The Alpine Lakes Stage named “Alpine Paradise Race” will be held in Italy (Aosta Valley) high in the mountains on a beautiful turquoise blue lake on saturday september 24th and sunday 25th, 2022. There is a very cosy hut just 50 m over the lake and the start line where we can host 76 people. It is also possible to set up a few tents close to the hut or to book a hotel (or other lodging / airbnb) in the valley of Valpelline in Bionaz in particular.
The Alpine Paradise Race 2021 took place on Lake Place Moulin on saturday 25th. We had a sunny day with mild temperature. The Lake is at 2000m high in the Aosta Valley. It’s a really wild place with a confortable Refuge very close to the event location.
L’Alpine Paradise Race 2021 si è svolta sabato 25 sul Lake Place Moulin. Abbiamo avuto una giornata di sole con temperatura mite. Il Lago si trova a 2000 m di altezza in Valle d’Aosta. E’ un luogo davvero selvaggio con un confortevole Rifugio molto vicino alla location dell’evento.
L’Alpine Paradise Race 2021 s’est déroulée sur le lac Place Moulin le samedi 25. Nous avons eu une journée ensoleillée avec une température douce. Le lac est à 2000m d’altitude dans la Vallée d’Aoste. C’est un endroit vraiment sauvage avec un refuge confortable très proche du lieu de l’événement.
The Alpine Paradise Race took place yesterday on lake Place Moulin (Aosta Valley, Italy)
A huge thank you to Patrizio and all the Bionaz Family for their help ! Rifugio Prarayer is an incredible place and without their help, it would have been impossible to organize the event !
A big thank you to the CVA for their help ! And of course to our fantastic Alpine Lakes Tour team : Angélique, Arnaud, Guillaume, Philippe & Philippe, Sebastien, Alexis for the pictures and Yoann for the videos ! Thanks Sarah for all the work behind the Scene.
L’Alpine Paradise Race si è svolta ieri sul lago Place Moulin (Valle d’Aosta, Italia)
Un enorme grazie a Patrizio ea tutta la Famiglia Bionaz per il loro aiuto! Il Rifugio Prarayer è un posto incredibile e senza il loro aiuto sarebbe stato impossibile organizzare l’evento!
Un grande ringraziamento al CVA per il loro aiuto! E naturalmente al nostro fantastico team dell’Alpine Lakes Tour: Angélique, Arnaud, Guillaume, Philippe & Philippe, Sebastien, Alexis per le foto e Yoann per i video! Grazie Sarah per tutto il lavoro dietro le quinte.
L’Alpine Paradise Race s’est déroulée hier sur le lac Place Moulin (Val d’Aoste, Italie)
Un grand merci à Patrizio et à toute la Famille Bionaz pour leur aide ! Le Rifugio Prarayer est un endroit incroyable et sans leur aide, il aurait été impossible d’organiser l’événement !
Un grand merci au CVA pour son aide ! Et bien sûr à notre fantastique équipe Alpine Lakes Tour : Angélique, Arnaud, Guillaume, Philippe & Philippe, Sébastien, Alexis pour les photos et Yoann pour les vidéos ! Merci Sarah pour tout le travail derrière la scène.
This exceptional stage at 2000 m altitude in the Aosta Valley (the valley on the Italian side of Mont Blanc) is taking place for the second time. It represents the pinnacle of the concept of stand up paddle racing in an alpine environment. i.e. Alpine Lakes Tour !
For accommodation: a refuge with sauna and jacuzzi just above the lake. There are still places left at the refuge, it’s very comfortable! There are double rooms, a small and a large dormitory, showers and even a Jacussi! The refuge atmosphere was truly one of the magical moments of the 1st edition in 2019! For those who prefer to sleep in the valley it is also possible or even in the dam parking lot.
The Alpine Lakes Stage named “Alpine Paradise Race” will be held in Italy (Aosta Valley) high in the mountains on a beautiful turquoise blue lake on saturday september 25th and sunday 26th, 2021. There is a cosy hut just 50 m over the lake and the start line where we can host 76 people. It is also possible to set up a few tents close to the hut or It is also possible to camp near the refuge or to take a hotel (or other lodging / airbnb) in the valley of the Valpelline in Bionaz in particular.
La nouvelle étape de l’Alpine Lakes Tour baptisée “Alpine Paradise Race” aura lieu en Italie (dans la vallée d’Aoste) à 2000m d’altitude sur un magnifique lac aux eaux turquoises. cette étape aura lieu les 25 et 26 septembre 2021. Il y a un refuge confortable 50m au dessus du lac et tout près de la ligne de départ. Il est aussi possible de camper à proximité du refuge ou de prendre un hôtel (ou autre gîte / airbnb)dans la vallée de la Valpelline à Bionaz notamment.
La nuova tappa dei Alpine Lakes Tour denominata «Alpine Paradise Race» si svolgerà in Italia (Valle d’Aosta) in alta montagna su un bellissimo lago blu turchese sabato 12 settembre e domenica 13 settembre. C’è una capanna accogliente a soli 50 m sul lago e la linea di partenza dove possiamo ospitare 76 persone. E’ possibile anche campeggiare vicino al rifugio o prendere un albergo (o altro alloggio/airbnb) nella valle della Valpelline in particolare a Bionaz.
Questa nuova tappa del Tour dell Alpine Lakes Tour rappresenta per noi un culmine del concetto con un lago incontaminato in un sito di alta montagna e un rifugio.
Alpine Paradise Race : wir haben das Paradies für ein Sup-Rennen gefunden! Das Juwel der Alpine Lakes Tour 2019 : ein Bergsee auf 2000 m, türkisblaues Wasser, umgeben von 4000’der Bergkipfel und Gletschern! Das ist der See ‚ Place Moulin‘ im Aostatal, an der Grenze zur Schweiz und Frankreich !
Registration for the 4th stage of the Alpine Lakes Tour 2020 is now open This very special Alpine Lakes Tour stage at 2000 m altitude in the Aosta Valley (the valley on the Italian side of Mont Blanc) is taking place for the second time. It represents the pinnacle of the concept of stand up paddle racing in an alpine environment.
Everything is there: the turquoise waters, the 4000 glacier-covered peaks, the mountain refuge and its very special atmosphere with, in the case of Refuge Prarayer, a unique welcome, abundant and excellent food, showers and even a jacuzzi !!
The Alpine Paradise Race takes place in the high mountains, the final programme will be revealed on Friday 11 September depending on weather conditions.
If the weather conditions are good, the program will be as follows:
Friday September 11: course reconnaissance
Saturday September 12: Short (5 km) and long distance (10 km) departure 10 a.m. / Saturday afternoon: Dragon Race and Kids Race
Sunday September 13: Technical Race: 10 a.m.
Meals by reservation at the Prarayer refuge for lunch and dinner.
Recommended accommodation at the Prarayer refuge just above the starting beach.
Alpine Paradise Race
Long distance course
The long distance is 10 km from the beach at the bottom of the refuge and towards the dam. The lake is 4km long with a prohibited area near the dam, the course includes an additional loop before returning to the refuge.
Lake Place Moulin
Place Moulin lake is the largest lake in Valle d’Aosta. It is located at an altitude of 2000 on the border between Italy and Switzerland. The Aosta Valley is a French-speaking autonomous region of Italy on the eastern slope of Mont Blanc and along the border with Switzerland and the Canton of Valais. The Aosta Valley is accessible from the Mont Blanc tunnel, the Petit and Grand Saint Bernard passes and via the Po plain.
From the city of Aosta we go north towards Bionaz and the Vappelline valley.
The Prarayer refuge
The Refuge Prarayer is run by the Bionaz family. The reception last year was just fantastic. Ask anyone who has slept there: an unforgettable experience at an altitude of 2000m at the foot of the glaciers and above the Place Moulin lake.
Call quickly to reserve your bed! The entire refuge is reserved for competitors until September 1. 76 places in all.
Leo, it’s your third GlaGla Race, what do you like about this event ?
I like the GlaGla Race because it’s in a beautiful location, paddling with 400 people in a lake surrounded with beautiful mountains full of snow is something that you can’t do every day and always well organized. I like also the challenge of this race, because there is always good competitors to test my strength in off season.
This year I will try to improve my 2nd place in a photo finish and bring home the victory!
Do you have a special training programme or preparation for winter conditions ?
I don’t have a special training for winter conditions, the only thing I do when is winter is to make sure that my feet and my body are always well protected with thicker neoprene so they stays always warm.
2019 is just starting ! Your resolutions and/or projects for this new year ?
My plans for this year are a bit different from last year, instead of doing every weekend a race I will focus more in my training for a big event to maximize the possibility of a victory!! I also will work on my sup training camps in Portugal that I started last year and it was a great success. This year we have available one week per month for all 2019 sup training camps for everyone that want to train hard having fun with a supervision of my self and my brother Claudio Nika. If someone is interested you have to send an e-mail to email@example.com to get more info.
Thank you for this interview and I’m very looking forward to compete at the GlaGla Race in few weeks,
The Paddle League
The Paddle League was created in 2018. The GlaGla Race will be the first Paddle League event of 2019.
“Welcome to The Paddle League, where we aim to help build a better, brighter and more sustainable future for stand up paddling that benefits everyone who’s part of this amazing community.
We’re aiming to help unify, elevate and grow the great standalone events around the world while providing the elite athletes, weekend warriors, brands, fans and media a wider platform to stand on.
We also firmly believe in reconnecting SUP with its “grassroots” foundation, which means a stronger emphasis on amateurs, juniors and simply getting more people out there on the water for the first time. Because that’s the heart of our sport.
The Paddle League, which I’ve helped to co-found over the past six months with my good mates Kelly Margetts and Brian Meyer (along with the support of many other selfless paddlers), aims to achieve this by creating a unified, inclusive world tour (an evolution of the SUP Racer World Rankings) that connects everything from the awesome international events to the amazing regional races.”