There are many routes to happiness for a mountain biker. The Engadin Cableway & Railway Tour and the Bernina Trails are definitely among them. Welcome to our top tours!
Enduro enthusiasts love the Engadin Cableway & Railway Tour. It’s easy to see why: more than 90% singletrack, no repeat descents, and just about every ascent involves a cable car or funicular.
Your adventure begins with a quick warm-up run down the Corviglia Flow Trail, before you take the cable car up to the 3,057-metre Piz Nair. Do a couple of stretches to loosen up your shoulders here, before the boulder sections in the Val Suvretta put your arm muscles to the test.
By now, one thing is obvious: riding downhill in no way means sit back and relax! Next comes the WM (World Championship) flow trail, which feels like freeriding in powder snow: you literally float over the rhythmic rollers and corners.
As you ride the stony trail through the Val Schlattain, excitement grows at the prospect of the highlight of the whole itinerary: the lunar landscape on the slopes of the Trais Fluors (Romanscdh for “three flowers”). This trail is guaranteed to put a big grin any biker’s face: even the steep climb before cannot dampen the pleasure. Flowing curves over sandy slopes and the view of the snow-covered Bernina massif give you a feeling of euphoria as if you had just climbed Mount Everest.
Riders who want to test themselves to the limit will tackle the whole 6,400 vertical metres of descent in one day. Those who prefer a gentler experience can save Val Bever for later and spend the night at one of the many bike hotels, which are run by keen mountain bikers who know how to take best care of riders and their bikes.
Alongside the superb mountain biking up on Corviglia, the region around the Bernina Pass is a must for any rider. The “Bernina Express” route is one of the most popular in the whole of the Alps. Starting in Pontresina, the trail climbs the Val Bernina, revealing glorious views of the dramatic glaciers on the Bernina massif. Hungry bikers gather at the terrace of the Belvedere restaurant or at the buffet in the Alp Grüm railway station. A hearty dish of Pizzoccheri – buckwheat noodles served with a portion of cheese – tops up the energy levels for the thrilling descent into the sunny Valposchiavo, full of Mediterranean charm.
Back on your bike, you notice the southern climate after just a few metres – and start to work up a sweat. Rough sections of trail alternate with fluid passages, all against a spectacular backdrop: you really have to concentrate! After 30 kilometres full of contrasts, you begin your journey back to the Engadin – in the comfort of a Rhaetian Railway train. The line is one of the most beautiful in the world: no wonder it belongs to UNESCO World Heritage.
The ride from the Bernina Pass back down to Pontresina promises a scenic and flowing descent. The track, separated from the “Uphill Trail”, leads via fluid banked turns through the “God Chapütschöl” forest down to the valley. The route is full of variety and is fun to ride on an e-mountain bike, too. All riders need sound technique for riding safely in alpine terrain and a good level of fitness. The mountain bike hotels in Pontresina have all the facilities required to bring bikers and their bikes back to top form for the following day.