Ayas (Walser German ayats) is a town in the autonomous region of Valle d'Aosta. The municipality has 1,401 inhabitants (December 31, 2015), is located at an average altitude of 1,698 m s.l.m. km² (at Saint-Jacques) and has a size of 129th The inhabitants are called Ayassini or Ayassins. Ayas is a member of the Unité des Communes Valdôtaines Evancon and is located in the Ayas Valley. Ayas consists of the districts Antagnod, Champoluc, Saint-Jacques, Bisous, Mandrou, Magneaz, Palouettaz, PALENC, Champlan, Frachey, Pra Sec, Rovinal, Drole, Blanchard, Peyo, Reze, Crojettaz, Fiere, Suttsun, Cunéaz, Crest, Frantse, Mascognaz, Pilaz, Magnéchoulaz, Ériou, Periasc, Periasc d'aval, La Crouch, Trochey, Meytére, Cornu, Corbet, Lignod, Borbey, L'Ojel, Goil deseut, Goil damon, Piéit, Granon, Graines. Champoluc is a well-known winter sports resort. The neighboring municipalities are Brusson, Chamois, Châtillon, Gressoney La Trinite, Gressoney-Saint-Jean, La Magdeleine, Saint-Vincent, Valtournenche and Zermatt (Switzerland). During the Fascist period, the village bore the Italianate name Ajax. The municipality is the richest Italian across the state, the average income per taxpayer in this case is 66,408 euros. From Saint-Jacques you can climb to the shelters Rifugio Grand Tournalin, Rifugio Guide della Val d'Ayas and Rifugio Ottorino Mezzalama.