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- Resort overview
- Suitable for
- Other things to do
- Ski pass prices 2012 to 2013
- Where to stay
- Geography: How to get here
- A bit of history
With its wide open pistes and 700ha ski domaine, Saint Lary Soulan is one of the largest ski resorts in the Pyrenees. The investment has been considerable in its 65 years as a ski resort, with 100km of slopes to explore and 275 snow machines to ensure good snow coverage from the start to the end of the season. It has:
- 9 black runs
- 14 red runs
- 26 blue runs
- 7 green runs
- 1 snowpark with practice area, half-pipe, slope-style & cross zone
- Kid’s snow garden
- Mogul stadium
- Slalom stadium
- 31 ski lifts (1 cable-car, 1 gondola lift, 11 chair lifts and 18 ski-tows)
- 20 ski patrol staff, 6 patrol rooms, 2 avalanche dogs
Saint Lary is a traditional Pyrenean village, with picturesque local architecture and great tourist facilities. Saint Lary Soulan a great ski and snowboard resort for all levels, groups and disciplines.
At 830m, two cable cars take you up from Saint Lary to Saint Lary 1700 ski station (at the village of Pla D’Adet). You can also access Saint Lary 1700 by road: it is 12km from the town. Saint Lary 1700 has restaurants, car parking, ski hire shops and car parking. The 2011/12 season saw the opening of a new beginner’s ski area. You can choose to stay on the kids park, beginners and blue slopes around Saint Lary 1700. But Saint Lary 1700 is the gateway to a network of 100km of ski runs, so it would be a shame not to try them out.
You can take the chair lift up to 2,960m, from which you can ski down a combination of blues, blacks and reds to Saint Lary 1900. Ski lifts will then open up kilometers up kilometers of runs and snow parks and stunt courses at Saint Lary 1900 and 2400.
Saint Lary 1900 (Espiaube) is also accessible by road, giving you the option to head straight for the more challenging slopes.
All abilities, levels and groups.
Ice-skating, thermal baths, snowshoeing, husky riding, cross-country skiing.
Resort opens mid December and closes in April. 2012/13 dates to be confirmed.
|Lift pass type||Adult(12 to 64)||Child(5 to 11)||Student(Under 28)||Senior(64 to 74)|
When accompanied by adults (aged 18 to 74), children and young people between the ages of 5 and 17 qualify for the child concession.
|1 adult & 2 children||1 adult, 3 children||2 adults, 1 child||2 adults, 2 children||2 adults, 3 children||2 adultes, 4 children|
|6 days with insurance||€495.50||€640||€530||€659||€790||€930|
For groups between 4 and 7 people, paid in one transaction only, the following deals apply.
Saint Lary Soulan village has a combination of self-catering apartments, chalets, guest houses and hotels. With capacity for around 26,000 tourists, it’s Hobson’s Choice. Check out the tourist information centre or visit our SWCP’s finest for a place to stay. Saint Lary is the best place to stay and if you don’t have your car with you, shuttles provide an alternative to the gondola from Saint Lary to the ski stations.
Saint Lary Soulan is situated in the Hautes Pyrenees department of the Midi-Pyrenees. It is 30 minutes south of Lannemazan and 20 minutes from Spain via the Bielsa tunnel.
- Closest airports: Toulouse (150km) & Pau (100km)
- Closest train station to Saint Lary: Tarbes or Lannemazan with connecting SNCF (French train) bus to Saint Lary. Visit our snow train page for information on trains from the UK to the Pyrenees.
- For Saint Lary Soulan by car, exit the A64 Toulouse to Pau motorway at junction 16, direction Lannemezan. Follow the route 929 to Arreau and then Saint Lary.
Saint Lary Soulan Ski Station is 65 years old this year (2012). It grew from a mountain village with a population of just 220 into one of the best and biggest ski resorts in the Pyrenees with beds for some 26,000 skiers at any one time. And it’s all thanks to the dedicated efforts of one man and a handful of people around him who believed in his vision for the future of the mountain town.
Vincent Mir was mayor of Saint Lary for an incredible 47 years, from 1947 until 1991. He died at the age of 84 in a car crash in 1997, the 40th anniversary of his town becoming a ski resort.
The tragedy of his death shook the town, who loved and admired Vincent Mir for all he had achieved, for his sunny and affable disposition and for his positive approach to life. The mayor lived by his motto “The man who stops advancement can only go backwards.”
He passed his positivity and focus on to the younger generations in his family. His nephew took the mantle from Vincent when he retired as mayor in 1991 (at age of 77), while in 1968 his daughter, Isabelle Mir (nicknamed Mirabelle), won a silver medal in the Grenoble Winter Olympics.
As well as guiding the opening of Saint Lary ski station at Pla D’Adet in 1957, Vincent Mir was involved in the construction of the Cap De Long dam in 1948, the opening of the road to Espiaube and Pl D’Adet, creating Saint Lary Soulan in 1963, the creation of the Bielsa tunnel to Spain in 1976, the welcoming of the Tour de France to Saint Lary for the first time in 1974 and the expansion of Saint Lary Soulan ski resort to offer 56 ski runs and 100km of skiable pistes.