What do many Swiss do when the snows are gone and they can't hit the slopes?
They grab bikes and hit the trails.
Switzerland has hundreds of miles of trails and bike paths for
thick-wheeled mountain bikes and their thin-wheeled cousins.
Trails are often well-marked and maintained.
Signs are posted providing directions and distances.
In Canton Neuchâtel
biking lanes skirt Lake Neuchâtel and parallel the highway in
the Val de Ruz, a valley ten minutes drive from the town
of Neuchâtel. The Jura mountains have numerous bike
paths for mountain bikers. In fact in and around Neuchâtel are
over 250 miles of mountain bike trails. For a good downhill run you
can take a funicular
train from the town of Neuchâtel up to the mountain
top of Chaumont or drive or bus to La
Vue des Alpes and ride back trails through forest and farmland
to the Val de Ruz or beyond. The Hotel
la Clef des Champs at Tete de Ran is a good starting point for
a few mountain bike trails. An easier bike path for thin-wheeled bikes
is from the village of Môtiers
through the Val de Travers (Travers Valley) to the town
of Neuchâtel. For these and other bike trails ask for a map
at the Tourist Information Bureau in the town of Neuchâtel located
in the main post office.