|Community association||Vallées de Thônes|
|surface||44.12 km 2|
|Residents||1,004 (January 1, 2017)|
|Population density||23 inhabitants / km 2|
Manigod is located at Thônes , about 20 Moulins (Allier) Rue de Bourgogne 126 099.jpg east-south-east of the city of Annecy (as the crow flies). The mountain village extends in the Bornes Alps , on the sun-exposed northern slope of the Vallée de Manigod, around 200 m above the bed of the Fier , at the foot of the Aravis chain ., south-east of
The area of the 44.12 km² municipal area includes a section of the Bornes Alps and the entire upper catchment area of the Fier. This rises on the north slope of Mont Charvin and flows first to the north and then to the west through the Vallée de Manigod , a characteristic notched valley with relatively steep slopes, which are divided by various erosion channels. The Vallée de Manigod is flanked in the south by the Montagne de Sulens ( ), in the north by the heights at Col de la Croix Fry . The area of L'Étale on the other side of the watershed is also part of Manigod. The eastern border runs on the high chain of the Aravis with its rocky mountain peaks. From southwest to northeast follow Mont Charvin ( ), Tête de l'Aup ( ), Pointe de Mandallaz ( ), L'Étale (with the highest elevation of Manigod) and Pointe de Merdassier ( ) ).
In addition to the actual town center, Manigod also includes various hamlet settlements and farms, including:
- Villard-Dessous ( ) on the northern slope of the Vallée de Manigod
- Villard-Dessus ( ) on the northern slope of the Vallée de Manigod
- Montpellaz ( ) on the northern slope of the Vallée de Manigod
- Les Choseaux ( ) on a ledge above the Fier
- Joux ( ) on the northern slope of the Vallée de Manigod
- Plan des Berthats ( ) on the southern slope of the Vallée de Manigod
- Tournance ( ) in the back of the Vallée de Manigod
- La Charmette ( ) in the back of the Vallée de Manigod at the foot of the Aravis chain
- L'Étale ( ), a winter sports station on the Col de Merdassier
Neighboring municipalities of Manigod are Thônes and La Clusaz in the north, La Giettaz , Saint-Nicolas-la-Chapelle and Ugine in the east, Le Bouchet-Mont-Charvin and Serraval in the south and Les Clefs in the west.
The parish church of Saint-Pierre was built in 1690, enlarged in 1887 and extensively restored for the last time in 1987. Almost every hamlet has a chapel, the oldest dating from the 17th century (Tournance) and 18th century (Plan des Berthats and Montpellaz). Manigod and its hamlets are characterized by numerous houses in the traditional chalet construction.
With 1004 inhabitants (as of January 1, 2017) Manigod is one of the small communities in the Haute-Savoie department. In the course of the 19th and 20th centuries, the population decreased continuously due to strong emigration (in 1861 there were still 1386 inhabitants in Manigod). Since the mid-1980s, however, a significant increase in population has been recorded.
Economy and Infrastructure
Until well into the 20th century, Manigod was a village dominated by agriculture and alpine farming. Today there are various small business enterprises. Many workers are commuters who work in the larger towns in the area. In recent decades, Manigod has also benefited from tourism thanks to its proximity to the winter sports resort of La Clusaz in the Bornes massif. The mountain railways and ski lifts of L'Étale in the municipality are part of the La Clusaz ski area.
The village is located away from the larger thoroughfares. The main access is from Thônes through the valley of the Fier. Another road connection is via the Col de la Croix Fry () with La Clusaz.