Higher, bigger, whiter with an abundance of pleasure to share quietly or at full throttle. The Tourmalet Ski Resort opens up a new dimension of hollidaying free from pressure and stress. Here you are no longer on the earth, you are between 1400 and 2500 meters nearer the sky. Plunge into a never-ending open space for fabulous skiing. You are in charge. That's because you are in the Tourmalet Ski Resort, the largest ski resort on the French side of the Pyrénées. 69 marked ski runs, 43 ski lifts. 100 km of runs - is your head starting to spin? Hardly surprising - that's how it feels to be on top of the world! The year Tourmalet is again hosting many events and competitions, each of which aims to excel, in order to attract the most demanding participants. Barèges : ski village La Mongie : the ski resort at the foot of the slopes There are spectacular views from the top of the Col du Tourmalet and visitors crowd here every summer when the Tour de France cycle race passes through. This is one of the most grueling mountain sections of the race and competitors make the steep ascent of the valley on the narrow single track road which is used as a piste in the winter.
La Mongie is not only the site of a famous mountain-stage of the yearly "Tour de France" bicycle tournament, it is the center of the Pyrenées largest ski area as well ( linked to Barèges ). Founded in 1948, it has a charming centre and reasonable prices.