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Mountain Biking in Pra Loup

Pra Loup is the main downhill mountain biking area in the Ubaye valley with dry, dusty trails that are both fast and technical. From the 04 July to the 30 August, the resort’s main gondola brings you swiftly to 2000 m where you can access 5 downhill trails and the bikepark.

Mountain Biking - Pra Loup

Dry trails, great climate, quiet trails
Only enough riding for 2 or 3 days


Summit 2130 m

Vertical Drop 530 m

Base 1600 m

Lifts (1)

Cable Cars 1

Chair Lifts 0

MTB Trails

XC Very good, beginner to advanced

Downhill Very good, intermediate to advanced

Enduro Fair, intermediate

Total Riding 51 km (inc. XC)

Bike Park Yes

Bike Wash Yes (1)

Beginner Trails 1

Intermediate Trails 1

Advanced Trails 2

Expert Trails 3

Location Map

Practical Information

Opening times

04 July to 30 August

Resort prices

Day pass: 17 €, Week pass: 72 €

Nearest airport

Nice (2 hours 50 mins)

Tourist Office

L'Office de tourisme de Pra Loup
Station de Ski
04400 Pra Loup

Phone: +33 (0)4 92 84 10 04

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  • Hitting a jump in the Pra Loup Bikepark

    © OT Pra Loup

  • Quick access to the trails with the Pra Loup gondola


  • Mountain Biking in Pra Loup


  • Dry dusty MTB trails in Pra Loup


  • Railing the berms in Pra Loup


Pra Loup MTB Videos

Pra Loup sits on a plateau overlooking the Ubaye Valley. Located just under 2 hours inland from Nice, the Mediterranean climate is warm and dry with a freshness that comes from the altitude. The trails are generally bone dry throughout the summer and you'll notice that locals know how to handle a bike through a dusty berm!

Pra Loup's proximity to Val d'Allos, Les Orres and Mongenèvre opens up some great possibilities for a biking holiday in this southern region of the French Alps.

The Mountain Biking


The Pra Loup Costebelle cable car whisks you up to 2130 m and the start of the trails. You can access 5 graded downhill tracks from green to black and 2 bikepark runs.

The green trail, accessible to beginner riders and young kids, is a wide meandering trail that is just pure fun. From the top of the cable car, the trail winds down through high alpine terrain and meets the bottom of the bikepark. From there, an easy descent takes you back down to Pra Loup 1600. A great trail for discovering mountain biking.

The blue trail is actually just a means of accessing the bikepark or the black downhill run, so if you're not an intermediate rider, just be aware that at the end of the blue run you'll need to take the footpath down to meet the green, or you'll have to ride the red bikepark trail. At the bottom of the bikepark another short blue section links in with the last part of the green trail.

The red trail is a Pra Loup highlight. It traverses the mountain from 2130 m and descends through varied terrain from fast, high alpine singletrack to switchbacks through the trees. Throughout you get awesome views over Pra Loup town and the Ubaye Valley. To be consumed without moderation!

Praloup has 2 black downhill trails that were used at different times for the old boys to battle it out in the masters' championships. Both tracks are fast and technical mixing forest sections with open alpine terrain. The trail labelled number 5 on the map is the more challenging, taking a more direct line with plenty of off-camber corners, jumps and technical wooded sections.


You can access Pra Loup's bikepark from the top of the Costebelle cable car. Designed by motocross and mountain biking legend Jean-Michel Bayle it has a red and a black track with northshore features and jumps, gaps, drops and see-saws.

Cross country

Praloup, being located in the heart of the Ubaye Valley, is a great base from which to access the valley's 340 km of waymarked cross country trails. Strike out straight from the resort on one of the graded loops, or ride the 14 km red to Barcelonnette and hook up with the epic 100 km Transubayenne which spans the whole Ubaye Valley.

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