Special. And that is not only rhetoric: Torgnon and its inhabitants are truly so.
Whether it is for its position right in the middle of the Matterhorn valley, which is without any doubt privileged since it is at altitude but exposed to the South and protected by northern winds, or for the Torgnoleins, the inhabitants of Torgnon, well known for their intelligence, tenacity and welcome, Torgnon always remains engraved in the heart of its visitors.
This ancient municipality is surrounded by wide pinewoods and green pastures and is composed by various hamlets which kept the traditional Alpine architecture. From here, the view is definitely stunning and from the Saint-Pantaléon pass, which lies nearby, the gaze takes in the whole valley, encircled by Grandes Murailles, the Matterhorn and, to the South, the Central Valley.
WHAT TO SEE
● The Saint Martin parish church and its parish museum. Here there are an interesting carved wooden pulpit dating back to the XVI century and a rare Christ on the column of the XIV century.
● The numerous hamlets that keep the traditional Alpine architecture. Among these the hamlets of Petit Monde, whose buildings host an ethnographic museum about the history of the area, its production cycle and its social organisation, stand out.
NATURE AND SPORT
Being in nature is so easy here, both is summer and in winter, since the activities to keep fit while having fun are so varied!
In summer, one can explore various hiking and climbing routes, but also trying MTB or horse riding. Once at high altitude, marmots, ibexes and chamois as well as Edelweiss are easily visible.
In addition, there are also specific places to try some sports in a stunning context, such as in Chantorné! In this hamlet, higher than 1750 m above the sea level, there is a nice pinewood with an equipped picnic area and an healthy route
Four routes for Nordic Walking, a bike park, with its 8 km of downhill tracks, reachable with some ski facilities, and the Champs de la Cure sport centre, which owns 5-a-side football pitches, tennis courts, basket, beach volley and bowls fields, as well as ping-pong and table football facilities and an e-bike rental, complete the offer.
Fun gets even greater in winter. The Alpine skiing resort, with its 4 ski facilities that arrive higher than 2,200 m, includes 12 ski slopes and means adrenaline both for beginner and experienced skiers and snowboarders, who can also try the snowpark boardercross with its jumps, rails and beginner area.
Cross-country skiing tracks give skiers the chance of choosing between routes of different length and difficulty levels, from 2 to 30 km, from 1,700 to 2,200 m above the sea level. Cross-country skiing slopes stretch in pinewoods and glades, from which one can truly appreciate the grandeur of the Matterhorn. There is also a wide area dedicated to snowshoes, a park where one can practice the Winter Nordic Walking and various tracks for ski mountaineering. Guided excursions, organised during the whole winter season, are also available. Finally, at the Champs de la Cure sport centre fat bike rental is available to try and cycle on snowy tracks.
EVENTS AND TRADITIONS
● “Horse races”. From a couple of years Torgnon has become a summer destination for some of the most important horse championships, both regionally, nationally and internationally speaking. Les Grandes Montagnes Endurance Trophy is a great example, but also national show jumping championships are held in Torgnon.
● Torgnon d’outon – mountain potatoes and mountain diary Fontina cheese. In the occasion of the celebrations for Saint Martin, the patron Saint of Torgnon, a food fair dedicated to specialities prepared with potatoes and diary Fontina cheese is organised. A local products market, which include salso handicraft, games for kids and music complete the offer.
● Les Sargaillons de Torgnon. As well as the environment in which they were raised, the inhabitants of Torgnon, locally known as Torgnoleins – are pleasant, sunny and merry – in short, sargaillons. This local term, which belongs to the patois dialect, gave the name to the local folk group. Its aim is to make people aware of ancient local traditions by taking part to various events.
FOR THE LITTLE ONES
Idyllic woods and peaceful pastures, for sure! But kids do need to completely express their vitality!
In summer, for instance, they can access the Amusement Park Summer Park, where they can try an artificial track with ski, snowboard and inflatables, or choose among mini quads or many other amusements. But they can also take part to funny paintball tournaments.
In winter, in addition to the classic Alpine or cross-country skiing, to which kids can approach thanks to two ski schools, children can have fun at the Winter Park: they will never have enough of inflatables, trampolines, amusements or facilities to climb!
● Inhabitants: about 570
● Altitude: about 1,500 m
● How to get there by public transports: once reached Châtillon by bus or train, take the bus to Torgnon.