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Superdevoluy

Don’t expect achingly pretty alpine hamlets, up to their eyeballs in history – but if convenience trumps charm for you any day, this place is super. Rise, shine and ski straight out onto 100km of linked pistes, then come home, put your feet up and get ready to do it all over again.

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At a glance: • Linked with La Joue du Loup • Easy-to-navigate resort • Southern Alps

Great for: • Intermediates • Families • Ski apartments

Don’t expect achingly pretty alpine hamlets, up to their eyeballs in history – but if convenience trumps charm for you any day, this place is super. Rise, shine and ski straight out onto 100km of linked pistes, then come home, put your feet up and get ready to do it all over again.

Superdevoluy Resort

Together with La Joue du Loup, Superdévoluy’s part of a 100km ski area in the Dévoluy valley of the Hautes-Alpes.

This was the first of the two Dévoluy resorts, having come to be in the sixties. Practicality rules over prettiness in this half of the valley: buildings are mostly tall and boxy, none more than the original main block - Bois d'Aurouze - which almost resembles a sheet of corrugated cardboard from the mountain it looks out to. You don’t come here for the cute architecture though, you come here for the fact that accommodation (mostly self-catered), shops and lifts are hardly ever more than a short walk - or ski - from each other.

That said, traditional looking lodgings have been cropping up more recently, with new chalets being built slightly further out. And if you’re ever craving an eyeful of old-school alpine charm, there’s always Saint-Étienne-en-Dévoluy further down the valley.

When it comes to getting here, the nearest airports are Grenoble, Marseille and Lyon – all about a 2 - 2.5-hour drive away. If you’re travelling by rail, Veynes-Dévoluy is 25km away and has connections to Paris, Marseille, Grenoble and Briançon.

Stats & FAQ

Location: Hautes-Alpes, France

Established: 1966

Open: December - April

Downhill: 55 runs / 100km

View our detailed Superdevoluy snow forecast or snow report and see all live webcams, piste maps, road and travel maps and lift pass prices. For a picture of historic snow conditions see the snow depths month by month with our Superdevoluy snow history.

Nearest Airport & Transfer Time:
Grenoble (GNB)137km, 2 hours
Marseille (MRS)215km, 2.5 hours
Lyon (LYS)184km, 2.5 hours
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  • 36 runs

  • 14 runs

  • 5 runs

Top Altitude:2500m
Bottom Altitude:1500m
Resort Altitude:1500m
Longest run:
Slope Orientation:
Vertical Drop:1000m
Skiable Vertical:
Night Skiing:No
Glacier:No

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Downhill Runs:55 runs / 100km
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Lift Pass Price: €178 (adult 6 day)
Nearby resorts: La Joue du Loup

Skiing/BoardingSkiing in Superdevoluy

ESF and ESI are the main ski schools here, where instructors will guide all stages of skier and snowboarder from first timers through to powder hounds. The Combillon and Cros lifts serve a gaggle of short greens, perfect for practicing those first turns on.

Blue piste skiers have the run of the mountain, with the Sommarel streaming down from one of the highest spots, served by the Sommarel chair. Link it with Aurouze for an all-blue full valley descent. The Festoure run leads over to La Joue du Loup, where more beautiful blues await.

In the red department, you can hop off after the TSD Pelourenq and do rounds of the runs under the Clos des Martins drag, or continue up the mountain via the Sommarel lift – here you’ll find the longest run of the region, Draille, and a handful of other trails to fill the day with.

Expert terrain hogs the highest point of the ski area, with the Pierra lift serving the steep Etoiles and Galaxie runs from 2500m. Continue on reds and blues back to the base for a thigh-burning 1000m of vertical. For freeriders, the Ratin Combe can’t be missed (reach it with a guide from the Bure plateau). If you prefer park time to powder, head to the Pré du Renard lift for the snow park, which has kicks, rainbows and all manner of other modules.

Cross country skiers have 35km of trails, through woodland and across open pastures for wonderful variety.

Superdevoluy Apres Ski

If you’re looking for a week of skiing and bar-crawls, SuperD isn’t that super, but for ski-filled days and a relaxing drink here and there, it’s spot on. The Red Cap is an umbrella bar with music for après ski, while Le Sans Souci is a favourite for drinks and crepes.

Chez Dédé makes a handy meeting point, over from the ESF area with south facing outdoor seating and a choice of drinks, pizzas and mountain favourites.

Accro'Pâtes at the bottom of the ski slopes is a real people pleaser, serving pasta dishes, burgers, chips. We like La Table du Yeti for fondues, and Pronto Pizza does free deliveries or takes table bookings for pizzas and cheesy local dishes.

Snake gliss, paragliding and skijoëring are three of the alternative activities you can try here. The Le Centre Sportif de Superdévoluy has a gym, children’s play area, 180m climbing room and squash courts for indoor fun.

Best time to go

Best time to ski Superdevoluy

When is the best time to ski Superdevoluy?

Not being the most snow sure ski area in the alps, the best time to visit is usually the middle of the season, when temperatures are coldest and snow has had an opportunity to build up. That said, with the top slopes above 2000m, black and red run skiers can usually find slopes in good nick throughout the winter. 37km of the area is covered by snowmaking, for when Mother Nature needs a helping hand.

Peak Dates

If smooth access to the slopes is all you're asking Santa for, you'll love Christmas in Superdévoluy.

For families who prefer piste-time over parties, New Year in Superdévoluy could be just the ticket.

With its Famille Plus status, Half Term in Superdévoluy is an excellent choice for families with young children.

On a good snow year, Easter in Superdévoluy makes for a brilliant week of sunny skiing all over the mountain.

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Families in Superdevoluy

The area gained the Famille Plus label in 2011 for its excellent offerings for families, and last time we checked the tourist office provided a free guide on the activities and experiences that children can enjoy around the resort.

The playground in front of the Superdévoluy Sports shop has toboggans, swings and slides for little ones. Take teens bowling in Le Chourum, whoosh them down the mountain on the Snake Gliss or book a snowscoot adventure.

Little learners can take their first slides in the Snow Garden for 3-5 year olds, which has inflatable figures and a magic carpet lift.

GroupsGroup Holidays Superdevoluy

With 100km of slopes to roam and a friendly, convenient village to enjoy it all from - SuperD is great for groups seeking a quiet, ski focussed holiday. Experienced skiers and boarders can explore the area between this resort and La Joue du Loup, with its valley runs and snowpark. Beginners, meanwhile, have gentle greens at the foot of the ski area, with oodles of blues to progress onto.

Favourite meeting points include Chez Dédé, which is near the ski school and the bottom of the pistes. Its south-facing terrace is lovely for non-skiers, who can sit in the sun and watch the world go by. When it comes to group activities, nothing beats a Snake Gliss session down the mountainside, or a crack at skijoëring for something completely different.

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