Saint Jean de Sixt seems to be turning into some sort of sporting mecca lately, with the new petanque pits, the Bun-J Ride ramp, and now the Aravis Paintball Mountain Park. Late last year, a group of locals started a Facebook page to gauge the interest of such a park, and after the first few months of activity, everything went quiet. I presumed the idea had flopped. Then, on Friday 13th last week, the Facebook page burst back into life, announcing in French the inauguration for the following day.
At such short notice, I wondered how many people turned up for the opening. Like many of my local friends, I had already booked tickets to the Musilac music festival, so I couldn’t attend the opening. But that’s not to say it was a wash-out. With the number of hunters and sports fanatics around this area of France, I’m sure the business will do well through word of mouth alone.
For anyone interested in visiting, the Aravis Paintball Mountain Park is on the Danay — the big hill that divides Le Grand Bornand and La Clusaz, accessible from Saint Jean de Sixt just after the petrol station. Paintball enthusiasts will be aware that paint balls are cheaper to buy in bulk off the internet, but they will need to leave them at home: the park’s website states that only the paint balls purchased at the Aravis Painball Mountain Park can be used “for environmental reasons”.
Bets are now open for the next sport craze to hit Saint Jean de Sixt. I’m going with marmott racing.