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In all great journeys, to know where you are going, you must first know where you have come from...(Olga Novel-Terrier)! Here you will be told about the metamorphosis of a rural mountain society into a ski resort.
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Go to La Villette (on foot by the path or by small train from Vaujany), the path starts in the centre of the hamlet of La Villette, to the right of the communal oven (sign). Go down to the torrent of Flumet, on the left is the mill, now renovated, and go up to the sign indicating "via ferrata"! The path starts here, and then you just have to follow the path to the waterfall! MAPS AND TOPO OBP n° (Oisans au Bout des Pieds) : 224 IGN TOP : 25 n°3335 EST ITINERARY After the well-restored Villette mill, you cross a bridge called the "pont des chèvres". The inhabitants used to take their animals in turn to graze. Each household had about 7 goats. The path you take leads to the via ferrata. This is an opportunity to try this adventure, for more information contact the Tourist Office. Below the path leading to the waterfall are the remains of a ruined house, (difficult to see): a gentilhommière (manor house in the countryside), it belonged to an old notary family, the Molins. In this small mountain village the resources were mainly cultivation and breeding. R. Blanchard writes "the mountain dweller was above all an Alpine peasant devoted to a culture of hard work". A society based on work and mutual aid, with little consumption. The hostile rural life in the mountains nevertheless shapes free communities, whose inhabitants have never known serfdom. Our mountain people call themselves free and frank! They did everything themselves, and the little money they had was used to buy land. To put it another way, the capital represented the purchase of an animal, let's take a cow as an example, and the interest was represented by the birth of the calves. Vaujany experienced two major periods of modernisation: the arrival of the Grand Maison dam and the exploitation of the mountain pastures as a ski area. This rural life, hard, knew the rural exodus. The wars having taken the men, a form of matriarchy was born from the First World War. The women understood that life here would be difficult, so they sent their daughters to get an education and try their luck elsewhere. Proverb: "Always the goat goes up and the woman goes down! ". In 1972, the first engineers arrived to explore the land and organise the future of Vaujany. The inhabitants were afraid of being expropriated, and rumours were circulating, causing much turmoil. In the 1980s, a Dantesque project was born: the construction of the Grand Maison dam, which was completed in 1985. The commune was then about to turn a page in its rural history. From now on, the future rhymes with possibilities: Vaujany enters a modern era. In the 1990s, while the resort of Alpe d'Huez had already been welcoming ski enthusiasts for many decades, Vaujany had long been eyeing its alpine heritage, ideal for skiing. This project is coming to fruition, and the first lifts are being installed. The white gold opens up new development possibilities. The cursed snow of yesterday has become the treasure of today! Tourist residences are being built. The dwellings are developed in a mountain style: concentration of dwellings, choice of materials, limited number of floors in buildings. All these rules ensure the coherence and homogeneity of the village, giving it its soul. The buildings: the village develops from the top to the bottom of the mountain, clearly visible from the viewpoint of the waterfall. Three levels appear: at the bottom of the village the sports facilities (skating rink, swimming pool, bowling alley, day care centre), in the middle the cable car square and its shops, then at the top of the village the Place de la Fare. An open mind represents the inhabitants of Vaujany who have adapted well to all these changes. The origin of the word "la Fare" comes from "precipice". The waterfall is formed at the level of the plan des cavales, the glacial lake of la Fare being its reservoir. Then the watercourse follows the mountain and falls at the cliffs. TO KNOW The waterfall falls from 1200 m and is born from the Plan des Cavales lakes at an altitude of 2700 m. For hikers who want to make the pleasure last: leave from Vaujany village or extend the walk to the Collet.
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