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The church in Sallanches
The church in Sallanches
Coat of arms of Sallanches
Coat of arms
Sallanches is located in France
Location within Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region
Sallanches is located in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Coordinates: 45°56′14″N 6°37′58″E / 45.9372°N 6.6328°E / 45.9372; 6.6328Coordinates: 45°56′14″N 6°37′58″E / 45.9372°N 6.6328°E / 45.9372; 6.6328
Country France
Region Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Department Haute-Savoie
Arrondissement Bonneville
Canton Sallanches
 • Mayor (2014-2020) Georges Morand
Area1 65.87 km2 (25.43 sq mi)
Population (2014)2 15,754
 • Density 240/km2 (620/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+2 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code 74256 /74700
Elevation 515–2,749 m (1,690–9,019 ft)
(avg. 558 m or 1,831 ft)

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Sallanches is a commune in the Haute-Savoie department of France with a resident population of over 16,000. Located close to the Mont Blanc massif, many visitors pass through the city en route to other well-known alps towns such as Chamonix, Megève or Saint-Gervais-les-Bains. Sallanches is also one of the cities of the Arve Valley, made popular by the presence of many high-tech industries. Over 300 stores are located in Sallanches, making this city a commercial hub.

In 2015 Sallanches hospital announced that, as part of the government's "groupements hospitaliers de territoire" policy, it would develop a specialist accident department to research and develop mountain-related emergency medicine because of its proximity and past experience with dealing with accidents occurring on the nearby high mountains. With an emergency team of 30 doctors and emergency staff, plus 50 support staff, it is expected that the new mountain medicine department will become a world-leader in developing treatments and researching into altitude sickness, frostbite, hypoxia, trauma-injuries and related sports medicine.[1]

Geography and Climate[edit]

Sallanches is a commune situated in the far east of France in the historical region of Savoy. The town is located close to the Swiss and Italian borders.

Sallanches climate is severe due to its position far inland and close to the Alps. The climate is qualified as a Hot-summer Humid Continental (Dfa) on Köppen climate classification. Summers are very hot, with temperatures reaching 31°C at noon and 15°C at midnight. Winters are cold with temperatures about 2°C at noon and -7°C at midnight.


Record High : 40.8°C in August 2003.

Record Low : -25.1°C in February 2012.


Sallanches is mentioned in American author Willa Cather's 1935 novel Lucy Gayheart.

Twin towns[edit]

See also[edit]

The city in winter


  1. ^ Shayler, Alison (10 November 2015). "New Mountain Medicine Project Launched at Sallanches Hospital". Chamonet. Retrieved 14 November 2015. 

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