New ski area unveiled in the French Pyrenees

FOUR Pyrenean ski resorts have combined to create a new ski area – the Pyrenees 2 Vallées.

PHOTO: Peyragudes

Saint-Lary, Peyragudes, Piau-Engaly and Val Louron will be linked by shuttle bus and between them offer 247 km of skiable terrain with 166 pistes and 66 lifts.

Details of the combined lift pass have left some skiers and snowboarders a little confused, but the details are as follows:

This ski area lift pass costs €20 for an 8-day ski pass. Then, each day skied is paid on top and will cost between 10 and 15% off the day rate depending on time of season.

Saint Lary, one of the areas forming part of the Pyrenees 2 Vallées, is celebrating its 60th anniversary this season.

PHOTO: St Lary/David Vilanova

The  Famille Plus resort has organised a diary of festivities starting on the opening weekend 2/3 December 2017.

There is a new attraction to test your nerves at the Pic du Midi, the area famous for its observatory close to la Mongie.

A new 10m long metal footbridge has been erected just below 3000m. The promotional blurb says visitors walk forward in to a space that gives them the impression of flying – and is only for the brave!

The Balnea spa in Peyragudes

The Altiport 007 in Peyragudes, which featured in the James Bond film ‘Tomorrow Never Dies’ has had a complete renovation.

Built in 1971, it is the only airstrip in the Pyrenees and is one of just five French altiports.

The Altiport 007 now allows twin-engine 8-seater airplanes to land – so if you are lucky enough to own one, you can get to the Pyrenees even faster.


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