Mont Salève Snow Ride

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It snowed yesterday.

A favourite winter loop: Climb Mont Salève via St. Blaise (map below). The top 5 kms – between La Grotte du Diable and Croisette – were (as usual) closed to cars and not cleared. But on a sunny, snowy day, it is so beautiful up top.

For details of five road bike routes up Mont Salève see here.

There was no snow at my house, but only a few kilometres were necessary to see views like this:

Heading higher

Heading higher

I took the unpaved trail to Col du Mont Sion (tricky), then the main road to St. Blaise and higher. As I headed higher, the road had some snow/slush, but wasn’t too slippery.

Enjoying myself

Enjoying myself

Quiet road

Quiet road

The road is blocked to cars perhaps a kilometre below Col des Pitons. New in 2015, the road to Croisette is groomed for cross-country skiing. It’s roughly 5 kilometres, I felt a little bad being on a groomed XC ski trail, but it was near empty and I needed to get home.

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Col des Pitons

Col des Pitons

This closed stretch is so beautiful on a sunny winter day. Views of the Alps on one side and Geneva down below on the other side.

Nice Views

Nice Views

Geneva Below

Geneva Below

A very friendly XC skier

A very friendly XC skier

woohoo

woohoo

Taking a break

Taking a break

At Col de la Croisette the road is cleared again. In winter, it gets crowded here – perfect tobogganing. I then descended the super steep road to Le Coin, despite being fully shaded the descent was fine – no ice.

 Tobogganing

Tobogganing

I climb the Salève a lot as it’s my backyard, but the winter snow rides (when it’s sunny) are always special.

Snow

Snow

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  1. Pingback: Le Salève à VTT en hiver - Europe by bike

  2. Bonjour Will, et bravo pour ces magnifiques photos !

    Il n’y avait pas beaucoup de cyclistes sur le Salève, ce dimanche 18 janvier, comme à chaque fois que j’y monte en hiver. Mais cette fois, nous avons été au moins deux, et je crois que nous nous sommes croisés au col des Pitons – vous étiez monté par St-Blaise et moi par la Croisette.

    Mon article est ici : http://www.europebybike.info/le-saleve-en-hiver/

    En faisant quelques recherches sur le web pour rédiger mon article, je suis tombé sur le vôtre. C’est sans doute la première fois que je rencontre sur la route le webmaster d’un site qui figure dans les liens sur le mien !

    Profitez de ce dimanche qui s’annonce ensoleillé et à bientôt sur la route !

    Amicalement,

    Raphael (www.europebybike.info)

    • Salut Raphael,

      Bravo. Il était un vrai plaisir de rencontrer un autre cycliste sur Mont Salève la semaine passée.

      Je me souviens que clairement, nous, tous les deux, étions en train de passer une balade très agréable.

      Cordialement,

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