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The Guards Lodge

The small ski resort of La Loge des Gardes

The small ski resort The Lodge of the Guards is the closest to Paris. It has been open for 50 years, and does not have a village in foot of the slopes.

It is located in the mountain Bourbonnaise in Auvergne Rhône Alpes. Moreover, the tracks are traced in the forest ofAssisi between 1000 and 1160 meters of altitude and whose highest point is that of the Mountains of the Madeleine.

The ski slopes

The Lodge of the Guards has 5 slopes for 3 levels of skiers: 3 green, 1 blue and 1 red. There are also 2 km of alpine ski trails and 15 km of cross-country ski trails. cross-country skiing. The site which covers 21 km² is served by a conveyor belt and 3 ski lifts. The ski resort of the Loge des Garde is classified « Station of full nature ».

Activities at La Loge des Gardes

The ski resort La Loge des Gardes is a place that favors families and vacations with friends. Its low altitude makes it a good place to enjoy the snow gently.

In winterThe marked trails allow snowshoeing or simply walking for hikes in the forest to reconnect with nature and recharge your batteries. Indeed, it is a fresh and calm space favorable to breathing and oxygenation of the lungs. People also come here to relax.

In summerThe site is transformed into a summer leisure park for the pleasure of the whole family in search of thrills. Many mountain sports activities are available offered. Children and adults will be able to choose between the descent turbine or X-racer, the quad bike track, the off-road scooter tracks, etc. Finally, the children’s park includes zip line stunts, tree courses, slides and jumping towers.

La Loge des Gardes Resort in numbers

Ski resort La Loge des Gardes
Commune Laprugne
Name of the Massif Central Massif
Department Allier
Mountain Central Massif
? The ski area ?
Size of the village’s ski area without connection (in klm): 3
Size of the village ski area with connection (in klm): 3
Longest downhill ski run (in km) 2
Name of the ski area La Loge des Gardes
Connected station(s) No
? Altitude of ski area ?
Altitude at the bottom of the ski area (in m) 1 000
Altitude at the top of the ski area (in m) 1 160
Average altitude of the ski area (in m) 1 080
Total height of the domain (in m) 160
Surface area of artificial snow (in ha) 0
? Number of ski runs ?
Number of green trails 4
Number of blue trails 0
Number of red trails 0
Number of black runs 0
Total number of downhill ski runs 4
? Lifts ?
Ski lifts 4
Children’s treadmill 0
Fixed grip chairlifts 0
Detachable Chairlifts 0
Funiculars 0
Gondolas 0
Cable cars 0
Total number of lifts 4
? Nordic ski area ?
Number of cross-country ski trails (or Nordic area) 3
Size of the Nordic ski area (in klm): 21
?️ Services in the station ?️
Presence of a snowpark: No
Presence of an aquatic complex and spa No
Trails accessible on foot from the village : Yes
Number of year-round inhabitants (including low-lying village) 317
Slogan of the station Summer and winter resort
? Access to the resort ?
Nearest train station: Vichy
Bus shuttle to a train station: No
Distance from Paris (in kilometers) 398
? Price survey in the station ?
Price list for a ski pass (1 day) in high season (access to the entire ski area) 15 €
Price of the week pass (6 days) in high season (access to the whole ski area) 70 €
Ski equipment rental rate per week (adult) 80 €
Ski equipment rental rate per week (child) 35 €
Rental studio 2 persons (school vacations) 280 €
Family apartment rental 4 persons (school vacations) 420 €
Total cost of stay for 2 adults (excluding transport and food) 580 €
Total cost of stay for 2 adults and 2 children (excluding transportation and food) 867 €
? Average real estate rate ?
Average price per m2 of an apartment 900 €
Average price per m2 of a chalet 700 €
Average price of a 60m2 apartment 54 000 €
Average price of a 100m2 chalet 70 000 €
? Station evaluation on 7 criteria ?
Score on the average snowmaking capacity of the massif / 10 5
Note on the ratio between the size of the ski area vs. the price of the stay / 10 5
Note of the ski area and ski lifts / 10 3
Note on the diversity of the proposed activities (except ski) / 10 4
Note on the charm and interest of the Village / 10 6
Note on the average cost of a stay / 10 10
Average rating of internet users out of /10 6,5
? Station average via 7 criteria ?
Final average score according to / 10 5,6
? Ranking according to ? 228th position out of 232 stations in France

La Loge des Gardes in Questions / Answers

  • What are the winter activities at La Loge Des Gardes?

The resort of La Loge Des Gardes is a very rich in activities, especially in winter it offers activities such as:

Sledding: this resort offers you to go sledding on a track reserved for this purpose. You can enjoy the sensation of sliding with your family or friends.

Snowboarding: this resort also offers snowboarding for the ultimate in thrills. You will be able to fully appreciate the sliding sensations offered by its relief.

Snowshoeing : thanks to this activity you can fully appreciate the beauty of the nature of the resort and its surroundings.

Downhill skiing: this resort offers 5 downhill slopes so that you can enjoy the pleasures of skiing to the fullest.

  • What are the summer activities at La Loge Des Gardes resort?

La Loge Des Gardes resort also offers many summer activities such as:

Tubing This activity is open to all and will allow you to enjoy the sensation of sliding in complete safety. In addition the station has several tracks according to the sensations sought.

Mountain Board This activity is perfect for all snowboard fans. You can enjoy the same sensations as snowboarding in the summer.

Downhill Scooter This activity will allow you to make the full of strong sensation. You will be able to take advantage of the relief of La Loge Des Gardes to have fun in full safety.

Hiking This activity will allow you to discover the nature of La Loge Des Gardes in summer. You will be able to admire its magnificent landscapes.

  • What to visit in and around La Loge Des Gardes ?

Among the places you must visit in La Loge Des Gardes, we can mention : the Chateldon, Thiers, Vichy, courpière.

  • Where to eat at La Loge Des Gardes ?

The resort of La Loge Des Gardes offers more than 10 restaurants among which we can mention : Le Kimi, The Old Inn, Hotel Restaurant.

  • Where to sleep at La Loge Des Gardes ?

La Loge Des Gardes offers a number of different accommodations such as the Hotel Les Kimi’s Rooms, Chateau d’Origny Bed and breakfast and restaurant, Le Clos Bourbon.

  • How big is the ski area of La Loge Des Gardes ?

The ski area of the resort of La Loge Des Gardes has a size of 3 kilometers, divided into 4 tracks. Of these runs, the longest is 2 kilometers long. It also has 21 kilometers of cross-country ski trails.

  • What is the altitude of La Loge Des Gardes?

This area has an altitude between 1000 meters and 1160 meters high.

  • What is the price of the package of La Loge Des Gardes ?

Their packages start at 15 euros per day.

  • What is the average price of a rental in La Loge Des Gardes?

For a furnished studio for 2 people, the average price is 280, and for an apartment for 4 people, the average price per week is 420.

  • Does the resort of La Loge Des Gardes have a bike park?

No it does not have a Bike Park.

  • How to get to La Loge Des Gardes by train ?

You can easily get there from the Vichy train station. Then you will have to take a Bus or a Taxi to get to the station.

  • What is the postal code of La Loge Des Gardes ?

The zip code for La Loge Des Gardes is 03250.

  • In which department is located the station of La Loge Des Gardes ?

The station of La Loge Des Gardes is located in the department of Allier.

  • Does the resort of La Loge Des Gardes have a tourist office?

The resort of La Loge Des Gardes is part of the office of the Bourbonnaise mountain. It is located at 30 Place de l’Eglise, 03250 Le Mayet-de-Montagne, France.

  • Are there any webcam on La Loge Des Gardes ?

Yes, there is a webcam, which you can find at this web address:

  • Where to find information about the weather in La Loge Des Gardes ?

You can find the latest weather report for La Loge Des Gardes station at

  • What is the opening date of the ski lifts in La Loge Des Gardes?

In La Loge Des Gardes, the ski lifts usually open the first week of December, until the beginning of April, but it all depends on the snow conditions of the massif.

  • Is there an ESF school in La Loge Des Gardes?

Yes, it is at the address La Loge Des Gardes 03250 Laprugne.

What is’s opinion about La Loge Des Gardes?

In the end, gives the average rating of 5.64/10 to La Loge des Gardes, which places it at number 228e French ranks. Its strengths are : the cost of a stay, the evaluation of Internet users, the charm of the resort.

Map of the ski slopes of La Loge des Gardes

La loge des gardes - ski slope map
The guards’ lodge – map of the ski slopes


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