Even the cows are majestic - if slightly scary


For walkers and hikers, we are very close to the Vanoise National Park with its unique and varied flora and fauna.

Pairs of Golden Eagles can often be seen soaring overhead. Bearded vultures were introduced 20 years ago into the area and are often seen in the woods below the Aiguille Rouge. Kestrals and Buzzards are common sightings. Other birds seen by our guests include Snow Finches, Crag Martins, Black Redstarts, Alpine Choughs and Accentors and Wall Creepers. We keep a log book of sightings.

Even the local cows are majestic! They're called Tarines and are known as the Queen's of the Tarentaise.

We guarantee that you'll see Marmottes while out walking here! You are also likely to see Chamois and Bouquetins. The butterflies in the summer months are impressive in their variety and colours.

In summer, the snow gives way to stunning fields of colourful flowers in the alpine pastures which make it an artist's paradise. If you look carefully you can find the famous Edelweiss, as well as Genepi which gives its taste, as well as its name, to the popular local liqueur.

In early summer you can pick wild strawberries whilst later in the summer you’ll find wild raspberries and blueberries (myrtilles).