Tire's Fire

Verbier

2,000 metres of extremely technical downhill riding that has been used for European and Swiss Cup downhill races!

Mountain Biking Extreme

Distance
3.3 km
Ascent
0 m
Descent
664 m
Duration
0-1 hrs
Low Point
1.5 km
High Point
2.2 km
Gradient
15˚
Tire's Fire Map

Tire's Fire is a world-class level downhill track. Beginning from the start hut, the trail immediately fires you into steep, washed-out and techy rock berms. Pick your line well, as many a rider has flatted here. The trail continues with its direct route after a small bike park table. There are multiple lines into rutted corners (high lines are always better). Pay attention to your pedals and line yourself up for the next turn. This sends you down to the first major test: The rock chute.

Description

A blind entrance over a rock can put fear into the timid. Pick your line, hold on and hold on some more till you make it out into the catch berm, which boosts you into a beautiful compression and series of berms to step up to an 'oh my god' I am going fast section. This is pure class.

More sweeping turns follow that never really knock your speed off. They get ROUGH before sending you off a mandatory drop. The left side is bigger and has a gap but is buttery smooth. Hit hyperspeed on the run up to a well-placed cheese block booter on the rise. Take the big one if you are pro(ish), or the smaller one still gives plenty enough float for your dollar. Zip across to the fireroad and collect yourself. An intense few minutes have just passed.

Rolling into the famed berm section, get ready for a top-speed roller coaster ride that is mentally fast, rough, and tests the mind. Big, rough berms connect well with some gaps and drops before you reach the limits of your suspension as you are falling down the fall line into what appears to be a wall of trees. Thread yourself into heavily rooted turns, stream gap(s), and then hold your breath as you take the tight line over the river gap (or go around if not ready yet). Gather yourself on the fireroad.

The next section is decidedly less steep, but speeds are high. Light berms and a wooden booter send you at a million kilometers an hour into a really tricky uphill berm to awkward rock gap before starting the flat traverse. The flat traverse has lots of features to carry speed through. They are just as tricky as their steeper counterparts. Look ahead and react fast, with plenty of natural gaps and doubles to aid you on your path. You'll pop out onto the fireroad before dropping the second right into the finish.

Steep, rocky, and often blown out, the track makes its way under the lift for all to watch you with a big, tough steep roll with much to distract and weaken your mind. Across the road, over a few tables, take the high line, lean into the right berm, and down the final blind plummet before drifting into a right-hander at the bottom of the fast piste.

You survived, but you could definitely go faster! Head up for another if you can still hold the bars.

Difficulty

Extreme

Very steep, difficult, narrow singletrack with widely variable and unpredictable trail conditions. Unavoidable obstacles could be 15in/38cm tall or greater, and unavoidable obstacles with serious consequences are likely to be present. Obstacles could include big rocks, difficult root sections, drops, jumps, sharp switchbacks, and more. Ideal for expert-level riders.

High Exposure

3 out of 4

Some trail sections have exposed ledges or steep ascents/descents where falling could cause serious injury.

Remoteness

1 out of 4

Close to help in case of emergency.

Best time to visit

June, July, August, September, October

Features

  • Technical
  • Singletrack
  • Drops
  • Jumps
  • Roots
  • Gap Jumps
  • Rock Rolls
  • Rock Slabs
  • Rock Gardens
  • Wooden Feature

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