Le Tour de France has finally started climbing the mountains. The tour has completed the stages in the Pyrenees and will be heading into the Alps in the upcoming days. The riders have passed through numerous ski towns and have many upcoming in next stages.
Riders finished one of the first mountain stages in Luz Ardiden. The ski resort has over 60km of trails that suit all skill levels. There are 15 lifts and a well-built ski and snowboard park. There are multiple ski schools for the beginners. The Tour has visited this site on seven occasions and most notable with Lance Armstrong winning in 2003.
In stage 14 the riders finished another large Pyrenees climb ending in Plateau de Beille home of winter ski resort Ariege. The area is host to many sports; skiing, hiking, caving exploring, paragliding, climbing and canoeing are some of the exciting activities that Plateau de Beille offers to its visitors.
Stage 18 is in the Alps and visits another mountain sports town. Serre-Chevalier has endless activities for tourists to visit. Hiking, climbing, skiing, and kayaking are some of the activities. With over 1100 acres to ski and 63 lifts the resort is a huge winter sports vacation get away.
Stage 19 is one of the most beloved stages in the tour and is often visited. Alpe d’Huez peak is 3,300 meters and has 21 hairpin turns on the accent to the top. The ski resort has over 300km of slopes and a terrain park. But the resort is also a summer get away. Averaging over 300 days of sun.
Make sure to watch Stage 18 on Thursday, July 21st and Stage 19 on the 22nd. These will be huge stages in the race and the winner of the stages could be the new leader in the race.