The resort of Les Saisies is a great playground for trail runners. Located in the heart of the Beaufortain massif in the Savoie department, southeastern France, this small family resort offers five routes for all levels of difficulty, all set in breathtaking alpine landscapes.
It’s not for nothing that François D'Haene (a local legend and three-time winner of the UTMB) and many other athletes have made it their base camp for training.
The concept of the trail station is directly inspired by the ski resorts. In the same place, you will find free marked routes classified according to their difficulty (green, blue, red and black).
Known by some as the ‘French Tyrol’ for the beauty of its panoramas and the unobstructed view of the surrounding mountains and Mont Blanc, this resort has also preserved the charm of its traditional architecture.
For the record, the name Saisies derives from the old French word 'saxe' and refers to a ‘rock’ or the ‘country of rocks’. Like most of the resorts in the Alps, Les Saisies was first and foremost a mountain pasture. The inhabitants lived off agriculture, livestock and forestry in near self-sufficiency. The development of the resort began in the early 1960s.
I advise you to do these Tours in summer or early autumn. Outside this period, the green pastures are covered in white gold. The resort is known for its exceptional snow in winter.
Les Saisies is located 40 minutes from Albertville. A coach service connects to the main trains at Albertville station (journey time is approximately 1.5 hours). During July and August, the shuttles are free. More info here: lessaisies.com/medias/documents/Permaliens/Navette_Nature_Beaufortain.pdf (in French).
Whether you’re an experienced runner or a novice, here are five marked trail routes starting from the village centre. Everything you need to start, improve and perfect your skills.
This small loop of 6.5 kilometers is perfect for beginners who want to discover the trail gently. Not only does it have little difference in altitude (210 meters) but it is very "rolling" as we say in the jargon.
After the climb to the Col de la Lézette, you can breathe and admire Mont Blanc in the distance…
We slightly increase the difficulty with this small loop of 11.6 kilometers and 360 meters of elevation. It takes place mainly on paths with gentle slopes both uphill and downhill.
The climb to the Légette pass allows you to warm up before returning on a false flat to the small Benetton lake.
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This 16 kilometer loop takes place between forests and mountain pastures on the rather gentle slopes of Mont Bisanne, which from its height of 1,941 meters is the highest point of the resort of Les Saisies.
From the summit, you continue on a descent of more than five kilometers, passing by the Croix de…
We increase the difficulty even more with this loop of 19 kilometers and 880 meters of elevation gain, walking between forest and meadows on the southern slope of the commune of Hauteluce.
After the climb to the Légette pass and around the Légette mountain, a long descent of more than five kilometers…
This fifth and final course in the “La station de trail des Saisies” collection is the most demanding. With its 47.5 kilometers and 2,130 meters of elevation, this loop is as physical as it is breathtaking. It makes it possible to connect sites such as the Col de Véry, the Col du Joly, and with the highlight…
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