Length: 9,3 km
Altitude metres: 1.380 altitude metres
Ascent: Lift, Forest road
Recommended bike: e-MTB, Enduro, all mountain
Difficulty: intermediate to difficult
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Best time for travel: June - September
Ischgl is one of the largest and most famous ski resorts in the Alps. Apart from countless pistes in winter, the Paznaun Valley with the “Silvretta Bike Arena“ scores highly with miles of single trails for mountain bikers around Ischgl in summer. A wide range of freeride trails with a stunning mountain panorama can be accessed leisurely by fast, modern cable cars. There is nothing getting in the way of a bike day with plenty of downhill metres!
The sun shines and there are a few solitary clouds gathering around the mountain peaks. We also want to get uphill, and that as quickly as possible! We quickly check in at the hotel, get the “Silvretta Card“ for free of charge use of all cable cars and chairlifts and we are ready to go. Our destination is the Velill Trail, the flagship of the Silvretta Bike Arena. The cable car takes us uphill to the Idjoch pass in around 2,800 metres above sea level.
If the muscles in your legs are well-trained, then you can conquer the around 1,500 altitude metres by pedal power. But careful, the air gets thinner with every breath you take beyond 2,500 metres. But if you go for this challenge anyway, then a small, constantly ascending tarred road is waiting at the start, followed by a gravel path from the Idalpe to the upper terminus. Experiencing the panorama in this way is incredible.
We opt for the lift and once arrived at the top, we enjoy the sunshine and the beautiful view to Switzerland in direction Grisons and Samnaun. From here, there is still a short section on the gravel path before the trail branches off at the Velill wind gap. We quickly take some snapshots and put our knee protectors on, then we are off - directly into the flowy trail which is integrated in the edge of the slope. The landscape is barren and stunning at the same time. We are surrounded by towering rocks which display different colours in the sunshine. The trail, with just a few technical irks but many banked curves and bends, meanders between the rocks downhill into the valley. Rough slate lines the trail every now and then, underlining the high alpine character of the upper section.
After a short ascent, the trail continues with a natural wallride, some installed elements and less stony to the Velillalpe. The “medium“ and “hard“ tracks of the Iron Bike Marathon, which is staged here every year at the beginning of August, are also located in this section. However, the lower part of the trail is more natural than most of the other trails in and around Ischgl. The section along the Velillbach stream towards the valley is steep, in part loose and covered in roots. If you prefer a more relaxed option, then take the cycle track back to Ischgl.
The around ten kilometres long downhill run offers fantastic views, is diverse but also very challenging, thus not necessarily suitable for beginners. If you are ready to face the challenge, then you can look forward to plenty of fun on 1,380 metres downhill.