Situated approximately 25 minutes drive from the attractive mountain town of Luchon, Peyragudes is the linked ski area served by the purpose-built resorts of Peyresourde and Les Agudes. Although many British skiers will be unfamiliar with the ski area, some may recognise Peyresourde as the setting for the opening of Tomorrow Never Dies, where 007 makes a dramatic escape from a ‘Russian’ arms market.
Good enough for 007
On the Tour de France ‘07
Ideal base for
Lac d’Oô and its 273m waterfall
The Louron Valley
From 1600m to 2380m
50km downhill slopes
15km cross country skiing
Snow shoe trails
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Lift Pass Tariff
The 50km of pistes from 2400m down to 1600m straddle the Col de Flamme and are accessed by an efficient lift network. Intermediates and families are well catered for with wide principally red and blue runs whilst more advanced skiers will find the steep moguls of the Faucons and Eperviers runs and the unpisted Pene Nere challenging. The open nature of the terrain means that off-piste opportunities abound and skiers and boarders are sure to enjoy the snowpark and boardercross.
Peyragudes showpiece is the Vallee Blanche, a 6km red run that descends down a hidden valley and through tree-lined farmland. The 1000m vertical, wide variety of terrain and feeling of remoteness make this one of the most enjoyable runs in the French Pyrenees.
If you tire of sliding down the white stuff, Peyragudes also offers cross-country skiing, snowshoe treks and even husky rides to make the most of its abundant snow cover.
In summer Peyragudes plays host to walkers who can enjoy a variety of trails either side of the col de Peyresourde. One highlight not to miss is the spectacular Lac d’Oô which boasts a thunderous waterfall. The col de Peyresourde pass is a gruelling magnet for cyclists and last featured in the tour de France in 2004 and the local rivers swollen by melt waters provide some excellent rafting.
In 2007 neighbouring Loudenvielle hosted the finish of the 15th stage of the Tour de France. Starting in Foix the route took on no fewer than five referenced mountain passes including the Port de Balès (19.5 km at 6.2%), a first for the Tour and then the Col de Peyresourde (9.7 km at 7.8%) before finishing at Loudenvielle.
For a more leisurely day the Lake at Loudenvielle looks out over majestic views and provides an ideal family spot for picnicking and taking advantage of the various activities and pleasure boats on the water.