Super Besse

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Super Besse
The station and the foot of the ski slopes
The station and the foot of the ski slopes
Super Besse is located in France
Super Besse
Super Besse
Location within France
Location Besse-et-Saint-Anastaise
Nearest city Clermont-Ferrand
Coordinates 45°30′38.52″N 2°51′24.30″E / 45.5107000°N 2.8567500°E / 45.5107000; 2.8567500Coordinates: 45°30′38.52″N 2°51′24.30″E / 45.5107000°N 2.8567500°E / 45.5107000; 2.8567500
Top elevation 1,800 m (5,900 ft)
Base elevation 1,350 m (4,430 ft)
Runs 27
Lift system 23
Lift capacity 24,000 people/hour
Total length 43 km (27 mi)

Super Besse is a winter sports resort located in Massif Central, France.

Puy de Sancy from the south


Super Besse located in the commune of Besse-et-Saint-Anastaise (Parc naturel régional des volcans d'Auvergne in the department of Puy-de-Dôme, Auvergne). Situated approximately 50 km from Clermont-Ferrand, it is located at an altitude of 1350 m on the slopes of Puy de Sancy, Puy de la Perdrix and Puy Ferrand.


Super Besse in the evening

The on piste skiing consists of 43 km distributed on 27 tracks (5 green, 9 blue, 9 red and 4 black) between 1300 m and 1840 m altitude, on the south-eastern slope of Puy de Sancy. It contains 21 ski lifts. It also includes 125 km of cross-country skiing.

The resort includes:

  • 1 funitel with 20 places (new in 2008)
  • 4 chair-lifts
  • 16 ski-lifts.

Tour de France[edit]

Super-Besse hosted the first mountain finish of the 2008 Tour de France. The finish was at an altitude of 1289 m, whereas in previous years the finish was at 1350 m.

Tour de France stage finishes[edit]

Year Stage Start of stage Distance (km) Category of climb Stage winner Yellow jersey
2011 8 Aigurande 189 3 Rui Costa Thor Hushovd
2008 6 Aigurande 195.5 2 Alejandro Valverde Kim Kirchen
1996 13 Le Puy-en-Velay 177 3 Rolf Sørensen Bjarne Riis
1978 13 Figeac 221.5 3 Paul Wellens Joseph Bruyère

Alejandro Valverde is listed as the winner for the 2008 stage as original stage winner Riccardo Riccò was removed from the classification after testing positive for the banned performance enhancer CERA.

Details of climb[edit]

Starting from Besse-et-Saint-Anastaise (1040 m), the climb to Super Besse (1325 m) is 7.2 km long. Over this distance, the climb is 285 m (an average of 3.95%). The maximum gradient is 8.4%.

From the valley at Lomprat the total climb is 11 km at 4.7%.

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