Stay at the Grand Tourmalet Barèges-La Mongie ski resort
Loyal holidaymaker, Véronique, has been coming here for over 30 years. Here she tells us about the ski area and its exceptional setting and shares some holiday anecdotes.
“I have come to the Grand Tourmalet (Barèges-La Mongie) resort every year since 1982. Back then, the resort was still called La Mongie, and I’ve experienced all the changes since.
We used to have booklets of tickets that we tore off at each ski lift. The resort wasn’t as modern as it is today, and we had to get a basket lift to reach the start of the Les Béarnais chairlift… Just imagine what an ordeal it was for a little girl to get into a basket when it didn’t stop to wait for the people who hadn’t managed to climb in.
These kinds of childhood memories left an indelible mark, enabling me to assess the incredible development of the infrastructure over the last few years.”
A remarkable ski area
“This beautiful ski area extends over two valleys thanks to the connection between Barèges and La Mongie, making it very special. I like the variety of pistes that all the slopes offer. The Barèges side is more wooded, while in La Mongie, the 4 Termes piste (nestled at an altitude of over 2,500 m) offers an incredible panoramic view of the ski area.
In the Grand Tourmalet Barèges-La Mongie ski resort, you can ski all day without going down the same piste twice.”
An accessible resort
“For 15 years, I have explored the pistes of the ski area with my sister, and there’s never a shortage of other activities.
We opted for the “No souci” pass which saves us money (up to 30%) and means we don’t have to recharge it every day, allowing us to make even more of the pistes.”
A fabulous holiday
“Once the slopes have closed, set off for a ride in a snow groomer (1.5 hours) from La Chapelle (in the lower part of the resort) right to the top of the Col du Tourmalet. If you’re lucky, depending on the weather, you might find yourself above a splendid sea of clouds.
If you prefer more intense thrills, try an hour-long trip on a snowmobile.
With two per snowmobile, you’re in the driving seat under the guide’s direction.
We decided to stay in the valley. For good reason: we finish off a day spent skiing with a relaxing bath in Aquensis, the thermal spa (where the water is 34 °C!) in Bagnères de Bigorre: pure relaxation.”
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