See the Latest Developments in the Grand Tournament Ski Area for Winter 2016/17
The resorts of La Mongie and Barèges combine to form the Grand Tourmalet ski area. The undisputed highlight of this area for walkers and skiers alike is to travel from La Mongie up to the top station of the Pic du Midi by the gondola from where the view is staggering when the weather is good. It is rumoured that on a clear day you can see a tenth of France.
The Grand Tourmalet area in the French Pyrenees has invested 12 million Euros to modernise two areas of the ski resort - Les Sapins above La Mongie and La Piquette above Barèges:-
- Two high-speed-quad chairlifts have been installed for the start of the season.
- Sapins, the first 4 man chair replaces the old "Pain de sucre" drag lift with increased safety features. There are also new beginner ski sections above La Mongie village and a new sledging run down to La Mongie.
- The second new high speed quad, La Piquette, on the Barèges side runs from the Lienz area. It has a loading carpet to increase uplift speed and replaces the old "Vintage" double chairlift. The chair’s arrival area has also been re-designed to be much easier and more comfortable for off-loading.
- The Piquette blue run, a 2.5km blue run which comes down from La Piquette chair has been completely remodelled with 21 snow cannons added.
- In total five pistes in the sector have been improved and the blue “Panoramic" run has been widened over its entire length.
Grand Tourmalet is committed to protecting the environment via the certification "high environmental quality" - the ski area development project has two 'Environmental Stakes' to follow to ensure sustainable development within the Grand Tourmalet resort.
You can see the improvements yourself on this clever computer generated video of the area, showing exactly what is new for winter 2016/17.