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History of 2 villages

History of Crest-Voland and Cohennoz

The two little villages of Crest-Voland et Cohennoz are perched at an altitude of 1230m and 925m respectively, overlooking the river Arly and facing the majestic Aravis range of mountains.

Many, many years ago people started exploiting this corner of the mountains, once completely covered by forests, and through immense effort, they managed to create fields and pastureland on the slopes.
Despite the severe winters and rugged environment, a number of the settlers were attracted by the isolation, the relative amount of sunshine, the dense forests and numerous water courses : providing them with natural resources at their fingertips !

They built large houses out of wood and stone, creating little hamlets and then villages with enigmatic names…

Crest-Voland, previously known as Crossum Voland, Crévolantum, Crovolan, Crux Volabilis, probably means “this ridge” (Crest) with exposed hillsides, like a circular knoll (Voland) that enjoys sunshine on all sides.

Cohennoz may have taken the family name of its owner, but it could also mean “the corner”, because the village is situated in an outlying position vis-à-vis the valley.

From the start, the Crestvolantins and the Cohennerans led a meagre self-sufficient life, relying on their cereal crops and their animals, using the natural resources from their forests and their soil to sustain a humble, poor lifestyle.
Gradually they began to mould the mountain.  They learned how to tame it and to live according to the seasons, with the long winter months of inactivity turning into the finer days of spring and summer, when they began farming the land again, so that the weather did not appear to have any undue hold on this peaceful community.

Nevertheless, the mountain dwellers never ceased their struggle…

First of all they wanted to become independent parishes and communities, carrying on decades of administrative battles…Crest-Voland split from Saint-Nicolas-la-Chapelle in the 16th century and Cohennoz did so during the French Revolution.

Then they had to defend their high mountain pasture land from the neighbouring villages, resorting to heavy sticks to fight with as well as lawsuits, some of which lasted more than a century!

And above all they had to struggle against extreme poverty, resulting from failed harvests, wars and epidemics.  Since time immemorial, a solution to this was that many mountain dwellers left their villages to go and work in towns and cities elsewhere.

The only vestiges of this difficult era remaining are the traditional farming practices, folk history and the nostalgia of a romantic mountain way of life.

Because for the last 60 years, daily life for the local mountain dwellers has toppled into a completely different world : that of tourism.

In 1951, the first ski lift was built in Crest-Voland, marking the beginning of its life as a ski resort.
Our little villages, because both of them are quite difficult to reach, offer a haven of pure air and fresh snow for visitors who are hooked on the beauty and exoticism of this location.

Gradually the mountain was covered with ski lifts, the old farmhouses were turned into accommodation and businesses, and the village grew in size, whilst managing to retain its rural alpine charm.

At the beginning of the 1970s, modern roads and bridges were built making the villages much easier to reach: that was the end of their isolation!

Our mountain people who once lived so meagrely, suddenly benefited from decent income which meant that they could afford to stay year round in their villages, without having to migrate to the towns in the winter or to go and find extra work in the factories as well as doing their work on the farm alongside.

Today, Crest-Voland and Cohennoz are village-resorts that manage to live off tourism in both the summer and winter months.  They offer nearly 10,000 beds and boast a number of shops and facilities.
The 35km of their ski area, with 27 slopes and 15 ski lifts, has been linked since 2005 to the Espace Diamant.

However, despite these modern changes, the heart of our villages has not changed.  They jealously maintain their treasured natural and historic heritage as well as all their traditional skills.
That is one of the reasons why the Ministry of Culture has awarded Val d’Arly, including Cohennoz and Crest-Voland, the “Pays d’Art et d’Histoire” label, recognising and respecting the heritage of our local region.
Incorporated in the “Pays d’Art et d’Histoire des Hautes Vallées de Savoie”, alongside the Beaufortain, the Tarentaise and the Maurienne, the Val d’Arly is a unique setting where leisure activities, nature and heritage combine.

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