Mountain chalets and villages
The chalet is a common feature of the French Swiss Alps and the country’s Savoie region. Chalets of the past were generally timber structures that served as granaries or seasonal mountain pasture dwellings. Built to withstand harsh weather and heavy snowfalls, they usually had sloping roofs with overhanging eaves that protected the façade from precipitation. Over time, the chalet has undergone a number of regional and stylistic changes. By extension, the word today designates a country home.