On the hills high above the Val de Bagnes is Bruson, a typical mountain village. With stone and wooden chalets and around 400 permanent residents, it offers visitors tranquillity in an authentic setting. Life here is still closely linked to agriculture, and a new local, community-based economy is being developed. It was also here in Bruson that the Palp Festival – an event which brings together contemporary music, art and traditions – took up residence and then opened a grocery store called La Brusonette. And if further proof were needed, it’s here in Bruson, near the Bisse des Ravines, that Eddy Baillifard – Mr. Raclette himself – greets his customers by serving them cheese and local products. Do you want to try a 100% local speciality? The Carrefour restaurant in the centre of the village offers a Brusonne fondue made from marinated beef. And finally, numerous marked paths and enduro trails criss-cross the surrounding area delighting all those who love walking and excitement.