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View of Entremont-le-Vieux behind the Mont Granier
View of Entremont-le-Vieux behind the Mont Granier
Entremont-le-Vieux is located in France
Country France
Region Rhône-Alpes
Department Savoie
Arrondissement Chambéry
Canton Le Pont-de-Beauvoisin
Intercommunality Communauté de communes Cœur de Chartreuse
 • Mayor (2014–2020) Jean-Paul Claret
Area1 33.01 km2 (12.75 sq mi)
Population (2006)2 585
 • Density 18/km2 (46/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 73107 / 73670
Elevation 755–1,934 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.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

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


  • Geography 1
    • Neighboring municipalities 1.1
  • History 2
    • Trivia 2.1
  • Population and society 3
    • Demographics 3.1
    • Cultural events and festivities 3.2
    • Sports 3.3
      • Winter sports 3.3.1
      • Cycling 3.3.2
    • Media 3.4
    • Personalities 3.5
  • Sights 4
  • See also 5
  • References 6


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.

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.


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.


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.


Winter sports


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



  • Robert Montbel
  • Amédée V


  • The Museum of the Cave Bear (Ursus spelaeus)

See also



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