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Espace Lumière




Pra Loup

​Val d’Allos

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Espace Lumière is a stunning ski area situated in the French Alps, spanning across the border between the departments of Alpes-de-Haute-Provence and Alpes-Maritimes. 

The ski area is a result of the merger of two resorts, Pra Loup and Val d'Allos, which joined forces to create Espace Lumière. 

Pra Loup is a purpose-built ski resort, known for its modern infrastructure and excellent facilities. It was developed in the 1960s and has since become a popular destination for winter sports enthusiasts. 

Val d'Allos, on the other hand, is a traditional alpine village with a rich history. The village has preserved its charming character and provides visitors with an authentic mountain experience. 

Espace Lumière is well-connected, allowing easy access to the ski slopes. From Pra Loup, skiers can enjoy direct access to the bulk of the ski area, while Val d'Allos has a smaller direct area, mainly comprising of Blue runs. Between the 2 areas lies a valley, through which you must transfer to reach the other resort. It is important to note that the connecting slopes are all Red or Black, so for beginner skiers, choosing the home resort is very important. Absolute beginners would be fine in either, but those finding their feet might find the selection in Val d'Allos limiting. 

When it comes to the après-ski scene, Espace Lumière offers a vibrant and lively atmosphere. In Pra Loup, visitors can find a variety of bars, restaurants, and clubs where they can unwind and socialize after a day on the slopes. Val d'Allos, with its traditional village ambiance, provides a more relaxed après-ski experience, with cozy mountain chalets and charming local establishments. 

Overall, Espace Lumière offers a fantastic ski experience with its diverse terrain, convenient access, and lively après-ski scene. Whether you're a beginner or an expert skier, this ski area has something to offer for everyone, making it an excellent choice for a winter getaway in the French Alps.

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Overall this is not a quick transfer from any major transport hub, regardless of method of transport taken.


  • 3hrs - Marsielle

  • 3hrs - Grenoble

  • 3.5hrs - Nice

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Train Connections


There's no direct train, but you can get close

  • Paris – Aix en Provence TGV : 3h

  • Paris gare de Lyon – Gap : 5h30 (TGV + TER via Valence Ville)

  • Paris gare d'Austerlitz – Gap night train : 10h

  • Marseille – Gap : 3h30

  • Grenoble - Gap : 2.5h

  • Chambery - Gap: 4hr (1 change)

From Gap or Aix en Provence you can then get a coach to Barcelonnette.

535 local  bus: Gap to Barcelonnette [1hr 30]

From Barcelonnette there's a local bus serving the resorts.

The easiest way to plan train travel is use The Trainline (click the logo below)

This is because it's the most comprehensive integration of all European train operators, so you can even plan cross-border travel.

On average you can book 3-4 months in advance, read our full Guide to European Rail travel

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Coach Connections

Zou! Bus

From Marseille Centre - Direct 68 Bus to Barcelonnette [4.5 hr]

or there's connecting Zou! Buses

From Marseille Airport

66 Express bus to Digneles-Bains [3hr]

Digneles-Bains change to the 68 Express to Barcelonnette [1.5hr]


Get to Aix en Provence centre

Shuttle bus [30min]: Every day, every 30 minutes

Direction Aix>AMP: every 30 minutes from 4:50 a.m. to 10:40 p.m. Additional departure at 11:25 p.m. 
Direction AMP>Aix: every 30 minutes from 5:35 a.m. to 11:05 p.m. Additional departures at 11:40 p.m. and 12:25 a.m

68 Express bus: Aix en provence to Barcelonnette [4hr]

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