Saint Lary, in the 1900s was then just a small mountain hamlet. Skiing was practiced but the conditions were not the best. The ski lifts did not exist, we speak then of ski touring, and there it was for the bravest.
The mayor of Saint-Lary, Vincent Mir, thought that tourism was the best solution to maintain the economic development of the village. So he worked to establish and gain recognition for the Saint-Lary ski resort.