Albiez le Vieux is an authentic mountain village, located 1 hour from Chambéry, above Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne.
At the heart of the mountains, the village and its hamlets are a haven of tranquility to relax and enjoy the fantastic scenery. Albiez Montrond Old and partnered in 1972 to form the municipality of Albiez-Montrond.
Composed of several hamlets, including - the Rieux, the Gouthier, Belleville - the highest and most important is the Chalmieu (altitude 1600 m), which had up to 240 inhabitants in 1875. Literally hanging from the pasture, we sometimes wonders what could motivate Neolithic men to settle here in the mountains (many traces of ancient occupation of the Iron age - about 500 BC -. including collapsed tombs containing pins bronze bracelets, brooches and amber beads).
Located in Maurienne, in the heart of Savoy, the village of Montrond (Latin Mons rotondus - rounded Mont -) dominated the northeast by the Cret de la Feisse to 1812 m and the superb Needles of Arves southeast at 3514 m, is mentioned for the first time in the year 1038. Today, the rural exodus has reduced the population to about thirty people in the year (twice in summer) with three families of farmers farmers Abondance cows that produce milk for the dairy cooperative of Saint Sorlin d'Arves used in the manufacture of Beaufort AOC an excellent rewarded many times at agricultural show in Paris. You can, if you wish, watch the milking outdoors, summer in the pastures, thanks to the "feature-phone". Pulled by a tractor, it will install the equipment necessary to trafficking in upland meadows and move to progressively moves the (gradual rise of animals). The milk is then lowered into the 4x4 then harvested every morning, weighed and taken away in Saint-Sorlin.
The school Chalmieu closed in 1973 and became a rural house. The school-age children go to primary Albiez le Vieux.
The climate is characterized by lots of sunshine, a long snow (almost 6 months), low rainfall (800 mm per year) and finally exceptional brightness. The sky Montrond plateau is often described as Mediterranean.
Formerly, these advantages have made it the country with wheat whole Country Arvan (named after the river which rises on the slopes of St Sorlin before flowing into the Arc) and wheat are gilded his ears up '1600 m altitude.