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“Picturesque village”

Saint Lary Soulan Ski Resort
Reviewed 10 March 2014

We visited here for a brief stop en-route to another attraction, ended up wandering around for a couple of hours,took loads of photos and passed the time drinking hot chocolate and watching the world go by....

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Reviewed 28 February 2014

This resort bills itself as being family-friendly, with the result that the beginners area is absolutely packed during French school holidays - the Bordeaux region was on holiday when we were there. Queuing for 45 minutes to go up the tapis on the main beginners slope was ridiculous as you could walk up it in half the time. Monday morning in the beginners area was like rush hour at King's Cross station, with the ski schools packing them in like sardines.
To summarize, there is a very small area for total beginners in the main resort (1700 Pla D'adet), that gets way too busy because of all the ski schools. Good luck getting the telepherique up or down the mountain at peak times too! I you are a mixed ability group then the beginners area is miles away from the main (decent) ski area, which is better reached from the other side of the mountain at Saint Lary 1900. We stayed in the main village at the foot of the mountain which was good as the resort at pla d'adet was totally charmless, and traffic choked. If you are determined to go, just pick your week very carefully.

3  Thank james c
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Reviewed 23 January 2014

Ease of access - we stayed in the Saint Lary itself. The new lift makes all the difference for getting up to the top. There is plenty of free parking.
Lift pass - a little on the expensive side for what it is. Best to pre-book online, so you get it cheaper and you don't have to queue to buy them.
Ski hire - plenty of ski hire shops around. We used the inter sport just near the learning slope and found the staff incredibly nice.
Slopes - we had some great snow everyday when we were there, so lucky I guess, but there is plenty of artificial snow making as well.
Restaurants - 3 on mountain that we found. About 12/13 euro per meal.
On-piste - some lifts are in need of modernising. Quite a few button lifts. Some runs are quite wide. Generally well groomed. If you have good snow and it's a clear day, there is plenty of off-piste to do. Maps are few and far between, and the piste maps aren't that accurate, so get to know the resort and you'll be fine.
Signs - it's a very French resort, I.e. All signs are in French and everyone speaks it. English is used sparingly and quite broken. There was a real mixture of polite/ friendly and just rude French staff around (normal for any place l guess).
Apre ski - very quite, but a few nice restaurants. The village is very quaint, so actually it worked really nicely.
Would we go back - yes. It's ideal for a long weekend, and much better if you have good snow fall.

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Reviewed 13 March 2013

Just back from a 4 day ski trip to this resort. Didn't read the reviews till the day before we left and got a bit worried. However now that we back I am happy to recommend this resort. We stayed in the village (800m) and it was stunning. Loads of shops & restaurants to choose from. The snow on the slopes was amazing (abt 160cm) and there were plenty of blue, red & black slopes to choose frm. We drove up to saint lary 2400m each day to avoid crowds. There are buses frm the main town up but these were few & far between. The lifts were fine apart from the "pole between the legs" lifts on 2 of the higher lifts which could be replaced for easier access. Overall very satisfied if you ask the locals what to do & where to go. Cheaper than the alps & easy to fly in to from the UK if you go to Toulouse.

1  Thank Gareth E
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Reviewed 23 February 2013

Very disappointing old lift system. Can't remember when I have last seen so many button lifts. Several chair lifts also very old and very slow. Shame because access from village is via efficient new gondola. Village itself quite nice for a stroll in the evening and there are several good restaurants.

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