Chamrousse, birthplace of French alpine skiing
The origin of the name “Chamrousse”There are several theories concerning the origin of this name, here are the main ones:
- According to some people, Chamrousse holds its name from a pre-celtic root : “calm, chalm” meaning “high bare and stony plateau”.
- In the book written by Henri Vincent, dating back from 1888, “Les 22 années du Père Tasse à Chamrousse”, the researches from Mr Pilot de Thorey are explained: he names among the titles of the Chartreuse de Prémol a donation act from 1260, written in Latin, where you could find the words “culmen rupham”, which would be the exact translation of “Chame-rousse”, with reference to “Chame-Chaude” (“cime chaude”), the highest summit in the Vercors.
- According to others, the name Chamrousse would originate from the sunsets during which the snow has a wonderful shade. Chamrousse would also mean “le champ roussi” (the red field)