The site of a glacier up until the end of the Palaeolithic age, the upper valley of Valloire was quickly inhabited by humans. Thanks to the ground’s fertility and the abundant presence of wood and minerals, the first inhabitants are likely to have moved here around 1200 BC. Yet it was not until the Middle Ages that Valloire became a notable site between the old provinces of Maurienne and Dauphiné, particularly upon the construction of the Château de Saint-Pierre castle on the cliff facing the hotel. Up to 1630, the population kept growing and in that year reached its maximum number of inhabitants with nearly 3500 permanent residents, making it the most populated settlement in the valley.
Frequented from the middle of the 19th century by a few summer travellers, the village, whose economy was essentially based on agriculture, was equally made popular by the passage of the Tour de France in 1911. The most significant turning point towards tourism happened around the end of the 1930s. Following the launch of the resort by the Club Alpin Français, Valloire became a top village for winter sports. In 1937, the first chair lift, Épinette, was constructed, and one of its pylons is still visible today. After World War II, construction work intensified in the village, and numerous other ski lifts were built, such as the Sétaz skyway in 1948 and the Crêt Rond skyway in 1952. Finally, in the middle of the 2000s, the resorts of Valloire and Velmeinier decided to link their ski areas to offer winter sports lovers a larger area to enjoy. Today, Valloire has kept its old-time charm and its idyllic mountainous environment is an endless source of wonder.
You can reach the heart of the resort by foot from the Hotel du Crêt Rond in a few minutes along charming footpaths. Here, you’ll be able to discover a rich heritage. In particular, you can visit the Notre-Dame de l'Assomption church, one of the most glorious baroque monuments in the region. Constructed between 1630 and 1682, it has a richly decorated vault and an altarpiece from 1673. Those who are interested in history and culture will also love the hamlet of Poingt-Ravier, whose chapel faces some of our hotel rooms. This well-kept village and its environment still preserve the simple, pastoral ways of life of a bygone era.