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Before, there were 4 schools for the children living in Montvalezan’s 30 hamlets and villages. Start: Montvalezan village.

Sport THE SCHOOLCHILDREN’S TRAIL La Rosière - Montvalezan


Departing from La Rosière - Montvalezan (73700)
Average length : 02h40
Total elevation gain : 414m
Vertical drop : 414m
Distance : 6km
Signed walking trail
Animals allowed


A village's children are a reflection of village life and community.
At the beginning of the 20th century, Montvalezan had four schools for just 500 inhabitants: in Montvalezan village, Le Crêt, Le Châtelard and Les Laix. Each school had just one class, which had around thirty pupils. Over the school year, the children moved from school to school as their family moved up or down the mountain, according to the stock of hay stored to feed their herd. The children had to walk for up to an hour a day to get from their home to school, the furthest being the boys who went to school in Le Crêt.
The 1970s were a pivotal time for the area. Traditional pastoral agriculture was modernised and La Rosière as a ski resort began to develop. The population began to settle, no longer moving around according to the seasons. In 1973, a school opened in La Rosière. For the next few years the schoolchildren were divided between the school in La Rosière and the school in Le Châtelard. In 1995, the hundred-year-old school in Le Châtelard was closed and a new school was opened in Le Chantel. Today, all the children no matter their age go to La Rosiere's school.
In 2022 Montvalezan had a total of 711 inhabitants with 55 children attending school, a number which increases during the winter season.

Total elevation gain : 414m
Altitude max : 1570m
Vertical drop : 414m

Map references

La Rosiere Walking Trail Map, on sale at La Rosiere's tourist information office (2€)

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    Starting off at the Town Hall in Montvalezan village, walk down the road past the church. Follow the road until you reach the sign for "Les Rouges", then take the pathway up to the right. At Le Solliet, walk between the houses and the chapel. Climb up to the road then turn right. After 70m, take the path leading up to the left, through the undergrowth. When you reach Les Laix, follow the road until you reach the Saint Roch chapel and then turn left. At the water trough, turn right up the pathway to Le Pré du Four. Once you reach the village, walk past the water trough and turn left after the first house. Cross the road and take the path on the opposite side of the road. In Hauteville, walk behind the first house and past the chapel, then take the first path leading downhill. When you reach La Combaz, follow the lane which leads to the road. At the crossroads, take the path across the road, then at the sign for "Chamousse" turn right and follow the path around the edge of the field. When you reach Le Châtelard, head towards the Saint Michel chapel. At the foot of the hill go down the path to the left. When you get to Le Villaret, cross the road and continue down the path, past the Saint André and Notre Dame de Liesse chapels. Go through Le Crey. At Les Perrières the path crosses the road twice, then carries on down towards Montvalezan village.


    Free of charge


    Animals allowed

    Period of practice

    From 01/01 to 31/12.

    • Pets welcome
    • Restaurant
    • Public WC
    • Defibrillator


    Mairie de Montvalezan 1 Place de la Mairie 73700 La Rosière - Montvalezan
    Departing from : La Rosière - Montvalezan (73700)
    Latitude : 45.612071 - Longitude : 6.845759
    Information update on 25/07/2022 by La Rosière Tourisme