Sub-prefecture of Savoie (73)
Stage town for the seventh time
Population: 19,500 (Albertvillois), 62,284 for the Arlysère agglomeration community (39 communes)
Specialities: diots (sausages), polenta. Region of Beaufort cheese, Tome des Bauges, Savoy wines (white & red) from the vineyards of Albertville.
Personalities: Jean Moulin (sub-prefect of Albertville from 1925 to 1930), Michel Barnier (co-president of the 1992 Olympic Games, former minister and former European Commissioner), Joseph Fontanet (former minister), Jean-Luc Crétier (alpine skiing, Olympic champion at the 1998 Olympic Games), Justine Braisaz-Bouchet (biathlon, Olympic champion at the 2022 Olympic Games), Julia Pereira (snowboard, silver medal at the 2018 Olympics), Paul Guiguet (cyclist), Marc Vinco (mountain biker), Joseph Carletti, Michel Bibollet, Patrick Pecchio (cyclists), Gilles Burgat (world trial motorbike champion), Julien Lizeroux (skiing), Jérémy Masson (short track), Alain Bar (engraver), Nicola Folmer (jazz musician), Rémi Deval (comic artist)
Sport: 40 sports associations (7,500 members). Competitions: The Sapaudia (Albertville-Monaco solidarity cycling tour). White festival at the Olympic Hall in 2018.
Culture: the DOME, a major cultural centre built in 1991 for the cultural programming of the Olympic Games, hosts temporary exhibitions in the hall, has a media library and an arthouse cinema (2 screens). Théâtre de Maîstre created in 1913 (436 seats). Salle de la Pierre du Roy, created in 1976 (capacity: 1,000)
Economy: administrative town (courthouse, finance office, hospital, etc.). A future ZAC (concerted development zone) will complete the Olympic Park in order to see the establishment of companies linked to sports activities. Sectors of activity: cleaning, air conditioning, heating, plumbing, masonry, etc. Ugitech steelworks, world leader in long stainless steel products (1,500 employees).
Festivals: Alpine Garden Festival (May), Bicycle Festival (June), International Military Music Festival (July, 42nd edition), Albertville Jazz Festival (July). Médiévales de Conflans. Le Grand Bivouac (travel festival, October). Neige et Glace (November).
Labels: town of art and history / tourist cycling town (awarded by the FFCT) / town in bloom with 3 flowers / involved in Agritourism and the "vignobles et découvertes" label
Websites and social networks: www.albertville.fr / www.arlysere.fr / www.pays-albertville.com / www.savoie.fr / www.savoie-mont-blanc.com / www.facebook.com/Albertville.fr / @Albertville_fr / https://www.instagram.com/ville_albertville/?hl=fr / facebook.com/savoiemontblanc / @SavoieMontBlanc
Still a land of games
Albertville is located at the crossroads of valleys and on one of the largest ski areas in the world (Pays du Mont-Blanc and Tarentaise). Close to Annecy, Chambéry, Grenoble and Lyon and at the centre of some of the richest nature reserves in Europe (Vanoise and Grand Paradis national parks, Massif des Bauges regional nature park), it has made a sustained effort to promote sporting activities and top-level sportsmen and women, which gives it a dynamic image where companies specialising in mountain sports can naturally set up.
30 years ago, Albertville hosted the Winter Olympic Games with 64 nations present and 1801 athletes for 57 events, 18 of which took place in Albertville. Thanks to this global event, Albertville has developed numerous infrastructures that enable it to host major sporting and cultural events. Albertville has been awarded the "Land of the Games" label and is recognised as a "Games Preparation Centre" with its partners Arlysère, Les Saisies and the French Ski Federation thanks to a training strategy based at altitude and in the valley. Within the framework of Paris 2024, the National Olympic and Paralympic Committees can call on the expertise and know-how of this region. The new Campus des Métiers de la Montagne (Mountain Trade Campus), which hosts professional training organisations, is part of this dynamic, which shows that the Games are still alive in Albertville.
ALBERTVILLE AND CYCLING
For a long time, the riders of the Tour were content to cross Albertville to reach the valleys of the Tarentaise or Beaufortain, but recently, they have been stopping here regularly since this will be the fifth visit of the peloton in less than ten years. The first two have allowed the French to shine. In 2012, Pierre Rolland took advantage of the dynamic format of the stage to win in La Toussuire-Les Sybelles. In 2016, Romain Bardet pulled off a coup on the approach to Saint-Gervais Mont Blanc to win the stage and take second place overall. In 2018, Geraint Thomas took the Yellow Jersey at La Rosière and kept it all the way. Finally, in 2019, Vincenzo Nibali avenged a failed Tour by winning a short stage to Val Thorens, shortened by 70 km due to bad weather. Egan Bernal had, that day, definitively consolidated his Yellow Jersey. The Olympic city is a good place for the Colombian, who won the Tour de l'Avenir in 2017 by winning the stage Albertville-Sainte-Foy. That same year, Albertville was on the route of the Critérium du Dauphiné and saw the victory of Danish rider Jakob Fuglsang on the plateau de Solaison.
Henry Dujol Olympic Park
Albertville was transformed by the Games. The Olympic Park and the Dome cultural centre, the Henri Dujol Olympic Stadium, renamed after the former mayor of Albertville from 1971 to 1995, were built for the Games. In the centre, the 53-metres-high Olympic mast (bronze-coloured) around which the opening and closing ceremonies took place in February 1992. Many people remember the dancers of choreographer Philippe Decouflé (1961) jumping from this mast during the opening ceremony, hanging from elastic bands. The speed skating events were also held here (the rink has since been transformed into a football and athletics stadium). Nearbý the Totem indicating the directions and distances to the other Olympic venues from Albertville. After the games, the park waś reconverted into a sports ground (football, rugby, fitness trail, archery) and retained some of the Olympic equipment.
Next to it́ the Olympic Hall where figure skating and short-track events were held (110 m long, 81 m wide, 25 m high, 8,600 m2 surface, by architect Jacques Kalisz). Today it is an ice rink and a climbing wall (the largest in Europe...) As for the 8 m cauldron, with a diameter of 4.7 m, designed by Philippe Starck and lit by Michel Platini on 8 February 1992, it was installed nearby.
National Centre for French Ski Teams
It was delivered by the town in spring 2016 to the French Ski Federation: it is a complete sports complex of 3,260 m² on three levels, in which athletes can train in optimal conditions (apparatus and acrobatic rooms, recovery and cryotherapy rooms, weight training, cardio-training, stretching, athletics track...)
Medieval town of Conflans
It is home to restaurants and craft shops as well as the Maison Rouge (1397), a listed building, home to the Albertville Museum of Art and History and the Savoy Heritage Museum dedicated to Baroque art, the Saracen Tower (11th century), the Baroque church of St Graat (1701) with its listed pulpit and altarpiece, the Manuel de Locatel Castle and the Red Castle.
Notre-Dame de l'Assomption Church in Conflans
Listing: listed as a historical monument in 1989.
Foundation: built in the 18th century.
Style: baroque and neo-classical.
History: burnt down in 1632, the church was temporarily repaired and then rebuilt in 1701.
Characteristics: a masterpiece of Savoy baroque and neo-classical art, its atypical double bulbous bell tower can be seen from all over the Albertville valley.
Museum of Art and History or Maison Rouge
Foundation: built in the 14th century.
History: building where, for the first time, red brick in the Florentine style was used for construction. Conflans was the only village to use it (for about a quarter of a century), but traditional stone soon reappeared.
Current use: houses the ethnographic and history museum on the life of Savoyards in the past, and the Centre for studies and research on snow and avalanches.
Listing: Historical Monument in 1904 and 1913.
Everyone knows tartiflette, which warms the stomach during the cold winters in Haute-Savoie, but its variant, croziflette, is also gaining new fans. Like for tartiflette, you need reblochon, ham or bacon, fresh cream and onions, but the potatoes are replaced by crozets, the square pastas which are an integral part of Savoy gastronomy. All gratinated and served hot!