Le Grand Tourmalet – skiing in the Pyrenees

Le Grand Tourmalet is the largest ski resort in the French Pyrenees (under an hours drive from Pyrenees Motorcycle Tours) and opens Saturday 29th November until Monday 6th April, with more than 100km of runs at an altitude between 1250m and 2877m.  Tourmalet is the second oldest ski resort in France, Chamonix in the Alps being the oldest and the host of the 1924 Winter Olympics.  On the east side the village of La Mongie and to the west Bareges, the two resorts join on the Col du Tourmalet, one of the well know climbs for Le Tour de France during summer and in winter its covered in snow and becomes part of Le Grand Tourmalet.

Le Grand Tourmalet offers fun at all levels, the resort has 22 green, 21 blue pistes and for the more advanced skier there are 23 red runs and now 6 black runs, as well as lots of off-piste potential.  The lift to the observatory on the Pic du Midi is open to anyone wishing to attempt the off-piste descent from an altitude of 2877m down into the Bareges side of the resort.

A 50 million euro investment program spread over seven years until 2020 will increase Le Grand Tourmalet from 200 to 360 hectaires.


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