The River Dranse

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This name of celtic origins supposedly means “fast running, violent, water”.
Morzine’s river Dranse takes its source at the French-Swiss border, under the Bostan Pass, in the “Terres Maudites“ area (which translates to “cursed land”). It flows alongside the road through the centre of the valley for 30kms.  
In the past, its floods could devastate the whole valley and many of its bridges. To secure housing, stone walls were erected on the banks crossing the village. This mountain torrent however was also an extremely precious source of life to the area’s activity, supplying water to the many mills (flour, oil, trip hammer, beater mills, sawmills etc.).
 
In the foreground, you’ll see a wooden building: the blacksmith’s shop. In the background you can see the village of La Salle with its few houses, and the hillside, deforested & bare, reserved for pastures. 
 
Source: Histoire et Patrimoine Association, Morzine
Heritage Tour every Thursday at 10am during high season
Article 1 : The Village Square
Article 2: Bézière
Article 3: The Mills
Article 4: L’Hôtel des Alpes
Article 5: Le Clos
Article 6: Maison de la Poste
Article 7: The Old Bridge (Le Vieux Pont)
Article 8: The River Dranse
Article 9: Le Plan neighbourhood
Article 10: The Old Cable-Car
Article 11: The Old Villages
Article 12 : Avoriaz
Article 13: The Avoriaz Cable-Car
Article 14: The Udrezants Neighbourhood
Article 15: The Nyon Gondola
Article 16: Les Nants Village
Article 17: The Manor House
Article 18: Le Vieux Bourg
Article 19: The Pleney Cable-car
Article 20: Le Grand Hôtel
Article 21: Sawmill at “Le Plan”
Article 22: The Slate Mines
Article 23: Combe à Zore
Article 24: The two water fountains
Article 25: Le Pied de la Plagne