A life punctuated by ancestral pastoral activities
Until the beginning of the 20th century, the village-resort economy and the 22 hamlets that stretches along the Tarentaise valley, were governed by pastoral and agricultural activities. Surrounded by vast alpine pastures that contributed to its reputation, Saint-Martin de Belleville perpetuated the ancestral traditions inherited from previous generations until the apogee of industrial shift in the 20th century.
During the cold season, the Beauvillois, inhabitants of beauville, live near their livestock, in cowsheds converted to accommodate the animals and their owners. Spring, summer and fall are entirely devoted to breeding. During this period, everyone contributes in his own way to nurture the farming, either being a responsible or an employee. Plowing, sowing, climbing the mountain pastures, transforming milk, making hay, harvesting, cutting the faggots, all are tasks that punctuate the everyday life of the Beauvillois, as soon as the snow has made a way for the first buds.
The beautiful season is fleeting, so all the means are put in place to make the exploitation fruitful, and to prepare the return of the winter which will soon envelop the valley of its immaculated coat.