Pragelato, Province of Torino, Piedmont, Italy
In the fourteenth century, exactly on Christmas Eve 1386, the Waldensians escaping from French troops sought refuge on the slopes of Mount Albergian (3043 m), where many children died from the cold, and the survivors settled in Pragelato. In 1713 with the Treaty of Utrecht it was included in the Savoy dominions.
The nineteenth and twentieth century were marked by considerable migration to France. On April 19, 1904 an avalanche destroyed the huts of the workers in the mine at Beth, killing 81 people. Still today a plaque inside the small cemetery of the Laval township commemorates the victims of the disaster. In 1934 Sestriere, previously included in the jurisdiction of Pragelato, was made into a separate municipality.