The Col de Vars connects the Queyras and Guillestre
with the Mercantour and Barcelonnette,
two regions with outstanding cols.
The Col de Vars is not very remarkable
but its northern side bridges quite an elevation difference (1113 m).
Unfortunately the road is busy
and the surroundings are not always attractive
due to ski resorts.
The tour starts where the D902A splits from the N94.
Steepness increases at the junction with the road to Risoul
and is then quite constant (mostly 7-9%) for the next 7.5 kilometers.
After that the slope is reduced and the climb
is even interrupted by a few counter-descends.
The following section, passing Ste-Marie-de-Vars and Les Claux,
is harder again (7-8%).
The final 3-4 kilometers when the ski resorts are left behind
and small lakes decorate the valley
are the most beautiful.
Be aware of the Refuge Napoléon.
A piece of cake is at 6.5 Euro.