JUL to AUG Fri 10-15.
|Classification:||Talc Mine Rock Mine|
|Light:||Incandescent Electric Light System|
|Dimension:||T=8 °C, H=20 m, W=30 m, L=50 m, A=1,834 m asl.|
Carrière de Bocheresse, 1948 Bagnes.
Châble tourist office, Tel: +41-27-775-38-70.
Verbier tourist office, Place Centrale, 1936 Verbier, Tel: +41-27-775-38-88. E-mail:
Maison de la Pierre Ollaire, Chemin des Fontaines 8, 1947 Champsec, Tel: +41-27-776-15-25. E-mail:
|As far as we know this information was accurate when it was published (see years in brackets), but may have changed since then.
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|1830||begin of quarrying.|
|~1900||mine temporarily a massive collapse.|
|1904||mining resumed with the drilling of a new gallery.|
|2010||opened to the public.|
Soapstone or steatite is a homogeneous rock with an off-white colour, and consists of small grains of talc and magnesite. It is very soft, only 1 on the Mohs Sale, and feels soupy when touched, hence the name. But it is also very resistant against heat, hence its use for fire places and ovens. It is also used for the production of talcum powder.
The Carrière de Bocheresse was an underground quarry for soapstone or steatite. The rock was used for bagnards, the famous local rock ovens which keep the temperature for hours. The mine was finally closed in 1935.
The meeting point for the mine tour is at Bonatchiesse. From here it's a two-hour ascent to the mine. Good walking shoes and a jacket are required. Helmet and a headlamp are provided.
Examples for such oven can be seen at the Maison de la Pierre Ollaire museum in Champsec. It has a workshop where soapstone bagnards were made of soapstone from Bocheresse for almost a century.