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Barèges, a village with Pyrenean charm

Located in the Hautes-Pyrénées, Barèges is a ski resort which shares its domain with the Mongie. It is this set that constitutes the Grand Tourmalet-Pic du Midi. It is one of the most big ski resorts which is located in the Pyrenees. With two slopes, East and West, it forms a unique area. It reaches the 2 500 m of altitude on a surface of 100 km.

Contrary to La Mongiewith which it shares the ski area, Barèges has a charm of a village of yesteryearwith its houses made of local stone. One never has the impression of being in a tourist factory, and the alleys, and its few shops, invite one to visitors to stroll around.

The Barèges to visit

Beyond the ski area, there are also different sites to discover, like the thermal baths of Barèges and Barèges Barzun which is just below the village. An old funicular is also visitable, and which does not function any more since the years 2000, and without forgetting the botanical garden of Tourmalet. The raw nature is strongly present in this end of the world.

Passing through Barèges, don’t miss the church of Sainte-Marie Madeleine as well as the central square of the village, with its fountain. Regarding the speciality gastronomic of Barèges, it is the local food which are honored, such as ewe’s milk cheese, honey, trout, local jam or the garbure béarnaise. Some shops and local restaurants offer them.

Activities in Barèges

In winter, skiing is part of the entertainment the most popular in Barèges. But the commune offers other activities, such as groomer rides, hiking in snowshoesas well as a visit to the factory that produces the snow. Finally, you can also enjoy a good time with sled dogs.

In summer, there are the must-sees hikesWhether it’s a day trip or an itinerary. The paths The tourist office will be able to provide you with a map. Finally, the cycling is a very practical sport, with the rise of the Tourmaletand the regular passage of the Tour de France.

The ski area of Barèges in figures

⛷️ Ski resort ⛷️ Barèges
Municipality Barèges
Massif Pyrenees Massif
Department Hautes-Pyrénées
Mountain Pyrenees
🗻 Ski area 🗻
Size of the village ski area (in klm): 40
Size of the village ski area with connection(s) (in klm) : 110
Longest downhill ski run (in km) 11
Name of the ski area Grand Tourmalet
Connected station(s) La Mongie
❄ Altitude of the ski area ❄
Altitude at the bottom of the ski area (in m) 1 400
Altitude at the top of the ski area (in m) 2 500
Average altitude of the ski area (in m) 1 950
Total height of the domain (in m) 1 100
Surface area of artificial snow (in ha) 100
🎿 Difficulty of ski trails 🎿
Number of green runs 15
Number of blue trails 24
Number of red trails 15
Number of black runs 4
Total number of downhill ski trails 58
🚡 Lifts 🚡
Ski lifts 11
Children’s treadmill 0
Fixed grip chairlifts 11
Detachable Chairlifts 4
Funiculars 0
Gondolas 1
Cable cars 0
Total number of lifts 27
🌲 Nordic ski area 🌲
Number of cross-country ski trails (or Nordic area) 0
Size of the Nordic ski area (in klm): 0
🏘️ Services in the station 🏘️
Presence of a snowpark: Yes
Presence of an aquatic complex and spa Yes (summer)
Trails accessible on foot from the village : No
Number of year-round inhabitants (including low-lying village) 163
Slogan of the station Tradition in the valley
🚆 Access to the station 🚆
Nearest train station: Lourdes
Bus shuttle to a train station: Yes
Distance from Paris (in kilometers) 879
💶 Price survey in the station 💶
Price list for a ski pass (1 day) in high season (access to the entire ski area) 45 €
Price of the week pass (6 days) in high season (access to the whole ski area) 239 €
Ski equipment rental rate per week (adult) 100 €
Ski equipment rental rate per week (child) 55 €
Rental studio 2 persons (school vacations) 400 €
Family apartment rental 4 persons (school vacations) 580 €
Total cost of stay for 2 adults (excluding transportation and food) 1 078 €
Total cost of stay for 2 adults and 2 children (excluding transportation and food) 1 631 €
🔑 Average real estate rate 🔑
Average price per m2 of an apartment 1 900 €
Average price per m2 of a chalet 1 750 €
Average price of a 60m2 apartment 114 000 €
Average price of a 100m2 chalet 175 000 €
📊 Station evaluation on 7 criteria 📊
Score on the average snowmaking capacity of the massif / 10 9
Note on the ratio between the size of the ski area vs. the price of the stay / 10 7
Evaluation note of the ski area and ski lifts / 10 8
Note on the diversity of the proposed activities (except ski) / 10 7
Note on the charm and interest of the Village / 10 8
Note on the average cost of a stay / 10 7
Score on the average evaluation of Internet users /10 8
🎓 Station average via 7 criteria 🎓
Final average score according to / 10 7,7
🏆 Ranking according to 🏆 57th position out of 232 stations in France

Map of the ski slopes of Barèges

map of barege ski slopes
Map of the trails
map of bareges and la mongie trails
Map of the slopes of Barèges and La Mongie

Barèges in 19 Questions and Answers

  • What are the activities in winter in Barèges ?

The resort Barèges is a very rich in activities, especially in winter it offers activities like :

Snowshoe hiking Like most resorts, the Barèges resort also offers hiking. This activity will allow you to enjoy the nature and explore the surroundings of Barèges.

Climbing The resort of Barèges also offers climbing for all. Whether you are a beginner or a professional, you can enjoy its many Via Ferrata.

Snowmobile Snowmobiling: With this activity you can explore the surroundings of the resort on board a snowmobile. This activity will allow you to make the full of strong sensation.

Ski Skiing : like all the resorts, it also offers you to ski. You will be able to enjoy unique sliding sensation and a breathtaking landscape.

  • What are the activities in summer in Barèges ?

The Barèges resort also offers many summer activities such as :

Hiking Hiking: you can enjoy the landscape of the resort. This activity will allow you to enjoy the fresh air and observe the fauna and flora of the resort.

MOUNTAIN BIKING Mountain biking : you can also do mountain biking. With courses for all, whether you are professional or amateur you will find your account. This station has courses with different difficulties.

Climbing Thanks to its many cliffs, the Barèges resort can also offer you climbing. You will be able to experiment new sensations and admire the landscape of the station.

Rafting canoe Rafting : you can also go canoeing on the different rivers of the resort. They will offer you very different sensations with various levels of difficulty.

  • What to visit in Barèges and its surroundings ?

Among these places that you must visit in Barèges, we can mention : The Lake of Coubous, The Thermoludic Center Cieleo, The Col de Barèges, Lake of Oredon.

  • Where to eat in Barèges ?

The resort of Barèges offers more than 20 restaurants among which we can mention : Le Bistrot, La Couquelle, Chez Louisette-Auberge du Lienz.

Barèges offers a number of different accommodations such as the Hotel The Castets of Ayré, Hotel Alpée, Oustal.

  • How big is the ski area of Barèges?

The ski area of the resort Barèges has a size of 110 kilometers, divided into 58 tracks. Among these slopes, the longest measures 11 kilometers.

  • What is the altitude of the ski area of Barèges?

This area has an altitude between 1400 meters and 2500 meters high.

  • What is the price of the Barèges ski pass ?

Their packages start at 45 euros per day and 239 euros per week.

  • What is the average price of a rental apartment in Barèges?

For a furnished studio for 2 people, the average price is 400 euros, and for an apartment for 4 people, the average price per week is 580 euros.

  • Does the resort of Barèges have a bike park?

No, it doesn’t have a bike park.

  • How to get to Barèges by train ?

You can easily get there from the Lourdes train station. Then you can take one of the available shuttles to get to the station.

  • What is the postal code of Barèges ?

The zip code of Barèges is 65120.

  • In which department is located the resort of Barèges ?

The resort of Barèges is located in the department of Hautes Pyrénées.

  • Does the resort of Barèges have a tourist office ?

The resort of Barèges is part of the Barèges Tourist Office. It is located at the Place Urbain, 2 Rue de Madame de Maintenaon, 65120 Barèges, France.

  • Are there any webcams in Barèges ?

Yes, there is a webcam, which you can find at this web address

  • Where can I find information about the weather in Barèges ?

You can find the latest weather report from the Barèges station at

  • What is the opening date of the ski lifts in Barèges ?

In Barèges, the ski lifts usually open the first week of December, until the beginning of April, but it all depends on the snow conditions of the massif.

  • Is there an ESF school in Barèges ?

Yes, it is at 38 Rue Ramond, 65120 Barèges, France.

What is’s opinion about Barèges?

In the end, gives the average rating of 7.71/10 to the resort of Barèges, which places it at number 59e French ranks. Its strengths are : its ski area, the cost of a stay, size of the domain in relation to the rates.

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