The col du petit saint bernard is situated in Rhone-Alpes
Starting from Bourg Saint Maurice,
the col du petit saint bernard ascent is 31 km long. Over this distance, you climb 1373 heightmeters.
The average percentage thus is 4.4 %.
Stories, information and comments from col du petit saint bernard climbers
Story by Jackie Fraser from Edinburgh, United Kingdom, submitted on 04/10/2013
This is a mountain just behind my house in France, so I climb it a lot. The road is good, the gradient gentle, the views excellent - reminds me of Scotland. It is rather too gentle, but you can make it much more interesting by continuing on the road to Val d''Isere when you arrive at Seez, rather than following the Col du Pt St Bernard signs to the left. There is a new roundabout about to go in at this junction. At Ste Foy Tarentaise, 6km after Seez, follow the signs for the left turn to La Mazure and Le Mirroir. The gradient here is sometimes 12%, rather than the more pedestrian 4-6 by Seez. Continue up past Les Moulins, and take the first right after Les Moulins and before Les Granges up to next big village with the white church on a rise to your right ( Le Chatelard). Here, you have a choice - easy turn left, harder straight on. Either way, you will arrive back on the road up from Seez, but a lot warmer than you would have been! You are a few km below La Rosiere, and now you can relax into the gentle climb to the top. There is a wee bit near the hospice that is slightly steeper - don''t worry, it''s back to gentle almost immediately. Watch out for the camper vans and motorbikes in the summer. September is great.
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Story by Jeroen van Rossum from , Nederland, submitted on 28/08/2013
Beautiful climb! Started in Bourg Saint Maurice till Italian border, turned and descended same route (and had to climb Les Arcs to get home :-(( after that). Scenery is magnificent, 90% of the road is good quality (a lot of new asphalt) and it is a very easy and gradual climb, which gives you all the time to look around. Took it easy because of necessary second climb of the day. Last 5 km are a bit more difficult due to height (2000m +, less O2). If you are in the neighborhood and have a bike: climb it!!!
Story by Ivan Skritek ""Ascentrecord"" from Liberec, Czech Republic, submitted on 14/09/2009
Ive climbed the col during this summer 2009, as a part of our Tour de France trip. Quite easy, since you start to climb all the way to the top, but great for rasing the endurance though (the lowest I used was 39x23)... On the other hand the last 4k were tough, due to the severe wind. But still one of the most beatiful climbs, as you can see La Plagne, Les Arcs, Val dIsere and, of course, spectacular view at Bourg-St-Maurice. If youre lucky for the weather, then its really something...