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Pra Loup Ski Resort

Pra Loup Resort Guide

Pra Loup, France

Rated: 3/5 (from 6 ratings)

Pra Loup Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForIntermediates, Snowboarders and Apres-Ski.
Total Piste Length165km103 miles
Highest Lift2,600m8,530ft
Resort Height1,500m4,921ft
 Nearest AirportsTurin Cuneo and Nice
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Pra Loup at a glance

Pra Loup is one of the major ski areas in the Southern Alps with a friendly, laid back reputation and excellent lift systems. Lively, sunny, purpose built centre with two bases - the larger Pra Loup 1600 and the smaller Molanes at 1500m. Strong emphasis on family facilities and an excellent lift system linked to La Foux d'Allos in 'La Liberté de l'Espace'. The Pra Loup gondola is ideal for boarders and beginners as it goes straight up from the village at 1600 to sunny nursery slopes with nearby restaurant and stunning views. The easy green clappe run down from the gondola is fitted with permanent snow cannons ensuring snow cover at early and late season. Intermediates can easily get around the area on the numerous blue and red runs. Developing skiers will particularly enjoy this resort with its long open runs and lack of queues which makes it so much easier to ski non-stop and put miles under the skis. The off-piste is easily accessible and because the area is so huge compared to the tourist capacity theres often untracked powder which stays light and dry much longer on the north-facing slopes. Freeriders will love Pra Loup too - plenty of wide open fast runs with the occasional tricky stretch to hold your attention. Reputed to have some of the best snowmaking facilities in France, most of the runs back to the village have snow cannons which are used early season to provide a good base and then late season to keep access open. Purpose-built in 1961 the resort was named after the previous inhabitants of this spectacular site - the mountain wolves. Pra Loup is made up of 2 villages, Molanes at 1500m (Pra Loup 1500) and Pra Loup 1600m - the larger of the two - with most of its shops, café's and bars within easy reach of the slopes.

 When will it snow in Pra Loup?

The next notable snow forecast for Pra Loup is 12cm5in, expected on 14 November, with around 74cm29in forecast over the next 7 days.

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Pra Loup Facts, Stats and Ratings

Pra Loup Rated

Ratings for Pra Loup
Intermediate Skiers
Beginners
Snowboarding
Snow
Apres-Ski

How High is Pra Loup?

Max Vertical and Resort Altitude for Pra Loup
Highest Lift2,600m8,530ft
Lowest Piste1,500m4,921ft
Resort Altitude (Pra Loup)1,500m4,921ft
Max Vertical1,100m3,609ft

Ski Area, Pistes and Lifts

Pra Loup Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats for Pra Loup
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
 5 13km8 miles
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
3489km55 miles
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
2658km36 miles
Green Pistes
Beginner Runs
1520km12 miles
Downhill
Total Length
165km103 miles
Cross Country
Total Length
6km4 miles
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts
53

Espace Lumière Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats for Espace Lumière
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
12
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
57
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
45
Green Pistes
Beginner Runs
22
Downhill
Total Length
418km260 miles
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts
120
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Pra Loup Summary

The French Ski Resort of Pra Loup is part of the Espace Lumière ski area with access to 418km260 miles of downhill skiing, with 136 marked pistes, served by a total of 120 ski lifts. In addition to the skiing in Pra Loup itself (165km103 miles of pisted ski runs), the appropriate ski Lift Pass will allow you to ski or snowboard in the other Espace Lumière ski resorts of La Foux d'Allos, Seignus (Val d'Allos 1500) and Val d'Allos.

With ski lifts as high as 2,600m8,530ft, skiing and snowboarding is assured throughout the season.

Pra Loup Overview

One of the biggest French ski resorts, Pra Loup sits in the Vallee de L'Ubaye (Ubaye Valley) amid the Alps of Haute-Provence, also known as the Southern Alps which shares a small part of its eastern border with Italy. Its main claim to fame is its spendid, unspoilt scenery featuring craggy outcrops, larch woods and and brilliant Mediterranean sunshine so characteristic of the mountains of Provence.

Pra Loup is the major ski area in the Southern Alps with a friendly, laid back reputation and excellent lift systems. The strong emphasis on family facilities has earned it the prestigious French Label Kid award. Purpose-built in 1961 the resort was named after the previous inhabitants of this spectacular site - the mountain wolves. Pra Loup is made up of 2 villages, Molanes at 1500m (Pra Loup 1500) and Pra Loup 1600m which are lift linked to another ski area La Foux d'Allos at 1800m with Les Agneliers nestled in between.

Towering at 2600m is the Haute Provence Research Observatory which can be reached by gondola if you ski over from neighbouring Pra Loup or make the long drive up the Upper Verdon Valley past the fortified city of Colmar les Alpes which is said to be breathtaking.

Pra Loup 1600 is the biggest of all the villages with most of its shops, café’s and bars within easy reach of the slopes. The north-facing slopes and height ensure a long season and state of the art snowmaking facilities provide extra cover on access routes to the wide open bowl over at La Foux d'Allos.

As a family oriented resort Pra Loup is very supportive of its young talent, Christel Pascal, 1995 winner of the Junior World Ski Championships and joint World Champion in 2000 and 2001 is a native of Pra Loup.

Always fashionable with French skiers but off the beaten track, as yet, to the British who probably associate the south of France more with summer holidays and beach resorts like Cannes and St Tropez on the Cote d'Azur 240km (150 miles) south.

On the Mountain

The most difficult run is the 'La Noire', which is 3km2 miles in length.

Skiing in Pra Loup

Pra Loup has nearly 180km (113 miles) of downhill runs and a modern efficient lift system. There are runs to suit all levels of ability but beginners to intermediates are particularly well catered for. Beginner skiers and boarders have the easiest form of transport to the slopes, the Pra Loup gondola goes straight up from the village at 1600 to sunny nursery slopes with nearby restaurant and stunning views. The easy green clappe run down from the gondola is usually the venue for the ski schools' torchlight descent and is fitted with permanent snow cannons ensuring snow cover at early and late season. Beginners who prefer to stay in the village have their own nursery lift, Les Sorbiers.

Intermediates can easily get around the area on the numerous blue and red runs. For a change of scene La Foux d'Allos 1800 makes a good day trip for capable skiers, as you will soon find out because the first part of the journey, the quartier is a fast red down from Le Lac, with the only option a black run!. Allos village is small but it does have 16 restaurants. If you take the gondola ride up to the Observatory there's the choice of a red, a long black run, or a scenic return trip on the gondola.

Developing skiers will particularly enjoy this resort with its long open runs and lack of queues which makes it so much easier to ski non-stop and put miles under the skis. This, along with a few lessons at ski school is sure to improve your skiing ability. The off-piste is easily accessible and because the area is so huge compared to the tourist capacity there's always untracked powder which stays light and dry much longer on the north-facing slopes.

Freeriders will love Pra Loup too - plenty of wide open fast runs with the occasional tricky stretch to hold your attention. Reputed to have the best snowmaking facilities in France, most of the runs back to the village have snow cannons which are used early season to provide a good base and then late season to keep access open.

Pra Loup offers good sking, particularly, for Intermediate and Beginner skiers.

Snowboarding in Pra Loup

A choice of easy to ride chairlifts and cable cars make this resort a favourite with snowboarders. More than 40 hectares of the area have been designated 'Rider Space'. The includes the Rider Park, Rider Rock, Rider Free (Off-piste areas) and Rider Cross which contains natural cross pipes by the slopes.

When is Pra Loup open?

We don't currently have confirmed season dates for Pra Loup.

Usual opening is early December, and usual closing is Mid April.

NOTE:- Lift and Piste openings are always subject to Snow Conditions in Pra Loup.

Snow Making

Pra Loup is able to make snow, on 122km76 miles of ski runs, with 252 snow cannons.

Ski Lift Capacity

The 53 ski lifts of Pra Loup are able to uplift 43,800 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Where is Pra Loup?

Pra Loup is in the French Alps in Espace Lumiere, Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, France.

How can I get to Pra Loup?

 By Air

The nearest airports to Pra Loup are Turin Cuneo, Nice and Grenoble. There are four airports within three hours drive.

Off the Mountain

Pra Loup Aprés Ski

Pra Loup 1600 has the livelier apres which centres around the bars and restaurants, many of them along a long and convenient partially covered mall which forms the heart of the resort. Pra Loup has three discos.

Evening activities include snowmobiling and ice skating. Indoors there's tennis, a games room and a cinema.

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