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Cauterets, a village in the valley, with an authentic architecture

Belonging to the department of Hautes-Pyrénées, Cauterets is a ski resort, connected to a village in the valley, on the edge of the Pyrenees National Park. It also frames a small spa town. It is especially renowned for offering a charm that is specifically unique to it.

Its character This particular city is the result of a marriage of 2 different universes. First, it is a city with a rich cultural heritage. Cauterets is also distinguished by its ski resort which offers many slopes. It seduces by its cable car as well as the leisure facilities. Of course, the city offers good infrastructure for a pleasant stay.

A mountain town with many shops

As mentioned above, Cauterets is in both a city and a winter sports resort. The infrastructure of the city contributes fully to its charm. It will flatter you with its various shopping streets. Each street has its own shops where you will surely find the authenticity of the city.

Beyond these storesThe city will please those who are curious about history. Indeed, monuments are to be enjoyed, which makes it a place rich in history. Designed a long time ago, the architecture of Cauterets is unique. Discover the old Casino or the old railway station.

Many day / evening activities on the spot

Easy access, CauteretsCauterets, thanks to its large massif, interests many winter sports lovers. It has indeed several tracks intended for the glide. For that, 2 choices are offered to you: Alpine skiing and Nordic activities. For the first type, it is practiced on the area of the Cirque de Lys, accessible directly from the cable car.

As for Nordic activities, they can be practiced on the unique domain of Pont d’Espagne. This is only a few minutes away from the city. In addition to skinning, other activities are available and are accessible both in summer and winter. What is certain is that the trip to Cauterets is memorable.

The resort of Cauterets in a few figures

⛷️ Ski resort ⛷️ Cauterets
Commune Cauterets
Massif Pyrenees Massif
Department Hautes-Pyrénées
Mountain Pyrenees
? Ski area ?
Size of the village ski area (in klm): 36
Size of the village ski area with connection(s) (in klm): 36
Longest downhill ski run (in km) 7
Name of the ski area Cauterets
Connected station(s) No (soon Luz-Ardiden)
❄ Altitude of ski area ❄
Altitude at the bottom of the ski area (in m) 1 730
Altitude at the top of the ski area (in m) 2 450
Average altitude of the ski area (in m) 2 090
Total vertical drop of the domain (in m) 720
Surface area of artificial snow (in ha) 15
? Difficulty of the ski trails ?
Number of green runs 4
Number of blue trails 9
Number of red trails 8
Number of black runs 2
Total number of downhill ski runs 23
? Ski lifts ?
Ski lifts 9
Children’s treadmill 0
Fixed grip chairlifts 4
Detachable Chairlifts 1
Funiculars 0
Gondolas 1
Cable cars 0
Total number of lifts 15
? Nordic ski area ?
Number of cross-country ski trails (or Nordic area) 5
Size of the Nordic ski area (in klm): 36
?️ Services in the station ?️
Presence of a snowpark: Yes
Presence of an aquatic complex and spa Yes
Trails accessible on foot from the village : Yes
Number of year-round inhabitants (including low-lying village) 908
Slogan of the station Your vacation in the mountains, summer and winter
? Access to the resort ?
Nearest train station: Lourdes
Bus shuttle to a train station: Yes
Distance from Paris (in kilometers) 872
? Price survey in the station ?
Price list for a ski pass (1 day) in high season (access to the entire ski area) 38 €
Price of the weekly pass (6 days) in high season (access to the whole ski area) 195 €
Ski equipment rental rate per week (adult) 100 €
Ski equipment rental rate per week (child) 50 €
Rental studio 2 persons (school vacations) 450 €
Family apartment rental 4 persons (school vacations) 630 €
Total cost of stay for 2 adults (excluding transportation and food) 1 040 €
Total cost of stay for 2 adults and 2 children (excluding transportation and food) 1 535 €
? Average real estate rate ?
Average price per m2 of an apartment 2 350 €
Average price per m2 of a chalet 2 400 €
Average price of a 60m2 apartment 141 000 €
Average price of a 100m2 chalet 240 000 €
? 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 6
Note on the diversity of the proposed activities (except ski) / 10 8
Note on the charm and interest of the Village / 10 7
Note on the average cost of a stay / 10 7
Score on the average evaluation of Internet users /10 6,5
? Station average via 7 criteria ?
Final average score according to / 10 7,2
? Ranking according to ? 96th position out of 232 stations in France

Cauterets in 19 Questions / Answers

  • What are the activities in winter in Cauterets ?

The resort of Cauterets is very rich in activities, especially in winter it offers activities like :

Snowshoe hiking This activity will allow you to enjoy nature. You will be able to explore the surroundings of Cauterets in complete safety and admire the landscapes that make it up.

Sledding This activity is accessible to all and will allow you to spend a great moment of fun with your family. You can slide down or watch your children slide down the slopes safely.

Snowboard Snowboarding : you can also snowboard on the different slopes that make up this area. With their different levels of difficulty this activity is accessible to beginners as well as veterans.

Alpine Skiing It has perfectly groomed slopes to give you the maximum sensation when you ski on them.

  • What are the activities in summer in Cauterets ?

The resort of Cauterets also offers many summer activities such as :

Hiking Hiking : you can enjoy the beauty of the different landscapes of Cauterets with this activity. It will allow you to admire the fauna and flora of Cauterets.

Bike Park It also has a Bike Park, which will make all mountain bike fans happy. You will be able to enjoy your mountain bike on the different routes of the Park.

Stroll in the Village You can explore the village and discover its history and gastronomy. This activity, accessible to all, will allow you to learn a little more about the culture of Cauterets.

Tennis Tennis : this resort also offers a tennis court. Here you can perfect your technique and play a few games.

  • What to visit in Cauterets and its surroundings ?

Among these places that you must visit in Cauterets, we can mention : Cirque du Lys, The Lake of Gaube, Bridge of Spain and Chemin des Cascades.

  • Where to eat in Cauterets ?

The resort of Cauterets proposes more than 25 restaurants among which we can quote: A La Bonne Franquette, The Cheeserie and La Bodega.

  • Where to sleep in Cauterets ?

Cauterets offers a number of different accommodations such as the Hotel Christian, hotel « Le Pas de L’ours, Apartment Cauterets.

  • How big is the ski area of Cauterets ?

The ski area of the resort of Cauterets has a size of 36 kilometers, divided into 23 trails. Among these slopes, the longest measures 7 kilometers. It also has 36 kilometers of cross-country ski trails.

  • What is the altitude of Cauterets?

This area has an altitude between 1730 meters and 2450 meters high.

  • What is the price of the Cauterets ski pass?

Their packages start from 38 euros per day, and 195 euros per week.

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

For a furnished studio for 2 people, the average price is 450, and for an apartment for 4 people, the average price per week is 630.

  • Does the resort of Cauterets have a bike park ?

Yes, it has a Bike Park which has 21 kilometers and 3 trails. Its longest track is 10.5 kilometers long.

  • How to get to Cauterets by train ?

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

  • What is the postal code of Cauterets ?

The zip code of Cauterets is 65110.

  • In which department is located the resort of Cauterets ?

The resort of Cauterets is located in the department of Hautes-Pyrénées.

  • Does the resort of Cauterets have a tourist office ?

The resort of Cauterets is part of the tourist office of Cauterets. It is located at Place Maréchal Foch, 65110 Cauterets, France.

  • Are there any webcam in Cauterets ?

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

  • Where to find information about the weather in Cauterets ?

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

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

In Cauterets, 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 Cauterets ?

Yes, it is at the address 2 Rue de la Raillère, 65110 Cauterets, France.

What is’s opinion about Cauterets?

In the end, gives the average rating of 7.21/10 to the resort of Cauterets, which ranks it 97th in France. Its strong points are : the average snowfall, the proposed activities, the cost of the stay.

Map of the ski slopes of Cauterets

cauteret ski map
Cauterets – Trail map
Cauteret Pont d'espagne - Nordic ski area map
Cauterets Pont d’Espagne – Nordic ski area map
Luz Ardiden - Project of connection with Cauterets
Luz Ardiden – Project of connection with Cauterets

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The other surrounding stations are Gavarnie, Barèges, Gourette, and Artouste.


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