Col de Rosael

Driving the road to Col de Rosael is not a piece of cake

Col de Rosael is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.993m (9,819ft) above the sea level, located in Orelle, a commune in the Savoie department in the Rhône-Alpes region of France. It's one of the highest roads of Europe.

Set high in the Massif de la Vanoise range, the road to the summit is totally unpaved. It’s a ski-lift service road linking Val Thorens ski resort and the village of Orelle. The road is 21km long (13 miles) long and features 55 hairpin turns. The hairpins are signed and numbered. It’s brutally tough with the last 4 km on a very rocky, slippery path/ski piste at occasionally impossible steepness. From the top, the panoramic view takes in a thousand summits of France, Switzerland and Italy.

Tucked away in the south-eastern part of the country, the road to the pass is one of the highest mountain roads drivable in Europe. 4x4 vehicles only. The route roughly follows the line of the chairlift, passing under it now and then. The average gradient is 10.4 % but hits about 17-18% through some of the corners. The road is usually drivable only in July and August. It's one of the highest roads of the country.
Road suggested by Pim van Dongen
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