Puy de Sancy

Coordinates: 45°31′42″N 2°48′51″E / 45.52833°N 2.81417°E / 45.52833; 2.81417
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Puy de Sancy
Vue du puy de Sancy.JPG
Highest point
Elevation1,886 m (6,188 ft)
Prominence1,579 m (5,180 ft)
Isolation221.62 km (137.71 mi) Edit this on Wikidata
Coordinates45°31′42″N 2°48′51″E / 45.52833°N 2.81417°E / 45.52833; 2.81417
Native namePuèi de la Crotz (Occitan)
Puy de Sancy is located in France
Puy de Sancy
Puy de Sancy
LocationPuy-de-Dôme departement, France
Parent rangeMassif Central

Puy de Sancy (US: /ˌpw də sɒ̃ˈs/,[1] French: [pɥi d(ə) sɑ̃si]; Auvergnat: Puèi de la Crotz [ˈpœj də lɔ ˈkɾu(ts)], lit.''Mount of the Cross'') is the highest mountain in the Massif Central. It is part of an ancient stratovolcano which has been inactive for about 220,000 years.

The northern and southern slopes are used for skiing, and a number of cablecars and skilifts ascend the mountain. Skiing has been practised on the mountain since the early 20th century. Two local priests traversed the Puy de Sancy on skis in 1905. In 1936, a cable car link was built from Mont-Dore to one of the needles just below the summit. In December 1965, a cable car accident injured ten passengers and killed seven others. Super-Besse is another ski resort, located on the southwestern slope.

The valley to the north is also the source of two streams called Dore and Dogne, which unite to form the Dordogne, which flows through the nearby spa town of Mont-Dore and on to the Gironde estuary.

Puy de Sancy from the south


  1. ^ "Sancy, Puy de". Merriam-Webster Dictionary. Retrieved 24 August 2019.


  • Cattermole, Peter (2001), Auvergne, Classic Geology in Europe, vol. 2, Terra Publishing, ISBN 1-903544-05-X.

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