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Guide to Ski Resorts in the Hautes-Pyrenees
Ski Resorts of the Hautes-Pyrenees
Tourmalet Ski Area (Barèges/La Mongie
- Located in Barèges, at the foot of the Pic du Midi de Bigorre, in the Hautes-Pyrenees, France.
- Tourmalet is the largest area for Haute-Pyrenees skiing in the French Pyrenees, offering 125km of runs at an altitude of between 1400 and 2500m.
- The Tourmalet Ski Area encompasses the two resorts of Barèges and La Mongie.
On the West side is Barèges, a traditional and charming high-mountain village, and on the East
side, at the centre of the ski domain, is La Mongie, a purpose-built ski in, ski out
resort with many conveniences, and doorstep ski access.
- La Mongie has high and wide, treeless slopes, while Barèges has more scenic, forested trails.
- A Tourmalet Lift Pass gives you skiing access to all of the resorts.
- The resorts have a combined total of 138 pistes, being served by 43 ski lifts.
- Pistes are above 2000 metres, providing for reliable and good snow cover, and excellent Pyrenees skiing.
- La Mongie, a purpose built ski in, ski out resort, is part of the Tourmalet Ski Area, and is the largest ski resort in the French Pyrenees.
- Skiing from 1400m to 2500m, 100km downhill slopes, 23 green, 19 blue, 21 red, and 6 black.
- The 43 Ski Lifts of Barèges /La Mongie allow for a capacity of 18,000 skiers/snowboarders per hour.
- La Mongie is famous for snowboarding. There is a Snow-park with boarder-cross, tables, big air, rails, and a floodlit run for night skiing.
- Excellent off-piste Haute-Pyrenees skiing is also available here. La Mongie hosted the downhill World Skiing Championships in 1986.
- Tourmalet's most famous run is the off piste descent from the Pic du Midi. For access, you can hire a local ski guide and take the cable car that goes up to the Observatory.
- La Mongie is directly linked by Ski Lift to the Haute-Pyrenees skiing areas of Barèges.
Each has snow daycare and nursery services available.
- Barèges is known for its historic thermal baths and spa. It is the highest thermal village in France, at 1250m.
- Other then skiing and snowboarding, the Tourmalet Resort is an ideal place for snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, dog sledding, snowmobiling, ice skating, paragliding, cycling (e.g., on the Tour de France's famous Col de Tourmalet), mountain biking, and walking in the Néouville nature Reserve, or trekking on the GR10.
Campan-Payolle Ski Resort
Val d' Azun Ski Resort
- Located in the Campan valley, Hautes-Pyrenees, France. Up the road from Bagnères de Bigorre.
- Hautes-Pyrenees cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing.
- Close to the downhill Hautes-Pyrenees ski resort of La Mongie.
- 50 kms of cross country ski trails, carved out of the forest and around a lake, (from 1100m to 1450m).
- 4 pistes - 1 green, 1 blue, 1 red, 1 black, 1 chairlift.
- Accommodation provided within the resort.
- Nursery/Day care, for children from 3 months to 4 years old.
- “Les Campagnols" - play school for children from 4 to 12 years old.
- Other activities include: snowmobiling, dog sledding, luge area, mountain biking, paragliding, rock climbing, forest activity course ( Aya), Via Ferrata, GR10 walking route, excellent cycling, fishing in the Adour River and the Payolle Lake.
- Winter caravanning park 3 km away.
Val Louron Ski Resort
- Located between the Soulor and Couraduque passes, 25 km from Lourdes, in the Hautes-Pyrenees, France.
- At 1474m, the Val d'Azun resort is an impressive cross-country skiing network with 110km of marked trails, between 1350m and 1600m, and another 28km of marked snow shoe trails.
- You can choose to do guided snow shoe treks, some of which go into the Pyrenees National Park.
There are also husky sleigh rides and a childrens toboggan area.
- 110 km of marked out trails including 10 loops; 2 green, 3 blue, 4 red and 1 black and 2 trails, 1 green and 1 black.
4 snowshoeing trails, 2 pedestrian trails, 1 mixed snowshoeing and pedestrian trail, one educational playful path at the Couraduque pass, a cross-country Hautes-Pyrenees skiing school, and a snowshoeing school
- Activities at this resort include: cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, Nordic park with magic carpet, luge, Tyrolean traverse rope, paragliding and skidoser outings.
- There are 2 heated picnic rooms at each end of the resort.
- This area of the Hautes-Pyrenees is perfect for paragliding, mountain biking, and fishing.
- You can also visit a cheese maturing cellar, a local farm, or go to Lavedan- a mountain museum.
Cauteret Ski Resort
- Val Louron is situated high above the town of Loudenvielle, on the road between Arreau and the Col de Peyresourde, in the Hautes-Pyrenees, France.
- There is a good choice of accommodation at the foot of the ski hills.
- There are 18 pistes; 22 marked out km, including 5 green, 6 blue, 6 red, 1 black - 11 lifts - luge area, snow shoe excursions, 35 snow guns - E.S.F. ski school, and a heated picnic room.
- This family-oriented Pyrenees ski resort is recommended mainly for beginners to intermediates. There are good ski schools, a snow nursery, and snow kindergarten.
- Val Louron also has many mountain lakes, excellent paragliding conditions, many marked mountain bike trails, is along the GR10 coast to coast and the HRP- high Pyrenean walking routes.
There is also a Thermal spa in Loudenvielle.
- The village ski and spa resort of Cauterts is located 32 km (20 mi) southwest of Lourdes in the valley of Gave de Cauterets,m in the Hautes-Pyrenees. It borders the the Pyrenees National Park.
- There are 36km of cross country trails at Pont d' Espagne, and 25 downhill runs at Cirque du Lys, (between 1300m and 2500m), best for beginners and intermediates.
Snowshoeing and luge can also be practised here.
- Cauterets has 21 pistes including: 4 green, 7 blue, 7 red, 2 black served by 2 cable cars, 4 chair lifts, and 6 ski lifts.
There is also 4 ski schools, a snowpark, a slalom stadium, 3 freestyle areas, a restaurant at the top of the resort, and a heated picnic room.
- The Hautes-Pyrenees resort of Cauterets has good ski cover all season, lots of services, and a very lively après ski scene.
There are also lots of activities for children at Cauterets, and at the ski resort of Cirque du Lys.
- Cauterets is well known for its thermal springs and spas. The main thermal baths are Thermes de Cesar, and Odalys Aladin balneotherapy, which have been opened since 1843.
- The village of Cauterets is an ideal base for outings to the Pyrenees National Park, or a walk on the GR10 coast to coast route.
Gavarnie-Gèdre Ski Resort
- Gavarnie-Gèdre is situated in the Canton (commune or parish) of Argelès-Gazost, in the Hatues-Pyrenees, France.
- Gavarnie-Gèdre are actually two lovely villages, which are very characteristic of the Hautes-Pyrenees. They are both located in the heart of the Pyrenees National Park.
This beautiful area is rich with culture and has been deemed a world heritage site by UNESCO.
- There is 52 km, of skiable area, including 29 pistes: 7 green, 8 blue, 9 red, 5 black, 11 ski lifts, and 7 km of cross-country skiing.
There is also a Kidspark (like an amusemet park), a beginners' area, a snow-park, luge pistes, an E.S.F. ski school, and a high altitude restaurant.
- In Gavarnie-Gèdre you can also do snowshoeing, ice skating, bob sledding, ice cascade climbing, and indoor rock climbing.
- The resort of Gavarnie-Gèdre has some of the best cross country skiing in all of the Pyrenees.
You can even take a tour which goes through the Brèche de Roland and crosses the border, into the stunning Ordesa National Park in Spain.
Luz Ardiden Ski Resort
- This area is also known for it's excellent trekking, mountaineering, and climbing.
It is an ideal base camp for treks to the Hautes-Pyrenees' famous Cirque de Gavarnie, or the peak of Vignemale, which is on the GR10 walking route, the Cirques of Estaubé and Troumouse, the beautiful lakes of Bué valley, or the Saugué plateau.
- There is a Winter caravanning park in the village.
Hautacam Ski Resort
- The Hautes-Pyrenees ski resort of Luz Ariden (from (1730-2450m), is a 7km drive from the historic spa town of Luz-Saint-Sauveur.
- Luz is very close to the other ski resorts of Tourmalet and Gavarnie-Gedre. Each ski station conveniently has a shuttle service between them, opening up an area of over 200km to skiers here.
- The resort has 60km of runs, with 26 pistes, including 4 green, 4 blue, 15 red, 3 black - 15 lifts, a 5km long Nordic/cross-country skiing trail, luge pistes, a snow-park with a drag lift, a boardercross, 120m halpipe, various rails and ramps, kickers and spines, as well as a decent sound system. The resort has 2 ski schools.
- This area also has snowshoe outings, mountain skiing, mountain biking, an indoor rock climbing wall, an ice skating rink, an 18-hole golf course, a health and beauty spa, and a bowling alley.
- The Hautes-Pyrenees ski resort of Luz Ariden has excellent snow cover and almost no line ups, thanks to it's two, 6-man express chair lifts
- There is a heated picnic room and 2 restaurants high up at the resort.
- Aprés Ski is good here, being that there's a night club, some tapas bars and lively restaurants.
- There are 11 winter caravanning parks in the area.
- In other seasons this Pyrenees mountains resort is a good base for exploring the Pyrenees National Park, The Cirque de Gavarnie, The Cirques of Estaubé and Troumouse, The Col du Tourmalet, The Pic du Midi, or the GR10 coast to coast walking route.
Saint-Lary Soulan Ski Resort
- The French Pyrenees family ski resort of Hautacam (1500-1800m) is located 15 min from Argelès-Gazost, and 30 min from Lourdes, in the Hautes-Pyrenees.
- The resort is small, and quiet with 15 pistes, over 26 km, including 5 green, 5 blue, 5 red. 9 lifts.
You'll also find 15km of cross country skiing as well as snow shoeing, dog sledding, sledging/toboganing pistes, a luge area, an ESF ski school, a restaurant and a heated picnic room.
- The panoramic views of the French Pyrenees mountains here are spectacular, and the villages of the area are typical and very quaint.
- The Hautes-Pyrenees village of Argelès-Gazost has a Thermal Spa, tennis, a casino, paragliding, mountain biking, horse back riding, climbing, fishing, water sports, and an 18km green path for walking or cycling.
- Argelès-Gazost is also a good place to use as a base for day trips to the Cirque de Gavarnie, Lourdes and Lake Gaube.
Piau-Engaly Ski Resort
- Saint-Lary Soulan is Situated in the heart of the Aure valley, in the Hautes-Pyrenees mountains, and just 30 minutes from the Spanish border.
- There are 56 pistes, over 100km of runs, spread among 3 distinct, but linked sectors.
The runs include 7 green, 26 blue, 14 red, 9 black, with 31 lifts.
- The 3 sectors are:
Saint Lary 1700 (the Pla d’Adet sector): a good area for family skiing, with a snow kindergarten, a toboggan run, and Kid snow sports park.
SAINT LARY 1900 (Espiaube): an area that is suitable for the more experienced skier.
SAINT LARY 2400: this sector has a snowpark, with a PA system which is used as a skate park in the summer.
There is also a mogul and slalom stadium, and chair-lift access to snow-shoeing routes that go to the beautiful Lake Oule.
- This year-round Hautes-Pyrenees resort also has cross-country skiing, mountain skiing, winter mountain climbing, sled dogs, snowmobiling, ice skating, and ice cascade climbing.
In summer there's paragliding, canyoning, rafting, rock climbing, mountain biking, and golf.
- It also serves as an ideal base for trips to The Pyrenean National Park, The Néouvielle Nature Reserve, treks along the GR10 coast to coast walking route, or French Pyrenees cycling excursions on one of the famous Tour de France climbs.
- The village of Saint-Lary also has family-friendly thermal spa, with a fitness and beauty centre too.
- Piau-Engaly is located close to the border of Spain, in the valley of Aure, in the county of Aragnouet, of the Hautes-Pyrenees, France.
- The resort has 41 pistes spread over 550 hectares, including 5 green, 20 blue, 9 red, and 7 black runs.
There is also a day care, a snow-park, a luge piste, and 13 lifts including 6 chair lifts and 7 ski lifts.
- The new snow-park has a permanent border-cross, and a snowboarding free-ride area.
There is an E.S.F. ski school, and a heated picnic room.
- Other activities of the resort are; ice diving, snowshoe hiking, ice cascade climbing, dog sledding, and paragliding.
- Piau is the highest resort in the French Pyrenees, situated at a height of 1860m, with plenty of north facing slopes which make for good and long-lasting snow quality.
- This Hautes-Pyrenees resort is well suited for every level of skier.
The highlight of here is definitely the 1100m drop from the 2528m top station on the Pic de Piau, (the highest altitude descent in the French Pyrenees), not to mention, the longest blue piste in the Pyrenees, at 7km.
Off-Piste is also great here, and Night skiing can be done too.
- In summer, this is an excellent area for walking and other outdoor pursuits. The resort itself is surrounded by the Pyrenees National Park.
Other nearby sites to see include; The Néouvielle Nature Reserve, The Mont Perdu massif with the Cirque de Barroude, (classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO), and the coast to coast Pyrenees Mountain GR10 walking route.
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