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Saint-Lary-Soulan, France

April 12th, 2007 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places

Saint-Lary-Soulan is a commune of the Hautes-Pyrénées département in France.

Saint-Lary Soulan is located in the Midi-Pyrenees, the largest région in France.

Saint Lary is located in Hautes-Pyrénées 80km south of the département capital Tarbes located next to the Le Néouvielle Nature Reserve and the Pyrenees National Park and is a 20 minute drive to Spain.

Saint Lary-Soulan is one of the largest ski resorts in the French Pyrenees with over 100km of downhill slopes. There are 53 pistes spread over three linked, and yet distinct sectors. Saint Lary 1700 is known as the Pla d’Adet sector and provides family skiing including snow kindergarten, toboggan run and a ‘Kidpark’, a snowpark aimed at young skiers aged between 6 and 12 yrs. Saint Lary 1900 is known as the Espiaube sector and is frequented by more experienced skiers. The showpiece ski run is the Mirabelle which descends 700 metres over its 3.6 Km length. Saint Lary 2400 has a snowpark which doubles as a skate park in the summer, mogul and slalom stadiums and also provides access to Lake Oule for snow-shoeing.

Saint Lary Soulan is also a popular base camp for walkers. The coast to coast GR10 footpath passes through Saint Lary itself and both The Pyrenees National Park and The Néouvielle Nature Reserve are close by.

The Tour de France frequently runs through Saint Lary Soulan, most recently in 2005 and is close to a number of mountain climbs used on the tour including the Pla d'Adet, Col d’Aspin, Col de Peyresourde and Col de Tourmalet.

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