Places like Seefeld were productive farming villages long before they became ski resorts. Garmisch-Partenkirchen were ancient and wealthy market villages - fwiw Partenkirchen is older than London. All are right up at the edge of the mountains and surrounded by mountains. FWIW, the valley of Garmisch-Partenkirchen makes a great source of inspiration for the Kheldon vale. The valley of the Stubaital makes a great inspiration for Boldhome (and is complete with a half-dozen old farming villages).
Cattle replaced sheep after the Black Death which hit the Alpine communities extremely hard. Prior to that, there would have been large flocks of sheep throughout the alpine valleys.
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