Cotian Alps – weather, map, guide.

Information about the Kotia Alps. Tips on guides, maps and weather. Due to its location, the Cotian Alps have excellent conditions for both summer and winter tourism.

Climbing Monte Viso – in German.

The Kotis Alps are part of the Western Alps. They are located on the French-Italian border, north of the Cote d’Azur. Their highest peak is located entirely on the Italian side of Monte Viso, 3843 meters above sea level. Magnificent, harsh, mountain views attract many tourists here. Most of them are, of course, skiers who appreciate the local well-prepared ski runs around Risoul – Vars and the relative peace and less crowds than in the largest resorts further north in the areas of Grenoble or Chamonix.

Cotian Alps – weather

Despite the fact that the Cotian Alps are located in the south of France and not far from here to the Cote d’Azur of the Mediterranean Sea, it should not be forgotten that high altitudes significantly affect the harshness of the climate. Above 2,500 meters, there is permanent snow cover and a glacier. It also means that despite the sun’s rays, the temperatures are lower here than on the coast. In addition, it should be remembered that the Western Alps paradise is one of the wettest parts of these mountains. Precipitation totals in this area reach up to 4,000 mm per year.

Cotian Alps – temperature and rainfall

Due to its location, the Cotian Alps have excellent conditions for both summer and winter tourism. In summer it is very warm here, but not hot. In turn, winters are snowy but relatively mild. Good skiing conditions are additionally influenced by the fact that year-round snow cover remains at heights. The tables below show the average temperatures during the year and the number of rainy days during the year. Average temperatures during the year – in degrees Celsius

January February March April May June July August September October November December
2 4 8 13 18 21 24 23 19 13 7 2

Average number of rainy days in the following months

January February March April May June July August September October November December
3 4 6 8 8 10 6 6 5 7 7 5

Cotian Alps – which guides and map to choose

When going to the Cotian Alps, it is good to take a guide and a map with you so that you do not get nervous on the spot and see what is most noteworthy. When choosing a guide, one should be guided primarily by the nature of the trip. If your main focus is on sightseeing tours, it is worth taking a look at one of the general French guides. They are published, among others, by Pascal, Wiedza i Życie and English-language Lonely Planet. On the other hand, if we plan mountain hiking, it is better to use specialist guides. One of the best is the Alpine Three-thousanders guide. Volume III, Western Alps published by Sklep Podrónika. It is good to take maps with you as well. First of all, the road map of France as well as more detailed maps of the region. For motorized tourists, the Michellin company offers two tourist and car maps of these areas on a scale of 1: 200,000:

  • Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur
  • Rhone-Alpes

When going on mountain trips, it is worth taking with you accurate tourist maps covering smaller areas. The vast majority of them are published by local French publishing houses.