History of the firm

After years and years of detailed searches in the French notaire database, we have managed to draw a continuous line of notaires whose first one was Maître Croiselet who exerciced his “ministry” from 1629 till 1634.

We are very proud to share with you this deep history of notaires.

Discover our “Dynasty of Notaires since 1629… »

  1.  1629 – 1634 :  Me CROISELET

  2.  1645 – ? :  Me GABRIEL

  3.  1649 à – :  Me HYBORD Jean-Baptiste

  4.  1661 – 1681 :  Me FESTAZ

  5.  1665 – 1706 :  Me HOSTE

  6.  1676 – 1700 :  Me DEREX

  7.  1685 – 1686 :  Me BLANC Père & Fils

  8. 1697 – 1706 :  Me MARION Nicolas

  9.  1724 – 1763 :  Me MUGNIER Louis

     1725 – 1745 :  Me BORREL Joseph

    1725 – 1737 :  Me VILLIOD

  10.  1738 – 1778 :  Me MANGE Marc-Antoine

  11.  1765 – 1787 :  Me MUGNIER Martin

    1766 – 1788 :  Me MUGNIER Claude

     1767 – 1785 :  Me MAILLET Philibert-Louis

  12.  1777 – 1829 :  Me MANGE Gaspard

  13.  1784 – 1828 :  Me MUGNIER Jean-Louis

     1785 – 1793:  Me JACQUEMARD Jean-Joseph

  14.  1790 – 1819:  Me HYBORD Jean-Baptiste

     1791 – 1832:  Me CREY Jacques-Martin

    1792 – 1817:  Me MARTINET Urbain 

  15. 1798 – 1831:  Me COMBET Victor Amédée

  16.  1817 – 1845 :  Me RICHARD Michel-Joachim

     1818 – 1843 :  Me JACQUEMARD Ambroise

     1818 – 1845 :  Me MANGE Jean-Baptiste

  17.  1827 – 1842 :  Me BONNEFOY-CUDRAZ Guérin

  18.  1830 – 1877 :  Me RICHARD Marcelin

  19.  1877 – 1896 :  Me RICHARD Jules-Henri-René

  20.  1896 – 1904 :  Me BIGUET PETIT JEAN Emile

  21.  1904 – 1914 :  Me HYBORD Ernest

  22.  1914 – 1922 :  Me BOCH François

  23.  1922 – 1955 :  Me ARNOLLET François

  24.  1955 – 1991 :  Me FUMEX Pierre

  25.  1988 – 2018 :  Me DELAHAYE Charles-Henri

     1988 – 2019 :  Me SALEUR Gilles

Discover our physical archives dating back to 1921…

One of the oldest notarial deeds produced by the firm has been physical kept at the office since 1921. Formerly the “minutes” (deeds) drafted and signed by the notaries were their own property, and were passed on to their successors, or more often to their heirs. In Savoie, before the 1860 annexation to France, the Tabellion system existed: all notarial deeds were copied and kept in registers by the Tabellion Administration…

In 1860, the French system entered in force in Savoie; in view of the problems encountered in finding old deeds, a Law of 3 January 1979 specified that minutes would no longer be private property, but public property, and imprescriptible.

Then, in 2000, the successors decided to move the firm to Salins les Thermes, to the former and locally famous Docteur Lecroart clinic, which had become an annex of the Moûtiers hospital, then disused at the end of the 1980s.

The notaries were able to keep the minutes of the office for 125 years, but after that they had to be deposited with the Departmental Archives, which preserved them and made them freely available to the public.

History of the county of Savoie

  1.  1728 – 1738Creation of the Sardinian map, Europe’s first graphic cadastre

  2. 1786 :  Jacques Balmat and Dr Michel Paccard reach the summit of Mont Blanc.

  3. 1821 : Creation of the Compagnie des guides de Chamonix

  4. 1860 : Annexation of Savoie to France

  5. 1871 : Official inauguration of the Mont-Cenis rail tunnel

  6. 1909 : Inauguration of the Montenvers railway in Chamonix

  7. 1924 : Winter Olympics in Chamonix

  8. 1963 : Creation of the Vanoise National Park

  9. 1965 : Inauguration of the Mont Blanc road tunnel

  10. 1992 : XVI Olympic Winter Games in Albertville

History of the Ski Resorts

Ski resorts were created by hoteliers to attract tourists during the winter and develop a second season of business. From the 1960s onwards, mass tourism began to develop, and it was often in winter that business was at its peak.

Their business model was essentially based on service: accommodation – in which the notary’s office has been an active player ever since – and catering, ski lifts and slope maintenance, equipment hire and training in snow activities, etc.

There are two types of resort:

Villages such as Méribel, Val d’Isère and Megève, which have undergone remarkable development thanks to this dynamic.

Integrated winter sports resorts such as Courchevel, Les Menuires, Valmorel, La Plagne, Les Arcs, Val-Thorens… the increase in the number of skiers led to the search for new ski areas and then to construction “ex nihilo”.


The birth of skiing

From this date onwards, wealthy people spent their holidays in mountain villages. Skiing became a way of life.


Pralognan la Vanoise

Pralognan la Vanoise is classified as a health resort for its pure, invigorating air. It is the oxygenation centre for people taking the waters at the Brides-les-Bains spa. The postman uses skis on his rounds and children use them to get to school.


Val d'Isère

Val d'Isère is a small village in the high mountains of the Vanoise massif, isolated particularly during snowy periods. The plan to turn it into a resort was born, and from 1932 onwards, the public infrastructure paved the way: post office, electricity supply, water supply and development of the access road, as well as the first hotels. In the same year, plans for the Méribel resort were hatched.


1st ski lift

This was built above the village of Les ALLUES. A set of specifications, still in force, required the use of local wood and stone for the buildings, and mountain slate for the pitched roofs, which can be found in our En Garnet, Mont Vallon, Le Plein Soleil, Le Ruitor, Les Carlines, La Gelinotte and Les Merisiers developments...



Despite the war, visionary architects and engineers lay the foundations for an international ski resort at "Les Tovets", which will become Courchevel, capital of the "Three Valleys".


Access road

Construction of the access road between Courchevel and Les Tovets, the first hotels and the first ski lifts. From the outset, the notary's office, along with Le Rond Point des Pistes, La Forêt du Praz, Le Praslin, Le Tremplin, Le Jardin Alpin, Les Grandes Alpes and L'Ourse Bleue, played a key role in the development of the resort.



The Chevril dam is filled with water, drowning the old village of Tignes. A ski resort at an altitude of over 2,000 metres, Tignes, for which our office worked on Les Grandes Plattières, became internationally renowned over the following decades for its ski area, which was combined with that of Val-d'Isère under the name "Espace Killy".


Les Ménuires

Inauguration of the Les Ménuires resort, which will be home to our Reberty, L'Oisans and Belleville Grande Masse programmes....The resort was awarded several labels in 2016, including "Famille Plus Montagne", "Station grand domaine", "Clubs", "Alti-forme" and "Station Club". It is also one of the French resorts to have been awarded the "Top of the French Alps" label. In 2015, it received the "Family Resort of the Year" award at the "Worlds Snow Awards" ceremony.


Val Thorens

The birth of a pharaonic project for its time, with the construction of Val Thorens, the highest resort in Europe, and the development of our initial programmes, Le Hameau de Péclet, Portillo, La Boucle and, most recently, Les Temples du Soleil (Cuzco, Machu, Nazca, Pichu and Tikal). Val Thorens invented the Funitel concept, which was later exported all over the world, created the double-boarding chairlift, and in 2007 installed two detachable gondola lifts in ESO (Exploitation sans Opérateur) automatic mode... Val Thorens was voted "World's Best Resort" out of 216 mountain destinations in 26 different countries at the World Ski Awards, an organisation that rewards the best mountain destinations. In 8 years, only Kitzbühel has managed to steal this title from the 3 Vallées resort.



Creation of the "village resort" of Valmorel, a new mountain village in the Tarentaise valley. Since 1976, the notary's office has been responsible for all its development programmes, from Le Bourg Morel and Le Hameau de Crève-cœur to Le Lumi. Its ski area is linked to the Maurienne resort of Saint-François-Longchamp, forming "Le Grand Domaine".