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WATERFLOW- 1,2,3 DAMS

The Emosson dam, the second largest water reservoir in Switzerland, is one of three structures on the site, which also includes the Vieux-Emosson dam and the Barberine dam, which was visible until the beginning of the summer and then drowned under the waters of Lake Emosson.


Emosson DAM (1935M)

Emosson, the second largest dam in Switzerland!

Built between 1969 and 1975, the Emosson dam, located at the Gueulaz pass, is the second largest dam in Switzerland in terms of capacity (227 million m3). With its 180-metre high wall, it is the third highest dam in Valais, after the Grande-Dixence and Mauvoisin dams.


Vieux Emosson DAM (2205M)

The Vieux-Emosson dam was built in 1955 by the SBB.

In parallel with the construction of the Nant-de-Drance pumped-storage hydroelectric power station, it was raised by 20 metres in order to double the capacity of the water reservoir. It is now 65 metres high and has a maximum water volume of 25 million m3.



BARBERINE DAM

Visible until the beginning of summer, then drowned under the waters of Lake Emosson.

 




Guided tour of the emosson dam

enter the lair of the concrete giant

a unique experience

Move on its crowning and in its interior gallery with a guide who will give you many explanations.

PRICES & CONDITIONS
- Paying visit from the Emosson square.
. For groups, from mid-May to end of October
. Guided tour by reservation with a professional guide
. Groups of 1 to 30 people : CHF 300.00
. Duration of the visit : about 2 hours.

. For families and individuals, from early July to mid-August
Guided tours with local students trained by a professional guide, without prior reservation at 11am and 3pm (subject to change).  The duration of the tour is about 1 hour and registration is done directly at the snack bar/tourist office on the Emosson square.
. Adult : CHF 10.00
. Children (5 to 14 years old included) : CHF 8.00

INFORMATION & RESERVATIONS for groups BY EMAIL
info@verticalp-emosson.ch

ON THE PROGRAM


Visit the Weller space
Study the model of the Emosson development, watch a historical film, and discover the different measuring instruments.

Visit the gallery of the dam
From the left bank to the right bank, walk inside the dam wall and discover the secrets of a concrete giant and its monitoring instruments.

Crossing the coronation
Enjoy the exceptional view of the Mont-Blanc massif and the Trient plateau.

TO KNOW


- The visit takes place in ALL weather conditions. Bring warm clothes and shoes adapted to mountain walking.

- Follow the guide's instructions carefully. The tour may be interrupted if the safety instructions are not followed. The guide reserves the right to refuse entry to the gallery to persons behaving inappropriately.

- The visit is not recommended for people suffering from vertigo and claustrophobia.

- For safety reasons, children under 5 years old are not allowed to visit.

Guided tour of the SBB factory

Châtelard hydroelectric factory.

Visit the Power Plant and Museum

Commissioned in successive stages between 1923 and 1928, due to the constant increase in electricity consumption, the SBB began to collect water from the Vallon d'Émaney in 1952 and then built the Vieux-Émosson dam. In 1972, the SBB built a second hydroelectric plant. The water of Émosson is also used to feed the electric plant of Vernayaz.

The Swiss Federal Railways (in collaboration with several partners) are currently working to connect the two reservoirs of Emosson and Vieux Emosson to the Nant de Drance pumped storage plant.

Group tours

Guided tours for groups of up to 15 people are available by reservation, Monday to Friday, during the day. No guided tours are offered on weekends.

These visits are free.

INFO & RESERVATIONS BY EMAIL
info@verticalp-emosson.ch

NANT DE DRANCE EXHIBITION

AN UNUSUAL CONSTRUCTION SITE

VISIT THE EXHIBITION AT CHÂTELARD FRONTIER 

Models, films and photos of the Nant-de-Drance construction site, an underground pumped storage power station between the Emosson and Vieux-Emosson dams, will enable you to understand a pharaonic project.

The visits are free.

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