This is one of my favourite winter Alps climbs.
It’s becoming an annual tradition to do this loop in Jan or Feb.
No water today as water bottle froze in first 15 minutes
Starting in Thones, it’s three kms slightly uphill to the start of Col de Plan Bois at Les Clefs. The climb is 6.5 steep kilometres on a very quiet road.
From the top, the other side is not ploughed for a while …. snow pushing. Then a steep down / up to Manigod to join the main road to Col de la Croix Fry. And from here a brief detour to Col de Merdassier (see map below).
A video of the ride:
Sun at the top (Merdassier):
Despite a decent forecast, it was pretty cloudy most of the way. Here’s a view I missed (pic from last year).