 3,100m with great trails and scenery.

Zermatt has some wide sweeping trails to build your confidence and we have some excellent bikes for you to rent if you need to. We will really get you into (or back into) mountain biking!

Zermatt The Village

As a village, Zermatt has it all. Based at 1,620m it has the most iconic mountain in the world as a backdrop, a massive, high-altitude international ski area, some of the best mountain restaurants in the world and a traditional Swiss chocolate-box feel. Car-free Zermatt boasts the name of one of the best resorts in the world and delivers in every respect.

The village has a mix of rustic old wooden Stadels and Grand Luxury hotels. The main street is fully traffic free, except the occasional horse drawn carriage and is packed with lively bars, restaurants and shops. At any time of the day, there’s an amazing atmosphere across the entire resort.

On your day off, why not try summer skiing? Zermatt boasts the largest summer ski area in the Alps – you can ski here every day of the year!

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Other activities

We also have a huge range of other activities awaiting you.

  • Climbing
  • Para-gliding
  • Ice-Walking
  • Swimming
  • Hiking or walking with our Golden Retriever Rocky

Just about everything you could ask for!

Great trails and expert guiding Our riding groups have small sizes, from 2 to 6-persons.

Our guides are CTC trained, 1st aid qualified and are experts on riding and the area – you will feel the passion they have for the sport and the determination to make your holiday and rides the very best.

We normally allocate you a personal guide for your group to make sure that rides are geared to your own personal levels and preferences. With us, you matter!


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Matt Senior MTB Guide (XC & DH)

Matt OTP Mountain Bike Guide in Switzerland

Matt has lived and worked in Zermatt for over 7 years. In the summers he is one of our top team of MTB guides. CTC Leader trained and with his entire working career as a guide or instructor, everything from skiing and mountain biking to windsurfing and scuba diving! His great personality, knowledge and skills will enhance your holiday and help you ride the best trails.


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Al Pittar Road and MTB Guide (Ultimate XC and Road)

Big Al OTP MTB and Road Guide

Al has been riding in Zermatt and the whole of Switzerland for over 10 years. His main interests are Road biking, XC mountain biking, mixed with snowboarding during the winter. A genuinely excellent, patient, and knowledgeable CTC trained tour leader with in depth knowledge of the roads and MTB trails, his mechanical skills have saved the ride more than once! Genuine in his interest in you and his love of all things cycling.


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Stuart Pointon MTB Guide (XC & DH)

Stuart OTP MTB Guide

Stuart has been in Zermatt for over 10 years. His main interest is mountain biking, mixed with skiing and mountaineering during the winter. An excellent rider and tour leader, CTC Leader trained and with in depth knowledge of the trails, his, passion for the sport, relaxed approach and good sense of humour add a sparkle to all his rides. He has also completed the legendary Grand Raid Crystalp race.


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Chris Patient Road and MTB Guide (Anything!)

Chris Paitent Mountain Bike Guide

Chris lives for the outdoor lifestyle. A Zermatt resident for over 25 years, enjoying his hobbies of mountaineering, climbing, skiing, paragliding, and, of course, mountain biking. CTC Leader trained and also an excellent photographer, it would be difficult to find someone with more all-round skills, excellent ability, knowledge and as patient as his name suggests! There are not many things Chris hasn't done! He has ridden 4 times in the Grand Raid Crystalp.


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Jeff Michel Managing Director

OTP Mountain Biking Support Crew

Always around and available, he is the personable face you tend to never see in a company – the boss available to discuss your holiday over a beer!

Rocky Mascot

Our Golden Retriever Rocky likes to get involved in the riding (and any snacks you happen to be carrying!)

Getting Here Fly, Drive, Train

We include Cross-Channel Ferries for those who are self driving or Airport Transfers for those flying, so you can choose the best option that suits you.

Zermatt is a car-free resort; this however does not mean that getting around or to and from the resort is difficult. The trains travel straight into the resort centre and then electric taxis can move you around the resort itself. There is even a free electric ski bus to get you to the lifts. If you are driving to the resort, it’s still easy. Simply park your car at the village of Täsch and then take the 10 minute shuttle train straight into the resort centre.

Travelling to Zermatt
Train Transfer Time from Basel: 3hr 45min
Train Transfer Time from Bern: 2hr 50min
Train Transfer Time from *Geneva: 3hr 40min
Train Transfer Time from *Zürich: 3hr 30min
Driving Distance from Calais: 560 miles

* Swiss Fly-Luggage available

View the Swiss Rail timetable.

We offer a wide range of quality accommodation from 2 to 5 star, apartments and hotels

Chalets and Apartments (Self-catered):

We have 2-person studio apartments and every size, right up to 8-person apartments. They are spacious and convenient to amenities, the lifts and free village bus.

All our chalets and apartments are fully ABTA protected.

Hotels:

Again, we offer a huge range of availability on hotels. We can offer any level from our 2, 3 or 4-star hotel selection. In some resorts we can even 5-star hotels.


Booking

Because of the wide variety of accommodation we have available, please enter the numbers travelling and standard required on the Personal Quote Page and we will e-mail you with details and pictures of the best accommodation matching your requirements.

If you have any specific requests such as swimming pools, childcare etc, please also mention this on the Personal Quote Page and we will do our utmost to quote you the ideal place to suit your needs.

OTP Holidays Preferred Tour Operator of Switzerland Tourism

Our prices are simple, we have ADULT prices, and discounted prices for CHILDREN up to 16yrs old.

Because of the tremendous range of accommodation we offer, we have listed the prices below based on good quality apartments. These rates are a guide and may fluctuate based on the accommodation actually chosen / available and are based on full occupancy. Please ring or e-mail for available accommodation.

You can specify the standard and size of apartment or standard of hotel required on the Personal Quote Page. We respond personally to each request with availability, description, pictures and exact prices.

Holiday Price incl. Accommodation, 5 full days of guiding and transfers
Summer 2015 Child – 16yrs Adult
RIDING from £399 £449

Unlike most other British tour operators, the prices above include…

  • 5 full days of expert, flexible and personal mountain bike guiding
  • Up to 10% discount on bike rental equipment (if required)
  • Massive choice of high standard and spacious apartment or hotel accommodation
  • Cross-Channel travel with car or transfers to the resort from airport on Swiss Rail
  • Services of our very own 24hr on-call experienced representatives
  • All cleaning, linen, heating & tourist tax charges

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