Already known during the mid half of the eighteenth-century due to its gold and asbestos mines, but with a mainly agricultural vocation, this small town located at 1,040 metres above sea level sits in a wide valley overlooking Saint-Vincent, with a sunny climate that is shielded from the wind.
It is a destination for tourists seeking peace and quiet, far from the busier districts.
This sunny territory is a real panoramic balcony from where you can admire the superb summits of Becca di Viou and Mon Torché, the impressive mountain chain that from Ruèse des Bancs stretches to Emilius and Rutor, terminating with the majestic view of Mount Blanc while, looking downwards, you can view the towns in the central valley and the winding Dora Baltea belt.
From here you can quickly arrive to Colle Tzecore, which follows on to Challand-Saint-Anselme. Furthermore, you can also arrive to Colle di Joux, at 1,640 metres above sea level, where you can enjoy a splendid view of the valley, set in a beautiful setting among the summits, all the way to Mount Blanc. After the “Colle” you can continue onwards on the road leading down to Valle d’Ayas.
Colle di Joux offers ski lift systems that in the winter season allow you go off-track skiing, with some medium difficulty pistes and an easy cross-country piste.
In Emarèse nature was really showing off by creating particularly picturesque corners and views: from the ghost lake which, according to legend, sometimes make an appearance to signal a good period, to the eternally ice-covered grotto, which was one used to store bread.