Find a qualified guide
As in most regions that the main income is based on tourism, Morzine has plenty of tour guides to choose from. There is a significant competition between tour guides in Morzine over every tourist. The competition gets even more significant towards the spring and summer, when many mountain bikers arrive in the region in order to enjoy the beautiful scenery while riding on the many bike trails that the area has to offer.
In any tour, wherever you are its highly recommended to hire an experienced guide. An experienced guide could give you another special viewpoint on the area that you might have missed, if you had not been with the guide. More importantly, an experienced guide will know what trail will be fit for your level of biking and fitness, he or she will be updated on weather conditions and other different variables that can affect your tour. It‘s definitely safer to ride with an experienced and qualified tour guide, especially when biking.
In the past years, there has been a phenomenon of unofficial, unqualified tour guides advertising themselves in Morzine. These tour guides were less experienced and less professional. Another development in the tour guide scene is Morzine is the enhancement of the enforcement of the French authorities on foreign guides. One is not permitted to act as a tour guide in France unless he or she passes the requirements to qualify as a tour guide. In past years, there have been many British tour guides working in the Morzine mountain biking area, providing british ridires with a guide who knows their lingo and attitude. Lately, as parts of enhancing law enforcement in Morzine, there have been many arrests of British tour guides who led tours without qualifying to act as tour guide in France.
In conclusion, before your next trip to morzine mtb, make sure that your guide has the right qualifications and experience in order to prevent unexpected surprises.
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