Ayas is a district that covers numerous villages, the most known of which are Antagnod, Champoluc, Frachey, Saint-Jacques and Crest.
Antagnod, where the Municipality of Ayas has its offices, enjoys a magnificent view over the Monte Rosa massif: it is a hamlet situated 1,710 metres above sea level, in a beautiful, panoramic position.
The parish church of San Martino, rebuilt in 1839 on a previous construction from the end of the XV century, has a high bell-tower. There is an impressive main altar, consecrated in 1716 and built from carved wood that is painted and gilded and enriched with numerous statues, which has for some time been the most impressive Baroque altar in the valley. It is sub-divided into three areas. The oldest and most precious is certainly the middle one dating back to the XVII century whose alcoves host five statues dating from the XV-XVI centuries. The church organ is one of the most interesting and precious in the valley.
The historic centre of Antagnod hosts some typical structures, including the Maison Fournier: this building is distinguished by its long, wooden balcony and its adjacent, round tower; it hosts the permanent exhibition of typical crafts.
The town is a resort and winter sports centre, whose cable systems, which cover up to 11 kilometres of beautiful pistes, recently underwent important modernisation.
The businesses linked to an increase in tourism support traditional professions in the area, such as cattle breeding, milk processing and wood carving.
In a picturesque landscape due to the surrounding, natural scenery, Champoluc is located in a large, sunny valley with a glacier backdrop that encloses the front of the valley. A tourist resort both in the winter and summer, this district is the most famous tourist destination in Valle d’Ayas, at 1,568 metres above sea level. It is recognised and frequented both for its high level tourist infrastructures and for its excellent Monterosa Ski complexes, linking Valle d’Ayas to Valle di Gressoney to Alagna in Piedmont. Overall, the resort offers over 100 kilometres of pistes.
In mountaineering terms, it is an ideal starting point for ascents to the Rosa group.
The hamlets of Frachey and Saint-Jacques, small villages among the green fields and woodland, are characteristic areas. Crest is a picturesque village, where the old houses, the traditional Rascard built on wood and placed on mushroom-shaped supports in stone or stone and wood to keep them raised over the part beneath, remain unchanged; it feels like you’ve gone back in time as you walk around this district.
And here we have to mention the typical, hand-made Sabots, typical, wooden clogs used by the valley inhabitants all year round due to their exceptional ability to keep your feet warm and dry. Since olden times entire families have been dedicated to their production, especially during the winter season.