Le Gros Villan, one of the steepest tracks in the world
Le Gros Villan is a high mountain peak at an elevation of 2.522m (8,274ft) above the sea level, located in the Savoie department in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region in south-eastern France.
Located in the French, within the Lauzière massif, the peak is located on the boundary of Tarentaise and Maurienne valleys. The track to the summit is a a chairlift access trail. It’s very complicated with very steep slopes and exposed turns and therefore rather exciting. Accessibility is largely limited to the summer season.
4x4 vehicles only. The track is extremely steep. Starting from the legendary Col de la Madeleine, the ascent is 2.4km (1.49 miles) long. Over this distance the elevation gain is 538 meters. The average gradient is 22.41%.