Ski Resorts in Hautes-Pyrénées

There are some great ski stations within 30 - 45 minutes of our accommodation, and each has its own distinct character and profile: 

Station

Distance

    Altitude

                     

        

Km Lifts Web
Cam 

Piste Map

Cauterets

30 min

1730-2450m

5

9

9

2

36

15

Hautacam

30 min

1500-1800m

6

5

3

-

26

9

-

Tourmalet

45 min

1750-2500m

21

18

23

2

100

47

 

Luz Ardiden

45 min

1680-2500m

4

4

15

3

50

19

 

Tourmalet (Bareges / La Mongie)

 

The largest of the French Pyrenean resorts, Tourmalet offers a range of slopes for all abilities.  The terrain features plenty of wide red and blue slopes, well suited to carving, as well as some beautiful tree-lined descents above Bareges.  Boarders should be aware that some of the steeper terrain is accessed by draglift. 

On powder days, there are many easily accessible off-piste sections, including the legendary Pic du Midi.  The Tourmalet also benefits from extensive snow cannon coverage to assure the main runs.

Cauterets
This elegant mountain spa town gives access to a wide North East facing bowl, and there are stunning views from the top chairlift at 2,500 metres. 

With a good nursery area, and a number of blue runs funnelling down to the restaurant, this is ideal for families and mixed ability groups.  Boarders will enjoy the snowpark and the wealth of natural jumps between the slopes.  Cauterets  sheltered topography ensures some of the best snowfall in the region and the resort has a longer season than most, typically closing at the end of April.

Luz Ardiden
A personal favourite, Luz Ardiden is similar to Cauterets in  size, but with mostly red runs rather than blue making for more challenging piste skiing.  Two central high speed lifts ensure there is little queuing time.  Luz makes considerable efforts to attract snowboarders and features a 120 metre half-pipe as the centrepiece to an animated snowpark.

Hautacam
A pinnacle for road cyclists, Hautacam is nevertheless a bit low to guarantee snow throughout the winter.  However, when the snow falls its a great family day out, with a gentle nursery area,  pine forested slopes, a mountain luge and safe tobogganing areas.  Lift prices are low and, centred around a wooden coffee shack, there is a refreshingly friendly and non-commercial feel to this little station with huge mountain views.

 

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