Puy de Sancy (Auvergnat: puèi de la Crotz, "Mount of the Cross") is the highest mountain in the Massif Central. It is part of an ancient stratovolcano which has been inactive for about 220,000 years.
The northern and southern slopes are used for skiing, and a number of cablecars and skilifts ascend the mountain. Skiing has been practised on the mountain since the early 20th century. Two local priests traversed the Puy de Sancy on skis in 1905. In 1936, a cable car link was built from Mont-Dore to one of the needles just below the summit. In December 1965, a cable car accident injured ten passengers and killed seven others. Super-Besse is another ski resort, located on the southwestern slope.
The valley to the north is also the source of two streams called Dore and Dogne, which unite to form the Dordogne River, which flows through the nearby spa town of Mont-Dore and on to the Gironde estuary.
There's a demading hiking trail (T3) leading to the summit. Puy de Sancy is one of the 4 peaks along the multi-day Tour des volcans et lacs d'Auvergne.
By elevation Puy de Sancy is
# 1 out of 4 in Vallée de la Fontaine Salée # 1 out of 16 in Réserve naturelle de Chastreix-Sancy # 1 out of 714 in Parc naturel régional des Volcans d'Auvergne # 1 out of 770 in Puy-de-Dôme # 1 out of 9119 in the Massif Central
By prominence Puy de Sancy is
# 1 out of 4 in Vallée de la Fontaine Salée # 1 out of 16 in Réserve naturelle de Chastreix-Sancy # 11 out of 35442 in France # 1 out of 714 in Parc naturel régional des Volcans d'Auvergne # 5 out of 9907 in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes # 1 out of 770 in Puy-de-Dôme # 1 out of 9119 in the Massif Central
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