Trip in Switzerland : the Emosson dam

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On Monday, Claire went on school trip to the Emosson dam, in the Trient valley, in front of the magnificent Mont Blanc panorama. The Emosson dam was built between 1969 and 1975, and it’s the Swiss’s second largest dam (capacity 227 millions m3).

She did the route by car from the school up to Châtelard (1125 m – 3690 ft); the car was well filled, because Claire and her colleague left with another class and its teacher.
Then, from Châtelard, she took the steepest two carriages funicular in the world ! This funicular has a maximal slope of 87% ! In 10 minutes, Claire had arrived at Montuires station (1825 m – 5987 ft).
funiculaire Emosson

From there, the little panoramic train led her during 10 minutes on the mountain side up to the foot of the Emosson dam. The landscape was simply amazing.

Finally, Claire arrived within 5 minutes at the Lake Emosson (1965 m – 6446 ft) by means of Minifunic, which slope reaches 73% all the same !

From there, she had an nice walk on the dam and on the lakesides with her pupils. On the way back, she showed them the charming chapel of Gueulaz, dedicated to Notre-Dame-Des-Neiges.

The day took place smoothly, and everybody was delighted. The trip back was made by the same way.

Upon her arrival at the house, Claire dreamed only about one thing : take a shower ! Thus I had to verify myself that she had emptied her bag well before tidying it up until the next excursion.

24 thoughts on “Trip in Switzerland : the Emosson dam

  1. Cleo

    Whoaa, such gorgeous, stunning scenery! These are some beautiful photos. Those mountains are incredible. Thank you for sharing such beauty.

  2. Little Binky and Granny

    Amazing pictures of an amazing view, Pixie. Granny couldn’t watch the videos to long, she has fear of heights so she got shivers when she saw how high it was 😀 Pawkisses for a wonderful week ahead 🙂 <3

  3. da tabbies o trout towne

    pixie N zorro; pleez ta tell claire we said manee thanx for sharin de fotoz; de countree iz bee ewe tee ful….. we iz knot sure we wood look down… onze up; but !!!! 🙂 ♥♥♥

  4. Eastside Cats

    Now you’ve gone and done it…made me think I live in the flatlands! We have no mountains, only some slightly rolling hills if you drive away from Lake St. Clair. Everything around here was scoured flat by the glaciers. Was the elevation high enough to make it hard to breathe?

  5. Raven

    What an amazing trip Claire and her students were able to take. They were able to take a funicular and train, see a dam, chapel, and beautiful scenery. And then she came home to a gorgeous Pixie!

  6. LP

    Beautiful scenery! The lake reminds our humom of Lake Louise in Banff, here in Canada 🙂

    It would be exciting to see the view from the train panoramique!

    the critters in the cottage xo

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