Montmin, Alpine Village

The village of Montmin is comprised of seven hamlets, totalling some two hundred inhabitants. The seven hamlets occupy a four-mile long valley which is bordered on the west by Mt. Chenevier, and on the east by the impressive and snow-capped Tournette massif. Local legend states that Noah's Ark landed at the Col de l'Aulp, whose valley is indeed shaped like a ship; Noah is claimed to have planted the lakeside vineyards of Talloires which produced wines and brandy until the 1950s. The mean elevation of the village is 1000 meters, or 3250 feet above sea level. First settled in the early Middle Ages,shortly after the year 1000, the hamlets were farming communities that existed almost entirely independent of the outside world until the advent of modern transportation.

With the arrival of modern roads and vehicles, Montmin has become a tourist attraction reknowned for the scenic Col de la Forclaz mountain pass, one of the premier hang-gliding and paragliding sites in Europe. Montmin recently hosted the 1995 Hang-Gliding Championships of France. And in July 1997 Montmin watched the Tour de France bicycle race come through the community, up from Faverges, over the Col de la Forclaz and back down toward Bluffy and the high Alps to the east. Unlike its neighbors in the high Alps (La Clusaz, Megève, etc.), Montmin has not become a vast urbanized winter playground crisscrossed with ski lifts and dotted with large hotels and apartment buildings. Cautious zoning and deliberately limited development have allowed Montmin to retain much of its charm as a quiet agricultural community, even though it is a mere twenty minutes from downtown Annecy.

In the winter, Montmin's small ski lifts are known as a good place for beginning and intermediate skiers; many of the villagers are certified ski instructors, and many children of the Annecy and Faverges area first learned to ski in Montmin. In the summer, the same lifts are used for summer sports. Montmin's principal claim to fame is as the starting point of several popular hiking trails, including the scenic climb up Mt Tournette, the tallest mountain overlooking Lake Annecy.

There are three hotels and several restaurants in Montmin. These offer comfortable accommodations and traditional Savoy country cooking. The local cheese dairy farms produce the reknowned Tomme and Reblochon cheeses for which the area is famous.



The village has just opened a campground and chalet in the unspoiled and scenic Pré-Vérel. Formerly a farmer's refuge, the building has been restored and brought up to code. It offers
a small camping ground refuge (sleeping quarters) for groups a restaurant
It is open every day in July and August, as well as weekends in Spring and Autumn. Information and reservations available by calling (0) 607.135.072

Please contact the Tourism Office of Faverges (TEL:(0)450.446.024) or the Mairie de Montmin (Town Hall) (TEL:(0)450.607.105, FAX:(0)450.607.823) for more information about Montmin and its neighboring communities.

Page and images © 1996, 1999 by Robert F. Jeantet
updated Mar 24 1999

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