Two neighbouring resorts could hardly be more different than SuperDèvoluy and La Joue du Loup. Whilst the oldest of the two winter ski-resorts, SuperDèvoluy, is known for its futuristic look and its gigantic, central main building, the ski-tourists in La Joue du Loup can expect quite the opposite. Characterised by its small buildings and especially cosy chalets built in a traditional style, La Joue du Loup is often referred to as the „wooden resort.“
The beautiful skiing village, which was built in 1976 at an altitude of 1500 meters, is the perfect holiday resort for relaxed skiing holidays with the whole family. Ski-tourists can also benefit from the extremely short routes within the resort, whether it be to the lifts and the slopes or to the lively village centre with its shops, restaurants and bars.
At the same time the sunny ski-resort’s connection to one of the largest skiing areas in the french southern alps is ideal. A hybrid lift, that is furnished with seats as well as cable cars, and an additional chairlift bring winter sports enthusiasts directly from Joue du Loup right into the centre of the piste-district SuperDevoluy. It is necessary to use an additional lift to reach the central La Pierra summit.
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Upon arrival in the skiing region, there is a diverse range of slopes available to the winter sports enthusiasts. Beginners can gain their first skiing experiences in a relaxed manner in the practice area near the station as well as on the spacious blue pistes on the lower levels.
Challenging slopes for experienced skiers are most notably located in the altitudes below the Le Pierra summit. In addition to the adventurous black slopes, there are exciting off-piste trails here and in the area around the neighbouring Pic de Bure summit.
The snowpark in SuperDévoluy is a meeting place for snowboarders and freestylers. The so called „Mushroom Park“ at an altitude of 2000 meters has a boardcross route and a slopestyle area for beginners and pros. The range of freestyle activities is completed with a giant air bed , the „Big-Air-Bag“, on which ski and snowboard-acrobats can land safely and softly after jumps and other stunts.
35 kilometers of cross country slopes, which are divided into 15 routes, and 30 kilometers of winter hiking trails complete the classic range of winter sports activities in SuperDévoluy.
A skiing holiday in La Joue du Loup becomes more relaxing for parents thanks to the numerous service and leisure facilities specifically for families, for which the resort was awarded with its „Famille Plus Montagne“ label. Young holiday guests aged 15+ months can be looked after for whole or half days in the local day care centre or ski-nursery. A sledging slope and a play area are available as well. Parents can also leave bulky equipment such as cribs, prams etc. at home and can instead conveniently borrow them on site.
Even away from the pistes, ski-tourists in La Joue du Loup have the choice of all kinds of different leisure activities. The landscape around the station can be explored on a snowshoe hike during the day and also during the evening. A dog-sled or snowmobile trip are also great experiences. Moreover, torch-lit descents are regularly offered.
After a day on the pistes, ski-tourists can choose to spend a relaxed evening in the cinema, to enjoy the regional-typical specialities in the resort’s restaurants and to round off the day in the cosy bars in La Joue du Loup.
Special tip: Guests in La Joue du Loup, who want to explore the Dévoluy region more closely, can be pleased with a special service. With the help of an audioguide, like those found in museums, ski-tourists can go on 2 different winter discovery tours from La Joue du Loup. The small virtual assistant accompanies these tours with interesting pieces of information, audible articles, films and photos. These handy audioguides can be rented from the tourist office in La Joue du Loup.