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Domaine Skiable Grand Tourmalet

La Mongie, France
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Au pied du Pic du Midi de Bigorre, le Grand Tourmalet, Barèges-La Mongie vous offre le plus grand domaine skiable des Pyrénées françaises.
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Arbuthnott C wrote a review Feb 2019
Kensington, Australia127 contributions41 helpful votes
I rode around the area on my motorbike last summer, and was very impressed at the scale and diversity of the area available for skiing. As a result we came back to ski. The positives are that there are many quite long and interesting pistes; the scenery is imposing and impressive. Although there are some bum-pullers (which I personally hate), most of the lifts are by télésieges, An unexpected positive is that there is access to the very charming Restaurant du Col du Tourmalet, which I had found to busy to even get a coffee during the summer What I found less positive is that the pistes are generally quite narrow, often the same width as, or little wider than, the roads and tracks up the mountain that they are based on. This is despite much larger areas that are potentially available to widen them. The red and blue pistes are fairly interwoven, and so there are often beginners straying onto the crossing points and even at the start of the reds. As a result, when the pistes have more than a few beginners, skiing down is like running the gauntlet of random launches, lurches to one side, and stopping unpredictably in narrow places. At various nip points on the hillsides, there is occasionally no open route through groups either standing still or moving sporadically and randomly. On the day we skied, by mid-morning the piste had turned to soup in places, which tended to exacerbate the conditions described above. To be fair, this was because the weather was magnificent, and the pistes on the other side of the mountain remained in good condition until much later in the day. As a regular skier in the Alps, I found that the Grand Tourmalet was disappointing. We're back in the Chamonix valley, which is only a little more expensive but with much more enjoyable pistes.
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Date of experience: February 2019
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Response from GrandTourmaletDS, Community Manager at Domaine Skiable Grand Tourmalet
Responded 28 Feb 2019
Hello, Thank you for your long and objective feedback. Indeed the slopes are not the same than in the Alps, mainly because the topology is absolutely not the same, we have narrow mountains and steeper slopes. Hower we are trying to offer wide slopes all over the resort. We are sad that you did not have a great experience in our resort, but we hope we can welcome you again one day. Best regards
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MountainGirlGavarnie wrote a review Mar 2018
Gavarnie, France68 contributions29 helpful votes
Excellent little resort which offers run for all abilities. Ski lift pass much cheaper if you have the No Souci card from N'PY. Midweek out of school holidays is quiet, no queues, but it gets busy at weekends and during school holidays if you go then, but I don't! It's more expensive to include a visit to the Pic du Midi de Bigorre with its newly opened platform and if you ski down from there, you need to be adequately equipped and sign a disclaimer as you are entering into serious off piste territory, where fatal accidents have occured in the past. For the best views of the Pic du Midi de Bigorre ski the blue Quatre Termes or the red Coume at La Mongie, and from the top of the button lift Etoile and from the top of the chairlift Piquette, both on the Barèges side. Barèges links up with La Mongie through Super Bareges, often the snow is better at La Mongie in the morning and at Barèges in the afternoon. There are many restaurants to eat at which are not overly expensive. There are also toilets available in various places throughout. Just remember that if you stop to admire the views, that you're not stopped in the middle of the piste 😉
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Date of experience: March 2018
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Response from GrandTourmaletDS, Community Manager at Domaine Skiable Grand Tourmalet
Responded 21 Mar 2018
Hello, Thank you for your comment, we are glad you had such a great time in our ski resort. We are looking forward to seeing you soon ! Best regards
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MGreenJersey wrote a review Jan 2016
Jersey - GB66 contributions69 helpful votes
Visited this ski area twice now and it is of a reasonable size with enough variety to keep most skiers well entertained for two or three days depending on conditions. Most of the ski area is above 1800m and so there is usually at least some skiing to be had although the snow cover in the Pyrenees can be a bit sparse as it is proving this season. The only negative is that at weekends this area can get overwhelmed with day trippers leading to 30 minute lift lines. There are several key "bottle-neck" points due to the layout of the ski area and whilst there are several 6 seater high-speed chairs they could really do with more.
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Date of experience: January 2016
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RookieEssex wrote a review Jan 2016
Braintree, United Kingdom74 contributions32 helpful votes
Great place. Good prices for lift passes and surprisingly good ski and snowboard terrain. Far friendlier than the Alps
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Date of experience: February 2015
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Response from GrandTourmaletDS, Community Manager at Domaine Skiable Grand Tourmalet
Responded 8 Feb 2018
Hello, Thanks for your comment about the ski resort Hope to see you soon on our slopes !
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