The green pearl of Val d'Ayas
A small village in the heart of Val d'Ayas, surrounded by the high peaks of the Alps, green pastures and lush forests, Brusson is the ideal destination for a relaxing mountain holiday in any season.
Among the most interesting architectural sights are the Castle of Graines, which dominates the village from a rocky spur, and the Parish Church of St Maurice, dating back to the 15th century. The entire village is a paragon of typical Alpine architecture, with houses built of wood and stone.
The Chamousira gold mines, active until the 1980s and now restored, bear witness to the village’s past. The mines’ pathways, totalling 1,600 metres in length, can be visited on organised tours. The panoramic position of the mines will give you an extraordinary view of the Ayas Valley.
But Brusson is best known for its breathtaking natural beauty. At the edge of the village, relax along the banks of the artificial lake, built in the 1920s to feed the Isollaz hydroelectric power station. The entire area is dotted with trails that are also suitable for families and inexperienced hikers, such as the route that takes you to Alpe Salomon in just an hour's walk, or the trails that reach Col di Joux and the Isollaz waterfalls. Climbing enthusiasts can test themselves on 45-metre high sheer walls at Extrepieraz.
With the arrival of winter, enjoy downhill skiing or cross-country trails. At the end of the year, don't miss the ski instructors' torchlight procession down the red 'Giant' slope in Estoul.