Alpe des Chaux… today
Nestling at an altitude of 1,550 metres, Alpe des Chaux is a family-oriented mountain destination at the heart of the “Alpes Vaudoises”. It is situated between the Dents du Midi, the Massif of Argentine with its imposing rock face called “Miroir d’Argentine”, and the Massif des Diablerets with its Glacier which offers a host of sports activities throughout the year.
At just 1 hour 50 minutes from Geneva, and at the gateway to the Valais, this spectacular setting offers breathtaking views. Adjoining the Villars - Gryon - Diablerets ski area, which is suitable for all the family, there is something for everyone: peace and quiet and a well-deserved rest or a wide range of leisure activities, extending throughout the year. Choose from hikes, mountain excursions, mountain bike trails and snowshoe walks as well as all the thrills of skiing.
Extending over a hundred hectares and surrounded by pasture land, Alpe des Chaux faces due south and contains some 400 units of accommodation including individual chalets and apartment complexes in a number of hamlets all perfectly integrated into the natural environment.
The Alpe des Chaux management seeks to maintain this peaceful lifestyle, far away from the bustle of city life and to offer guests all the tranquillity they desire with the support of the SAS (Société d’Animation et de Services – Coordination and Services Company), through the provision of quality services.
Alpe des Chaux… in the past
Close your eyes and let’s go back in time… to the 1960s, to 1964 in fact. In March of that year, the very first United Nations Conference on trade and development took place in Geneva; in the US, Congress passed the Civil Rights Act to protect minority groups; but above all this was the year when François Mentha’s firm of architects visited Alpe des Chaux to take the first photos of what was to become a glorious personal and architectural adventure some years later.
With three investors and one Geneva-based architect on board, building work began in 1968 on the hamlet of Les Fracherets, the ski lift and the barn conversion of the Etable de Frience into a refuge due to open at Christmas 1968!
The nucleus of the Alpe des Chaux mountain estate was born.
Referred to as an “anti-resort”, word got out about Alpe des Chaux and the estate went on to win a European award in Brussels for its original and innovative design.
“An anti-resort with a degree of importance certainly, a separate mini universe where other people can be left behind and a somewhat eco-centric outlook is cultivated i.e. taking advantage of the proximity of nearby resorts while enjoying the luxury of living at the heart of an environment offering forest walks and mountain excursions […]” to quote the words of Sylvain Schimek (first Director of the resort) in an article written in 1980.
Comfort, peace and quiet, amenities, a happy, carefree lifestyle, pure air, sunshine, paradise, tranquil landscapes, nature treated with respect, courtesy, a warm welcome, winter and summer sports, Swiss-style quality – your next holiday! Excerpt from a 1973 advert.
From 1976 to 1980 5 architects saw the construction of the Petites Maraîches and Les Belluardes, together with the Combe du Scex, Les Egrallets and Aiguerousse chalets, then in 1981 work began on L’Armaille, la Golèze and Primpiau etc.
And so the story goes on… between 1964 and today, the ideas of a small team of forerunners to today’s internet, the hard graft of workers and the pride of property owners… this is the story to date. It’s down to us, to you, now to continue to contribute to this fine adventure.