Cross Country The Centre of Excellence in the Alps

We offer a huge range of intermediate or advanced trails to suit all standards. The Swiss Alps offers such a huge range of trails, it is our aim to show you the very best of them entirely suited to your ability and preferences.

There are some amazing trails is this region and some interesting lifts to access them. Our trails have attracted some of the best magazines and writers in the biking world, so let them tell you what they think.

Your ability has no hold-backs to the riding that can be done over the course of your week. What Mountain Bike Swiss Guided Mountain Bike Tours 

The same weeks riding can be done by any standard, it’s only the difficulty of the trails used that changes.

We aim to be in the Zermatt area for 3 days and spend 2 days in the surrounding Mattertal.

You get to decide the level you go to – we have the trails to suit anyone!

1 Base, 5 Days Riding Stop Thinking, Start Riding

This is an example of the itinerary and is in NO WAY set in stone. During the first day of riding an individual plan will be discussed with yourself and the guides. The guides will gauge your preferences, ability and the style of riding you wish to do and you will both plan a set up for the week.

cross country xc riding in swiss alps

Arrive in Zermatt to be met by us and taken to your accommodation. Assemble & check bikes (or collect from the rental shop).

Day 1

We ride up (or take the Sunnegga Express) to Sunnegga, from there, ride up (or take the lift) to Blauherd at 2,571m and then a Cable car to Rothorn at 3,103m. Coffee & photos with the fantastic back drop of the Matterhorn. We descend to Zermatt via Grünsee and Riffelalp.

riding xc guided trails in the swiss alps

Day 2

We take the Matterhorn Express to Schwarzsee at 2,583m. Then we descent to the end of the Zmuttgletscher, followed by a climb to the Höhbalmen at 2,750m. An exposed single track descent leads us to Trift at 2,337m. We descend from Schweifenen at 2,500m on technical single track.

Day 3

We ride up (or take the Sunnegga Express) to Sunnegga at 2,300m and traverse to Riffelalp at 2,222m. Then, catch the train up to Gornergrat at 3,100m for a coffee and some photos with the stunning Gorner Glacier and Matterhorn backdrop scenery. The descent to ZERMATT is a combination of fast & rocky trails and premium quality single track.

guided switch back riding in the swiss alps

Day 4

Guides day off! Try the fantastic summer ski area which is the largest in Europe, or climbing, ice-climbing, swimming, paragliding, gorge walking, lama trekking or relaxing!

Day 5

We descend the Zermatt valley to the traditional village of St Nicklaus at 1,130m. Then a 45min roads climb to Grächen at 1,615m for a different view of the Matterhorn and a coffee stop. The descent to Kalpertran at 900m is mostly flowing single track. Riders with excess energy can ride back up to Zermatt, while the rest of us take the cog train and watch!

matterhorn guided biking in the swiss resort zermatt

Day 6

The BIGGEST day of the week: The Downhill Club! For the dedicated and hard-core trail riders it is an early start: We take the 1st lift up to Rothorn (3,103m). We quickly descend, heading north, turning onto the Europa-Weg, before the hikers have had breakfast! It is a switch-back-fest down to Täsch at 1,440m. The late-starters can join us here. We descend the ZERMATT valley to Stalden at 800m. 2 cable cars lift us to Gspon at 1,900m. After a quick snack we climb on forest tracks to the Gebidum Pass at 2,201m. The 13km descent to Brig at 680m completes a ride that you will remember for years.

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, fuel car-free village. Zermatt boasts the name of one of the best winter resorts in the world and delivers in every respect.

The village itself 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.

guided mountain bike groups in the alps single rider

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!

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!


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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