Guzet-Neige

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Guzet-Neige
The Pyrenees seen from Guzet
The Pyrenees seen from Guzet
Location Aulus-les-Bains (Ariège)
Nearest city Saint-Girons
Coordinates 42°47′14″N 1°17′55″E / 42.78722°N 1.29861°E / 42.78722; 1.29861
Top elevation 2,100 m (6,890 ft)
Base elevation 1,100 m (3,609 ft)
Runs 32
Lift system 14
Website Official website

Guzet-Neige is a ski resort situated in the Haute-Ariège area of the Ariège department in the French Pyrénées. The climb to the ski station has been used three times as a stage finish in the Tour de France.

Location[edit]

Guzet is located between 1,100 m (3,600 ft) and 2,100 m (6,900 ft) in altitude, in Ariège in the heart of the Pyrenees.[1]

The resort is divided into three areas:

  • Guzet 1400
  • Prat-Mataou
  • Le Freychet

The resort can be accessed from two directions: from the west through the Ustou valley and east through the Col de Latrape from Aulus-les-Bains.

Facilities[edit]

There are 33 km (21 mi) of lift served runs and 3 km (1.9 mi) of cross country trails. The resort features a snowpark.[1]

Cycling[edit]

Details of the climb[edit]

The climb starts from the village of Seix on the River Salat and shares most of its route with that to the Col de Latrape from where there is a turn-off onto the D68, 1.0 km (0.6 mi) from the summit. From here there is a further 6 km (3.7 mi) climb to the ski station. In total from Seix, the climb is 23.7 km (14.7 mi) long. Over this distance, you climb 1,010 m (3,310 ft) at an average gradient of 4.3%, although the final section averages about 8%.[2]

Tour de France stage finishes[edit]

The climb to the ski station has been used three times as a stage finish in the Tour de France, most recently in 1995. It is ranked a first category climb.[3]

Year Stage Category Start of stage Distance (km) Height of
finish (m)
Stage winner Yellow jersey
1995 14 1 St-Orens-de-Gameville 164 1510  Marco Pantani (ITA)  Miguel Indurain (ESP)
1988 14 1 Blagnac 163 1515  Massimo Ghirotto (ITA)  Pedro Delgado (ESP)
1984 11 1 Pau 226.5 1480  Robert Millar (GBR)  Vincent Barteau (FRA)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Guzet-Neige". Ski-Areas: Pyrénées. www.pistehors.com. Retrieved 15 July 2012. 
  2. ^ "Guzet Neige: Seix". climbbybike. Retrieved 15 July 2012. 
  3. ^ "Guzet-Neige dans le Tour de France" (in French). ledicodutour. Retrieved 15 July 2012. 

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