Grand Tourmalet – Huge skiing region in the Pyrenees Grand Tourmalet (1400-2500 m)


At the foot of the Pic du Midi de Bigorre, with 2,877 meters one of the highest mountains in the French Pyrenees, the Grand Tourmalet ski area extends. The largest winter sports area in the French Pyrenees 1400-2500 meters combines the skiing areas of the stations La Mongie and Barèges, which are joined together since 1973.

More than 80 kilometeres of slopes are devided amongst 70 runs of all difficulty levels. These are perfectly connected by 37 lifts. Starting at the Col du Tourmalet - at 2106 meteres – the pistes on two mountain slopes lead to La Mongie towards the east and to Barèges towards the west.

The offer of prepared slopes is completed by numerous challenging off-piste slopes. These can be found below the Pic du Midi and are best explored with a local mountain guide.

Even fans of the Nordic wintersport diciplines get their money’s worth in Tourmalet, where they can savour the Pyrenees’ beautiful landscape.

Ski area Grand Tourmalet Detailed information:

Length of ski slopes 100 km
easy 52 km
medium 38 km
difficult 10 km
Number of ski slopes 68
Green 17
Blue 24
Red 21
Black 6
Ski lifts 28
Ski tows 11
Chairlifts 17
Cable cars 0
Snow cannons 197
Glaciers 0
Halfpipes 0
Snowparks 1
Floodlight slopes 1
Cross-country skiing 50 km
Toboggan runs 2

Further information

Suitable Slopes for all Winter Sports Athletes

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; L’Étoile 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 don’t 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.

Ski resorts Grand Tourmalet