Col de Balme

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About this trail
The Col de Balme is the pass between France and Switzerland at the head of the Chamonix valley. It will wow you with one of the finest alpine vistas on the planet. You'll be able to feast your eyes on Mont Blanc and much more before ordering your coffee and gateau at the alpine cafe-restaurant that perches on the pass.
To get there from the top of the Charamillon ski lift you follow the signs to the Col des Posettes (1997m). At that col turn right on the 4x4 track that heads up to the Col de Balme.

From the col (pass) you can ride down into Switzerland (following the Tour du Mont Blanc trail) or take the singletrack that runs under the ski lift back down to the village of Le Tour.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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September 19, 2017
Review: Col de Balme isn't really a destination per se. It is the start of some of the best riding in the Chamonix valley (Col des Posettes, Catogne, Les Herbagères) or to Trient in Swizerland. The singletrack to Trient via Croix de Fer and Catogne is one of the best in the alps.

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October 9, 2016
Review: This is just one of a whole raft of mountain biking options from Chamonix which is France's top alpine destination. There is a good introduction here:
The Col de Balme is heaven on a fine day and the ride up from the top of the Charamillon ski lift is about an hour's easyish ride. The way back down on the singletrack under the lift needs advanced skills. There are easy four wheel drive track alternatives.

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Col de Balme MTB Trail 4.00 out of 5 based on 2 ratings. 2 user reviews.
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