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Lac d'Emosson

Lac d'Emosson, Switzerland

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About Lac d'Emosson

The Lac d’Emosson reservoir, altitude 1930 metres, was created at the beginning of the 1920s by the construction of a 78 m-high gravity dam built by the SBB with the aim of covering the company’s power requirements. In 1974 this was extended with a 180 m-high arch dam, increasing the lake volume from 40 to 227 million m3 of water. The Lac d’Emosson was created to cover SBB power requirements. The lake is reached by three unusual railways. Dinosaur footprints, some 250 million years old are found


Attractions near Lac d'Emosson

Col de la Forclaz7.3km from Lac d'Emosson

Col de la Forclaz is a mountain pass in the Alps in the Canton of Valais in Switzerland. It connects Martigny at 471 m and Le Châtelard. The road from Martigny to the Col has an average gradient of 6% but in parts is closer to 8%. After the Col, and Le Châtelard, the road leads to Chamonix in France via Vallorcine and the Col des Montets.  The pass was little known in the 19th century. It was not until the rise in tourism, particularly in Chamonix, that the region became a popular tourist area.

Col de Balme7.63km from Lac d'Emosson

The Col de Balme is a high mountain pass of the Alps, located on the border between Switzerland and France. It connects Trient in the Swiss canton of Valais to Argentière in the French department of Haute-Savoie. The pass lies between the summits of Tête de Balme and Les Grandes Otanes.  The Col de Balme lies on the Tour du Mont Blanc walk. A restaurant is located above the summit of the pass.

Lac Blanc11.34km from Lac d'Emosson

Located in the Aiguilles Rouges nature reserve, one of the most beautiful mountain lakes, famous for its unique panorama facing the Mont-Blanc massif. Lac Blanc sits next to a welcoming refuge, and while hiking you will likely see Ibex and marmots in the surrounding nature reserve. One of the best picnic location and you can do so many activities in and around this place.

Fondation Pierre Gianadda12.16km from Lac d'Emosson

The Pierre Gianadda Foundation is a cultural center of international renown and, in addition to temporary exhibitions by Toulouse-Lautrec, Degas, Manet, Gauguin, van Gogh, Monet, etc., also houses a Gallo-Roman museum and tepidarium, an automobile museum, a sculpture park and a top-class concert season.

Les Crosets (Portes du Soleil)12.75km from Lac d'Emosson

Les Crosets is a tourist resort located in the Val d'Illiez, in the canton of Valais in Switzerland. The economy of Crosets is based on tourism. The alpine skiing and snowboarding in winter and hikers and mountain biking enthusiasts in summer provide income to the resort. It is possible to reach on foot, summer and winter, the Pointe des Mossettes at 2277 meters. It also has a renowned snowpark in the field of freeskiing. During winter 2012/2013, it will host a round of the Swiss Freeski tour 1.

Grand Massif Domaines Skiables14.9km from Lac d'Emosson

The Grand Massif is a ski resort located in the Haute-Savoie department, France.  The area provides a tremendous variety of on-piste runs, off-piste and between piste skiing, scenery, and height, providing good skiing in all types of weather and conditions. There is also a cable car to reach the summit. In the best snow conditions it is possible to ski from the Tete des Saix down to Morillon village.

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The canton of Valais is considered as one of the driest regions of Switzerland. The famous scenic rail route across the Furka Pass originates from this canton. It also includes one of the biggest tourist attractions in the Swiss mountains called Matterhorn.