The steep road to Vallter 2000, the roof of Catalonia

Vallter 2000 is a ski resort at an elevation of 2.156m (7,073ft) above the sea level, located in Girona, Catalonia (northern Spain). It's one of the highest roads of the country.

Vallter 2000

Set high in the heart of the Catalan Pyrenees, within the Camprodon Valley, the road to the summit is asphalted but really steep with countless hairpin turns. It's called C-771. Access to the pass is typically open all year round, with the occasional closure in winters due to dangerous weather conditions. Nicknamed as the roof of Catalonia, the resort has been the end of the stage in several editions of La Volta a Catalunya and La Vuelta a España.

The road to the summit is very steep, hitting a 15% of maximum gradient through some of the ramps. Starting at Setcases, the ascent is 12 km long. Over this distance the elevation gain is 896 meters. The average gradient is 7.46%. There is little traffic on the climb during most of the year.