Vosges cross country | Epique - Mountain Adventures

Tour du Vosges


The Vosges, a low mountain range with a varied landscape, is only a 6-hour drive from Utrecht. With over 1500 kilometers of mountain bike trails, many natural single trails and a world-class bike park, this is a top destination for mountain bikers. It is also the birthplace of mountain bike legend Julien Absalon. We follow in Absalon’s footsteps and spend a long weekend riding the trails and paths on which he became the best mountain biker in the world.

Cross country trip in the Vosges

  • 5-day cross country tour through the Vosges
  • Wooded terrain with mountain lakes
  • Overnight stay at the top of the Vosges
  • Quiet and varied trails

Spend the night on the roof of the Vosges

This “tour” takes place in the roughest and most beautiful area of the Vosges. Around the highest mountain in the area: the Grand Ballon. This weekend we will spend the night in comfortable hotels and also literally on top of the Vosges, in a beautiful Auberge on top of the Grand Ballon. We leave in Gérardmer and drive in 4 days over the highest peaks and deepest valleys of the Vosges.

Destination Price
Vosges €965
Travel period(s) May 19 to 23, 2021
22 to 26 Sept. 2021
What levels is this trip for?
descent technique
descent condition
Ascent technique
Ascent condition

5-day tour of the Vosges

Day 1 – Arrival Gérardmer

You are expected in Gérardmer on Wednesday afternoon. After checking in and getting acquainted, we drive a warm-up lap to get in the mood and get used to the terrain and the environment.

Day 2 – to La Bresse

Friday we leave for the north after breakfast. We drive via Longemer to La Bresse, the arrival place of the first stage.

Day 3 – to the Grand Ballon

The second stage takes us from La Bresse, the largest ski village in the Vosges, to the literal roof of the Vosges and the figurative highlight of the weekend, the Grand Ballon. We spend the night at the top in Chalet Hôtel Du Grand Ballon.

Day 4 – to Cornimont

We start the day with a wonderful descent of the Grand Ballon. We drive south to the small and picturesque town of Cornimont.

Day 5 – back to Gérardmer

On Sunday we leave early and drive back to where the weekend started, Gérardmer. After a refreshing swim in the Lac de Gérardmer we pack up the cars and drive back to the Netherlands.

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Cross country tour

On this tour we follow in the footsteps of Julien Absalon, a cross country legend. This tour is therefore particularly suitable for cross country riders; you like eating miles, climbing and of course technical descents. There is an insurmountable amount of climbing in the Vosges. The surface varies from roots to rocks and the descents can be both flowie and very technical.

Level of this trip

Every day there are two different routes that differ in number of kilometers and in particular in the number of meters in altitude. We drive daily between 50 and 75 kilometers and between 1300 and 2500 meters in altitude. This trip is mainly for the intermediate and advanced levels. Wondering if this trip is right for you? Feel free to contact us by phone! You can read more about the different levels here .

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What is included?

  • 5 days guidance by an Epique mountain bike guide
  • 1 guide per group of maximum 7 participants
  • 4 nights in different hotels in a double room with breakfast
  • Luggage transport
  • Parking option at the start hotel
  • Shower facilities upon return
  • Tourist tax
  • Contribution Trees for All (to compensate for the CO2 emissions of your trip)
  • SGR Guarantee Fund & calamity fund
  • epic keepsake


Are you going on an adventure with us? We would like to let you experience the beauty of nature, the feeling of a challenging drop-off and the sensation of endless descending.

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Season Kick-Off 2017 - Extended version

Went on the road with Gijs-Jan Lavèn during the Kick-off as well as the 3 following days. Overall, it was a really great trip. It seemed as if luck could be forced. Unprecedented good year, that also helped. In larger and small groups in the mountains you can see that Gijs-Jan is in his element. Beautiful routes chosen and scored without a trace! Highly recommended to go on the road with him, nice and good guide!

Heli Skiing Bell 2 Lodge - Esther