Col de Balme and Col des Posettes


Staying in Chamonix for the weekend, Doreen planned to go running Sunday morning – in preparation for the Geneva half marathon – so I decided to go mountain biking.

Mont Blanc

The Chamonix tourist office gave me a map with several signed mountain bike routes on it. I chose the “difficult” red route to Le Tour with a plan to then climb towards Col de Balme as high as possible.

It’s a very challenging but fun trail through the woods to Le Tour – up and down. Somehow, I missed a sign and ended taking the main road for the last little part.

From here the fun started. There is a gravel service road behind the ski lift. Steep. In fact I spent a fair bit of time pushing for the first few kilometres.


Higher up, it is a little less steep and I headed towards Col des Posettes (1997 metres). A little hazy but great views in all directions. From Posettes, is a rideable path up to Col de Balme (2204 metres) that straddles the Swiss / French border.

Expert mountain bikers would have enjoyed the descent …. but I spent a fair bit of time walking the bike – steep and rocky.

Col des Posettes Col de Balme Col de Balme


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