Peyragudes

Ski and much more

Sixty kilometres of slopes over 49 pistes. Blue pistes are present as far as the top of the mountain, allowing starters to enjoy the whole of the domain. Seventeen ski lifts, one snow park and a Nordic space with 15 kilometres of pistes in three circuits.

In the winter the resort provides much more activities than just skiing: sledge, paragliding, speed riding, trekking, sled dogs, prehistoric shooting (initiation to ancient weapons such as archery, spears or blowpipes).
In the summer, theme treks are organised (sheep breeding, fishing, heritage, wildlife, accompanied by sled dogs). Only 12 kilometres from the resort, the Loudenvielle spa also offers several exotic baths: Amerindian, Tibetan, Turkish Roman or Japanese. Some are open to children.

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Winter sports resort in Hautes-Pyrénées (65)
Pop; 1,200 in the community of communes of the Louron valley.

Economy : ski, tourism.
Specialties : Frênette (alcohol made from ash tree), mountain honey, cheese, black pig of Bigorre.
Sport: ski, paragliding (World Cup in 2013), longboard skate (World Cup in August 2012)
Celebrities : Baron d’Etigny.

Timeline

  • Antiquity

    The Peyresourde pass is the main link between the valleys of Louron, Larboust and Luchon.
  • 1762

    Baron d’Etigby, the intendant of Gascony, traces the road going to Peyresourde on the Larboust side.
  • 1910

    First passage of the Tour de France.
  • 1988

    Creation of the resort uniting Peyresourde and Les Agudes. It is named Peyragudes.
  • 2008

    Longskate and luge world championships.
  • 2010

    Route du Sud stage finish.
No previous stage.
Winter sports resort in Hautes-Pyrénées (65)
Pop; 1,200 in the community of communes of the Louron valley.

Economy : ski, tourism.
Specialties : Frênette (alcohol made from ash tree), mountain honey, cheese, black pig of Bigorre.
Sport: ski, paragliding (World Cup in 2013), longboard skate (World Cup in August 2012)
Celebrities : Baron d’Etigny.

Peyragudes and cycling

The riders will discover Peyragudes in the department of Hautes-Pyrénées. They will take the new road that leads to the resort and which represents a veritable natural balcony for the spectators. Although the Tour has already gone over the Col de Peyresourde, situated very close by, 61 times, it has never stopped off in Peyragudes. On the other hand, the organisers of the Route du Sud race marked out the finish line of a mountain time-trial there, in which David Moncoutié had the best time. This timed climb allowed him to win the race.

No previous stage.
Winter sports resort in Hautes-Pyrénées (65)
Pop; 1,200 in the community of communes of the Louron valley.

Economy : ski, tourism.
Specialties : Frênette (alcohol made from ash tree), mountain honey, cheese, black pig of Bigorre.
Sport: ski, paragliding (World Cup in 2013), longboard skate (World Cup in August 2012)
Celebrities : Baron d’Etigny.

What to see

In St Aventin :

St Aventin Romanesque church

The 11th and 12th century church, with its two towers, is remarkable for the sculptures of it sporche and its capitals adorned with scenes of the life and martyrdom of St Aventin. The outside walls include several stones and altars for old pagan cults in the Pyrenees. Inside, several monumental paintings can be seen. The valleys of Larboust and Louron are famous for their typical Romanesque churches.

In Cazeaux-de-Larboust :

St Anne church

Listed as a historical monument in 1921, the church is noted for its 15th century frescoes painted by a local artist and another from Catalunya. They were painted over in 1790 and redisvcovered in 183 by local artist Bertrand Bernard. The frsco in the apse depicts the Assumptionof the Virgin Mary. The three frescoes on the right-hand wall who the birth of Eve, the original sin and Adam and Eve driven out of Eden. On the left wall are shown the crowning of the Virgin Mary, St John the Baptist preaching and the final judgment.

Also see, St Julien church in Trebons-de-Luchon and St Pe de la Moraine chapel in Garin.

No previous stage.
Winter sports resort in Hautes-Pyrénées (65)
Pop; 1,200 in the community of communes of the Louron valley.

Economy : ski, tourism.
Specialties : Frênette (alcohol made from ash tree), mountain honey, cheese, black pig of Bigorre.
Sport: ski, paragliding (World Cup in 2013), longboard skate (World Cup in August 2012)
Celebrities : Baron d’Etigny.

The work of Baron d'Etigny

Allees d’Etigny in Luchon have become a famous spot on the Tour. Spectators, Tour staff and sometimes riders have all met there to discuss the race after a gruelling stage in the Pyrenees. The place is all the more suited to such talks as the man who gave his name to the avenue unwittingly did a lot for the Tour de France. Without the man who resurrected the Luchon spa in the 18th century, the Peyresourde and Aspin passes, two of the classic Tour climbs, would not exist as they are. Yet when he ordered local workers to build the roads to both passes, he was met with complete bewilderment and at times hostility. But Baron d’Etigny, appointed in charge of the region’s finances in 1751, made it a point to enrich the area and develop its agriculture an resources. In 1754, he became aware of the potential of Luchon’s waters, whose virtues were known to the Romans. Boosted by a scientific report which confirmed his intuition, he decided to revive the local spa but soon realised he needed to improve the road network. Between 1760 and 1762, he ordered the paving of the roads from Montrejeau to Luchon, then to Bagnres-de-Bigorre via Aspin. Finally, a road was built linking Luchon to the Larboust valley by Peyresourde.
D’Etigny was usually popular with the population – he allowed gascon to be spoken and freed the peasants from duties to favour farming – but in this case, he needed the support of the army for the works to take place peacefully.
The baron did not see his project completed for he died in 1767 but he was an inspiration to the men who continued his work, by creating the Peyragudes ski resort for instance.

No previous stage.
Winter sports resort in Hautes-Pyrénées (65)
Pop; 1,200 in the community of communes of the Louron valley.

Economy : ski, tourism.
Specialties : Frênette (alcohol made from ash tree), mountain honey, cheese, black pig of Bigorre.
Sport: ski, paragliding (World Cup in 2013), longboard skate (World Cup in August 2012)
Celebrities : Baron d’Etigny.
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