La Baume

La Baume is a commune in the French department of Haute- Savoie department in the Rhône-Alpes region.


La Baume is located at 734 m above sea level. Level, 14 km southeast of the town of Thonon -les- Bains ( straight line ). The mountain village is located in the central Chablais, on a ridge high above the Dranse de Morzine, at the eastern foot of Mont Billiat in the northern Savoy Alps.

The area of ​​16.91 km ² municipal area includes a section of the Vallée d' Aulps. The Dranse de Morzine here runs in a generally around 200 m wide flat valley floor from south to north and is dammed below La Baume to the Lac de Jotty. To the west and southwest, the municipality's area covers over a steep and densely wooded hillside on the ridge between the valleys of the Dranse de Morzine and the Brevon. The border runs through the Rochers du Jotty, Mont Billiat ( with 1894 m above sea level. M. the highest peak of La Baume ), Grande Chaux (1840 m above sea level. M. ) and Pointe de Riondet ( 1649 m above sea level. M. ). East of the Vallée d' Aulps ranges of communal land on the summit of the Pointes de Tréchauffex (1636 m above sea level. M. ) and Mont Ouzon (1881 m above sea level. M. ).

At La Baume includes the hamlet settlements Esserts (785 m above sea level. M. ) Le Promerat ( 793 m above sea level. M. ) and urine (840 m above sea level. M. ) on the western side of the valley and Nicodex ( 922 m above sea level. M. ) in a trough on the eastern valley slope for the Dranse Morzine. Neighboring communities of La Baume are Vernaz La and La Forclaz in the north, Chevenoz, Vacheresse and Bonnevaux in the east, Le Biot and Seytroux in the south and Bellevaux and VAILLY in the West.


The name derives from the old French word baume ( cave, grotto ). La Baume was an independent municipality until 1860, before that it belonged to Le Biot.


The village church on a ledge above the Dranse de Morzine was built in the late 19th century. In Le Promerat there is a chapel.


With 250 inhabitants (as of 1 January 2011) La Baume one of the smallest municipalities in the department of Haute- Savoie. The population of La Baume was declining until the 1980s, since a significant increase in population was recorded again.

Economy and infrastructure

La Baume is a predominantly agricultural village today. The village is situated above the main road that leads from Thonon -les- Bains to Morzine, and is thus relatively easily accessible.

  • Commune in the department of Haute- Savoie
  • Place in Rhône -Alpes