Wondering where to see Mont-Blanc? Go to Combloux in Haute-Savoie to admire an exceptional panorama of Mont-Blanc.
Combloux is a mountain village located in the heart of the Northern Alps, in the Haute-Savoie department in Auvergne Rhône-Alpes. Our station offers an exceptional panorama of Mont-Blanc from the center of the village to the top of the ski area. If you're wondering where to see Mont Blanc, look no further! The most beautiful view of Mont-Blanc is in Combloux.
The most beautiful view of Mont-Blanc
Visible from Sallanches, Passy, Chamonix, Cordon, Saint-Gervais or Megève, it is undoubtedly in Combloux that the view of Mont-Blanc will bring stars to your eyes.
Face to face with the highest peak in Europe, admire the sunrises and sunsets throughout the year. Guaranteed emotions. Weather, seasonality and snow cover will make the show unique on every occasion!
The story of a charming village in the mountains
Origins dating back to the year 1284
The name of Combloux appears for the first time on a parchment, in 1284, on which is a seal decorated with a wolf's head. Among the possible etymologies (Comba Loci, comblovium) it is that of “Cumba lupis” which is generally retained: “La Combe aux Loups”.
Located on the Roman road, the village of Combloux was populated from the XNUMXth century, when the Benedictines from Megève cleared the region.
Haute-Savoie, a French department since only 1860 (date of annexation), was part of the states of the great dynasty of the House of Savoy. This dynasty saw a succession of many Counts, then Dukes (Amédée VIII in 1416) and finally the Kings of Piedmont Sardinia.
Agriculture at the heart of village life
In the 1th and 000th centuries, the village had XNUMX inhabitants, the “Comblorans”. Agricultural resources do not support the entire population. A fairly significant emigration began to the big cities, in particular Paris, to work at the Drouot auction house, stronghold of the Savoyards.
As in many villages, polyculture and animal husbandry make it possible to live “on the farm”, the surplus is sold at the Sallanches market. In 1942, Combloux had 134 farms, and to this day, 26 are still in operation.
Except two farms organized in GAEC, the others have small livestock and are managed by farmers practicing multiple activities, linked to the development of tourism (ski instructors, ski lift employees, craftsmen, horse-drawn sleigh drivers). Young, dynamic farmers take over their parents' farm, modernize it and enthusiastically introduce people to their activity.
Development of tourism from 1912
Tourism began at the beginning of the XNUMXth century, thanks to a few people coming to rest in summer in Combloux facing Mont-Blanc.
A well-to-do clientele, mainly Anglo-Saxons, came to the “Grand Hôtel du Mont-Blanc” in 1912. In 1923, the company PLM (Paris-Lyon-Méditerranée) acquired the hotel to enlarge it and provide it with leisure facilities (6-hole golf course, tennis, ice rink). An aristocratic and wealthy clientele (ministers, academicians, generals, bankers, the Michelin family, etc.) frequented the village of Combloux.
Winter tourism developed from the Olympic Games in Chamonix in 1924. A few hotels and furnished accommodation welcome holidaymakers. In December 1935, the first ski lift was installed by the PLM.
The publicity made by the PLM is decisive for Combloux: flyers, 4m/3 posters affixed in major stations, with the following slogans "Combloux, the balcony of Mont-Blanc", "Combloux, the pearl of the Alps in its glaciers”.
The war stops the irresistible rise of the station. The Grand Hôtel PLM closed its doors and was sold as apartments in 1955. Deprived of its fairy godmother, Combloux then took charge of its own destiny. But if Combloux has become a popular winter and summer sports resort, let us not forget that it remains a village alive all year round which has managed to preserve its agriculture and develop its craftsmanship.