St Jean d'Aulps
At 2244 metres above sea level, the horns of the Roc d'Enfer overlook a lesser known skiing area than its big neighbours in the valley, which has therefore been greatly preserved. It’s above St Jean d'Aulps, so that "l'Espace Roc d'Enfer" opens out onto the Portes du Soleil on the goat farm and the Bellevaux valley with 40 km of slopes surrounded by nature for beginners and more experienced skiers.
You don’t come to St Jean d'Aulps to show off on the slopes, ski to the rhythmn of a DJ who’s mixing tracks in the open air or stay out through the night; you go there for the calm of its village, the tranquillity of its slopes and their wild side when they wind through the trees; the pleasant feeling of have tracked down an exclusive location.
Nevertheless, St Jean d'Aulps is still connected to the rest of the French resorts on the Portes du Soleil thanks to the Balad'Aulps Bus, a shuttle which serves the entire Vallée d'Aulps area, Montriond, Morzine and Les Gets.
When you enter into the Vallée d'Aulps, it’s after having wound along the length of the Dranse for nearly 30km, on leaving the little tunnel of Tines, the horizon finally emerges and the peaks appear.
There, like guardians of the valley, the majestic ruins of the Abbey put things in context: it’s the village of Saint Jean d'Aulps which gave its name to this Haut Chablais valley, ("Valis de Alpibus", the vallée de l'Aulps signifies the Alps, Alpine pastures). As a result of the Abbey and the monks who lived there, Saint Jean d'Aulps is also the point of origin of all the surrounding villages. There’s quite a story to be uncovered in the Vallée d'Aulps, one of the cultural highlights of the area, which also includes a tea room, a potter’s, a herb garden...
Each summer, in the month of August, the Abbey and the village of St Jean d'Aulps are catapulted back to the age of knights to become, for one weekend, the scene of a grand medieval feast.