Les Contamines-Montjoie

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TownLes Contamines-Montjoie
Insee code74085
AltitudeFrom 999 to 3880 meters
Surface43.55 km²
Population1225 inhabitants
Density28 inhabitants/km²


National labelSaint-Gervais-les-Bains at 9.1 km (12 min)
Chief townAnnecy (at 95 km, 72 min)Saint-Nicolas-de-Véroce at 9.1 km (12 min)
DepartmentHaute-SavoiePassy at 16.3 km (26 min)
RegionRhône-AlpesSearch another town


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Nestled at the foot of Mont Blanc at 1164 m altitude, the village of Les Contamines-Montjoie has all the riches, charm and personality of an authentic mountain village resort.


  • Winter is a little corner of paradise has combined the practice of sports in the sweetness and charm of small mountain villages. Snow conditions and sunshine are remarkable, soft and friendly atmosphere, the 120 km of field Contamines Hauteluce, and two play areas (with halfpipe, boardercross, rails, big air) will delight skiers and freestylers. For more fierce, they can ski on 445 km of pistes Evasion Mont Blanc. In addition cross-country skiing (23 km), biathlon, footpaths and snowshoeing, dog sledding, horse-drawn carriage, paragliding, speed riding, ice climbing, ice rink ... are available.
  • Summer is a host of activities for all fans of sport climbing (climbing school Duchère), hiking in medium or high mountain enjoying the famous Tour du Mont Blanc through the contaminated, mountain biking, tennis courses, horse riding, paragliding, skate park ... Summer is also enjoying her vacation at your own pace: an amusement park comprising thirty activities, water bodies (swimming and animations ) adventure in the trees, archery, fishing, golf, mini-golf, trampolines ...
  • Over the two seasons, Contamines offer many activities for children (nursery from a year, kids club, ski schools and sports), shops and services (some of which are open all year)
  • A Nature Reserve, created more than 30 years, covering an area of ​​5500 hectares (of the mountain glaciers) ensures a pleasant charm and protected Contamines.
  • With a rich heritage built by men in the Baroque era, the Les Contamines is also a place of culture and encounter with the past. Farcement taste, traditional dish of the region, exploring the history of the country or indulge in pampering.
  • Heritage:
  • The Baroque church of the village (eighteenth century). The date of its completion in 1759, reads the four iron rods at the corners of the facade. At this time, the interior was not completed, its decoration dates from 1847. It also lacked the tower and spire have been added in 1845. Its construction was entrusted to a master mason Piedmont, originally from Val Sesia, Domenico Gualino. The square tower has a tower base of the castle Monschau who supervised access to the Col du Bonhomme. The canopy provides information on the dedication, the church is dedicated to the Holy Trinity, which is a patronage rare in this part of Europe. Money for construction will come largely expatriates. The church cross safely the French Revolution, the annexation (department of Mont Blanc), the Napoleonic wars. The secret of making scales original tin tin was lost, so that the roof was redone with stainless steel scales are not the golden glow of the foregoing. The church was immortalized in 1802 by the famous English painter Turner. Its last renovation after that effected by the Piedmontese in 1882, was designed by Edward Borga in 1976, under the leadership of Father Babaz. Excerpt from "Les Contamines at the beginning of the century" seen by an amateur photographer, Dr. Ancelet. The church of Notre-Dame de la Gorge "place of pilgrimage very old, curious baroque oratory, covered with Renaissance frescoes and gilding, in the purest tradition of religious Savoie ..." written in Frisian Roche Roger Mont-Blanc the seven valleys. The lovely church of Notre-Dame de la Gorge, white spruce, painted chapel pediment where all the girls dreamed of getting married, marks the end of the road and departure paths and mountain trails. It was rebuilt in 1699 by Jean de la Vougniaz, a master mason Valsesia who had just completed the rebuilding of the church of Saint-Gervais. Notre-Dame de la Gorge, since the 13th century, was the parish church for all the inhabitants of the valley and that until the early 19th century. But it is also a sanctuary strong spiritual influence, imbued with the cult of Mary: since time immemorial, each year's pilgrimage on August 15 at the Gorge attracts a crowd of worshipers. Finally, Notre-Dame de la Gorge is a place of prayer inseparable from the passage of the Col du Bonhomme. What traveler has not crossed the doors of this church to be a thanksgiving after a trip without incident or for a prayer before the start dreaded?
  • The oratory of the Gorge arriving at the Gorge, we find a set of fourteen small shrines that dot the path leading to the church. Their construction was decided by the priest Gaillard in 1728, primarily to provide even more luster to the Marian cult already present in this place. Five "Joyful Mysteries" five "Sorrowful Mysteries" and five "Glorious Mysteries" are the Rosary and mark the stages of the life of the Virgin Mary.
  • The Sainte-Chapelle: two hundred meters upstream of the Church of the Gorge, a small chapel is very strange clinging to the side of the cliff. The original construction was in line with that which we find today. The tradition is that the first hermit which is installed at the Gorge chose this site to build his hermitage. Since the Middle Ages, the Sainte-Chapelle was a very popular place of pilgrimage for people of the region. Today, August 15, Assumption Day and September 8, the anniversary of the Nativity of the Virgin, a procession led the faithful of the church of Notre-Dame de la Gorge at the Sainte-Chapelle in After the office.
  • See also the Les Contamines:
  • The Roman Road starting from Notre Dame de la Gorge
  • The hamlet of Baptieu with its chapel and its traditional architecture
  • The oratories Duchère and Cugnonnet
  • The pastures of the Balme and Colombaz.
Detailed information
Information pointsTourist Office of Les Contamines-Montjoie
Leisure centresSki Resort Les Contamines Montjoie
Natural sitesAiguille Peak of Roselette,   Aiguille Peak of the Berangère,   Aiguille Peak of the Glaciers,   Headland of the Fours,   Mount Joli,   Pass of the Bonhomme,   Pass of the Breuil,   Pass of the Fenêtre,   Pass of the Joly


  • Throughout the two seasons: many activities for everyone in the village streets. Library, cinema, guided outings complete this program.
  • In winter:
  • At Christmas, many activities for the family with the passing of Father Christmas in the housing ...
  • December 31: Boots party, the village square.
  • In January: World Cup Ski Cross or telemark, Natur'Art Festival
  • In February: performances on snow with the presentation of the different services of the resort.
  • March: Spring Festival.
  • April: Week of Easter eggs (competitions, animations ...).
  • In summer:
  • June: Trail High Valmontjoie.
  • June 21: Music festival in the central square of the village.
  • Early July: Natur'Art Festival.
  • July 14 Day: The open-air disco with DJ and refreshments evening and fireworks (opening ball at 21h, fireworks from 22:30).
  • In July, the village festival, from 11am to 1am. Discover the village of Les Contamines-Montjoie, its people and its crafts. Your appointment with the Savoyard traditions. From 11am, music, demonstrations around the activities and trades of yesteryear. Making and tasting local specialties in the atmosphere of folk dances. In the afternoon, free introduction to climbing, competition games of the past, folk dances and demonstrations of old trades. Evening from 21h, outdoor disco with DJ.
  • In July, enjoy the rhythm of the Open GDF SUEZ Contamines-Montjoie: Female tennis tournament with $ 25,000 in premiums. The tournament served as a springboard to many of today's great players. Many events throughout the week, access to free games (3rd week).
  • August 15 Feast, Free Firework show in the majestic Notre Dame de la Gorge.
  • End of August (last weekend): Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc. One of the most important races in the mountains in the world. More than 2,000 runners face the 166 km and 9000 m of elevation of the race. In addition to other courses are offered.
  • July and August: Mont Blanc Photos Festival.


The path of the Baroque: For exploring heritage in the magnificent setting of the Mont-Blanc route marked trails 20 km, connecting Combloux, Saint-Nicolas de Véroce and Notre-Dame de la Gorge through the Contamines-Montjoie. Brochure available at the Tourist Office. If you want to stop at the 6 chapels or one of 4 churches Baroque on the trail, and discover chubby cherubs, altars exuberant. Come and "rando cherubs.

Leisure activities
NameType of activityPriceTown
Relaxation at a colourful, musical spaWellbeing25 €Saint-Gervais-les-Bains (6.9 km)
Visit to the Fairy-tale House EntertainmentFrom 4.50 € to 6 €Notre-Dame-de-Bellecombe (15.3 km)
Skiing, snowboarding and cross-country skiing lessonsSports sensationsFrom 33 € to 58 €Chamonix-Mont-Blanc (15.8 km)
Adventure trail in the Dodes ForestSports sensations21 €Le Grand-Bornand (27 km)

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Village in WinterVillage in Winter
Summer VillageSummer Village
Holy Trinity Church, summerHoly Trinity Church, summer
Northern Park and Notre-Dame de la GorgeNorthern Park and Notre-Dame de la Gorge
Mountains in SummerMountains in Summer
Contamines Valley for the refuge of the BalmeContamines Valley for the refuge of the Balme
Chalets de la RollazChalets de la Rollaz
old chapel of Notre-Dame de la Gorgeold chapel of Notre-Dame de la Gorge
Notre-Dame de la GorgeNotre-Dame de la Gorge
Notre-Dame de la GorgeNotre-Dame de la Gorge
Col de Tricot and chalets MiageCol de Tricot and chalets Miage
First Jovet LakeFirst Jovet Lake
Lake Jovet lowerLake Jovet lower
upper Jovet Lakeupper Jovet Lake
Lake Jovet topLake Jovet top
Lake Jovet topLake Jovet top
Lake Jovet topLake Jovet top
Plain and chalets RollazPlain and chalets Rollaz
Map Ladies and Col du BonhommeMap Ladies and Col du Bonhomme



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Monday 26 January
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Tuesday 27 January
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Wednesday 28 January
Min. -11°C - Max. -2°C


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