Visitor reviews for Superbagneres Ski Resort
January 30, 2011
J Humphries from France
I guess that I got lucky when I skied in Superbagneres in January 2011. The snow that fell in late November had pretty much disappeared by early January apart from the well kept pistes. However, the day after we arrived we had 12 hours of heavy snow, giving a good 20cm+ on the mountain. The rest of the week was brilliant sunshine :-). However, this shouldn't disguise the fact that the snow is quite unreliable and the resort offers few challenging runs. Even though we had the new snow, a lot of runs remained closed when we were there and for an experienced skier boredom will quickly set in.
The restaurants next to the Grand Hotel at the top of the gondola are ok - usual French offerings - but definitely nothing special. I spotted a sign for a pizza restaurant which seemed to be part of the Grand Hotel but this was obviously in a previous life and was only offering warmed up burgers and chips.
Bagneres de Luchon is a great town though, offering something for most visitors. However, even there it is a bit dead compared to other resorts - much better in summer when it is geared up for cyclists!
Overall: 3.9. Based on 5 votes and 3 reviews. Vote
(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 Superbagneres.
Public Transport: 4.2
(1) There are no buses or taxis to Superbagneres, (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.
(1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.
(1) No places to stay in/near Superbagneres, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.
Cheap Rooms: 4.0
(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.
Luxury Hotels: 4.2
(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Superbagneres.
Ski in/Ski out: 4.8
(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.
(1) There are no child care facilities at Superbagneres, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.
(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) Superbagneres is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.
(1) Superbagneres relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.
Snow Grooming: 4.2
(1) There are no snow groomers at Superbagneres, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Superbagneres are groomed daily.
(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) Superbagneres 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 Superbagneres, 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: 3.2
(1) Superbagneres 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: 4.5
(1) The staff at Superbagneres are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Superbagneres are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.
(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: 3.8
(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: 4.2
(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: 3.3
(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Superbagneres has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.
(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.
(1) No intermediate terrain at Superbagneres, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.
(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: 3.5
(1) Not even a kicker at Superbagneres, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.
(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.
(1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around Superbagneres, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.
(1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) Superbagneres has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.
Mountain Dining: 4.0
(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.
(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.
(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: 4.5
(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.
(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: 4.8
(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: 3.8
(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): 4.0
(1) Overall, Superbagneres 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): 3.5
(1) Overall, Superbagneres 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.
March 29, 2008
Editor from United Kingdom
Editors note: Unfortunately, the very recent comments made about Superbagneres have been deleted. However, I would like to refer to the content of the notes made and say that we feel the review justifies its position.
December 06, 2007
Mike from United Kingdom
Superbagneres boasts the highest vertical lift of any gondola in the Pyrenees, linking the town of Luchon (630m) to the resort itself at 1800m. This very traditional, and good value resort is relatively unknown outside of France and as such still has a very "French" feel about it. With the exception of the main French school holidays the resort is generally very quiet with few lift qeueus and relatively empty pistes.
The domain is split into 3 distinct areas, Techous, Lac and Cecire and provides a range of pistes to suit all abilities. When conditions permit the off-piste opportunities are great and there are some spectacular views to be had from both the Cecire side of the resort and the ridge above the Secteur du Lac.
This very family friendly resort is gradually being updated and a significant investment in snow making equipment means that in all but the worst conditions there should be plenty of skiing to be had.
Most services and activities are centered around the resort itself though there is a great restaurant at the foot of the Cecire secteur called "La Hount".