Savoy Prealps

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Savoy Prealps
Haute cime.jpg
Haute Cime (Dents du Midi)
Highest point
PeakHaute Cime des Dents du Midi
Elevation3,257 m (10,686 ft)
Coordinates46°09′39″N 6°55′23″E / 46.16083°N 6.92306°E / 46.16083; 6.92306Coordinates: 46°09′39″N 6°55′23″E / 46.16083°N 6.92306°E / 46.16083; 6.92306
Native namePréalpes de Savoie
CountryFrance / Switzerland
Région, Canton,Rhône-Alpes / Valais
Parent rangeAlps
Borders on
OrogenyAlpine orogeny
Age of rockTertiary
Type of rockSedimentary rocks[1]

The Savoy Prealps (Préalpes de Savoie in French) are a mountain range in the north-western part of the Alps. They are located in Rhône-Alpes (south-eastern France) and, marginally, in Valais (western Switzerland). Savoy Prealps encompass northernmost area of the French Prealps.


Administratively the French part of the range belongs to the French departments of Savoie, Haute Savoie and Isère while the Swiss one is divided between the districts of Saint-Maurice and Monthey. The whole range is drained by the Rhone river.


The Dent de Crolles, in the SW part of the range

The chief summits of the range are:

Name metres feet
Haute Cime des Dents du Midi 3,257 10,682
Tour Sallière 3,220 10,561
Mont Ruan 3,057 10,026
Aiguille du Belvédère 2,965 9,725
Pointe Percée 2,750 9,020
Le Brévent 2,525 8,282
Hauts-Forts 2,466 8,088
Mont de Grange 2,432 7,976
La Tournette 2,351 7,711
Arcalod 2,217 7,271
Trélod 2,181 7,153
Chamechaude 2,082 6,828
Dent de Crolles 2,062 7,763


  1. ^ Préalpes, article on Larousse encyclopeia (on line