Length: 4,4 km from Armentara
Altitude metres: 550 altitude metres
Ascent: Lift (Laurin I)
Recommended bike: Enduro, all mountain
Difficulty: easy to intermediate
Biking technique: ●●●○○
Biking fun: ●●●●○
Best time for travel: May - October
The alpine beauty of the Eggental Valley, with King Laurin‘s petrified Rose Garden and Lake Karersee, is simply unbeatable. Anyone travelling to the Dolomites expects this of course, but it is almost mystical when you arrive. This UNESCO World Heritage cultural site presents yet again its most beautiful side. The Rosengarten and Latemar watch over the Eggental Valley like two guards and delight friends of the mountains with stunning views, sensational spectacles of nature and a high fun factor on the bike.
The hospitality and culinary delights in South Tyrol are a real pleasure. Our accommodation gives yet again no reason for disappointment. We get up early to have enough time to enjoy the substantial breakfast buffet, but most of all because a special fun trail is waiting for us today. The Welschnofen lower terminus, from where the Laurin 1 lift takes us and our bikes in comfort uphill to the Frommer Alm, is only a stone’s throw away from the hotel. From the windows of the gondola, we can already inspect the Carezza Trail which will get us in a frenzy later today.
Once arrived at the top, we leave the gondola and are pleasantly surprised to see a “Skill Centre“ to our left: four drops of different heights, North Shores for balance training, even a rock garden and (a must nowadays) a pump track with banked curves and jump line. A lot has been done here in recent years. Not only a 4.4 kilometres long flow trail has been digged in the slope, but great emphasis is also put on promoting and challenging young talents.
The access to the trail already promises a high-level fun factor on the kilometres ahead. I opt for the smaller one of the two drops; weighing 90 kilograms, I don’t want to exhaust the 140 millimetres. The first bends across meadows and then into the forest are pure fun. The terrain’s topography has been used to the maximum here. The trail meanders steadily along the idyllic river through the Nigertal Valley in direction Welschnofen.
The trees are moss-covered and the mellow-loose, deep forest soil to the left and right along the banked curves and doubles reminds of the subtropical forests of Canada’s west coast. Accompanied by the steady rushing of the stream, we chase each other across the Carezza Trail, the many small doubles, through the stream, across well-groomed jumps and drops which look very inviting. There is no doubt, this is the work of pros. We hear later at the hotel that a further flow trail parallel to the Carezza Trail is in planning. These trails add to the fascination of the Eggental Valley. With this new trail, the famous “Latemar Tour“ gets another downhill run and becomes a ”must“ for die-hard enduro bikers as well as families and beginners. We definitely recommend the Eggental Outdoor app. It offers an extensive tour portal for bikers and hikers and is available free of charge on the Eggental website.