Saturday, February 4, 2023

Grand Tourmalet: the first ski area in the French Pyrenees

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) “A quick walk up the mountain is a blessing for the whole day.”

Tourmelet may sound familiar to cycling fans…

maybe not sure…

In winter the story changes and Le Tourmalet remains closed, becoming part of the Grand Tourmalet resort’s ski routes.

Because the Tourmalet, at 2,115 metres, is one of the highest road passes in the Pyrenees, where the legend of the Tour de France cycling race is written almost every summer in the shadow of the Pic du Midi de Bigorre. Between Barges and Campan, its bare slopes welcome many visitors and cyclists in summer, following in the footsteps of the climbers of the Grand Boucle.

But in winter the story changes and Le Tourmalet remains closed, becoming part of the ski routes of the Grand Tourmalet resort, and then it is the turn of lovers of skiing and winter sports.

The Grand Tourmalet Ski Resort, which groups Barèges and La Mongie, invites you to experience skiing in the XXL version.

The first ski area in the French Pyrenees.

Put on your skis, your snowboard or your snowscoot and attack the 100km of slopes of the Grand Tourmalet! You’ll be able to ski all day without passing the same spot twice, each through landscapes more beautiful… Whether you’re a beginner, a cool skier or an experienced climber, one thing’s for sure: the magic of sliding.

an experience to share

Enjoy the mountains with your family:

For the little ones: The nursery to keep warm.

For children: ski school, a “snow garden”, playful and safe space, several green slopes, a dedicated toboggan run, etc.

And for the whole family:

    • The Groundhog Itinerary: 11 km of family fun on 100% blue and green trails that connect the Barges ski resort to the La Mongie ski resort.
    • Multiple blue tracks to slide down with the family to share the joy of sliding by diversifying the routes.

There’s no age to start skiing

An exclusive offer “My first steps in skiing”, which includes a 1-day ski pass, equipment rental and 1-hour lessons: ideal for beginners of any age and at a low cost.

A special ski pass that gives access to only 10 slopes in the resort’s beginner areas.

lover of pure sensations

Skiing at Grand Tourmalet

Skiing in the woods above Barèges, in the middle of nature and protected from the wind. Great whatever the weather!
Plus, have you ever dreamed of doing your first downhill in the snow? With a simple registration, you can open the Grand Tourmalet ski resort with ski patrol.

free riders

Riders’ slopes, where powdery snow is released voluntarily so that everyone can discover sensations of lightness, joy and softness, which lead to impressive off-piste for high-flying riders: the Aigues Cluses Valley and Neuviel There are impressive views of the massif. The best known, but there are many more … Direct access from La Mongie to the Pic du Midi freeride space: a unique place in the world!


1 place for freestyle A beautiful snowpark: boxes, rails, modules to jump in all directions: pure joy!

The Groundhog Itinerary: 11 km on a 100% blue and green downhill route that connects Barèges station to La Mongie

for various pleasures,

At Grand Tourmalet you can discover the mountain in a different way.
A sled dog ride through pine forests, a climb to the Pic du Midi for views over the Pyrenees…

Do you have a light appetite or a strong appetite?

choose from 6 Altitude Restaurant To eat at the top of the slope when it’s time to eat. From takeaway snacks to traditional regional dishes (garbeur, grilled Pyrenean lamb …), there is a wide variety! And important – there is a restaurant nearby in case the kids are hungry!

And when you feel like it, take time out on one of the terraces for a gastronomic or refreshing break.

in Mongi

station at the foot of the high mountain where everything is thought out so that dmake the most of sliding, In La Mongi, you can experience the snow from morning till night without worrying about a thing: all the shops and services you need are right on site. Pyrenees in a sports version, good coexistence and change of scenery.

in the barge

charming hill village With its stone barns, its slate roofs, its cozy hostels… it has retained its authenticity. And as a bonus, there’s a spa, a cinema and a squash room.

christmas magic

Dizzy Arrival of Santa Claus

Every year, we meet on 24 December at the Place de Grenouillere in La Mongie to experience the magic of Christmas with us.

This year, if time permits, Santa Claus will arrive directly from heaven by cable car with many surprises…

With a simple registration, you can open the Grand Tourmalet ski resort with ski patrol

But let’s know about some more special things…


The Grand Tourmalet, together with the Compagnie des Pyrénées, is undertaking an investment program of 32 million euros over the next ten years, with the ambition of adopting four seasons of tourism. And it starts with the redesign of the activity area that will become a natural space next to the heart of the resort and at the Pic du Midi cable car exit, also accessible to pedestrians and skiers from the restaurant and parking areas.

The project will allow the destruction of 2 ski lifts and the demolition of a certain number of old buildings, keeping only the shepherds’ huts; Re-planting with seeds selected in collaboration with the Bagnères-de-Bigorre Botanical Conservatory to promote the reuse of excavated material and the recovery of local species.

The carpet for beginners has been moved to this location, another existing one has been modernized and a new snow garden, which will improve learning skiing for beginners.


Two new family areas at Grand Tourmalet

This winter, Grand Tourmalet will inaugurate two new family areas on the snow front of the slopes of La Mongie and Barèges. Everything is planned for an unforgettable family holiday. Children and parents can participate in a number of activities such as snowtubing, sledding, a children’s playground (Molki, Chamboulout, etc.), make-up workshops, etc. In addition, the Lacette Green Trail located in Barrage Forest has been specially redesigned with a children’s module with bells and rotating elements that little ones can tap on while they ski and have fun.


Lienz and Payol: Nordic Jewels of the Grand Tourmalet

The Grand Tourmalet has two privileged places for lovers of Nordic activities. Two areas where to pray the mountain. One of them is the Lienz Plateau in the heart of the forest, which offers spectacular views of the Pays Toy valley and the Eyre Forest. There is free admission for 1 to 5 hour snowshoe tours, sledding and dog sledding. The other is Domaine de Payol also known as Le Petit Canada. This spectacular environment surrounding Payol Lake has a spectacular beech forest and is easily accessible. It is perfect for enjoying snowshoeing, dog sledding or mountain biking. A total of 6 orientation circuits allow you to discover the environment and the richness of the heritage in the most playful way.

At La Laquette it is possible to taste bistro gastronomy based on local products

some gastronomy

Grand Tourmalet: Savor the photo du midi

Enjoying a magical place in the woods overlooking the Pic du Midi and enjoying bistro gastronomy based on local products is possible at La Laquet, bar and restaurant nestled in an impressive setting at the height of the Grand Tourmalet, Tournaboup to Tournaboup Can be reached with a chairlift. Car park or on foot (30 minute journey). It only opens in the afternoon, so it is always advisable to make a reservation, especially if you plan to eat on the terrace.

Night in the beautiful face of the Pyrenees

Hotels & Hostels

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La Voi Lactie, The Hotel of the Stars

The Grand Tourmalet Resort on the La Mongie slope opens its first four-star hotel in December. The old Crete Blanche Hotel, very close to the ice front, changes its name and position. After a complete refurbishment, La Voie Lactée has added a fourth star to its plaque. The new owners have opted for a modern and intimate style, salvaging some sixties touches to the golden age of the complex.

The historic La Mongi establishment has 20 rooms, a gym and yoga room, a spa, two outdoor Nordic baths for four people, a 40-square-metre seminar room and a tea room with a cake menu.

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