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There are a few places that have that star quality of their own. Places that you don't forget in a hurry. The Col du Galibier is one of them. Reaching 2,642m in altitude, for a long time it was the undisputed physical peak of the Tour de France. A handful of Tour climbs are now higher, but none are so well renowned. While most places count the days until the return of the world's biggest bike race, the Tour itself counts down the days until it can go back to the Galibier and have a little bit of the mountain's magic sprinkled on it once again.

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Holiday Near The Col du Galibier

Needs little introduction and is up there with the like of Alpe d'Huez and Mont Ventoux as a must do climb. You can either approach it from the south after riding the Col du Lautaret or the north after riding the Col du Télégraphe. The Galibier has been used numerous times in the Tour de France and features every year in the La Marmotte Sportive.

From Col du Télégraphe - north - [Average gradient: 6.9% - Maximum gradient : 10.1% - Distance 18.0km - Height gain 1245m]

From Col du Lautaret - south - [Average gradient: 6.9% - Maximum gradient : 12.1% - Distance 8.5km - Height gain 585m]

This giant of a climb to 2645 metres marks the second highest col that we cover on our tours. It was first used in the Tour de France in 1911 and has been used over 30 times by the Tour de France since 1947. The climb can be tackled from the north after the Col du Télégraphe (considered the harder of the two ascents) and from the south via the Col du Lautaret where the monument to Henri Desgrange the first director of the Tour de France is located.

The steepest section on both sides is saved until the last 1km of the climb with gradients hitting an average of 12.1%. The views from the top are truly stunning.

  • Chalet Polaris

    Chalet Polaris is charming, beautifully furnished and provides excellent accommodation for up to 10 people. Split over 3 floors the chalet is ideal for a couple of families with a large living space & fully equipped kitchen. Located in central Vaujany the magnificent south facing terrace provides wonderful views of the Grand Rousse massif & Alpe D' Huez. Chalet Polaris is just a 4 minute walk to the main lift station and next to the leisure centre. Here you will find a swimming pool with slide, sauna, hammam steam room, Spa, gym, Next to the Pool you will find a full size indoor ice rink, Ten Pin bowling , Restaurant and childrens nursery. Guests share this same convienience providing activity for all the family & ages all day & evening.

    • Sleeps 10
    • 4 min walk to the Ski Station
    • Amazing Location in the Heart of the Resort
    • Balcony Offering Mountain Views
    • Next to the Leisure Centre