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