|(ne)Although, the area is undoubtedly becoming more international, with an invasion of 'pioneers' from the UK in particular, this remains a distinctly French and time-honored area. This can be a good or bad thing depending on your perspective; whilst the villages retain a wonderfully traditional air about them, it also means that speaking French is a necessity if you are to integrate and become involved in community life. For those are able to do so, the rewards are obvious with much more warm and welcoming communities than areas with bigger resorts.|
Furthermore, whilst there is also a strong family feel about living in the Aravis Massif foreign children in schools are far less common than more international Alpine locations. However, the proximity of Annecy, which is the nearest commercial center, ensures that a good range of college schools exist.
Interestingly, the resorts of the Aravis Massif are know for their production of championship skiers. A vibrant competition skiing scene ensures a conveyor belt of local talent is fashioned. Indeed, this is where Edgar "Crazy Eddie" Grospiron (several times Moguls World Cup winner and Olympic gold medalist) grew up and learned to ski. His favorite mogul run at the top of the Cret du Loup has been called "le Mur Edgar" in his honour!