The seolanes of Ubaye

The Ubaye valley

The Ubaye valley, also known as the Barcelonnette valley, extends over 80 kilometers, offering a dizzying, wild and isolated landscape. Come and discover all the potential it can offer you!

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The Ubaye valley, formerly Barcelonnette valley (04) is located in the department of Alpes-de-Haute-Provence. It has around 7,700 inhabitants, called Ubayens or Valéians.

The main town of the Ubaye valley is Barcelonnette.

The Ubaye valley is a valley of glacial origin. The right bank of the Ubaye is sunny and cultivated (adret), the left bank is shaded and forested (ubac).

Ubaye Valley

Ubaye Valley

Its altitude goes from 771 meters to the lowest point: the artificial lake of Serre-Ponçon, up to 2,655 meters at the source of Ubaye (Lake du Longet). Its highest peak is the Aiguille de Chambeyron at 3,412 meters above sea level. The Ubaye valley and its dependencies have a total area of 93,962 hectares.

The Ubaye valley takes its name from the river that crosses it. Ubaye is born on the French-Italian border, at the Col du Longet, in the Mont Viso massif. It flows to the town of Jausiers then Barcelonnette, the Lauzet and at the level of Lake Serre-Ponçon. Its regime is snow-pluvial with high waters at the end of spring and summer and an increase in autumn.

The valley is home to famous ski resorts such as Pra loup, Le Sauze, St Anne, Saint Vincent les Forts.

The Ubaye Valley in Images

The Ubaye River

There Ubaye river thanks to its strong water flow has become an essential stopover for white water sports. Ubaye is one of the most beautiful rivers in France. All white water sports are possible there as rafting, kayaking, rafting, white water swimming, hydrospeed, canyoning. Pra Loup rafting in the Ubaye valley is the Phare activity.

Navigable for 50 km, Ubaye offers numerous routes for water activities all year round. The Ubaye is a French torrential river. With its pure and white waters, the river is very popular for white water sports and hosted the French kayak championship in 2016 and every 2 years as well as the French extreme kayak cup. This snow-pluvial river sees its flow rate vary according to the seasons: 80 m3/second in spring and 13 m3/second at the end of summer. Intact and indomitable, it is not subject to any dams affecting its flow, which makes it a mythical and preserved river.

Mercantour National Park

The Mercantour National Park classified in 1979 is a natural universe to absolutely discover. Between the Alpes-Maritimes and the Alpes de Haute Provence, there are 68,500 ha of preserved habitats almost uninhabited by humans. The upper Ubaye and Verdon valleys are home to 2,000 species of plants, hundreds of animal species and grandiose landscapes. Discover delicate flowers, such as the Alpine columbine or the Venus slipper, admire the agility of the chamois on the rocky slopes and watch for the marmot standing guard. One thing is certain: all these species are protected by the Mercantour National Park and its peaks at an altitude of more than 3,000 m invite you on an unforgettable journey.

Ski resorts in Ubaye

Come escape and discover the multiple peaks of the Barcelonnette valley and the numerous ski areas and Nordic areas of Ubaye Serre-Ponçon. Alpine skiing and cross-country skiing are in the spotlight with 280 km and 58 km of slopes respectively in Pra Loup, Le Sauze and Sainte-Anne.

In summer, come and enjoy resort activities such as hiking and mountain biking. you will also find summer tobogganing and treetop adventure courses.

Stations at Ubaye greenhouse Ponçon

Ubaye greenhouse Ponçon is rich in a station which is Saint Jean de Montclar and not the least because it is the most dynamic station for downhill mountain biking. In fact, with its 180 km set up as a bike park, it attracts all those keen on downhill mountain biking in Ubaye. Come discover it and admire the view of Lake Serre Ponçon.

Caroline Aalbers
Caroline Aalbers
2023-07-29
Wat een geweldige ervaring, raften over de Ubaye! Prachtige natuur, mooie afwisselende tocht (inclusief zwemmen en in het water springen!) en geschikt voor elk niveau. Onze kinderen (6 en 9 jaar) hebben een super eerste raft ervaring gehad, mede dankzij onze leuke en goede gids. Ze willen zeker nog een keer :-)
Ziga Budja
Ziga Budja
2023-07-12
Wonderfull family rafting experience. Just a little bit too much for my sensitive eight year old, but great overall. The river is beautiful with nice surroundings. The guide was excellent (forgot his name 🙄) and the whole team was very nice. The trip down the river took about one and a half hour with some stops. If you visit this place, your're not gonna be sorry! 👍🏻
Fred
Fred
2023-05-13
Un lieu calme et agréable, accueillit par une équipe sympathique. Mise à disposition du barbecue pour le repas du midi avant le rafting. Tout est là pour votre bonheur.
Jerome Henry
Jerome Henry
2022-08-16
Merci @CrazyWaterRafting pour les moments géniaux en famille. Nous avons fait rafting, rando aquatique et kayak avec 2 adultes et 2 ados : génial !! Guides super sympa, très pro, Contrairement à ce que l'on entend a la télé, le niveau d'eau dans cette rivière et plus que suffisant pour s'éclater ! Nb: la rando aquatique n'est pas très connue mais super aussi, descente de la rivière en nageant, dans un secteur plus calme que celui pour le rafting. Explication sur la nature, superbe paysages, surprise à la fin... Encore merci. Jérôme, Caroline, Charlotte et Manon.
Shameer Habibi
Shameer Habibi
2021-07-29
Really fun, and a really good guide! Overall amazing
Melanie Macias
Melanie Macias
2020-06-06
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Lorenzo Van Loon
Lorenzo Van Loon
2019-08-02
We did two descents, one by raft and one by kayak, both with Julien as a guide. He seems totally crazy when you first meet him, but he was a great guide and made our day. Really spectacular river, with a lot of rapids and great views. We got out of the boats to swim a bit in one of the rapids and they took us to a rock where we could jump in to the water. Julien and the crew of Crazy Water are real professionals, but in for a laugh and a joke. A pity we could'n do the 'sport' descent, because of bad weather. But we sure come back. One remark; their 'bar' is quite empty, so make sure to bring your own drinks and food if you're planning to stay for a day.
verriez virginie
verriez virginie
2019-06-14
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