Sub-prefectures : Albertville, Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne
Surface: 6,028 km2
Specialities: Raclette, tartiflette, fondue, crozets (small square pasta), diots and pormoniers, (pork sausage cooked with white wine), Saint-Genix (bun with red pralines), Savoy cake, Savoy truffles, bugnes (beignets), génépi (liquor), cheese of Savoie (Tome des Bauges, Beaufort…) Sport clubs: Chambéry Savoie Handball (D1)
Competitions: Since the Albertville Olympics in 1992, Savoie has hosted several international sports events in numerous disciplines: alpine skiing, rowing, handball, yachting, canoeing, Nordic skiing, cycling. Rowing world championships in Aiguebelette in 2015. Criterium de la Premiere Neige in Val d’Isere, alpine skiing World Cup in Courchevel, mountain bike World Cup, Criterium du Dauphine.
Festivals: Musilac in Aix-les-Bains, Estivales en Savoie in Chambéry, Le Grand Bivouac in Albertville, European Film Festival in Les Arcs
Main tourist sites: Hautecombe Abbey (Bourget lake banks), château of the Dukes of Savoy (Chambery), forts of the Esseillon barrier (High Maurienne), National Park of La Vanoise, regionalenature parks in the massifs of Bauges and Chartreuse, lakes of Le Bourget and Aigeubelette.
Economy: tourism, food industry, ecological industries, mountain industries, composite material, telecom, metal works.
Websites / FB / Twitter : www.savoie.fr / www.facebook.com/Savoie-Le- D%C3%A9partement-153155071431222 / twitter.com/SavoieDepart
VILLARD-SUR-DORON (Pop: 670)
The pretty Beaufortain village is the hometown of Marie Bochet, quadruple Paralympic ski champion in Sochi and in Pyongcheang in which she was France’s flag-bearer. Above the village is the Bisanne 1500 ski resort that the peloton visited for the first time in 2016. Rafal Majka was then first at the top.
Parc National de La Vanoise
LES SAISIES (Pop: 800 in Hauteluce)
The Tour often rode through the ski resort, a Nordic skiing and Alpine skiing haven known for the Piccard dynasty, the most famous of them being Franck, the first ever Super-G Olympic champion in 1988 in Calgary.
In WWII, col des Saisies became a refuge for the Resistance. On August 1, 1944, under the codename Ebonite took place the largest arms delivery to the French Resistance by the Allies – 78 flying fortresses flew from London and dropped 899 containers of arms destined for the 3,000 men of the Savoy maquis.
Le barrage de Roselend
Dams are used to regulate water flows and to produce electricity. Their structure depends a lot on the topography of the place. the Roselend dam posed a particular problem because a deep gorge cut into the valley floor. The cleverness, for this specific part, was to adopt the structure of the vault of a viaduct pivoted by 90°.
MNHN – Patrick De Wever, professeur
BEAUFORT (Pop: 2,100)
Overlooking the Doron, the vestiges of the château de Beaufort, built on the site of a Roman villa, reflect the long history of the village. Home of the Beaufort lords, the King of France and the House of Savoy, the castle has been inhabited since the 16th century by religious congregations. Beaufort is also famous for giving its names to a famous cheese made in the Beaufortain, Tarentaise and Maurrenne valleys. Beaufort has been protected by an AOC appellation since 1968. It has been dubbed “the King of the Gruyeres”. It is made from whole milk produced by cows of the Tarine or Abondance breeds. Beaufort is also the village of writer Roger Frison-Roche, who discovered the beauties of the mountain which inspired most of his works here before settling in Chamonix.
BOURG-SAINT-MAURICE (see next stage)
SEEZ (Pop: 2,400)
The village centre is located at an altitude of 900 metres in the heart of a mountain range reaching 3,000 metres. The name Seez comes from the Latin sextum meaning the 6th milestone. The village was built on the site of this milestone, an important stage on the Roman way linking Vienne to Milan by Col du Petit-Saint-Bernard.
Le village was also the seat of the ancient county of Val d’Isere. The commune was marked by this historical and cultural past. It is now ideally placed at the heart of the Haute-Tarentaise valley, close to ski resorts such as Les Arcs, Tignes, Val d’Isere or Sainte-Foy Tarentaise. Seez is linked to the international San Bernardo ski domain by the Ecudets ski lift.
LANDSCAPE OF THE DAY
Beaufortain / Val d’Arly
An extension of the Mont Blanc mountain range, this region feels similar to the landscapes of Haute-Savoie and Switzerland with its predominance of forest and mountain pastures. This is the land of a thousand chalets, those iconic dwellings built into the mountainsides. We cross the listed area of Col du Cormet de Roseland, an historic mountain pasture on the Beaufortain massif, shaped by human activity since the Middle Ages - and probably where the very first Beaufort cheese was born.
MONTVALEZAN (Pop: 700)
One of the most famous locals is alpine skier Joel Chenal, who was giant slalom Olympic silver-medallist in Sestriere in 2006. The La Rosiere ski resort is on the commune’s territory.
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