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Tourmalet

Tourmalet Hautes Pyrenees
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French Pyrenees Ski domain
Skiing from 1400m to 2500m
125km downhill slopes

Cycle the legendary Col du Tourmalet

Visit the Pic du Midi Observatory

Destinations in Tourmalet

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Resort Ski X
Country
(km)
Ski
Lifts
Ski
Runs
Spa GR10/
GR11
Bars &
Restr's
Barèges20 43 70 Y Y 11-20
La Mongie20 43 70 N Y 11-20

Tourmalet is the largest ski resort on the French side of the Pyrenees offering 125km of runs at an altitude of between 1400 and 2500m. It is in fact the second oldest ski resort in France after Chamonix and hosted the 1926 Winter Olympics. The ski domain provides an excellent combination of vast open bowls, tree lined runs and some exceptional off piste all served well by an efficient lift system that has benefited from considerable recent investment.

Tourmalet’s signature run is the much heralded, guided off piste descent from the Pic du Midi Observatory. For decades this classic cable car was reserved for privileged scientists making their way to and from the exploratory perched at the top of the Pic. However the cable car is now open for skiers and snowboarders who can hire the services of a local ski guide and tackle a memorable off piste descent.

The Tourmalet ski domain is served well by the contrasting villages of Barèges and La Mongie. Barèges provides accommodation in a picturesque high mountain village sat on the edge of a pine forest whereas La Mongie is a purpose built ski in, ski out resort providing doorstep access to the vast Tourmalet ski domain.

In the summer, Tourmalet is a popular destination for those boarding the Pic du Midi cable car. Climb aboard in the heart of La Mongie and prepare to straddle the sky in a 15 minute ride to the observatory on top of the Pic at 2877metres altitude. The unforgettable panorama includes the Pyrenean chain, the great Southern plains and the foothills of the Massif Central.

The famous Col du Tourmalet is the highest driveable mountain pass in the French Pyrenees. A firm favourite on the Tour de France, it was first used in 1910 and has been part of the tour over 50 times. It has a reputation as one of the toughest days on the tour and is a magnet for cyclists looking for the ultimate road cycle challenge. This is also superb mountain biking country with numerous routes ranging from leisurely tracks to steep technical descents.