La Pierre-Saint-Martin

Working in the mountain without spoiling it

The modernisation of La Pierre Saint-Martin's skiing domain took place on a site in which the natural environment, the wildlife and the landscapes are precious elements of the local heritage. Wary of promoting the sustainable development of its territory and to preserve its natural resources and landscapes, the Pyrenees-Atlantiques department made environmental issues a priority in developing the site. The choice went to implantations having as little impact as possible on the environment and the landscape, innovating techniques, ambitious compensation measures while cooperating closely with the building companies and their staff to make them aware of the environmental aspect.
This is a short fact-file of the renovation scheme:

- 2 new gondolas, with a capacity of 4,500 persons per hour, twice the current capacity.

- 32 hectares of refurbished and rehabilitated pistes for a total of 175,000 m3 of snow

- 49 extra snow machines on the pistes of Les Ifs and Grand Tetras using 85,000 m3 of water instead of the current 40,000 m3.

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A ski resort attached to Arette (1,100 inhabitants), a municipality in Pyrénées-Atlantiques (64)
www.lapierrestmartin.com
Economy: tourism
Specialities: Haut-Barétous trout, garbure (ham and cabbage stew), honey, Aramits cheeses, Jurançon
Sport: skiing, cycling
Personalities: The Musketeers
Festivals: Children's Festival of the Mountains, Shepherds' Fair, Snow-shoeing Festival, Winter Fest, Country Festival in Aramits, Junte de Roncal

A passing glance in 2007

Renowned for its family-focused ski resort, La-Pierre-Saint-Martin is especially well known to geologists and cavers for its immense underground chasm, which is 1342 metres deep and is one of the most impressive in the world. Although the peloton don't yet know this ski station, the riders have already discovered the intricacies of this climb that rises in steps. In 2007, when the Tour tackled the other side of the frontier pass that overlooks the resort, Colombia's Mauricio Soler claimed the decisive points in his conquest of the polka dot jersey. The peloton was heading from Orthez to the Col d'Aubisque and Soler was part of a four-man breakaway with Carlos Sastre, Ibán Mayo and Gorka Verdugo.

Val d'Isère / Briançon - Mauricio Soler - 17/07/2007 © MARTIN / Presse Sports
No previous stages
A ski resort attached to Arette (1,100 inhabitants), a municipality in Pyrénées-Atlantiques (64)
www.lapierrestmartin.com
Economy: tourism
Specialities: Haut-Barétous trout, garbure (ham and cabbage stew), honey, Aramits cheeses, Jurançon
Sport: skiing, cycling
Personalities: The Musketeers
Festivals: Children's Festival of the Mountains, Shepherds' Fair, Snow-shoeing Festival, Winter Fest, Country Festival in Aramits, Junte de Roncal

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Places to see

Plateau Issarbe
At an altitude of 1,500 metres, straddling the Béarn and the Basque Country, the Issarbe plateau offers a unique view over the Barétous Valley and La-Pierre Saint-Martin.

Moulin d'Arette
Featured in Gaston Phoebus' census of 1385, this building, one of the oldest in Arette, tells the story of the millers of former times.

Maison de Barétous
A museum that details the history of the Barétous, a land of movement and traditions. There are five exhibition halls, covering local history and caving.

La Verna
La Verna's underground cavern is renowned for the magnitude of its natural arches, which make it one of the 10 largest cavities on the planet. There are several options for guided tours.

Discovery trail in Calvary wood
An entertaining walk on a trail that includes interactive and educational boards (in French and Spanish) detailing the tree species in the woodland.

Junte de Roncal
The day before the stage finish, the traditional Junte de Roncal will take place, celebrating a treaty signed in the Middle Ages between the Barétous and Roncal valley in Spain.

The Barétous Valley © Nicolas guionnetLa Pierre St Martin - Station ©Maison de Barétous ©La Verna ©Junte de Roncal ©
No previous stages
A ski resort attached to Arette (1,100 inhabitants), a municipality in Pyrénées-Atlantiques (64)
www.lapierrestmartin.com
Economy: tourism
Specialities: Haut-Barétous trout, garbure (ham and cabbage stew), honey, Aramits cheeses, Jurançon
Sport: skiing, cycling
Personalities: The Musketeers
Festivals: Children's Festival of the Mountains, Shepherds' Fair, Snow-shoeing Festival, Winter Fest, Country Festival in Aramits, Junte de Roncal

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