Col des Saisies

Col des Saisies

Col des Saisies is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 1.657m (5,436ft) 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 road to the summit is asphalted. It's called D218B. It is usually open all year, but it can be closed anytime when the access is not cleared of snow.  The arrival at the col is a bit of a let-down: no impressive summit like the Colombière or the Madeleine, just a flattening out as the road goes through the semi-deserted ski resort.

The pass is used often in the Tour de France. There are 3 routes to reach the summit. Starting from Flumet, the ascent is 14.81 km long. Over this distance, the elevation gain is 747 meters. The average gradient is 5 %. Starting from L' Arly, the ascent is 22.2 km long. Over this distance, the elevation gain is 1.224 meters. The average gradient is 5.5 %. And starting from D 925-D218, the ascent is 14.98 km long. Over this distance, the elevation gain is 957 meters. The average gradient is 6.4 %. 

 

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