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Puy de Sancy
South face of Puy de Sancy viewed from Tour Carrée
South face of Puy de Sancy viewed from Tour Carrée
Highest point
Elevation 1,885 m (6,184 ft)
Prominence 1,578 m (5,177 ft)
Parent peak Monts Dore
Location Puy-de-Dôme departement, France
State/Province FR
Parent range Massif Central
Mountain type Stratovolcano
Puy sancy sud
Puy de Sancy from the south

Puy de Sancy (Occitan: Puèi de la Crotz, "Mount of the Cross") is a French mountain, the highest mountain in the Massif Central. It is part of an old stratovolcano which has been inactive for about 250,000 years.

Puy de Sancy is in the Puy-de-Dôme departement in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region. With an elevation of 1,885 m (6,184 ft) above sea level, it is the highest point of the department and of the region.


The mountain was called during the 19th century as Puy de la Croix ("Mount of the Cross") because there was a big cross on the summit (the top of the mountain). That name is kept in the Occitan language.


Puy de Sancy is in the Monts Dore, a chain of volcanic mountains in the centre of the Massif Central and at about 35 km (22 mi) to the southwest of Clermont-Ferrand; it is within the borders of the Parc naturel régional des volcans d'Auvergne ("Regional Nature Park of the Auvergne Volcanoes").

Several small rivers (streams) have their sources on the sides of Puy de Sancy. In the valley to the north of the mountain are the sources of two streams called Dore and Dogne; at an altitude of 1,370 m (4,495 ft), both streams are joined to form the Dordogne river.

Ski resorts

There are three ski stations (places where people go to practice skiing) on the slopes of Puy de Sancy: Super-Besse and Mont-Dore (together they are called the Grand Sancy) and Chastreix-Sancy.

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