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Saint Lary Soulan Resort Reviews

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Saint Lary Soulan Resort Reviews

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Visitor reviews for Saint Lary Soulan Ski Resort

  • December 15, 2014
    from Spain

    Beautiful resort with several domains. Active village with a lot of day and night-life. But facilities are old and slow; for the price they charge it is abusive.

  • Saint Lary Soulan Ratings

    Overall: 3.7. Based on 9 votes and 7 reviews. Vote

    Access: 3.8

    (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 Saint Lary Soulan.

    Public Transport: 3.0

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

    Scenery: 4.4

    (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: 4.7

    (1) No places to stay in/near Saint Lary Soulan, (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: 3.6

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

    Ski in/Ski out: 3.9

    (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: 4.3

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

    Snowsure: 3.8

    (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) Saint Lary Soulan is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.

    Snowmaking: 4.0

    (1) Saint Lary Soulan 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 Saint Lary Soulan, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Saint Lary Soulan are groomed daily.

    Shelter: 3.4

    (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) Saint Lary Soulan is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.

    Nearby options: 3.2

    (1) If snow conditions are poor at Saint Lary Soulan, 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: 3.7

    (1) Saint Lary Soulan 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: 4.0

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

    Crowds/Queues: 3.1

    (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: 3.9

    (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: 4.4

    (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: 4.2

    (1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Saint Lary Soulan 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 Saint Lary Soulan, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.

    Advanced: 3.7

    (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: 4.6

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

    Off-piste: 3.4

    (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: 2.0

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

    Luge/Toboggan: 3.0

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

    Mountain Dining: 3.0

    (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: 4.0

    (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: 3.9

    (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: 3.5

    (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: 3.8

    (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: 3.8

    (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: 3.6

    (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): 3.6

    (1) Overall, Saint Lary Soulan 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): 3.4

    (1) Overall, Saint Lary Soulan 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 10, 2013
    from France

    Just back from skiing trip in Saint Lary for the 3rd year running and I, again, highly recommend this ski resort. Facilities are not old - major work done in 2010 to modernise access & ski facilities and it is reasonably priced. Indeed, less expensive than the Alps. It's a wonderfully picturesque mountain village, warm welcome, tons of activities for all age groups, skiers and non-skiers alike.

  • March 02, 2010
    from France

    (Ex-pat Brit living 1hr north of Toulouse)
    Took the family to Saint Lary Soulan last weekend, it was the first time skiing for any of us in the family, thus I cannot compare it to any other resort.
    The village is quite small and friendly, and seemed to be very family orientated (particularly smaller/primary school aged children). Quite a few restaurants, although the vast majority are either Pizzerias or Creperies, although we did also find one British style pub and a Tapas bar, and a few more expensive traditional French restaurants, plan to eat early (1830) in high season, as they get full very quickly, or wait until after 2100. Many ski-hire shops with a vast range in hire-prices.
    Ski-passes at Saint Lary Soulan also allow use of the 2 'tele-cabine' lifts from the village. The new tele-cabine is much faster (shorter queues), however, the older tele-cabine arrives directly in front of the ski-schools, both arrive at St-Lary 1700. A very busy 'half' of the resort, which also has many very young children in sleds; whose main purpose seems to be the crash into debutant skiers. Parking is more abundant at the new tele-cabine station.
    For those with a car, and not attending the ski-school collective lessons, I would recommend driving up to St Lary 1900, with good parking at the top (private lessons with ESF can start from St Lary 1900). There is a rather old, but adequate, tele-cabine to take you up to Col du Portet (about 2200m) with some good but sparsely used, blue and red runs starting from there.

  • January 15, 2010
    from France

    This resort (Saint Lary Soulan) is one of the widest resorts in the French Pyrenees, France. But, compared to middle-sized resorts in French Alps (La Clusaz for instance), Saint Lary Soulan is very expensive and the facilities are old.
    I do not recommend it.

  • March 16, 2008
    from United Kingdom

    We ski here most years as well as other resorts in the area. If you are an expert skier then this resort is probably not for you but for beginners and intermediates there are plenty of runs to test you. There is a lovely run that takes you down to a cafeteria by the lake. Unlike the Alps, you hardly ever have to queue for the lifts and yes, some of these lifts are not as modern or as fast as you would find in more populated resorts but the beauty of this resort is that (depending on season and time of day) you can find yourself cruising down a lovely long blue/red with no one else in sight (bliss).

  • September 17, 2007
    from United Kingdom

    Quite simply I love this little resort. I have now been there twice and each time have felt completely at home, this really is not like the Alps! Everyone is very friendly and will make you feel welcome (probably because there is not too many Brits out there, yet). The snow we had was not brill, but that was the same over the whole of Europe. They made really good use of the snow that was there and as long as you don't mind using a few drag lifts there is actually a lot of mountain to play on. Very much intermediate oriented, but does not suffer for it. There are a couple of snow parks and they are well maintained for more advanced interest.
    I would happily go back there over and over again, and I can't say that for any of the Alpine resorts that I have been to.
    Go.

  • April 13, 2007
    from United Kingdom

    went there for a day skiing on a road trip..the skiing was ok, more suitable for beginners etc...there were too many drag lifts for me and not enough chairs etc, but all in all; ok for a few days.