Climb located in the largest ski area in the world. Les Trois Vallées. (also in this area a.o. climb of Courchevel and Méribel). All climbs are open all year round, so also in winter because of the supply of ski tourers.
Climbing profile similar to Galibier north side. Some parts downhill to refuel and for recovery. Don't lose strength here by stomping the big plateau to sharpen your time. These gains in seconds don't outweigh the gains in minutes you can make by eating and drinking enough. Until Saint-Martin-de-Belleville rather heavy traffic. Desolate landscape once passed Les Menuires. Top of the climb not really determinable as the road continues to climb in the various streets of Val Thorens.
The one-time Tourist arrival to promote this ski resort in 1994 arrived at the large car park just before the bridge I suspect. In 1979 the Tour arrived in Les Menuires at 1800m after 27km of climbing. Both climbs to Les Menuires and Val Thorens are out of category. Bring warm clothes for the descent and calculate well that you can only descend after 3 hours of climbing so the weather might change. Have fun!
The Val Thorens is situated in Rhone-Alpes.
This climb belongs to the Alps.
The Val Thorens via Moutiers is ranked number 121 of the Alps.
This Val Thorens approach starts in Moutiers.
The Val Thorens climb is 36 km long. You gain 1861 heightmeters, so the average gradient is 5.2 %.
The climb is ranked 378 in the world.
If you want to climb the Val Thorens, you can find more information on how to train to climb the Val Thorens here.
Since 2005, the Val Thorens will be/was climbed in the following big tour stages:
Tour de France 2019 : Albertville - Val Thorens on 27/07/2019
Val Thorens via Moutiers popularity rank : 287
The Val Thorens has been climbed by 8 climbbybikers. It is ranked No. 287 as the most climbed climb in the world.
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Val Thorens via Moutiers: 2 reviews
I climbed this in the summer of 2019 as part of the Etape du Tour. The route followed the small side road from Moutiers before joining the main road to St. Martin de Belleville. It's a legitimate 35 km climb, so even if there aren't a lot of double-digit grades, you're still going to be going up for 2 hours. Best to stop in St. Martin and fuel up.
I rode this in may 2010 from just outside moutiers. I thought it was harder than it looks here as it was unrelenting at just over 32km. It passes through some lovely villages and ski resorts st Martin de Belleville and les menuires. Very quiet at the beginning but then joins slightly busier roads however much quieter than the nearby climb to courchevel.