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Les Vigneaux, Puy-Saint-Vincent, Vallouise-Pelvoux

Vallouise nordic area

Level : Beginners track, Good level skiers track, Experienced skiers track, Very hard track
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The Vallouise nordic area can be divided into four sectors: La Vallouise, L'Onde, Pelvoux and Les Vigneaux.
The La Vallouise nordic area offers a wide range of possibilities to suit your level and desires: 35 kms of trails are at your disposal, allowing you to discover the surroundings of Vallouise, the Vallée de l'Onde, the Gyr, towards Pelvoux and the Gyronde towards Les Vigneaux. This area is perfect for discovering classic or skating cross-country skiing, as well as for more intensive training, with long, regular runs with a slight altitude difference.

Description

Access: From the N94 Gap-Briançon, turn off at l'Argentière-la-Bessée towards Puy-Saint-Vincent - Vallouise (D994E). 

Just before the village of Vallouise, turn left towards Puy-Saint-Vincent Station (opposite the pharmacy). Just after crossing the bridge, park in the parking lot in front of the Maison du Parc and the Chalet Nordique. 

Information on access and transport is available in the practical info section of our website: https://www.paysdesecrins.com


Parking: We advise you to park at the Maison du Parc and Chalet Nordique when purchasing your Pass at the chalet. Vallouise's cross-country ski trails all start from here. 

If you already have your Pass, you can also leave from the parking lot at Pont Gérendoine. From here, a large number of loops are also possible. 

A departure is also possible from the Pelvoux resort. From here, four circuits are available. And you can also start from Les Vigneaux, for two circuits.
  • Towns crossed : Les Vigneaux, Puy-Saint-Vincent, and Vallouise-Pelvoux

Sensitive areas

Along your trek, you will go through sensitive areas related to the presence of a specific species or environment. In these areas, an appropriate behaviour allows to contribute to their preservation. For detailed information, specific forms are accessible for each area.

Short-toed snake eagle

Impacted practices:
Aerial,
Sensitivity periods:
MarAprMayJunJulAugSep
Contact:
Parc National des Écrins
Julien Charron
julien.charron@ecrins-parcnational.fr

Golden eagle

Impacted practices:
Aerial, , Vertical
Sensitivity periods:
JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAug
Contact:
Parc National des Écrins
Julien Charron
julien.charron@ecrins-parcnational.fr

Short-toed snake eagle

Impacted practices:
Aerial,
Sensitivity periods:
MarAprMayJunJulAugSep
Contact:
Parc National des Écrins
Julien Charron
julien.charron@ecrins-parcnational.fr

Recommandations

A few rules: 

→ Cross-country ski trails are groomed, marked and safe. Access is subject to a charge and reserved for Nordic skiers. 

→ You use these trails under your own responsibility: find out about weather conditions and trail closures, and don't overestimate your possibilities.

→ Respect the signs: trail directions, dangers, prohibitions, avalanche closures, etc.

→ Dogs are forbidden on cross-country ski trails. 

→ Night-time activities and biathlon shooting in the Nordic area must be supervised by a professional.

→ Skiing outside opening hours is dangerous and prohibited (presence of grooming equipment).

→ Take your garbage with you 

Tours are available in skating or classic technique.


Winter conditions are very pleasant all day long. However, from March onwards, it's best to practice in the morning, as some of the trails are quickly exposed to the sun. 


Don't hesitate to ask for a piste map at the Chalet Nordique in Vallouise or at the Pelvoux lift information point! 


Please note: This information is for guidance only. It is your responsibility to check the weather report and conditions before you set off. The Tourist Office and Écrins National Park cannot be held responsible in the event of an accident. In case of doubt, contact professionals: instructors or equipment hire companies. 


Emergency contact details: Secours Montagne: 04 92 22 22 22 or 112

Information desks

Vallouise Park house

, 05290 Vallouise

http://www.ecrins-parcnational.fr/

vallouise@ecrins-parcnational.fr

04 92 23 58 08

Information, documentation, models, exhibitions, screenings, product sales and works of the Park. Guided tours for school, reservation required. The new Park House opened in Vallouise since June 1, and offers visitors an interactive permanent exhibition inviting to explore the area and its heritage. A temporary exhibition space will allow a renewed offer. Finally, the device is completed by an audiovisual room to organize screenings and conferences Free admission. All animations of the Park are free unless otherwise stated.

Find out more

Place de l'Eglise, 05340 Vallouise

https://www.paysdesecrins.com/

contact@paysdesecrins.com

+33(0)4 92 23 36 12

23 Avenue de la République, 05120 L'Argentière-La Bessée

https://www.paysdesecrins.com/

contact@paysdesecrins.com

+33(0)4 92 23 03 11

Les Alberts, 05290 Puy Saint Vincent 1400 m

https://www.paysdesecrins.com/

contact@paysdesecrins.com

+33(0)4 92 23 35 80


12 points of interest

  • Know-how

  • Know-how

  • Vernacular heritage

    Bread oven

    It is already there on the Napoleonic land register, and was renovated by the town less than 10 years ago with original stone and fire-resistant brick for the vault. Each village had a communal oven saving wood and social ties explain the importance of shared bread baking. Almost a whole month, day and night, between November and December, was devoted to baking bread. The ritual is now carried on in summer baking during religious feast days or other local events.

  • History

    Le Poët chapel

    A portrait of St-Pancras, the patron saint of the Poët chapel, was once painted on the façade, dressed as a crusader. On his feast day, 12 May, there was a morning mass and we made rice pudding to share with inhabitants from other towns who had journeyed there. Almost two months earlier, the feast of Saint-Joseph was celebrated with a mass in Le Sarret, with families from neighbouring villages invited to eat stew and the traditional rice pudding.

  • History

    The White Penitents

    In the 19th century, the White Penitents took part in the religious life of the villages of Le Poët and Le Sarret. All the male villagers were members, and they played a special role during funerals. They first sang the misere in front of the deceased’s house and then accompanied the funeral procession, dressed in hooded habits, with a banner, bell, staves and lanterns. A macabre confraternity whose symbol was a skull and crossbones...

  • History

    Le Sarret chapel

    Before 1930, the main road passed in front of Le Sarret chapel. Burials took place in Le Poët until the 1940s, when the cemetery was moved to make way for the new road to Pelvoux.

  • Know-how

  • Architecture

  • History

  • Architecture

  • Architecture

  • Architecture

    Saint-Étienne de Vallouise Church

    Listed and protected as an historic monument since 22 October 1913, the church dedicated to Saint Stephen is one of the most beautiful religious edifices in Hautes-Alpes. It is typical of the Romanesque churches in the Briançon region built in the second half of the 15th century, although its exact construction date is still uncertain.


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