Tips for families

WHY ARE THE MTB ZONE BIKEPARKS FAMILY BIKEPARKS?

The MTB ZONE bike parks really meet all interests. A family who loves mountain biking can quickly read a similar skill level and can often ride the same trails. However, if casual bikers are present, there is a need to cater to less experienced people, whether children or adults, to keep the whole family in good spirits all day long. The MTB ZONE bike park includes:

Diverse trails: from easy to difficult, for all ages

  • Practice trails (for kids from about 5 or 6 years old), ideally even kids' trail (for younger children)
  • Easy flow trails and very simple table tops (for children from around 8 years old)
  • For medium difficulty: Biker X or Freeride, medium difficulty jump lines or slope style areas (children over 8 years with appropriate experience)
  • Difficult offers in all forms from downhill to trails with large drops or gaps, to jump-oriented offers such as jump lines or slope style trails (not suitable for children, but rather for young people and adults)

Our tip.
Always start with an easy trail and then approach the other trails slowly.

Reliable route descriptions (level of difficulty, length, age information)

Our tip:
Whether children are able to ride certain distances depends not only on their age, but also on their motor skills and riding experience. The ages of our routes are recommendations. Parents know their children and their skills best.

Chickenways to ride around difficult elements

Our tip:
Always walk along the trail with the children first to see which elements they can manage and which they had better avoid.

Chair lifts or gondola lifts

Our tip:
The easiest way to transport a bike is via gondola lifts which fit bikes. The Ettelsberg cable car in Willingen is completely barrier-free. The gondola lift at Bike Park Petzen has a bracket for the bikes. Chair lifts also have bike brackets. Parents should help children to hang up their bikes. Often, staff are also available to help those who do not have the strength or body size to do it alone. T-bar lifts are not suitable for small children and beginners.

Rental

Our tip:
A good rental shop carries high-quality bikes and equipment for every type of mountain biking and for almost every age. As a rule, this applies to children from the age of 8. If the children are smaller, parents should inquire beforehand whether and which bikes, helmets and protectors are available. You can then try them out in the rental to see whether they are a good fit. The staff is on hand to provide advice.

Bike school

Our tip:
A good bike school has courses for children of different ages, beginners and advanced riders of all types. If a family wants to learn together, family courses or private lessons are ideal.

Safety

This includes track building, good track maintenance and bike park rules which all guests should adhere to. Among other things, this also includes how to behave in a bike park so as not to endanger yourself and others and that skilled riders should look out for those who are less experienced.

Our tip:
The bike park rules of the MTB ZONE parks can be found on the websites, in the booklets and at the lift ticket offices.

Children and adolescents without parental accompanying

In principle, children can also drive alone in the park, provided they have the necessary driving technique and experience. When purchasing a lift ticket, rental bikes or protectors, a legal guardian must be present for under-eighteen-year-olds. Alternatively, children and adolescents can submit a declaration of consent from the parents.

Our tip:
This decision on whether the child is able to ride alone in the park is the responsibility of the parents. If that's the case, the parents can issue a declaration of consent. This can be downloaded from the parks' websites at the sides "Lift tickets" and "Rental". This can be presented at the lift ticket office or in rental.

Prices

Our tip:
The MTB ZONE bike parks offer discounts on family tickets. They are available as day tickets at Geisskopf and Petzen. In Willingen there are different offers from day to multi-day tickets.

Additional offers

Our tip:
When all family members share the same enthusiasm for mountain biking, the day at the bike park flies by. If this is not the case, catering and other leisure activities in the immediate vicinity help to keep all family members happy. In the MTB ZONE bike parks there are various gastronomic options on offer which can be found directly beside the trails. There spectators can relax and watch the action in the bike park. All three parks also have leisure facilities nearby. From a playground to the summer toboggan run to archery or disc golf.