Photographer's Note

The massive terminals is a mountainous area of northern Alps in the department of Haute-Savoie.

It is bounded on the east by the depression of tuna and the Aravis mountains which are the highest peaks of the Northern Alps, south-west by Lake Annecy and the Bauges and north through the valley of the Arve and Chablais.

The Aravis Mountains is often closely associated with the massive terminals, so called massive Pillar Aravis. But we also found the shortened name "Aravis range" for the entire range, may be an effect of tourism marketing.

It can penetrate into the solid by many open valleys, which separate out the different peaks of the massif:

Since Annecy collar Bluffy (631 m) or the parade Dingy-Saint-Clair (recently expanded), which leads both to Thnes,
Since Bonneville by the throat Borne leading to Saint-Jean-de-Sixt
From the East (Megve) by the Col des Aravis (1486 m, with a view of Mont Blanc) which leads to La Clusaz
Since Cluses north-east over the Col de la Colombiere, closed in winter, which leads to Grand-Bornand,
From the South (Faverges Ugine) by Col du Marais (843 m) which leads to Thnes.
Two major rivers traverse the mountain:

Proud of the Mount Charvin in Annecy Aravis through Thnes, crossing valleys,
Borne of the Breakthrough Point to Bonneville to throw in the Arve River through the Grand Bornand and Petit-Bornand.
The massif has an exceptional snow given his average height. It has two stations in winter sports (downhill and cross country skiing) with tracks from 900 to 2 000 m:

Le Grand-Bornand (Chinaillon)
Mont Saxonnex (the "ex" is pronounced "and")
Tourism is also very strong in summer. One characteristic of these "stations" is to be foremost mountain villages where there is still a strong farming.

Glires The plateau is also famous for skiing.

The massif is the land of Reblochon, the famous cheese was born in Grand-Bornand, which is strongly produced in a traditional manner in the valleys of the massif. Two important markets are held weekly in Thnes and Grand Bornand.
Note also a strong timber industry.


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