Descent track no. 1: Family trail

Descent track no. 1: Family trail

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A fun track for beginners, perfect for experiencing the joys of descent with the whole family.
A beginners' trail par excellence, suitable for those aged 6 years and over. Easy and really fun, this circuit is a descent almost 4 kilometres long, amidst 100% natural surroundings of meadows and woods, and is ideal for exploring the bike park with the whole family.

3 points of interest

  • History

    The restoration of the canals

    Water is essential to farming in our territory because of the relatively dry Mediterranean climate with hot summers. To compensate for this, our ancestors created artificial water courses, the canals. These performed a dual role because they served not only to irrigate the hay meadows, kitchen gardens and grain fields, but also to prevent torrential flooding by acting as drains. Today, the canals are still used and managed by associations which work to keep them operational and to maintain them, several times a year.
  • History

    The history of the resort of Puy-Saint-Vincent

    Puy-Saint-Vincent is the benchmark resort in the Vallouise. Located on the north-facing side of the valley, it is constructed on three levels, each corresponding to a different period of construction: 1400, developed in the late 1970s, 1600, developed from 1973 onwards and 1800, developed from 2005 onwards. Each level is served by a chairlift to reach the skiing area. It now has 35 pistes covering 75.4 kilometres.
  • History

    The house with arcades

    In the municipality of Puy-Saint-Vincent, there are a number of houses typical of the rural architecture of Vallouise, in particular houses with arcades, in the hamlets of Les Alberts and Les Prés. This type of construction can be recognised by the presence of large arches made from stone from the Montbrison massif and supporting walking galleries. Introduced in the eighteenth century by Piedmontese master masons who settled in the valley, this style with arcaded galleries has become characteristic of the architecture of the Vallouise valley. Elegant and monumental, they replaced modest wooden balconies. They facilitated mobility from one level of the house to the other (the houses did not have interior stairs), and at the same time signalled the wealth of the owner.


Altimetric profile


Take the Les Prés chairlift to the 1400 resort to reach the starting point of the descent (there is a charge)

Les Prés chairlift open from 7 July to 30 August, 9.30am to 16.45pm (subject to change) 

Safety: Helmet obligatory; back protector, knee pads and gloves are strongly recommended.

Regulations: Mountain biking in the Bike Park is regulated by Municipal Order no. 2019.17

Rescue services contact details: Secours Montagne (Mountain Rescue): +33 (0)4 92 22 22 22 or 112 and give the name and number of the marker and the nature of the injuries

Take your litter home

Do not take shortcuts across pastureland
Herd protection dogs - ATV

In mountain pastures, protection dogs are there to protect the herds from predators (wolves, etc.).

When mountain biking, I adapt my behavior by going around the herd, pausing and getting off the bike so the dog can identify me.

Find out more about the actions to adopt with the article "Protection dogs: a context and actions to adopt".
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Information desks

Vallouise Park house

, 05290 Vallouise 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

Les Alberts, 05290 Puy Saint Vincent 1400 m 92 23 35 80


Public transport >>
Consider car-sharing >>

For more information, ask at the Tourist Information Office nearest to the trail starting point >>

Access and parking

8.5 km from L'Argentière-la-Bessée, take the D994E and then the D4.

Parking :

Car park at the Puy Saint-Vincent 1400 resort


Accessibility level : Beginner
Emergency number :114

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