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Du Tourisme Les Brasses
At the entrance
to the village on the road from St Jeoire, take the first left turn
signposted to "Les Chenevieres". After only a few hundred
metres, you will find the four place chair lift which takes you
directly to 1600m altitude, and the "Pointe des Brasses".
From here, you can access the whole of the "Les Brasses"
If you prefer
cross country skiing or, a walk in the forests on snow shoes, then
you can also access the "Plaines Joux" area (1250 m altitude)
which has miles of marked trails to follow.
Classic Tour de France climb 'Joux Plane'
Biking and Cycling
In the summer,
the trails are used by mountain bikers, walkers and runners, who
all enjoy some of the most picturesque areas of the Haute Savoie
region. If you prefer cycling down mountains rather than up them,
every thursday afternoon you can take your bike on the ski lift
at Onnion or Habere Poche, and enjoy the thrill of coming down without
the effort of pedalling up ! For the serious road cyclist, there
are many marked routes which, if you wish, can take you on some
of the best climbs in the Tour De France - Joux Plane (Samoens -
Joux Plane - Morzine) being one of the toughest (http://perso.orange.fr/l.maison/jouxplane/english.htm).
Tour De France climbs nearby are La Clusaz - Col du Aravis (18 km),
Le Grand Bornand - Col de la Columbiere (43 km), and Samoens - Joux
Plane (29 km). The local 'Plaines Joux' is a good warm up for the
more challenging climbs and Samoens out and return is a stunning
The more adventurous
visitors can indulge in climbing on the the "Rocher Blanc"
(on the left as you arrive at Plaines Joux) wich will give you some
challenging ascents. If that doesn't get enough adrenaline flowing,
then how about paragliding or even gliding ? This way you can view
the region from the air ! Of course, you will be accompanied by
an expert instructor - no one expects you to launch off yourself
without some instruction !
The chalet is located only 15 minutes drive from the famous Mieussy
take-off. You can also fly from the mountain behind the chalet.
Most of the other flying sites are no more than 45 minutes drive
away. These include Morzine, Avoriaz, Les Gets, Samoens, Flaine
and Le Grand Bornand etc.The furthest is Chamonix that is reached
by motorway in 1 hour.
Onnion has its
own municipal heated outdoor pool which opens mid June. The pool
is very popular and provides a safe and fun area in which children
& adults can enjoy the sunshine after a hard day's cycling or
walking. There is excellent fishing available in the whole Haute
Savoie area and for the really serious water and mountain lovers
there is gorge walking/climbing/descending !
area has something for everyone, both winter and summer.