France: Haute Maurienne - paulsmit
’Saved from wintersports.’

Bonneval-sur-Arc is, at 1850 m altitude, the highest permanently inhabited village of the French Alps. But it didn't want an agressive wintersports exploitation like Val d'Isère had seen, also the last village of its valley, at the other side of the Col de l'Iseran. The inhabitants voted for a solution closer to nature, nearly without wintersports, and hotels were exclusively constructed in a separate quarter outside the historical village. Bonneval became car free and is a perfect example of local architecture. Photo Paul Smit.