Peyragudes Ski Resort

Great for: Families, couples and snowboarders.

On this page 

  1. Resort overview
  2. Suitable for
  3. Lift technology
  4. Other things to do
  5. Ski pass prices 2012 to 2013
  6. Where to stay
  7. Geography: How to get here
  8. Resort history

Resort overview

With panoramic views of 3,000m peaks, the highest ski run at Peyagudes starts at 2,400m. You can choose to ski across 60km of ski runs, which comprise:

  • 4 black runs
  • 20 red runs (including the 6km Vallee Blanche, with ski shuttle returning you to the chairlift at Les Agudes.
  • 20 blue runs
  • 5 green runs
  • 1 snow (stunt) park
  • 1 Nordic skiing park
  • 1 snowboarder cross course
  • 2 toboggan courses
  • 8 chairlifts suitable for disabled skiers
  • 230 snow machines

As the name suggests, Peyragudes links the villages of Peyresourdes and Les Agudes. Both villages are at 1600m and provide access via superfast chair lifts to 2200m within ten minutes.

The mountain is snow covered throughout the season (December to April) and when the sun’s out, you can bask all day in its rays on either the east or west faces of the mountain.

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Lift technology

Major investment to the tune of 2m euros in 2011 means that Peyagudes is equipped with the latest ski pass technology and superfast ski lifts. Four brand new chairlifts carrying between 4 and 6 people at a time take you straight to the top in double-quick time.

Skiing at Peyragudes means minimal queuing and maximum skiing and boarding. And if lifts have always been the bane of your ski experience, the technology makes the ski lifts some of the easiest and safest to jump off and on.

Two magic carpets have made the nursery slopes a doddle for beginners. But if your first ski trip wouldn’t be complete without the fun/misery of wrestling with button lifts, there are five to be found after you get the hang of snow plough and turns.

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Other things to do

Peyragudes is a good spot for husky riding, snow-shoe walking, snow walks after dark, spending the night in an igloo, paragliding, airboarding and tobogganing (Snake Gliss and Yooner). Balnea spa is just 15 km from Peyragudes.

Ski passes

Banish the faff, queues and wasted ski time by buying your ski-pass in advance online. The system is perfect if you’re travelling in large groups or as a family. It means you’re ready to ski the minute you reach the chair lift.

Set up by N-Py, which operates the ski lifts across 8 resorts in the Pyrenees, you can buy a lift pass for one resort, two resorts or for all 8 (Grand Ski N’Py). The Grand Ski N’PY will give you access to 360km of ski runs.

The online system offers discount on the ticket booth prices, whether you need a day pass, short stay pass (2-3 days), a ski holiday pass (6,7 or 8 days) or a pass for the whole season. There are different tariffs for children, students and adults.

There are two types of card: The Tele N’Pass Rechargable and the Tele N’Pass No Soucie. The rechargeable card allows you to buy a pass for a certain number of days and there are a variety of prices and discount packages depending on your age and the number of days you are skiing.

The Tele N’Pass No Soucie is a lift pass 21st century. It has been designed with locals in mind but it’s actually quite a smart and flexible way to buy your lift pass even if you’re visiting for a week.

It works like this: You pay 27 euros for a card at the beginning of the season, which allows you to ski where you want within the 8 N’PY resorts, when and how often you want. You receive up to 30 per cent discount on the ticket booth day prices and you get your 5th day half price. The card records each day you ski, adds the number of days up at the end of the month and takes the total amount out of your account by direct debit.  At Peyragudes, for example, it brings the cost of a weekday’s skiing (out of school holidays) down from 36 to 25 euros. Simple.

The pass is a good idea if you don’t want to ski every day, if you are going for longer periods of time, if you want to choose to ski at lots of different resorts in the group or if you are lucky enough to make regular visits throughout the season. There are three tariffs, for adults, young people (aged 12 to 24) and for children (6 to 11).

Follow this link to buy your ski pass and click on ‘NPY No Souci’ or ‘NPY Rechargable’. All the N’PY ski passes operate the turnstiles magnetically, which means the pass can sit inside your pocket and swipe you onto the lifts automatically.

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For the 2012 to 2013 winter season lift pass prices (correct at August 2012)

2012/3 LIFT PASS TYPE ADULT CHILD (5 to 18) STUDENT FAMILY(2 adults 2 children) SENIORS(Over 75) UNDER FIVES
Day pass 36 31 31 25.50
Afternoon pass (from 12.30pm) 31
“Balneattitude”Day pass with 2-hour session at Balnea spa 46
Six days for the price of five 180 155 634
Seven-day pass 185 160 654
January weekend pass (3 days: available online only between 11th   Jan & 11th Feb) 90
FIVE DAY PASS (Monday to Friday between 7th Jan & 15th   Feb and from 18th to 22nd March) 144
N’PY SEASON PASS (all 8 resorts) 819 609

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Where to stay

If you want to be able to walk straight from your breakfast table to the bottom of the chairlift, the best places to stay are the villages of Balestas, Peyresourde or Les Agudes. If you like to be mobile and want a choice of skiing or boarding in several of the local resorts, there are lots of guest houses, hotels, self catering apartments in the surrounding villages. You’ll find the peace and quiet of Pyreneen mountain life just 20 minutes from Peyresourde and Les Agudes in the villages of Cathervielle, PouBeau, etc. Alternatively, if you want a buzzing town, nightlife and access to plenty of facilities, Bagneres de Luchon is 30 minutes from the resort.

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Geography (how to get here)

Peyragudes is situated in the central Pyrenees, 30 minutes west of Bagneres de Luchon in the direction of the Col de Peyresourde. It is 30 minutes east of Arreau (direction Col de Peyresourde).

  • Closest airports: Toulouse (158km) & Pau (117km) 2hrs)
  • Closest train station to Peyresourde: Lannemazan with connecting SNCF (French train) bus to Arreau. Take a taxi from Arreau to Peyresourde.
  • For the village of Peyresourde by car, exit the A64 Toulouse to Pau motorway at junction 16, direction Lannemezan. Follow Arreau and Peyragudes.
  • For the village of Les Agudes by car, exit the A64 Toulouse-Pau motorway at junction 17, direction Montrejeau, then follow Luchon and Peyragudes.
  • Closest train station to Les Agudes: Bagneres de Luchon and then the shuttle bus to Peyragudes.
  • Closest airport to Les Agudes, Toulouse (158km)

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Resort history

There has been skiing at Les Agudes and Peyresourde since the 1970s but the Peyragudes Resort was defined in 1988 when pistes and lifts linked the two villages.

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