La descente VTT Vars - EmbrunLa Vars - Embrun, 32 km de descente entre le sommet de la Mayt à Vars et le plan d'eau d'Embrun.
©La Vars - Embrun, 32 km de descente entre le sommet de la Mayt à Vars et le plan d'eau d'Embrun.|Remi Morel

La Vars-Embrun

From peak to beach

Start your day at an altitude of 2,500 metres and end it on the beach in Embrun, all without touching your car? It’s possible, thanks to the 32 km of downhill mountain biking on the Vars-Embrun!

Mountain morning

Aprem' plage

Try the unmissable mountain bike descent: from Vars to Embrun, 32 km between the summit of the Mayt and the shores of Lac de Serre-Ponçon over 1800m of ascent, with a swim at the lake at the finish! The Vars-Embrun is your chance to enjoy all the best the Hautes-Alpes has to offer, in a single day.

Load your mountain bikes onto the bike racks on the chairlifts at La Mayt, your starting point. Before you set off, enjoy the view of the entire Vars area. On your descent, don’t skimp on panoramic breaks to appreciate the scenery around you.

Descent with a view

The 32-km Vars Embrun will let you discover the charm of the Southern Alps. Starting from La Mayt, enjoy a 360° panorama of the Vars resort, the Guillestrois valley and the most beautiful peaks of Ubaye. Once on the descent, you cross the Valbelle valley, known to skiers in winter as Clos Chardon. Once past this valley, the ski lifts are gone, and the trail winds through the Saluces forest to the Col de la Coche. This shady passage offers plenty of opportunities for a cool picnic break.

Arrived at the Col de la Coche, your descent takes on a new face with a balcony view over the immense Lac de Serre-Ponçon and the Embrunais valley. This view will be with you all the way to Embrun. Close to your goal, you pass through the charming village of Saint-André d’Embrun, which will take you gently into town after this long descent into the Forêt. All that’s left to do is let yourself roll gently down to the Embrun lake and enjoy the ride while you wait for your shuttle back to Vars.

Access to the Vars-Embrun start is from the top of the Mayt via the Mayt chairlift open from July 8 to September 2, 2023.


1 ascent Telésiège de la Mayt: 10.00€.

Children: 8€

Shuttle Embrun – Vars

The organized shuttle back to Vars runs every day except Sundays, and Mondays.

From July 11 to August 26, two departures from Embrun lake

-10am to Vars and complete the itinerary. Reservations must be made with the transporter on or

-17:30 to return to Vars. Reservations are compulsory and must be made directly with the controller of the Mayt chairlift.

Prices: 13.5€/adult and 11.5€/child under 12.

– Don’t embark on this descent without a decent level of mountain biking.

– Check the weather before setting off.

– Equip yourself with mountain bike protection and check your equipment before setting off.

– Don’t forget your first-aid kit and repair kit.

– If anything goes wrong, call 112.

– And don’t forget your swimsuit so you can take a dip in the lake on arrival


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