Grand Tourmalet-Bareges/La Mongie Ski Resort Guide
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Grand Tourmalet-Bareges/La Mongie Ski Resort Guide (Bareges & La Mongie)
- Acres of ski:360
- Terrain Parks:1
- X-Country:50 km
Bareges & La Mongie are part of the Grand Tourmalet ski resort, the biggest ski area in the French Pyrenees. The Grand Tourmalet has over 100km of pistes, 31 lifts and extensive snow making capacity, offering skiers an incredible 1250 metres (4000 feet) of vertical descent. It is a very varied resort, Alpine in style and incorporating 5 different ski areas. There are accessible nursery slopes, long cruising blues and challenging red and black pistes. For expert skiers, the resort is also famed for its off-piste and has access to the Pic du Midi (2877m), an entirely un-pisted mountain that attracts world cup freeride competitions. There is a large terrain park with boarder cross, big air, bumps, rails and boxes. The nearest airports are at Pau (1.5 hrs) and Ossun (Tarbes/Lourdes) (45 min). Toulouse and Biarritz are within 2.5 hours by car and the nearest train station to Bareges & La Mongie is at Lourdes. Accommodation : the resort has two contrasting centres either side of the Col du Tourmalet ; La Mongie and Bareges. La Mongie is purpose built directly on the pistes with mostly self catering appartments but with a large selection of bars, restaurants & ski shops. Bareges is an authentic mountain village, with a fabulous thermal spa complex, friendly locals, three ski schools, and a good selection of services: cinema, bars, restaurants, 1,2 & 3* hotels and one of the only catered ski chalets in the Pyrenees.
- Nearest Airport:Pau/Ossun/Tarbes/Lourdes
- Nearest Train Station:Lourdes/Tarbes
- Tourist Office Phone:+33562955071
- Tourist Office Website:www.grand-tourmalet.com
- Slopeside accommodation:yes
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Visitor Reviews of Grand Tourmalet-Bareges/La Mongie
Steve Webster from United Kingdom writes:
Bareges/La Mongie is now known as "Le Grand Tourmalet".
Bareges was one of the earliest ski resorts in France, dating from the 1930's, but is now quite low by modern day standards. La Mongie, at 1850m, is much higher and the snow markedly better.
I flew Ryanair, from Stansted to Lourdes, early on a Saturday morning, carrying full ski kit incl boots, skis, av kit etc..
After a surprisingly pleasant flight (I'm not a fan), we were met on arrival by Stef (the male part of the chalet partnership in which we were staying), and less than an hour later were at our base for the week: Chalet Tourmalet. As its name suggests, it is on the Col du Tourmalet, one of the most famous climbs on the Tour de France.
Stef reckoned that we could have been on the slopes by 11am! (A feat I've only ever achieved in the Alps at Cham or PdS when flying the same day.)
Well? First thing to say is that the snow wasn't brilliant. But? That was more a function of the strange weather system that had freezing levels over 3000m across both Pyrenees and Alps, than any particular local phenomenon.
The pistes were in good condition and it is clear the resort is making big efforts to "up their game", with new lifts, runs and snow making.
I skied precious little off-piste, but the potential is awesome! The resort has some easily accessible pitches for novice off-pisters and really great treks for the true powder hound! The signature mountain of the area, Pic du Midi. has ski de Haute Montagne that rivals better known gnarly spots such as La Grave and Meiji....
My accommodation was truly excellent! Carolyn & Stef were fantastic hosts! Superb food, excellent evenings, clean and comfortable surroundings, and I was even introduced to the RN version of Ludo! (Never having played Ludo, I was amazed at how competitive "Uckers" was!)
Ryanair fly to Lourdes Saturday & Tuesday, but Toulouse is only a couple of hours away with many more flights.
I thoroughly recommend you try it!