En route to the hamlets around Le Morel
Follow the red waymarks: Vallée du Morel.
- Departure : Rue du Bourg Valmorel OR Doucy resort
- Arrival : Rue du Bourg Valmorel OR Doucy resort
- Towns crossed : LES AVANCHERS-VALMOREL, LA LECHERE, and SAINT-OYEN
If in doubt, you can take an introductory lesson in how to ride an electric bike with an instructor.
If you see a herd ahead, slow down and go round it. If there is a patou, a guard dog, climb down from your bike and walk, pushing it alongside you. Avoid making any sudden or aggressive gestures towards the dog and move away from the herd slowly and calmly. The dog will only be checking that you do not pose a threat to its herd. Respect the parkland and close gates behind you after you've gone through them.
The mountain is living, please respect it by staying on the paths and tracks.
You can then get a coach to Valmorel Bourg Morel.
Find out more at: www.transavoie.com
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Access and parking
10 points of interest
Lancheverne ovenThis old communal oven, once owned by the feudal lord, is still occasionally used today to bake bread for village festivities - especially at the beginning of August to celebrate Les Avanchers Festival.
Panoramic view from Doucy ResortTake in the stunning panoramic view from this sunny balcony over the glaciers of La Vanoise, Le Beaufortain and the upper Tarentaise Valley. There is an interpretation table in front of the Jet de la Palla building to help you identify the scenery around you.
E-bike rental shop: Choucas Sport (Skiset)Doucy Station - Choucas Sport (Skiset)
Immeuble Les Arcades
73260 DOUCY COMBELOUVIERE
+33 (4) 79 24 30 32
- Small heritage
St André's Church in Doucy
Until the mid 15th century, the parish was under the provostship of Saint-Gilles-de-Verrès in the Aosta Valley.
The naves of this hall church comprise three bays with groin vaulting: in 1859, the Artari brothers, painters from the Aosta Valley, enhanced the central nave with decoration depicting the four evangelists surrounded by four prophets. Jacques Clérant and Claude Marin crafted the main altarpiece in 1698, in the centre of which is a painting by Gnifeta (1859) showing the suffering of St Andrew: around him are wreathed columns with vine branches and angel caryatids. These are supporting an entablature topped with a Christ on the cross, flanked by Mary and St John. Cherubs are showing the instruments of the Passion or gathering the blood in chalices. In 1708, Jacques Clérant and an unknown author sculpted the rosary altarpiece in Naïve style. Two wreathed columns with a climbing rose frame the sculpted panel of a Virgin with Child, accompanied by St Dominic and St Catherine of Siena. An array of paintings grace the side aisles.
Closed to the public.
Raclaz museum of yesteryear
Open since 1996, the museum of yesteryear in Raclaz takes you back in time on a tour of the old village school. Locals from the community will look forward to welcoming you for a fascinating glimpse into a classroom from 1945, a kitchen, a bedroom of old and the schoolmaster's apartment. There are tools and clothes on display in the schoolmaster's apartment and photos and documents from back in the day. The museum team would be delighted to answer any questions in addition to the explanatory panels already in place.
Open in July and August on Wednesdays, from 14:00 to 17:00.
Please book ahead for groups.
Telephone: +33 (0)6 33 88 27 23
St André's Church in Les Avanchers-ValmorelSt André's Church was built in 1676, where a previous building had once stood, most probably from the 13th century. This Baroque-style church has retained the former Romanesque-style bell tower, which used to house four bells up until the French Revolution. Today, only three remain, two of which were cast in the 19th century and one which dates back to 1613, as you can read on an engraved inscription.
Museum of traditions
Uncover the secrets of what daily life in the mountains used to be like in a house that has been standing for more than three centuries. It still bears the original décor both inside and out!
Museum founded in July 1991 by Michel Théate, a resident of Les Quarante-Planes. He has safeguarded this heritage over the years, and showcased its wealth, by looking after artefacts and documents of all kinds (most of which are loans or donations from other residents, and the remainder of which were bought by the founder himself), to hikers and visitors to the village curious to know more about mountain life in the old days.
Open from July to September: Tuesdays and Fridays
Musée des traditions : Quarante Planes 73260 - Les Avanchers-Valmorel
Telephone: +33 (0)4 79 09 86 05
Le Bouc Blanc equestrian farm
Do make a point of visiting this little farm where Shetland ponies and Comtois draft horses are reared, as you can enjoy a ride on one of them while you're there!
Plan Chevron - La Charmette
73260 Les Avanchers-Valmorel
All sorts of animals live on this mini-farm - hens, geese, pigs, goats and rabbits ... Come and learn more about how they are reared in the mountain environment. You can even go for a donkey ride and take away some soap made from the milk of a jenny (female donkey). An ideal family outing!
Open in summer.
Price: €5. Free for under 3s. Admission included in the Pass'Aventure.
Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
Valmo Bourricot, 73260, LES AVANCHERS VALMOREL
Tel: +33 (0)220.127.116.11.51 / +33 (0)18.104.22.168.65
E-bike rental shop: La Trace SportLa Trace Sports
Immeuble Les Pierres-Plates
+33 (0) 4 79 09 81 07