Col du Sabot

The Sabot pass was a passage to Savoy, used by peddlers

About : Col du Sabot

The road up to the Sabot pass was made to facilitate the ascent to the mountain pastures, it extends the one from Vaujany, passes through La Villette and ends at the Sabot pass, with a breathtaking view of Mont Blanc.

This old pass, which used to be a way to get to Savoie (in patois, Sabot, "Sabaudia" means Savoie), has now been abandoned by its big brother, the Croix de Fer.

History, culture and heritage

ne of the boys in the family with commercial flair and glibness went off to sell dried flowers from the mountains, embroidery made during the long winter evenings and any other items bought on the way. It is reported that some peddlers reached the Balkans. The flower trade sometimes took men as far as Saint Petersburg, a rich, elegant clientele that loved alpine flowers: roots and bulbs of gentian, orchis, martagon lilies, sold at the highest price. (Gabrielle Sentis). Behind the Sabot pass, there was a border post, of which some ruins still exist. Savoie was attached to France in 1792 and was called the Mont Blanc department, which is clearly visible from the pass.

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