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The Aravis Gateway

Massif des Aravis
Département et Région : Haute-Savoie and Auvergne Rhône-Alpes (AURA)
Principal passes : col des Aravis and col de la Colombière
Étape sur Route des Grandes Alpes® : Le Grand-Bornand / Beaufort-sur-Doron and variant Le-Grand-Bornand / Lescheraines


Suggestions for cycling loops around Saint-Jean-de-Sixt

Our grands cols

Starting from Saint-Jean-de-Sixt the ascent to the col des Aravis won't let you rest! Before you can enjoy this jewel of the Alps, which rises majestically between Haute-Savoie and Savoie, you'll need to embark on a spectacular ascent punctuated by dizzying switchbacks. At an altitude of 1486 metres, it is one of the region's must-sees, offering breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding peaks.
Nearby, the col de la Colombière stands out for its steep slopes and breathtaking alpine scenery. At an altitude of 1613 meters, it is a major challenge for thrill-seeking cyclists, who are rewarded with grandiose panoramas of the surrounding massifs.
But the Aravis passes are not limited to these two giants. The Col de la Croix Fry, the Col de la Forclaz... Each ascent is an adventure in its own right, where physical effort is combined with contemplation of the wild, unspoilt nature of the Alps.

Events around cycling

An unmissable part of the Tour de France as well as the critérium du Dauphiné Libéré, Saint-Jean-de-Sixt's geographical location has enabled it to witness the passage of riders setting out on the col des Aravis or the col de la Colombière. Every passage of the Tour de France or the Dauphiné is a feast that the people of Saint-Jeand celebrate.

Coming winter

Neighboring the resorts of La Clusaz and the Grand-Bornand, Saint-Jean-de-Sixt is the ideal base camp for skiing in the Aravis mountains. A free ski bus service gives you access to the ski area of both resorts without using your vehicle.
Explore the magnificent snow-covered landscapes on snowshoe hikes: 5 circuits, two of which are groomed, an excellent way to discover winter nature while getting some exercise.

Take advantage of our two safe toboggan runs to share good times with the family.
Spa and wellness:after an active day outdoors, relax and recharge your batteries at the Chalet à bulle (Hôtel Beau Site).
Cultural visit:Explore the area's cultural heritage by visiting historical sites or local museums.

Other events

Saint-Jean de Sixt has a rich and vibrant local life throughout the year.

  • Festival de la caricature.
  • Saint Jean de Zik: concerts every Friday evening in summer.
  • 2 nightly craft markets.
  • 2 vides-greniers: July 14 and August 15.
  • Christmas market:One weekend in December.
  • Arrival of Santa Claus.

And a winter and summer entertainment program for young and old. Find out all about us on our website


Find all our information on our website www.saintjeandesixt.com


The map



  • What major Alpine resorts is Saint-Jean-de-Sixt equidistant from?
    When coming from Annecy and the valley, the traffic circle at the entrance to Saint-Jean-de-Sixt serves Le Grand-Bornand (left) and La Clusaz (right)

  • In the heart of which mountain range is Saint-Jean-de-Sixt nestled?
    The Aravis range, whose highest point is Pointe Percée (2750 m).

  • What are the two major Alpine passes accessible from Saint-Jean-de-Sixt?
    The Col de la Colombière (1613 m), above Le Grand-Bornand, 12 kilometers away.
    The Col des Aravis (1486 m), above La Clusaz, 10 kilometers away.

  • To which variant of Route des Grandes Alpes® does Saint-Jean-de-Sixt give access?
    To the Lac d'Annecy variant : it follows the Col du Marais, the Val Sulens, the Sources du Lac territory, the cycle path around Lake Annecy, before joining the Bauges massif in the ascent of the Col de Leschaux (897 m).


Motorway access
- Motorway A41, exit Annecy Nord: 32km. Follow Thônes, Aravis resorts
- A40 freeway, Bonneville exit: 20km. Follow stations des Aravis

By train
- Annecy TGV station: 30km
- Valserhône TGV station: 70km

- Geneva-Cointrin International Airport: 50km
Lyon Saint-Exupéry Airport: 150km



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