Freeride & downhill in South Tyrol
They are not legal and also not official, the trails, that the German freeride magazine once published.
Because freeriding and downhill is considered as marginal discipline in South Tyrol and is accordingly neglected.
Who is not pedalling is not a cyclist. That is the slogan of the bigger part of bikers in South Tyrol. But pedalling is only possible one asphalted lanes or on wide forest tracks. Only few persons can understand that is much more thrilling and exiting riding down a single trail as pedalling upwards.
Nevertheless, there are some freeriders and downhillers in South Tyrol and they do not get intimidated about freeride opposers. They built some nice trails in the surroundings of Bozen and Meran which are all available by cable car. Upwards-cycling is not a must.
Ascending by cable car
So also the tourism boards, hotels and B&Bs in South Tyrol recognise the possibilities of freeride tourism. The hotels offer fair prices and fair conditions, which also the cable cars owners do.
The main reason to come here to South Tyrol is, that here freeriders can bike already in February. Here freeride-beginners find some hidden trails where they can test themselves and their bikes.
Finally, a tip for freeriders in downhillers in South Tyrol: On Kronplatz in Pustertal, the first (official) freeride trail in South Tyrol was opened, with 8 km and 1,200 m of descent. Jumps, steep turns, wooden bridges, rooty forest trails and rapid parts. So, do not hesitate!