The Col des Aravis links Flumet in the Val d'Arly with La Clusaz and Thones on the North/West side of the col. It has a height of 1468m.
The climb from Flumet is 12km and gains 570m in altitude giving it an average gradient of just under 5%.
The ascent from Thones is about 19km long with a height gain of 860m and an average gradient of 4.5%.
This has been a regular feature in the Tour de France, it has been used 39 times in the race. The most recent was in 2010 on a tough stage from Morzine to St Jean de Maurienne.
MAP OF THE COL DES ARAVIS
ROAD BIKE ON THE COL DES ARAVIS
We normally climb the Aravis from the Flumet side as this is the closest to our Chalet Grange a Charlotte in Les Allues.
The road starts with a short climb of about 1.5km at around 6%. The next 3kms are very gentle until just before the village of Giettaz. The remaining 7kms climb up at around 6-8%.