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LA VACHE QUI RIDE is a french mountain bike tour operator. Based close to Chamonix Mont Blanc for 5 years we offer specialized epic mountain bike tours using the winter ski lift!!

We are a small company, enthusiasts of mountain biking, trekking and sonwshoeing vacations. We are specialists of our field and sure to be the best in this area!

LA VACHE QUI RIDE was created by Martial HERDEWYN, a fully qualified mountain guide, - also qualified for mountain-biking and snowshoeing -, a former mountain-bike competitor, a first-aid certificate holder, a lover of mountains and nature who knows the area and its wealth thoroughly and who has several-years experience in the organization of excursions for groups of adults and children.

LA VACHE QUI RIDE is located in Les Carroz d'Araches, a ski and summer outdoor leisure resort which has a strategic position in the middle of the Haute-Savoie, on a 1,140 meter-high plateau which dominates the Vallée de l'Arve (Arve Valley), and which is 10 min away from the Autoroute Blanche (The White Motorway), 30 min away from Chamonix and Les Gets, 40 min away from Annecy and Geneva.

Our goal is to offer you the best mountain bike,trekking and snowshoeing experience you've ever had; not just because of the beautiful scenery, but because we pride ourselves on perfect organization: every detail is checked to ensure a carefree mountain bike vacation.

Our philosophy is easy :

Vacations are not made to race!!

Following this idea we use the MTB as a mean to discover the mountain by another way :

  • The local culture and delicacies: fine wines, cheeses and so much more...
  • Perfect accomodations, luxury guest houses including sauna for a good rest after the ride, a fitness and stretching room, a large sunny terrasse to enjoy the evening sun and a terrific cook in the kitchen for you to enjoy the local products!
  • Tours are designed to see the best the area has to offer by bike by using the winter ski lifts not by lazyness to pedal up but because the climbs are so steep that you would have to be Lance Armstrong to bike a 7 days tour in our mountains without ski lifts !
  • The opportunity to customize the tour and even the day trip according to the meteo forecast, the terrain, the physical requirements of the day...
  • Graduated bilingual mountain bike guides for your security and their detailed knowledge of the culture, fauna, flora, architecture, geology of the area you visit.
  • All the details are planned and everything is done to work as well.
  • Enjoy the ride we do the rest!

    LA VACHE QUI RIDE : A 9-seat 4x4 vehicle with a roof rack for luggage transportation and a trailer to go wherever we want, whatever the weather is like, 25 pairs of snowshoes and A.R.V.A. (research devices for avalanches) for an optimum safety in all conditions, and also equipment for the organization of seminars.
    LA VACHE QUI RIDE is available to organize all your projects in the mountains : on foot, on a mountain-bike, with snowshoes, with friends or with your family or for a seminar in France or abroad. Please feel free to contact us :

    Diplome of State Mountain leader and Mountain Bike Guide: 07497ED1026

    SIRET N° 409050093

    Professionnal Insurance:

    National Association leaders and Mountain Bike Guides

    240, Rue de la république

    73018 CHAMBERY Cedex

    Tourism Ministry Agrement:

    Association S.E.R.A.C. Organisation - 6, rue Voltaire - 38000 GRENOBLE
    SIRET : 441 871 787 00020 APE 633Z - TVA intracommunautaire : FR84441871787
    Agrément tourisme : APRIAM AG 073.98.0001 - rue de guise - 73000 CHAMBÉRY
    RCP : MUTUELLES DU MANS - police A3.056.234 - Cabinet BELLET - 69600 OULLINS