Col de la Croix – Snow!By Will • May 3rd, 2008 • Category: Climbs, Cycling, Favorites
The final day of our mini Swiss Alps cycling trip.
We had driven from Gstaad to Villars yesterday – and had to take the long way as the Col de la Croix is still closed due to snow.
But it was our cycling goal, so we decided to have a look from the Villars side. This is a giant climb (20 kilometres 1,370 metres ascent – about 4,500 feet). But today our goal was just a leisurely ride up the far more scenic top half starting in the ski resort of Villars.
Another perfect day surrounded by the Alps. Although there was a barrier down blocking cars, the route had obviously been ploughed. As we got higher, the snow steadily increased but as we reached 1700 metres I was hopeful of reaching the top.
Suddenly around a bend the road was blocked with a metre of snow! But we were nearly there, so we left the bikes and hiked to the top.
The only Col sign is a plaque (in the above link) but it was buried under piles of snow and I wasn’t sure where to dig .