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Cauterets Ski Resort Guide

Cauterets, France

Rated: 3/5 (from 6 ratings)

Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForBeginners, Snowboarders, Snowfall and Apres-Ski!
Total Piste Length35km22 miles
Highest Lift2,500m8,202ft
Resort Height1,750m5,741ft
 Nearest AirportsLourdes and Pau
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Historic Pyrenéan spa town with a relatively new ski area located in a sunny bowl in the Cirque du lys. Après ski is mostly informal in hotels and bars. There are two discothèques and several first-rate restaurants.


The French ski resort of Cauterets is in the French Pyrenees at an altitude of 1,750m5,741ft, with 35km22 miles of marked runs.

Cauterets has direct access to 35km22 miles of downhill skiing, with 25 marked pistes, served by a total of 21 ski lifts.

The ski resort itself is at 1,750m5,741ft, so skiing or boarding back to the resort is usually possible. With ski lifts as high as 2,500m8,202ft, snow cover is generally reliable.


Cauterets offers good sking, particularly, for Intermediate and Beginner skiers.


Cauterets offers some good boarding and there are a variety of Snow and Terrain Parks in Cauterets.

Snow and Weather

When will it snow in Cauterets?

The next notable snow forecast is 2cm1in, expected on 3 November.

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Snow Forecast by day for Cauterets

Ski Area Stats

Cauterets Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
Green Pistes
Beginner Runs
Total Length
35km22 miles
Cross Country
Total Length
36km22 miles
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts


Cauterets Ski Area Heights

Lift Heights and Resort Altitude
Highest Lift2,500m8,202ft
Resort Altitude (Cauterets)1,750m5,741ft
Lowest Piste1,300m4,265ft
Max Vertical1,200m3,937ft

Ratings & Suitability

Ratings for Cauterets
Intermediate Skiers

Cauterets Overview

 Notable Ski Runs

The longest possible descent in Cauterets is 6km4 miles long.

Location and Map

Where is Cauterets?

This ski resort is in the French Pyrenees in Hautes-Pyrénées, Midi-Pyrénées.


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How to get there

 By Air

The nearest airport to Cauterets is Lourdes, 46 minutes drive away.

Pau, Biarritz, Toulouse, San Sebastián and Carcassonne airports are all within three hours drive.

Lourdes is just one hours drive away, in good driving conditions, so you can be on the piste quickly.


Ski Lift Capacity

The 21 ski lifts are able to uplift 8,100 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Snow Making

Snow-making is available, with 11 snow cannons.

Season Dates

When is Cauterets open?

We don't currently have confirmed season dates, but hope to soon.

Usual opening is late November, and usual closing is Late April.

NOTE:- Ski area, lift and piste opening is subject to Current Snow Conditions.

COVID-19 / Coronavirus

We don't yet have specific details of the COVID-19 precautions being taken in Cauterets, but they are likely to include most of the following :-

  • Face masks required on lifts, and in shops.
  • Social distancing in public areas.
  • Reduced lift capacity.
  • Extensive disinfection / sanitization.

French Ski Resort COVID-19 Measures describes further measures that may also be applied.

Visit the Cauterets Tourist Office for the latest.

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