The skiing region Tourmalet is spread out at the foot of Pic du Midi de Bigorre, which with 2877 meters is one of the highest mountains in the French Pyrenees. The largest winter sports area in the French Pyrenees between altitudes of 1400 and 2500 combines the piste-districts in the resorts La Mongie and Barèges, which have been connected since 1973.
Over 80 kilometers of pistes are scattered across roughly 70 slopes of all levels of difficulty, which are well connected to each other with 36 lift systems. Starting in Col du Tourmalet at an altitude of 2106 meters, the pistes continue towards La Mongie in the east or in the direction of Barèges in the west.
The range of prepared slopes are supplemented with numerous challenging off-piste slopes, which are mostly located below Pic du Midi and are best explored with a guide.
Even nordic winter sports fans can get their moneys worth in Tourmalet and they can enjoy enjoy the beautiful landscape in the Pyrenees in two individual areas.
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Green to black slopes for skieres of all levels are located on both sides of the Col du Tourmalet. Even beginners can enjoy the descent from the highest point in the skiing region at 2500 meters plus the incomparable panorama thanks to a blue piste. Easy pistes are also available for descents into both resorts. Experienced skiers on the other hand can explore exciting red slopes through thick woods or dare the challenging black piste above La Mongie.
The spacious practice area and the numerous green pistes, that are located in close proximity to the La Mongie station, are perfect for young skiers. Very young ski-tourists are well looked after in the day care centre (for children from the ages of 1-4) or in the ski-nursery for children aged 3-5.
Snowboarders and freestylers can look forward to a diverse snowpark in the Tourmalet lift area. The Parc des Étoile near the blue Tourmalet piste contains 3 different areas. The Galaxie Park is a small freestyle zone with jumps and rails of an easy to intermediate level. The pro-area L Étoile Noire on the other hand is a slopestyle area for real experts. And finally the third area is the boardercross-zone with the two routes; LÉtoile filante and La Comete. The mini-snowpark Pène Blanque was also errected directly at la Mongie near the green Puria pistes for beginner freestylers.
The green slope near the Turon lift is available as a floodlight piste several times per week to ski-tourists who dont want to stop having fun on the slopes after sunset. Taking part in the regular torch-lit descent from Col de Tourmalet is also a special experience.
Those who prefer to discover the wonderful landscape around La Mongie and Barèges on snowshoes or by dog-sledding, have the choice of 2 spacious nordic winter sports areas. The cross country area Payolle between altitutes of 1130 and 1450 meters offer 50 well prepared kilometers of cross country tracks, which take you through the wood as well as around the Payolle lake. The cross country area for nordic athletes of all levels is located about 20 kilometers from La Mongie. The Plateau du Lienz, which is located 15 kilometers away from La Mongie, offers numerous snowshoe hiking trails, sledging slopes plus the opportunity to go on a dog-sled tour.