Pra Loup - Ski Area Guide
Pra Loup, France
Ski Resort in Espace Lumière, French Alps - 165km of Piste (1,500m to 2,600m)
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.
Pra Loup Snow News
The next notable snow forecast for Pra Loup is 2cm, expected on 7 May, with around 3cm forecast over the next 7 days - and up to 30cm possible the following week.
Who is Pra Loup good for?
Pra Loup Ski Area
|5||Black Pistes (13km)|
|34||Red Pistes (89km)|
|26||Blue Pistes (58km)|
|15||Green Pistes (20km)|
|6km||Cross Country Pistes|
Espace Lumière Ski Area
Pra Loup Ski Area Height
|1500m||Resort Altitude (Pra Loup)|
The French Ski Resort of Pra Loup is part of the Espace Lumière ski area with access to 418km of downhill skiing, with 136 individual pistes, served by 120 ski lifts. In addition to the skiing in Pra Loup itself (165km 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 pistes above 2500 metres, skiing and snowboarding is assured throughout the season.
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.
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.
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.
Pra Loup in brief
Pra Loup Ski Resort is:
Ok for Expert Skiers.
Very good for Intermediate Skiers.
Ok for Beginners.
Good for Snowboarding.
Pra Loup Season Dates
We have no confirmed season dates for Pra Loup.
Usual opening - Early Dec.
Usual closing - Mid April.
NOTE:- Opening subject to Snow Conditions in Pra Loup.
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Pra Loup Snow Making
Snowmaking :- Pra Loup is able to augment natural snow, on 122km of ski runs, with 252 Snow Cannons.
Pra Loup Ski Lift Capacity
Ski Lift Capacity :- The 53 Ski Lifts of Pra Loup are able to uplift 43,800 skiers / snowboarders per hour.
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