Champoluc - Ayas - Antagnod
Ayas is the last of the municipalities in the Evançon Valley, and is situated in a basin overlooked by the Monte Rosa massif. The name Ayas does not actually denote a specific town, but rather numerous villages, the main ones being Champoluc, Antagnod, Frachey, Saint-Jacques-des-Allemands and Le Crest.
The landscape varies widely, with glaciers and green areas of gently sloping fields and pastures, with the striking backdrop of the Monte Rosa massif. The architecture and customs of this area were heavily influenced by a number of peoples from Germanspeaking Switzerland, the Walser, who settled predominantly in the Ayas Valley, as is testified to by the widespread presence in the villages of the area of their typical dwellings, the rascards. In Antagnod, in addition to the Parish Church of San Martino, with its superb carved, painted and gilded main altar, visitors can see a number of typical local constructions, such as the Maison Fournier, with a distinctive long wooden balcony and a round tower with steps leading up it at the side. This building hosts the permanent exhibition of the typical craftwork of Aosta Valley and the cooperative, “Li Tsacolé d’Ayas” (wooden clogs).
Today Ayas is a first-class tourist resort. In winter, the area offers spectacular off-piste routes and a never-ending variety of ski runs in the Monterosaski area, which wind their way around the glaciers and also touch upon the Gressoney Valley and Alagna in the Valsesia. Visitors will also find plenty of cross-country trails, as well as opportunities to go ice-skating, ice climbing and snow shoe trips; and the social side of winter sports is also well catered for, with plenty of après-ski entertainment in cosy bars and mountain huts where you can enjoy some good music in a convivial atmosphere. In summer the landscape takes on a whole new appearance, and the peaks of the mountains become the ideal destinations for all sorts of walks, climbs and mountain bike trips, and a whole host of events are organised in the village to help ensure you have a great holiday.