Saint-Lary Pla d'Adet

The first ski resort in the Pyrenees

Active all year round, St Lary is above all known for its skiing domain and its position as the number one ski resort in the Pyrenees. Labelled a Family Plus resort, St Lary does its utmost to make family stays easier. The gateway into the National Park, St Lary is deeply involved in the defence of environment with 90% of its soil being listed and protected.

It is also a cycling stronghold – ideally placed at the heart of the Tour de France mountain passes but also close to other splendid ascents like the Road of the Lakes, St Lary offers excellent facilities for amateur sports fans but also professionals who come to the village to train and breathe (rugby, handball, snowboard…) Every year during the Ronde des Velos, a time trial makes it possible to tackle the fastest time set by Raymond Poulidor in 1974 in the climb to Pla d'Adet. Mountain bike is not overlooked with the local bikepark and several cross-country trails around the valley.

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© Ville de Saint-Lary Pla d'Adet© Ville de Saint-Lary Pla d'Adet© Ville de Saint-Lary Pla d'Adet
Stage town for the 10th time
Hautes-Pyrénées (65), Mountain tourist resort
Population : 970 inhabitants (Saint-Laryens or Saint-Hilariens)
Economy : leading ski resort in the French Pyrénées, Saint-Lary has seen four seasons activity develop mixing tourism, mountain sports and traditional activities
Culture : Hachan Tower, Moulin Debat, Sainte-Marie chapel, Bear Museum, Pyrenean National Park Museum, Museum of the Vallée d'Aure. Festivals: Salsa in the Mountains (January), Pig Festival (January), Aure Book Festival (June), Little Mountain Church Festival (July and August)
Sport : COS (rugby), Brown Bears (snowboarding), ski, mountaineering. Events : Snowboarding World Cup, the Pyrenean sportive, Ronde des Vélos (race against the clock based on the time taken by Raymond Poulidor between Saint-Lary and Pla d'Adet in the Tour de France 1974), Patou Trail (runners)
Specialities : Bigorre black pork, garbure (thick French soup or stew with ham), soupe de sarrous (spinach soup), gâteau à la broche (cake cooked on a spit)
Sustainable Development : more than 90% of the area is classified and protected. In the winter there are free shuttles and two eco-lifts between the village and the ski slopes.
Labels : Land of Art and History, Pyrenean National Park, Famille Plus

The Voice of the Tour debut

The first finish in St Lary-Soulan took place in 1974 when Raymond Poulidor won the last of his six stage wins on the race, challenging Eddy Merckx. The story was told on the podium by Daniel Mangeas, making his impromptu debut as the Tour de France speaker. It was on July 15 and the official speaker at the time, Pierre Chori, had been held back by a car problem. Race director Albert Bouvet had to find a prompt solution. Daniel Mangeas replaced him out of the blue and is still around, 41 years later, after a false farewell last summer. The talkative Normand has since commented eight finishes in Pla d'Adet. Two years later, hired as the official speaker, he was there to describe the victory by Lucien Van Impe, who beat Joop Zoetemelk on his way to overall victory. Joop had won in the same place a year earlier.

Sport in St Lary is also skiing and rugby, personalised by the Mir dynasty. Isabelle Mir, a downhill silver-medallist at the Grenoble Olympics in 1968, is the daughter of former mayor Vincent Mir and the cousin of the current mayor, former rugby union international Jean-Henri Mir.

Plaque - Raymond Poulidor © Ville de Saint-Lary Pla d'Adet
Stage town for the 10th time
Hautes-Pyrénées (65), Mountain tourist resort
Population : 970 inhabitants (Saint-Laryens or Saint-Hilariens)
Economy : leading ski resort in the French Pyrénées, Saint-Lary has seen four seasons activity develop mixing tourism, mountain sports and traditional activities
Culture : Hachan Tower, Moulin Debat, Sainte-Marie chapel, Bear Museum, Pyrenean National Park Museum, Museum of the Vallée d'Aure. Festivals: Salsa in the Mountains (January), Pig Festival (January), Aure Book Festival (June), Little Mountain Church Festival (July and August)
Sport : COS (rugby), Brown Bears (snowboarding), ski, mountaineering. Events : Snowboarding World Cup, the Pyrenean sportive, Ronde des Vélos (race against the clock based on the time taken by Raymond Poulidor between Saint-Lary and Pla d'Adet in the Tour de France 1974), Patou Trail (runners)
Specialities : Bigorre black pork, garbure (thick French soup or stew with ham), soupe de sarrous (spinach soup), gâteau à la broche (cake cooked on a spit)
Sustainable Development : more than 90% of the area is classified and protected. In the winter there are free shuttles and two eco-lifts between the village and the ski slopes.
Labels : Land of Art and History, Pyrenean National Park, Famille Plus

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Places to see

The Debat Mill

Dating from the 17th century, it is the vestige of the agricultural activity in the valley and tells the story of millers in the village.

Hachan tower

The 16th century Hachan tower is the only remain of the old manor house of the Agut family. It now houses the Park National Museum.

La tour Hachan © Ville de Saint-Lary Pla d'Adet
Stage town for the 10th time
Hautes-Pyrénées (65), Mountain tourist resort
Population : 970 inhabitants (Saint-Laryens or Saint-Hilariens)
Economy : leading ski resort in the French Pyrénées, Saint-Lary has seen four seasons activity develop mixing tourism, mountain sports and traditional activities
Culture : Hachan Tower, Moulin Debat, Sainte-Marie chapel, Bear Museum, Pyrenean National Park Museum, Museum of the Vallée d'Aure. Festivals: Salsa in the Mountains (January), Pig Festival (January), Aure Book Festival (June), Little Mountain Church Festival (July and August)
Sport : COS (rugby), Brown Bears (snowboarding), ski, mountaineering. Events : Snowboarding World Cup, the Pyrenean sportive, Ronde des Vélos (race against the clock based on the time taken by Raymond Poulidor between Saint-Lary and Pla d'Adet in the Tour de France 1974), Patou Trail (runners)
Specialities : Bigorre black pork, garbure (thick French soup or stew with ham), soupe de sarrous (spinach soup), gâteau à la broche (cake cooked on a spit)
Sustainable Development : more than 90% of the area is classified and protected. In the winter there are free shuttles and two eco-lifts between the village and the ski slopes.
Labels : Land of Art and History, Pyrenean National Park, Famille Plus

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