Length: 4,3 km
Altitude metres: 750 altitude metres
Ascent: Bergkastel mountain railway
Recommended bike: Enduro, all mountain
Biking technique: ●●●●○
Biking fun: ●●●●○
Best time for travel: May - October
The “Pian dei Morti“ used to be the border between Austria and Italy during World War II. Impressive but also dangerous appear the antitank barriers on the Hochmoor plateau above Nauders. Where soldiers stayed in bunkers and trenches in the past there we meet countless mountain bikers today. Families with children, day trippers, racers but also freeriders with their full-face helmets still attached to their rucksacks. Just like the region around the tri-border region Austria, Italy and Switzerland, the Plamort Trail offers pure variety.
Far too sophisticated for us, we think as we enter the dining area of our Four-Star hotel, the Alpen Comfort Hotel Central in Nauders. The breakfast buffet offers what feels like ten different muesli versions, countless yoghurts, even chia seeds. With this, it almost feels normal to harvest the honey directly from a real honeycomb. But this shall not be the only pleasure of the day. Soon we are on our bikes from the hotel to the Bergkastel lifts which are only two kilometres away. Perfect for warming up.
Today’s destination is the Plamort Trail. If you prefer the longer warm-up tour, then you can of course take the 718 altitude metres and 7.6 kilometres climb on the forest road from the Bergkastel lower terminus in Angri. Not only the small self-built pump track next to the lower terminus conveys the impression that young bikers are supported here.
Over all, Nauders seems extremely biker-friendly. The lower terminus of the Bergkastelbahn is designed in such way that you can almost bike directly to the gondola. During the ride on the gondola, we are excited about what to expect at the top and we look out the window and see a freshly groomed flow trail in the forest directly beneath the cable car. Later on, in chats with the shapers, we find out that this trail will be opened in 2018. It becomes clear how seriously bike tourism is taken here. And that makes us happy! We look forward to the end product.
The bike transport on the mountain railway, taking us to 2.200 m above sea level to the Bergkastel restaurant, is of course free of charge. A last look on the map tells us that we reach the Plamort Trail via another trail. The alpine pasture trail leads us one kilometre from the Bergkastel restaurant to the Stieralm. This kilometre is quite something! As if pressed into the slope, we find a trail that lets our fun barometer raise into the red zone. Pure flow! We take the banked curves and jump every small and big wave. Gaps, doubles, north shore and, shortly before the Stieralm, the perfectly formed steep banked curve - we loved it!
The subsequent ascent in direction Plamort Plateau is quickly managed and we find ourselves in front of the small Plamort Trail sign again after a short segment on the forest path. Across roots and wooden bridges and finally on a real single trail, we find our way uphill to the plateau and across the green border to Italy. A beautiful scenery presents itself to us.
Past wild horses, we stop and enjoy the view across the fairy tale landscape around Lago di Resia with the wonderful “submerged“ church tower - it is almost as if a princess is locked away in the tower room and is waiting for her Prince Charming. The fine-sounding “Bunker Trail“ is the last segment of our tour.
Classified as level S2, we are not quite sure what really to expect here: a beautiful mix of fast flow passages which are in part interrupted by extremely technical lines - just as diverse as all trails of our tour put together. A real delight! “Let’s do it again!“, we think before we give our suspension elements a rest and roll back to Nauders.