Situated on the steep eastern flank of the Val d’Hérens, St-Martin is a borough consisting of several villages and hamlets. Alpine farming and dairy dominate the local economy. And traditions such as communal ovens, bringing the community together several times a year, remain an integral part of daily life here. The people of St-Martin have always cultivated ties to far-off places like the Piedmont. This exchange has endowed locals with a certain reserved dignity towards strangers – an attitude that today’s vacationers see as special and pleasant.