Saint-Lary, in the shelter of the Aure valley
The village spirit is evident as soon as you arrive in Saint-Lary. Located 830 meters above sea level and dominated by the ski resort, the village is set in the beautiful the Aure valley, an open and sunny vale which enjoys a mild climate all year round. The village is directly linked to the slopes by two ski lifts, the Pic Lumiere cable, built in 1957 and recently fully modernised, and the Vignec gondola which multiplied capacity to the slopes by six in 2010. The village is home to most accommodation, mostly small buildings under three floors high. Its main street, the rue Vincent Mir, named after the founder of the resort, comes to life as skiers return from the slopes, with lots of shops, services, restaurants, tapas bars, and après ski watering holes.
The charming stone and timber facades of the village add to the feel of the destination. Don't forget we're only 20 kilometres from Spain! Iberian and south-western French influences mingle for some highly festive evenings!
Vignec, Soulan and Tramezaygues
Near Saint-Lary, the village of Vignec, local capital for the production of Bigorre Porc Noir ham, retains all its old-world authenticity. This is the departure point of both the cable car and the access road to the ski station.
On the way up, the visitor will find a true gem, the village of Soulan which merged with Saint-Lary in 1963 (hence the current name, Saint-Lary-Soulan). This entirely pastoral village has remained wonderfully preserved and overlooks Saint-Lary from its sunny vantage point.
Once at altitude you'll pass by Espiaube, a village of storage barns 9 km from Vignec, and the departure point for Saint-Lary 2400, before reaching Pla d'Adet, and the true foot of the pistes.
Many other villages in the valley are great places to discover - such as Tramezaygues, which guards the entrance the Rioumajou valley.