Col de Pierre Carrée, at 1844 metres, is the highest col anywhere near Geneva that is open all winter.
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Col de Pierre Carrée is the highest Col in the north French alps that is open all year – to provide access to Flaine ski station.
By far the highest Col near me that is open 12 months a year.
I often suggest this as a perfect introductory climb for the famous big Alps climbs.
I am not used to being here without skis on. But I was plotting this challenging route last winter while slaloming (!?) the slopes at Flaine ski station.
At 1844 metres, Col de Pierre Carrée just above Flaine ski station is the highest road I know in the area that is cleared virtually all year.
There is a well known “secret” among mountain lovers. During the endless, gray, depressing days this time of year – there is often plenty of sunshine if you just go high enough.
Col de Pierre Carrée is a big climb and easily the highest pass in my vicinity that is currently clear of snow.