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La Pierre Saint Martin Resort Reviews

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La Pierre Saint Martin Resort Reviews

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Visitor reviews for La Pierre Saint Martin Ski Resort

  • January 17, 2017
    from France

    premier visite en 2015 pour mon premier sejour du ski. super appartement et super piste pour une debutante.
    C'etait formidable. Donc cette anneé 2017 c'est notre troisiéme vacances la bas. Juste quand vous aller en mars c'est plusieur skier dans le blanc avec broillard.
    En tout cas c'est ideale pour des debutants, petit station familial. Le marche est trés chére donc on prends toute notre course de la maison on achete seulement en cas d'urgence. on as un grand chien qui adore la neige donc pour lui c'est genial.

  • La Pierre Saint Martin Ratings

    Overall: 3.6. Based on 19 votes and 7 reviews. Vote

    Access: 3.6

    (1) At least one overnight stop, (2) requires a whole day, (3) requires more than half a day – you may have time for a few turns (4) arrive by lunchtime and ski all afternoon, (5) there is a main airport within an hour of La Pierre Saint Martin.

    Public Transport: 3.4

    (1) There are no buses or taxis to La Pierre Saint Martin, (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.

    Scenery: 4.2

    (1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.

    Accommodation: 3.6

    (1) No places to stay in/near La Pierre Saint Martin, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.

    Cheap Rooms: 3.8

    (1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.

    Luxury Hotels: 1.7

    (1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in La Pierre Saint Martin.

    Ski in/Ski out: 4.6

    (1) The ski area is located far from any accommodation, (3) a free ski bus takes you to the ski area in a short trip, (5) Ski-in ski-out accommodation is available.

    Childcare: 4.0

    (1) There are no child care facilities at La Pierre Saint Martin, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.

    Snowsure: 4.0

    (1) Occasionally gets enough snow for skiing, (2) is often closed due to a lack of snow, (3) occasionally suffers from a lack of snow, (4) rarely suffers from a lack of snow, (5) La Pierre Saint Martin is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.

    Snowmaking: 3.6

    (1) La Pierre Saint Martin relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.

    Snow Grooming: 4.3

    (1) There are no snow groomers at La Pierre Saint Martin, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at La Pierre Saint Martin are groomed daily.

    Shelter: 3.6

    (1) there is nowhere to ski when it is windy or visibility is bad and lifts often shut, (3) there are some trees for poor visibility but main lifts sometimes close, (5) La Pierre Saint Martin is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.

    Nearby options: 2.9

    (1) If snow conditions are poor at La Pierre Saint Martin, it will be poor everywhere nearby, (3) there are good alternatives within an hours drive, (5) other locations on the same lift pass provide a rich variety of snowsure ski conditions.

    Regional rating: 3.8

    (1) La Pierre Saint Martin usually has poor snow conditions compared to other resorts in region, (3) has average conditions for the region, (5) usually has the best snow conditions in the region.

    Lift Staff: 4.3

    (1) The staff at La Pierre Saint Martin are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at La Pierre Saint Martin are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.

    Crowds/Queues: 3.4

    (1) the resort is always busy and there are usually long lift queues, (3) it is quiet apart from occasional weekends and school holidays, (5) it is uncrowded and lift queues are very rare.

    Ski Schools: 4.1

    (1) No ski schools available, (2) one or two ski schools but local language only, (3) a few ski schools but book early for multi-lingual instructors, (4) plenty of ski schools and multi-lingual instructors available, (5) excellent ski schools with friendly multi-lingual ski instructors.

    Hire and Repairs: 4.3

    (1) Nothing can be sourced, not even ski-wax or ptex. (3) there are some ski shops but rentals need to be booked in advance, (5) good quality ski equipment can be purchased or hired and overnight repairs are possible.

    Variety of pistes: 3.9

    (1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) La Pierre Saint Martin has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.

    Beginners: 4.2

    (1) Beginners can only watch others ski and snowboard, (3) a few gentle slopes but beginners will get bored in less than a week, (3) Vast areas of gentle terrain.

    Intermediates: 4.1

    (1) No intermediate terrain at La Pierre Saint Martin, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.

    Advanced: 3.4

    (1) Nothing for advanced skiers and snowboarders, (3) enough steep terrain for a few days with some good offpiste, (5) Enough steep terrain and offpiste areas to entertain advanced skiers for at least a week.

    Snow Park: 2.9

    (1) Not even a kicker at La Pierre Saint Martin, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.

    Off-piste: 2.9

    (1) No off-piste worth mentioning, (2) off piste is out-of-bounds, (3) some varied offpiste that stays fresh for one or two days, (5) a vast array of off-piste routes that can stay untracked for several days.

    Cross-country: 3.8

    (1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around La Pierre Saint Martin, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.

    Luge/Toboggan: 3.5

    (1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) La Pierre Saint Martin has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.

    Mountain Dining: 3.2

    (1) Nowhere to buy food by the pistes, (3) some places to eat up on the mountain but they are often busy and expensive, (5) there is a variety of excellent mountain eateries right next to the slopes to suit all budgets.

    Eating: 3.8

    (1) Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. (5) A wide variety of places to eat and drink in the resort, from fast food to fancy restaurants.

    Apres-Ski: 3.1

    (1) Nothing to do, not even a bar, (3) there are a few bars in the resort but nothing special, (5) clubs and bars stay open until very late and have a friendly atmosphere.

    Other Sports: 2.3

    (1) No sports facilities at all apart from ski lifts, (3) resort has just a small public swimming pool, (5) resort has all kinds of sports facilities, including a full-size swimming pool.

    Entertainment: 3.0

    (1) Besides the snow and walking there is nothing to do here, (3) the non-skier will find things to do for few days but may become bored after a week, (5) the resort area is a fascinating place to visit, regardless of winter sports.

    Winter Walks: 4.0

    (1) Very limited walking and no snowshoe trails, (3) a couple of designated scenic walking/snowshoe trails, (5) extensive and diverse winter walking trails for all abilities.

    Ski Pass Value: 3.9

    (1) A 1 week ski pass is overpriced compared to the number of lifts available, (3) the ski pass is averagely priced and covers a reasonable number of lifts, (5) ski passes are excellent value for money and cover a lot of lifts spanning a big area.

    Value (National): 3.8

    (1) Overall, La Pierre Saint Martin is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the country and not worth the money, (3) overall represents average value for money, (5) overall offers the best value resort in the country.

    Value (Global): 3.6

    (1) Overall, La Pierre Saint Martin is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world, (3) overall it offers pretty average value for money compared to resorts from other countries, (5) internationally the resort offers excellent value for money.

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  • January 24, 2016
    from France

    C'est la station parfaite pour les débutants et les familles. En 20 ans, beaucoup de progrès, d'amélioration et de nombreux parcours. En général, le personnel des pistes est super sympathique et serviable, ce qui n'est pas toujours valable pour l'ensemble les restaurateurs qui pratiquent un certain ostracisme (si vous êtes seul et que vous n'avez pas la tête du coin, inutile de s'asseoir au milieu de la salle : la serveuse vous placera avec gentillesse contre le mur) Le forfait a beaucoup évolué mais malheureusement il devient équivalent aux plus grosses stations des Alpes et le prix devient parfois difficilement justifiable lorsque l'on voit l'enneigement. Magnifique station, beau paysage mais attention au prix du forfait journée.

  • February 02, 2015
    from France

    We have lived in France for 10 years and started our skiing here. Beautiful resort, great slopes, excellent restaurants and bars, staff are really friendly. Ski here at least 5 or 6 times a month; excellent air de camping. Good value all 'round.

  • January 16, 2015
    from France

    Though I am English I live within 50 minutes of La Pierre and learned, at 55 yrs, to ski here. It is a lovely family friendly station with great views. There are easy and some testing runs as well. This last year 14 million Euros has been spent on new lifts and development.
    It has good little eating places and accommodation. Maybe a little quiet re apres-ski.

  • January 01, 2011
    from Ireland

    I had great Christmas skiing at La Pierre Saint Martin- stayed
    in the village of Arette - hotel owners very friendly - food great-
    definitely recommend this resort and village of Arette

  • November 08, 2010
    from Ireland

    Been to La Pierre Saint Martin many times. Great snow. Staff are extremely friendly, staff in tourist office could not be more helpful. Lovely restaurants and great value.
    Recommend this resort.

  • September 25, 2009
    from France

    La Pierre Saint Martin is a little and charming French Pyrenean skiing set.
    A lot of snow in winter, particularly at spring.
    Landscape looks wild; don't forget you're situated in the French Western Pyrenees National Park, eagles, grouse and bears are not very far away.