The campsite is situated on ex-farmland owned by the Ravanel’s, one of the original Argentero farming familes. In the summer of 1966, a young climber, M. Langlais, asked Edouard Ravanel if he could cut a small patch of grass, and pitch his tent for the summer. He readily agreed, and the next summer, the campsite proper was born. It was originally run by Juliette et Edouard Ravanel, the nephew of the famous mountain guide ‘Ravanel Le Rouge’, and their Son-in-Law Guy Cachat, and that first summer saw the arrival of the Fouilhe and Fournier families, who have been returning ever since.
In 1984, following the retirement of Juliette, their son Bernard and his wife Michelle took it over, with help from their twin daughters.They ran it for 27 years and continue to be on hand with help and plumbing advice!! The campground is now hosted by the granddaughter, Audrey, and her English other-half Ju.
Audrey grew up about 200m from the campsite, and spent a lot of her time there as a child. After school, university and many Ski Races, she went on to train as a Ski Instructor, with pit stops working for Club Med in various far-flung places around the world.
Ju grew up in Somerset, in the South-West of England. He first visited Chamonix in 1999, to work with his Brother who owned a snowboard holiday company here. After time spent in various places all over the world, he returned to Chamonix, full time, in 2006. He is great-grandson of the inventor, builder and seller of one of the first commercial caravans, Basil Bucknall.