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Saint-Lary Soulan Ski Resort

Saint-Lary Soulan Resort Guide

Saint-Lary Soulan, France

Rated: 3/5 (from 6 ratings)

Saint-Lary Soulan Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForExpert Skiers, Intermediates, Beginners, Snowboarders and Apres-Ski!
Total Piste Length100km62 miles
Highest Lift2,515m8,251ft
Resort Height1,650m5,413ft
 Nearest AirportsLourdes and Pau
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Saint-Lary Soulan at a glance

A large but typical and traditional Pyrenéan village linked by road or cable car to altitude stations ( and base of ski runs ) at La Cabane ( 1600m ) , larger Pla d'Adet ( 1700m ) and Espiaule ( 1600m ), making it, arguably, the most important ski centre in the French Pyrenées.

 When will it snow in Saint-Lary Soulan?

The next notable snow forecast for Saint-Lary Soulan is 10cm4in, expected on 18 November, with around 15cm6in forecast over the next 7 days.

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Saint-Lary Soulan Facts, Stats and Ratings

Saint-Lary Soulan Rated

Ratings for Saint-Lary Soulan
Expert Skiers
Intermediate Skiers
Beginners
Snowboarding
Snow
Apres-Ski

How High is Saint-Lary Soulan?

Max Vertical and Resort Altitude for Saint-Lary Soulan
Highest Lift2,515m8,251ft
Lowest Piste1,700m5,577ft
Resort Altitude (Saint-Lary Soulan)1,650m5,413ft
Max Vertical865m2,838ft

Ski Area, Pistes and Lifts

Saint-Lary Soulan Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats for Saint-Lary Soulan
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
 9 
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
14
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
26
Green Pistes
Beginner Runs
 7 
Downhill
Total Length
100km62 miles
Cross Country
Total Length
10km6 miles
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts
31

Pyrenees 2 Vallées Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats for Pyrenees 2 Vallées
Pistes
Number of runs
166
Downhill
Total Length
247km153 miles
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts
66
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Saint-Lary Soulan Summary

The French Ski Resort of Saint-Lary Soulan is part of the Pyrenees 2 Vallées ski area with access to 247km153 miles of downhill skiing, with 166 marked pistes, served by a total of 66 ski lifts. In addition to the skiing in Saint-Lary Soulan itself (100km62 miles of pisted ski runs), the appropriate ski Lift Pass will allow you to ski or snowboard in the other Pyrenees 2 Vallées ski resorts of Peyragudes, Piau Engaly and Val Louron.

The ski resort itself is at 1,650m5,413ft, so skiing or boarding back to the resort is usually possible. With ski lifts as high as 2,515m8,251ft, skiing and snowboarding is assured throughout the season.

Saint-Lary Soulan Overview

St Lary is a large, traditional Pyrenéan resort at 830m linked by road or cable car to altitude stations (and base of ski runs) at La Cabane (1600m), larger Pla d'Adet (1700m) and Espiaule (1900m), making it one of the most important ski centre in the French Pyrenées.

The village, located in the heart of the Pyrenees and the Aure valley, and opening out towards the sloping hillsides of Gascony, existed for thousands of years before the arrival of snow sports. It is located on a route used for thousands of years by merchants and pilgrims and referred to in Roman reports. Today it has a relaxed way of life with well preserved architecture. On the slopes however, facilities are more up to date, with new lifts and snowmaking added recently.

Before skiing came along the resort was famous for its healing waters, which contain sulphur and sodium. These thermal springs have been renowned since Antiquity and are still accessible today. The Saint-Lary Thermal baths located in a park at the centre of the village offer state-of-the-art facilities and a new canyon themed spa opened more recently.

In the centre of Saint-Lary village, the Tour Hachan, which houses the National Park Museum, and the adjacent buildings (now the Town Hall and municipal buildings) have been beautifully restored and in Saint-Lary the Old village now displays a combination of wood, stone and slate. The mullioned windows are a carbon copy of those found on the Tour Hachan.

The resort's symbol is The Patou, a huge Pyrenean mountain dog which was the hero of the TV series Belle and Sebastian. Originally used to protect flocks of sheep, it stands nearly 70 cm high at the withers.

On the Mountain

The longest possible descent in Saint-Lary Soulan is 4km2 miles long.

Skiing in Saint-Lary Soulan

St Lary's skiing is spread across three sectors totalling 100km (63 miles) of runs over 700 hectares with and an altitude range of 1700 to 2515m. Nearly 200 snow cannon cover large areas of the lopes with machine made snow when required. Those staying in the original village have direct access by gondola from Saint-Lary village centre.

Saint Lary 1700 Pla d'Adet at the base of the slopes is dedicated to family and beginner skiing with the Snow Garden, toboggan run and Kidpark, a fun snow sports park for budding skiers aged six to twelve years old.

At Saint Lary 1900 Espiaube there is a greater emphasis with longer and tougher runs. These include the famous Mirabelle piste, at 3.6 km (2.25 miles), it's one of the longest runs in the Pyrenees with a vertical drop of 700 metres.

The highest skiing is at Saint Lary 2400 where there's mogul and slalom stadiums, a snowpark complete with PA system and a halfpipe.

There are a variety of pistes to suit all levels of skier ability, from Beginner to Expert.

Snowboarding in Saint-Lary Soulan

The Quicksilver Snowpark has its own website and has won awards for its quality. It is maintained by a crew of four professional park shapers, all riders. The venue is busy throughout the season and hosts numerous events and contests.

There are several snow sports arenas around St Lary including the FamilyPark, which is safe and fun for beginners; the slide park with its different handrails and modules; the snowskatepark for snow skaters; the halfpipe and the main Quicksilver Snowpark itself complete with tables, hips and big-air.

When is Saint-Lary Soulan open?

 Open from : December 6, 2019.

 Closes : April 12, 2020.

Usual opening is early December, and usual closing is Late March.

NOTE:- Lift and Piste openings are always subject to Snow Conditions in Saint-Lary Soulan.

Snow Making

Saint-Lary Soulan is able to make snow, on 4km2 miles of ski runs, with 270 snow cannons.

Ski Lift Capacity

The 31 ski lifts of Saint-Lary Soulan are able to uplift 38,500 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Where is Saint-Lary Soulan?

Saint-Lary Soulan is in the French Pyrenees in Hautes-Pyrénées, Midi-Pyrénées, France.

How can I get to Saint-Lary Soulan?

 By Air

The nearest airports to Saint-Lary Soulan are Lourdes, Pau and Toulouse. There are seven airports within three hours drive. Lourdes is just one hours drive away, in good driving conditions, so you can be on the piste quickly.

Off the Mountain

Saint-Lary Soulan Aprés Ski

Saint Lary Village has the lion's share of spots for après, although both 1700 and to a lesser extent 1900 have at least a moderate choice of eateries. However of the nine dedicated bars, eight are down in St Lary Village, the other, L Avalanche in the Galerie Armazan, is in 1700.

Immediately after the ski day ends the crowds tend to congregate in bars around the base of the cable car, including the originally name Bar du Telepherique and the nearby Carre Blanc. Rue Vincent Mir is also lively with Le Kinito, Le Desman L'ICC and Bar l'Igloo a few steps apart.

There are two late night spots - La Luna in the village and Xtra Dance in the Residence Armazan at 1700.

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