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Tourist development

Orsières lies on the road to the Great Saint Bernard : an international route. It abuts the Mont Blanc massif. The Commune has three tourist zones : Orsières, La Fouly / Val Ferret and Champex-Lac.

In 1998, the Commune of Orsières affirmed its vocation as a tourist commune. This status allows the Commune to levy a tourism tax on those who profit from the local tourist industry.

Photo : Alphonse Darbellay

Communal regulations for the Tourism Development Tax (See)
Orsières and its surroundings

Surroundings :

  • some amazing alpine scenery
  • a natural lake must appreciated for its fishing
  • unspoilt landscapes
  • waymarked trails and themed walks for all levels of walker
  • a plethora of mountain huts
  • rich and varied alpine flora and fauna
  • a sunny climate
  • a renowned alpine botanical garden

The economy and tourism :

  • numerous firms and businesses
  • an important hydroelectric business
  • a competitive transport company
  • a healthy traditional farming sector
  • modern hotel and chalet rental facilities
  • two ski lift companies
  • two camp sites famous throughout Europe (La Fouly and Champex-Lac)

Leisure activites :

  • a wide variety of sports are on offer : skiing, hiking, cross country skiing, mountain biking, mountaineering, etc.
  • two ski resorts
  • modern sports facilities : sports hall, football pitch, tennis courts, swimming pool, climbing wall.

Cultural heritage :

  • a traditonal communal bread oven in each village
  • renowned "alpages"
  • an excellent raclette cheese
  • an authentic "désalpe"
  • local produce to discover
  • an annual arts and crafts market
  • a Christmas market
  • a time honoured Patron Saint's feast day celebration
  • a colourful carnival

photos : Alphonse Darbellay