ST LARY SOULAN, FRANCE
Ski Holidays in St Lary Soulan, France
St Lary Soulan resort is a peaceful and traditional village located high up in the Pyrenees. Ther resort is comprised of the three smaller villages of Saint Lary Village (830m) an authentic Pyrenees village, Saint Lary 1700 (Pla d’Adet) and Saint Lary 1900 (Espiaube) which together forms 100km of slopes.
|Directions of Slopes||N, NW, NE|
Skiing in St Lary Soulan
St Lary Soulan is an ideal resort for families having been certified as a ‘Family Plus’ resort by French authorities. St Lary 1700 or Pla d’Adet has a dedicated family ski area with a snow garden, tobogganing, and a Kids Park for children aged 6 to 12 years.
Further up the mountain in St Lary 1900 ‘Espiaube’ is perfect for advanced skiers and links to 1700 and 2400 by road or slopes. St Lary 2400 is great for those looking to take their skiing to the next level by trying out the moguls at the mogul stadium, slalom or snowpark. 1900 has longer and more challenging pistes including the Mirabelle run which has a 700m vertical drop and is 3.6km in length, one of the longest in the Pyrenees.
Intermediates will find plenty of long cruising reds and some not too testing blacks to improve on. Experts will have to look around for challenges, there are some steeps and some off piste (especially from the Soum de Matte at 2370m), and plenty of deep powder.
Snow conditions in St Lary Soulan
Although St Lary Soulan has a low village base, its slopes are largely snow sure with altitudes ranging from 1700m to 2515m. Plus the resort has nearly 200 snow cannons over its slopes.
Après ski, restaurants and other activities in St Lary Soulan
The resort is a popular destination to relax as it has its own thermal baths and the spa exclusively has treatments for rheumatology, ENT and respiratory systems. At Sensoria there is also a gym and massages.
Other activities in the area include bowling, cinema, ice skating, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, sledding and nordic skiing.
The resort has around 30 different restaurants and cafes to eat which are divided between the village at 830m and at 1700 with a few dotted in 1900. It’s local cuisine is La Garbure which is a thick French soup or stew with carrots, potatoes, beans and garlic and herbs. La Broche is also a local dish which is a large cake made with lots of eggs and is baked over an open fire.
The apres ski is subdued and much is the resort is focused on family activities. But there are a choice of 9 bars, 8 in the village and one in 1700. The majority of its bars are around the base of the cable car and its popular spots include Bar du Telepherique, Rue Vincent and Le Kinito as well as La Luna for a late night party and Xtra Dance in 1700.
Transfer times to St Lary Soulan
Lourdes (LDE) - 1hr 10mins
Toulouse (TLS) - 1hr 40mins
Lleida-Alguaire (ILD) - 2hrs 55mins
Ski Hire in St Lary Soulan
There are normally a number of shops where you can pick up your pre-booked ski or snowboard equipment from. Which shop you go to will depend on where you are staying in St Lary Soulan. Here is a guide to ski or snowboard hire in St Lary Soulan:
|Ski Hire Type||Adult 6 days||Child 6 days|
|Bronze - Skis and Boots or Snowboard and Boots||£72||£58|
|Silver - Skis and Boots or Snowboard and Boots||£104||£72|
|Gold - Skis and Boots or Snowboard and Boots||£125|
|Platinum - Skis and Boots or Snowboard and Boots||£135|
You can book your ski hire for your trip to St Lary Soulan here