On the slopes of the passes …

Although summer seems to have a little trouble settling in, we offer you a file on the discovery of mountain passes, and what they represent in Savoy. Maybe it will bring the sun!

In Savoie, there are more than fifty passes. A figure that does not seem surprising, given the very rugged terrain of our department. For the more telegenic among them, it is possible to admire them in aerial view during the Tour de France each summer. An event which, by the difficulty encountered by runners on certain slopes, tends to remind us that before being sporting events, these roads were obligatory passages between valleys, between departments or between countries, to travel or quite simply convey goods, vital to supply certain towns or villages.

Tourism of the future.

If mountain pass cycle tourism is not new in Savoy, the development of certain roads and the installation of shops, restaurants and services near them allow the development of a mountain pass economy, intended for hikers in the mountains. ‘one day or all those who want to discover our mountains in summer, radiating all around the valleys. This corresponds to the “four seasons” approach that several communities wish to develop around winter sports resorts, but also to the strategy of towns, located at the foot of the hill, likely to welcome holidaymakers when the grass is green in the area. the meadows and the snow flowing in the streams. Here are some emblematic passes to (re) discover!

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