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Cormet de Roselend

Cormet de Roselend is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 1.967m (6,453ft) above the sea level, located in the Alps in the department of Savoie in France. The pass is traversed by the scenic Route des Grandes Alpes.

The pass is closed in winters. It’s traversed by the D 925 road. It’s asphalted and links Beaufort in the Beaufortain valley and Bourg-Saint-Maurice in the Tarentaise Valley.
The pass has been climbed by the Tour de France bicycle race. On the west side of the pass lies the Lac de Roselend, a reservoir that is reached by the Col de Méraillet (1605m). The beautiful Lac de Roselend is perhaps what makes this pass stand out. This combined with lovely views of the Mont Blanc mountains has made the pass road become one of the most popular in the Alps. The word “cormet” means col or pass in the local dialect. Hairpins everywhere, cow bells as background soundtrack, and ever improving views. It’s a great road.
There are 2 routes to reach the summit. Starting from Bourg Saint Maurice, the ascent is 19.35 km long. Over this distance, the elevation gain is 1.154 meters. The average percentage is 6 %. It's average gradient of 6% hides it's true character. It starts relatively steadily with lots of shade from the trees, after around 5km it ramps up to 8% gradients as it turns into a sequence of 10 tight hairpins. It is a nice climb where you will have views of the Mont Blanc mountains when passing by Vallée des Glaciers. And starting from Beaufort, the ascent is 20.32 km long. Over this distance, the elevation gain is 1.227 meters. The average percentage is 6 %. 

 

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