Saint-Lary-Soulan, a popular family orientated ski resort

Saint-Lary-Soulan is a popular family ski resort in the French Pyrenees.

The small spa town of Saint-Lary merged in 1964 with the neighbouring municipality of Soulan.

Saint-Lary-Soulan ski resort in the French Pyrenees
Saint-Lary-Soulan ski resort in the French Pyrenees

Saint-Lary-Soulan today boasts as ski area of 700 hectares, the largest in the French Pyrenees.

This represents 56 ski slopes (a 100kms network) with 10 black, 12 red, 26 blue and 7 green,   a cross-country ski trail and  toboggan runs for little budding skiers.

The large area dedicated to children, earned the resort the Famille + label.

A cable car, 2 gondolas, 11 chair lifts, 15 ski lifts and 2 indoor rolling carpet lifts access them and 275 snow cannons ensure constant snow coverage.

However, Saint-Lary-Soulan is equally popular during the summer season with hikers and mountain bikers.

It indeed lies in the heart of the Pyrenees Natural Park and a mere 30mn drive from the Réserve Naturelle Nationale de Néouvielle.

More than 80% of the resort land was granted the labels Natura 2000, National Park and Nature Reserve zones.

Saint-Lary-Soulan, a ski resort spread over 3 levels

The ski resort spreads over 3 levels: Saint-Lary 1700, Saint-Lary 1900 and Saint-Lary 2400.

Saint-Lary 1700 or Pla d’Adet, at the bottom of the resort in the historic village, is the space dedicated to children and beginners.

This family orientated area has all the necessary equipment, such as ski school, toboggan track etc…

Saint-Lary 1900 – Espiaube’s long blue and red pistes spread between 1900m and 1650m and therefore attract intermediate skiers.

Advanced skiers will find black and red pistes in Saint-Lary 2400.

The Pla d’Adet skilift will take them to the Soum de Matte, the mountain summit that boasts spectacular views of the Pyrenees Regional Park and Oules Lake.

From there they’ll also access the snowpark and the 3km long blue cross-country ski trail.

Saint-Lary-Soulan may not be the most technically challenging ski resort, but its vocation of ‘family ski resort’ largely offsets this.

The icing on the cake is that it’s easily accessible from Toulouse airport; definitively a resort to discover when traveling with a young family!

Department of Hautes-Pyrénées – Occitanie region
Coordinates: Lat 42.815251 – Long 0.320113

Photos Wikimedia Commons: Header -seen from Peyragudes

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