La Chapelle d'Abondance
With its 825 inhabitants, la Chapelle d'Abondance is a little village, an essentially friendly resort, for authentic holidays, far from the big, overpopulated resorts.
For fans of skiing, la Chapelle d'Abondance remains connected to Châtel, Abondance and the rest of the Portes du Soleil. But under the benevolent gaze of the peaks of the Cornettes de Bise, which received, in 2009, the title of "site of national importance", la Chapelle d'Abondance also invites returning to the roots, a return to nature. At the heart of a grandiose setting, the 35 km of Nordic ski trails (double tracking: skating and alternative) and marked trails for snowshoeing, allow you to therefore make the most of the vast white expanses while following animal footprints.
There’s a contemplative atmosphere, which was perhaps the origin of this town: Our Lady of Compassion and the Chapel of Saint Jacques, which gave its name to the village of la Chapelle d'Abondance, were founded in the 17th century and remind one of the passage of Saint Francis de Sales through the region.
As soon as the snow melts, the river in la Chapelle d'Abondance, the Dranse, swells, pastures green and Nature wakes up. In this framework, at the sight of the big farms and the herds of brown cattle around them, it would take little to imagine oneself at the beginning of the last century, because traditions remain very much alive in this mountain village.
Traditional livestock rearing, cheese-making and carving wooden doves at la Chapelle d'Abondance: these ancestral activities remain part of everyday life. They are described and explained to holidaymakers during various visits to fruit-growers, the goat farm or the chapel.
But from the links to the past here, holidays at la Chapelle d'Abondance are also synonymous with excitement: freewheeling downhill on the slopes of the Portes du Soleil, a mountain biking Mecca; refreshment and adrenaline in the waters of the Dranse; aerial passages in the Via Ferrata of Saix de Miolène...
It just goes to show how tradition and modernity can go very well together...