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For the racehorse, see Chamrousse (horse).
Part of the ski area, viewed from Recoin
Part of the ski area, viewed from Recoin
Chamrousse is located in France
Coordinates: 45°06′33″N 5°52′28″E / 45.1092°N 5.8744°E / 45.1092; 5.8744Coordinates: 45°06′33″N 5°52′28″E / 45.1092°N 5.8744°E / 45.1092; 5.8744
Country France
Region Rhône-Alpes
Department Isère
Arrondissement Grenoble
Canton Domène and Vizille
Intercommunality Pays du Grésivaudan
 • Mayor (2014–2020) Philippe Cordon
Area1 13 km2 (5 sq mi)
Population (2009)2 459
 • Density 35/km2 (91/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 38567 / 38410
Elevation 1,384–2,440 m (4,541–8,005 ft)

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Chamrousse is a ski resort in southeastern France, in the Belledonne Mountain Range near Grenoble in the Isère department. It is located in a commune of the same name and is situated on the Recoin at 1,650 m (5,413 ft) and the Roche Béranger at 1,750 m (5,741 ft). The ski-lifts reach the Cross of Chamrousse at 2,253 m (7,392 ft).


Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1975 533 —    
1982 607 +13.9%
1990 544 −10.4%
1999 518 −4.8%
2011 460 −11.2%


Chamrousse hosted the six alpine skiing events at the 1968 Winter Olympics, where Jean-Claude Killy of France won three gold medals in the men's events. All women's events took place at Recoin de Chamrousse, located 2 km (1.2 mi) away.[1]

Skiing at Chamrousse[edit]

There are more than 90 km (56 mi) of downhill runs at Chamrousse and 24 ski lifts. There are also 37 km (23 mi) of trails for cross-country skiing. Cross-country skiing can be practised from the opening of the resort to early or mid-April.

Cycle racing[edit]

Details of the climb[edit]

The road to the ski station starts at Uriage-les-Bains from where the climb is 19 km (12 mi) long, gaining 1,235 m (4,052 ft) in altitude, at an average gradient of 6.5%. There are several sections in excess off 11% in the early stages of the climb.[2] For the Tour de France, the summit is at an altitude of 1,730 m (5,680 ft).[3]

The ski station can also be reached by a more northerly route, from Uriage-les-Bains via Saint-Martin-d'Uriage. This climb is 18.2 km (11.3 mi) gaining 1,315 m (4,314 ft) in altitude, at an average gradient of 7.2%.[4]

Tour de France[edit]

The climb of Chamrousse was used in the mountain time-trial in the 2001 Tour de France. Lance Armstrong won the stage (#11) on 18 July 2001,[3] when he took just over an hour to complete the hors categorie climb from Grenoble to the ski resort.[citation needed] In 2012, Armstrong was disqualified from winning this stage, following the Lance Armstrong doping case.[3]

The ski station was re-visited by the race on 18 July 2014.[5] The winner of the 197 km (122 mi) stage 13 from Saint-Étienne was the Italian Vincenzo Nibali who increased his lead over his nearest rivals, with Richie Porte, who began the day second overall, losing nine minutes on the climb.[6]


  1. ^ 1968 Winter Olympics official report. pp. 77-84. (English) & (French)
  2. ^ "Chamrousse - Sud - Uriage les Bains". climbbybike. Retrieved 18 July 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c "Chamrousse dans le Tour de France" (in French). ledicodutour. Retrieved 18 July 2014. 
  4. ^ "Chamrousse - Uriage les Bains". climbbybike. Retrieved 19 July 2014. 
  5. ^ "Stage 13: Saint-Étienne to Chamrousse". Tour de France. Amaury Sport Organisation. Retrieved 18 July 2014. 
  6. ^ "Tour de France: Vincenzo Nibali wins stage 13 to extend lead". BBC Sport. 18 July 2014. Retrieved 19 July 2014. 

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