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Coordinates: 45°27′03″N5°53′08″E / 45.4508°N 05.8856°E / 45.4508; 05.8856 Coordinates: 45°27′03″N5°53′08″E / 45.4508°N 05.8856°E / 45.4508; 05.8856
Country France
Region Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Department Savoie
Arrondissement Chambéry
Canton Le Pont-de-Beauvoisin
Intercommunality Communauté de communes Cœur de Chartreuse
  Mayor (20142020) Jean-Paul Claret
33.01 km2 (12.75 sq mi)
 (2016-01-01) [1]
  Density20/km2 (52/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+01:00 (CET)
  Summer (DST) UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
73107 /73670
Elevation755–1,934 m (2,477–6,345 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Entremont-le-Vieux is a commune in the Savoie department in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region in south-eastern France.

The commune is a level of administrative division in the French Republic. French communes are analogous to civil townships and incorporated municipalities in the United States and Canada, Gemeinden in Germany, comuni in Italy or ayuntamiento in Spain. The United Kingdom has no exact equivalent, as communes resemble districts in urban areas, but are closer to parishes in rural areas where districts are much larger. Communes are based on historical geographic communities or villages and are vested with significant powers to manage the populations and land of the geographic area covered. The communes are the fourth-level administrative divisions of France.

Savoie Department of France in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes

Savoie is a department in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region of France. Its prefecture is Chambéry; it is located in the French Alps. In 2016, it had a population of 429,681.

In the administrative divisions of France, the department is one of the three levels of government below the national level, between the administrative regions and the commune. Ninety-six departments are in metropolitan France, and five are overseas departments, which are also classified as regions. Departments are further subdivided into 334 arrondissements, themselves divided into cantons; the last two have no autonomy, and are used for the organisation of police, fire departments, and sometimes, elections.



Entremont-le-Vieux is a landlocked village close to many water streams and winter sports resorts (including Le Désert d'Entremont). It is mainly the Cozon river and its tributaries that flow into the valley that have shaped the landscape. One of the main features of the town is the dispersion of a set of houses in 26 villages. The main passes located in the town are the col de la Cluse, the col du Cucheron southwest and the col du Mollard northwest.

Le Désert dEntremont

Le Desert d'Entremont is a winter sports resort in the commune of Entremont-le-Vieux located in the Chartreuse Mountains. It lies between the villages of Entremont-le-Vieux and Corbel.

Col de la Cluse

The Col de la Cluse is a mountain pass located 1,169 m above sea level in the Chartreuse Mountains. It connects Le Désert d'Entremont to Corbel. The main road of the pass is the D45.

Col du Cucheron

The Col du Cucheron, culminating at 1139 m above sea level, is one of the points of the long depression of the "three passes" of the Chartreuse massif linking Saint-Pierre-de-Chartreuse south to Saint-Pierre d'Entremont north.

Neighboring municipalities

Neighboring communes of Entremont-le-Vieux are Saint-Pierre d'Entremont in Savoie, Sainte-Marie-du-Mont, Saint-Jean-de-Couz and Corbel.

Saint-Pierre-dEntremont, Savoie Commune in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France

Saint-Pierre-d'Entremont is a commune in the Savoie department in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region in south-eastern France.

Sainte-Marie-du-Mont, Isère Commune in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France

Sainte-Marie-du-Mont, Isère is a commune in the Isère department in southeastern France.

Saint-Jean-de-Couz Commune in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France

Saint-Jean-de-Couz is a commune in the Savoie department in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region in south-eastern France.


The parish of Notre-Dame d'Epernay is the lordship of the Entremonts valley.

The church of Entremont-le-Vieux, Notre-Dame d'Epernay, was rebuilt in the mid-19th century to its present location, sufficiently large to accommodate the 1,800 people of this time. A fire destroyed the building in 1653. the place was renovated in 1844. Ravaged partly in 1995, the tower and the bells (which dated from 1654) have been completely redone.

In 1934, was built at Entremont-le-Vieux the renowned Fruitière des Entremonts (for milk, cheese and local products).

In 1988, was discovered inside a cave on the slopes of the Massif du Granier, one of the most important archaeological sites of cave bears. This discovery has led to an extensive research on the existence of these animals in the valley.

Mont Granier mountain

Mont Granier (1,933m) is a limestone mountain located between the départements of Savoie and Isère in France. It lies in the Chartreuse Mountains range of the French Prealps between the towns of Chapareillan and Entremont-le-Vieux. Its east face overlooks the valley of Grésivaudan and Combe de Savoie, and the north face overlooks Chambéry. At 900 meters tall, Mont Granier has one of the highest cliffs in France.


Entremont-le-Vieux was formerly called Epernay. This name was retained to designate the village, even today, for many inhabitants of the town.

Population and society


Cultural events and festivities

Each year at the end of August, takes place at Entremont-le-Vieux a peasants and artisans party. We notice at this festivity the presence of many artisans of the Entremonts valley district. The festival usually takes place during a single day, often on a Sunday.

Sunday day of the week

Sunday is the day of the week between Saturday and Monday. Sunday is a day of rest in most Western countries, as a part of the weekend and weeknight.


Winter sports


  • The Tour de France spent several times by Entremont-le-Vieux by the D912.




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  1. "Populations légales 2016". INSEE . Retrieved 25 April 2019.