In the heart of the Ayas Valley, Brusson is a tourist resort with a particularly gentle climate, loved by families who come here on holiday. Teeming with springs and lakes, this is a place for pleasant, easy walks in the summer. Hordes of cross-country skiing and Nordic skiing lovers flock here during the winter. Graines Castle towers above the town. Do not miss the fountain where Napoleon is said to have quenched his thirst in 1800. Find it on the road leading to the Col di Joux pass. Brusson has more than 30 km of slopes to offer Nordic skiing lovers in winter, as well as a Foyer de Fond (cross-country skiing centre) fully equipped with all the services a cross-country skier needs. This facility also hosts important competitions of international fame.
From Brusson, you can reach the Estoul resort in no time at all. There, the downhill slopes pass through forests of larch and stretch out towards the Punta Palasina mountain, against a backdrop of gently sloping mountains that also make an excellent destination for ski mountaineering aficionados.
Points of interest
The Chamousira Fenilliaz mine is the biggest gold mine in the Aosta Valley. The discovery of the Brusson gold mine dates back to 1899; it was a working mine from 1900 to the late 1980s.This gold field was exploited quite successfully by “The Evançon Gold Mining Company Limited”, a British company, between 1903 and 1906. The mining licence was then passed on to the Italian Rivetti family, but they were not as lucky.
The castle was commissioned around the 10th century by the Abbey of Saint-Maurice d’Agaune and was sold to the Challant family in 1200. The building’s key elements are the tall quadrangular-plan crenellated tower, the chapel and a surrounding wall built along the natural undulation of the land, which embraces a vast area once home to residential buildings. To reach the Graines Castle ruins, take the regional road from Verrès up into the Ayas Valley and turn right after the town of Arcesaz: from here, take the short path that curls its way along a woodland of cherry trees, a sight to behold, especially during the spring and autumn.
Nordic ski slope and shooting range
Conca di Palasinaz (Seven lakes)
The Palasina lake district is a fascinating high-altitude lake environment, lying in a natural setting that is a real feast for the eyes. This lacustrine area encompasses a number of lakes. Heading down from the Colle Palasina pass (2668 metres), you will encounter Lac Long (2633 metres), Lake Pocia (2518 metres) and Lac du Couloir, whose waters, along with those of the small Lac Vert, flow into the large Battaglia Lake, at an altitude of 2485 metres.
The rus (ancient irrigation channels) in the local area