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History

The village of Les Mosses and the Ormonts valley were established by people fleeing the invadors of the plains. Surviving initially on agriculture, it wasn’t until the middle of the 1800s that tourism started to develop in the area following the construction of the road to the Col des Mosses.

Despite a harsh existence, people adapted to the difficult conditions and established various communities. Over the centuries they fell under Savoie rule but due to their inherent ingenuity they were able to shed their oppressors, subordinating themselves only to the wealthy St-Maurice Abbey. In this way they managed to avoid the hordes of minor local princes who tried to dominate them.


However, the Abbey’s riches attracted covetous eyes and eventually fell into the hands of the triumphant princes. Due to their isolation, the Ormonts valley inhabitants managed to avoid paying certain taxes. But then came the Bernese Conquest and the locals succumbed to the power of their Excellencies. From 1530 the Reformation sweeps through the valley. Then the 18th Century sees the fall of Berne. Henceforth, the Ormonts become part of the county of Vaud. It was to be the beginning of a lasting contact with the outside world made possible by the creation of major connecting highways.

In 1839 the opening of a road for motor vehicles from Aigle which was then extended to Château d’Oex in 1870, marks the start of tourism in Ormont-Dessous. Several hotels and guesthouses see the light of day. After the brief success of the « funiluge » at Les Mosses in 1939 (one of the first in the whole of Switzerland), it took another 10 years before the arrival of new ski lifts. The ski vogue then really came into its own towards the end of the 1950s.

Geographic situation

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Address

Office du Tourisme Les Mosses-La Lécherette
Route du Col des Mosses 106
1862 Les Mosses
Phone +41 (0)24 491 14 66
Fax +41 (0)24 491 10 24

Other

Documentation

Col des Mosses pratique Winter 2015

Brochure containing a wealth of practical information about the resort and its surroundings, as well as timetable of shops & services

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The Hongrin route

useful Information

Official information about the military zone Hongrin and tunnel "des Agites".
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Lake Lioson

The pearl of the Alpine lakes

Located at an altitude of 1850m, Lake Lioson is undoubtedly one of the major attractions in Col des Mosses.
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Highlights

Ski 24

La 3ème édition de la ski-24 se déroulera le 28 et 29 mars prochain au Col des Mosses. Comme son

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Liaison Leysin-Les Mosses fermée

La Liaison entre les domaines skiables de Leysin et des Mosses-La Lécherette a fermé dimanche 15 mar

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Events

Mar
28

Les Mosses

Soirée de fin de saison - Les Mosses

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Mar
28

Les Mosses

Ski- 24

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Apr
03

Les Mosses

Moonlight night

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Online Reservation

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adult(s)

The Tourist Office is open during the following times - End of the winter season :
Beggining of December to middle of December:  Mo-Fr 8h-12h and 13h30-17h30 / Sa-Su 9h-14h
 Middle of December to beggining of April : Mo-Fr 8h-12h and 13h30-17h30 / Sa-Su 8h-17h30
Excepted 20.12.201-04.01.2014 & 07.02.-01.03.2015 : 7/7d. 8h-17h30

 

Office du Tourisme Les Mosses - La Lécherette, Route du Col des Mosses 106, 1862 Les Mosses, Suisse - Tél. +41 (0)24 491 14 66 - Fax +41 (0)24 491 10 24 - info@lesmosses.ch
Association Touristique Aigle-Leysin-Col des Mosses, Réalisation MySwitzerland & DidWeDo*