Wide spaces for sliding sports disciplines
Here are wide spaces for sliding: skiing on the slopes of the Grand Tourmalet and having a freeride session with the Pic du Midi off-piste descent. This resort is located in a rich and varied mountain landscape.
Resort height: 1400 to 2500m
No. of lift: 36
No. of slopes: 70
Total pistes length: 100 kms (about 63 miles)
Snow canons: 200
Purpose built: Yes (La Mongie side) / No (Barèges Side)
Snow : ***
Beginners' Area : **
Off piste : ***
Non skiers : **
Grand Tourmalet: the largest ski area of the French Pyrenees dominated by the Pic du Midi
At the foot of the Pic du Midi de Bigorre the Grand Tourmalet ski resort has the largest ski area in the French Pyrenees.
On the Bareges side the ambience is of a typical Pyrenean village reigns, on the La Mongie side you will find all the services of a 'foot of the slopes' resort in a high mountain setting.
Skiing in the Grand Tourmalet
The Grand Tourmalet has the largest Pyrenean ski area with 100 kms (about 63 miles) of pisted runs, the 3 high speed 6 seater lifts and the 32 kms (about 20 miles) of other lifts allow a rapid access to all areas and open to all.
The setting is simply magnificent beneath the towering Pic du Midi de Bigorre. The many off-piste possibilities from the Pic du Midi are not to be missed!
If you practice snowboard, let's go to the freestyle Park with big air, boardercross, tables and modules. And for skiing fanatics La Mongie has a night-lit track for nocturnal skiing
Accommodation is available at the foot of the slopes on the La Mongie side and in the village of Barèges on the other side. In the valley are hotels, tourist residences, apartments, bed-and-breakfast, holiday centre and snow caravanning sites
Spa Bath and the Après-ski
An apres-ski visit to Aquensis or CIELéO, the spa baths, is recommended for the ultimate in relaxation and well-being: innovative equipments and hot thermal waters.
The resorts have lots happening, vin chaud and tapas to begin the evening, a good garbure to finish!
The resort overview
In this resort you have numerous activities: snowbikes, dog-sleigh, paragliding... And nearby for adventurous: a secured adventure trek, Via Ferrata... In the Valley, at Bagnères-de-Bigorre are a casino and a golf course.
It is also very easy for families with children spaces at the foot of the ski runs, a kindergarden for children from 18 months to 12 years old and the "Mini club ESF" proposed by the French skiing school, for those from 3 years old, subscribe for a day or half a day.
The resort strong point
An illuminated piste for night skiing, the two sides of the Tourmalet pass offer two types of ski and two different village ambiences.
To the side of La Mongie:
From Lourdes Pyrenees airport: About 1h drive
Take N21 towards Tarbes. In Tarbes, continue towards Bagnères-de-Bigorre on D935.
After Bagnères-de-Bigorre continue towards Ste Marie de Campan and then take D918 towards La Mongie
To the side of Barèges:
From Lourdes Pyrenes airport: About 55mns drive
Take N21 towards Lourdes. In Lourdes, continue towards Argelès-Gazost on D821.
Then continue towards Luz-St-Sauveur/Gavarnie on D913 and D921.
In Luz St Sauveur take D918 towards Barèges.
A la carte airport and station transfers: this transport service is made to measure and adapted to your wishes. Air conditioned minibus can carry 1 - 7 persons in complete comfort, with your baggage to any destination in the south west. Information: 00 33 562 56 70 00