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Ski pistes with Atlantic views
At an altitude of 1650m

Ski La-Pierre-St-Martin
From 1650m to 2150m
25km downhill slopes
3 green
9 blue
5 red
1 black

Cross country skiing at Issarbe
31km of tracks between 1380m and 1560m

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Slope Info
Piste Map
Lift Pass Tariff

Ideal base for
Walking in the Baretous Valley
Excursions up to the Pic d’Anie 2504m summit
Exploring the Kakouetta Gorge
Horse Riding

Mountain Biking
134km marked trails
3 green
10 blue
8 red
3 black
Bike repair point & hire
Bike cleaning station

La Junte du Roncal festival in July
Famous sheep dog trials in September

Perched above the Baretous Valley, La Pierre-Saint-Martin is the most westerly downhill ski resort in the Pyrenees at a height of 1650m elevation. It proudly boasts magnificent landscapes looking out over the pic d’Anie, the Spanish summits and the Béarn plains. La Pierre-Saint-Martin is a charming village with chalets nestled in the pine forest at the bottom of the slopes, ideal for families and for a relaxed skiing break. Generally the snow conditions are good well into spring due to the climatic influence of the Atlantic.

For intermediates the exhilarating 3km red run from the top is a firm favourite and on a clear day you will enjoy the long 4.5km blue ‘Boulevard des Pyrenees’ descent whilst admiring the spectacular views over to the Atlantic Ocean. There is some cross country skiing at La-Pierre-Saint-Martin but the best is at Issarbe 5km away where there are 9 pisted trails through the forests and a snow shoe trail. The resort continues its modernization with 3.4 million Euros investment in 2006 to further improve the lift system, the beginner’s area, widening the pistes and installing more snow cannons.

During the summer the Baretous Valley fills with walkers, horse riders and mountain bikers eager to explore its many trails. The varied terrain means you can choose from rambling in the luscious green hills of the Baretous valley, to visiting the spectacular Kakouetta Gorge through to challenging excursions up to the Pic d’Anie 2504m summit.

The abyss at La-Pierre-St-Martin is one of the largest underground caverns in the world. In 1957, the same year that Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay become the first to reach the summit of Mount Everest cavers managed to reach the bottom of this cave. At 743m depth, this was the deepest that anyone had ever been in a cave system.

There are many festivities in this valley including "La Junte du Roncal" which every July commemorates the peace treaty signed in 1375 between the Béarnais and the Aragonais.

The Tour de France's third stage in the Pyrenees and the final mountain stage started in Orthez and included four formidable climbs including the Col de la Pierre Saint-Martin (14 km at a 5.2%) and finishing with the gruelling race to the summit of the Col d’Aubisque (16,4 km at 6.9%).
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