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The 3 ski resorts in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques (64)

List of the ski resorts in the department of Pyrénées Atlantiques :

There are 3 ski resorts in the Atlantic Pyrenees.

Ski resortCommuneName of the MassifName of the ski area (if connected)Number of ski runs Ski area (in KLM)Number of cross-country ski trailsNordic area (in klm)Altitude at the bottom of the ski area (in m)Altitude at the top of the ski area (in m)Average score according to /10
ArtousteLarunsPyrenees MassifArtouste1827001 4002 1007,1
GouretteEaux-BonnesPyrenees MassifGourette Aubisque3935131 3502 4506,7
La Pierre St MartinArettePyrenees MassifLa Pierre St Martin292911231 5272 1536,7

The department of Pyrénées-Atlantiques

This department really keeps its name. The feet in theocean and the Pyrenean summits within reach. The landscape of the Pyrénées-Atlantiques is marked in the south by the Pyrenean chain and affected in the west by the Atlantic Ocean. Between the gulf of Gascony and the Basque mountain, the Basque Country nestles between the Adour, the Bidassoa and the Basque mountain. Béarn is divided between its three Pyrenees, its hillsides, and its gaves. By being at home, wherever you travel, all the richness of these formidable landscapes will remain forever at your disposal.

The most singular of the stations, ArtousteArtouste is a high altitude resort, a village on the edge of the Fabrèges Lake facing the Pic du Midi d’Ossau (2884 m) and the Pyrenees National Park. A dazzling foot of snow, 150 hectares for the pleasure of skiing. Artouste, the ideal place to discover new glides after the Atlantic. At the foot of the slopes, Gourette offers everything you need to enjoy skiing, snow and the mountains with your family or friends… The Nordic ski antenna, ultramodern facilities, skiable terrain for all levels, the largest beginner sector in the Pyrenees… Gourette La Pierre Saint Martin offers a multitude of arguments! La Pierre Saint Martin offers unparalleled attractions in terms of skiing, an exceptional natural setting, an ideal exposure, and a 360 degree view. The advantages of the Pierre Saint Martin are numerous.

The ski resort of Artouste

The ski resort of Artouste, located in front of the Pyrenees National Park, offers a magnificent panorama of the Pic du Midi d’Ossau massif and knows how to seduce the skiers in the middle of nature, aficionados of a friendly atmosphere in a village with an architecture mountain architecture.

At the ski level alpineArtouste offers 25 km of slopes (1400 to 2100 m) on 150 hectares, completed by thematic zones (snowpark, snowcross track, freeride zone and Kid Park).

Expert or beginner snowboarders can practice the snowpark ofArtouste. It is divided into several zones, which allow each one to progress and develop on distinct scenes.


The ski resort of Gourette is located at 1403 meters of altitude, in the middle of the Ossau Valley (in the Atlantic Pyrenees), and faces the cirque dominated by the Pène Medaa (2520m) and the Pic de Ger (2613m). The village of Gourette, a few kilometers away from the famous col d’AubisqueAubisque, welcomes winter sports lovers on a total ski area of 125 hectares and 42 km of slopes spread between 1350 m and 2450 m altitude (1100 m of declivity, which is quite exceptional in hautes-Pyrénées).

Everyone can practice the ski The ski area includes two sectors for professionals (Cotch and Pène Blanque sectors) as well as a 14-hectare area dedicated to newcomers (Happy Place), located at the top of the Bezou cable car.

The station has 7000 tourist beds, most of them spread out in about twenty residences (buildings from the 1960s/70s with 4 to 8 floors), which are located around the Esplanade du Valentin, a real meeting point bringing together shops and services of the station (restaurants, ski schools, ticketing …). But the accommodation also includes four hotels, a vacation club, and as well as 50 individual chalets a little away from the station.

In the center of the stationYou will discover all the services and shops necessary to optimize your stay in the ski resort (many sports stores, 2 supermarkets, tobacconist’s shop, press, butcher’s shop, bakery, cheese shop…).

La Pierre Saint Martin

The ski resort of La Pierre Saint Martin, a few steps away from theSpainIn the heart of the Pyrenees Béarnaises, creates a special feeling thanks to its postcard decor. The station is located at 1650 meters of altitude and opens on a vast and magnificent landscape mixed with fir trees, pines with hooks and lapiaz on a hilly terrain overlooking the Soum Couy, the Pic d’Anie and the Arlas. The simple contemplation of this magnificent natural decoration offers a singular and unprecedented character in the Pyrenees region.

La Pierre St Martin (due to its size and the typology of its ski area), which has 3200 beds, offers a glimpse of skiing family par excellence (especially due to its size and series). La Pierre St Martin is an undeniable family ski resort (3200 beds, mainly concentrated in a few dozen residences [immeubles de 6 à 8 étages] which form a vast commercial gallery at the foot of the ski slopes). This gallery, which represents the heart of the resort, also houses the main services (tourism, ski school, post office) and shops (ski shops, superstore, bars and restaurants…) necessary to your good progress in skiing.

The second option, more intimate and much more consistent with the decoration offered by the Pierre Saint Martin, is to stay in the Village des Chalets. About sixty small wooden chalets are located a few minutes from the snow front. In any case, it is only when your vehicle is parked that you will not have to use it during your stay. Everything is within 5 minutes walking distance.

The Pierre Saint Martin, on the ski side, offers a 75 hectare mountain pasture between 1500 and 2200 meters of altitude. 11 ski lifts (including 5 chairlifts) serve 24 trails of different levels. The Nordic area has 25 kilometers of trails providing the ability to practice cross-country skiing, snow shoeing and dog sledding.

An integrated resort with slopes, ski lifts and chalets scattered among the pines, a ski park located in the heart of a preserved nature… So, without any doubt, la Pierre Saint Martin offers its 3 main assets.

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