Grand St Bernard Pass, The Swiss Side
The Swiss side descends away from the Grand St Bernard Refuge at the top of the pass through a narrow defile and thence to an open part of the valley where the Tunnel exits. There is a Parking Area here where in Winter Ski-Radonnee and other hardy types will leave their cars and skin up over the pass.
Below this the road descends on a gentle gradient down the right hand side (east) side of the valley eventually reaching the turn-off for Verbier (right) and thence Martigny in the valley. There is a gasoline available about half way down. The Swiss side of the pass does not have any of the curves of the Italian side nor the pleasant sunny southern aspect, nor the views.
In the above Photograph, the Exit from the Tunnel on the Swiss Side. of the Grand Saint Bernard Pass. The narrow defile and the head of the pass are behind you. The area over to the right is the top of the pass in winter. You can see a restaurant which caters to those coming up by automobile, some of whom will continue to ascend the pass on skis. The parking area is not cleared of snow and while ordinarly this is not a problem, should melting occur, followed by freezing at night, then the entire parking area will freeze in its chopped-up form, leaving ice ruts over which your vehicle cannot climb. I have had to chop my way out with ice axe and entrenching tool.
In the above Photograph, the Grand Saint Bernard Pass on the Swiss side, within the canopies which shield the road before it reaches the Tunnel Entrance Complex.
In the above two Photographs, heading down the Swiss side of the Grand St Bernard Pass under the Canopies.
+ SEE ALSO
- The Italian Job (1969)
- Verbier, CH
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