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Col des Saisies

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Bourg-St-Maurice - Flumet

76 km

N 45°45´36”    E 006°32´02”



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Panorama Col des Saisies

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If you choose the shorter route across the Little Saint Bernard Pass (Col du Petit Saint Bernard) to ride around the Mont Blanc, starting in Chamonix, you will automatically plan the trail directly across the Col des Saisies. It is one of the flatter Alpine crossings, with a less exciting pass summit, but nevertheless, the entry and exit roads delivere lots of curve fun.

Coming down from Col de Roselend, you enter the Col des Saisies pass road by taking a right about 3mls behind the village Beaufort sur Doron. As Doron is a famous winter resort, the road up to the mountain pass summit is broad, well developed and the few serpentines can be taken easily. Therefore, it is a somewhat a more speedy riding recommended and possible.

In the lower part the trail leads through a sparse coniferous forest and leaves it about halfway up, then continues through pastures and passes some lonely houses. After about 10mls the ugly ski resort of Saisies is reached. The place consists of the typical mountain ski hotels and looks in the low season deserted (we were there at Pentecost). At the end of the village, after the last roundabout, you then will reach the pass summit. From here you can enjoy a beautiful Alpine panorama (see panoramic photo above).

The back of the Col des Saisies, is also relatively well developed and leads past through many small villages and individual farms until you reach after around another 10mls the village Flumet and the N212 between Albertville and Chamonix.

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