This much underrated family ski station is close to Cauterets, S of Tarbes & Lourdes.
Access is relatively quick from Pau and Toulouse airports (or Lourdes TGV for rail travellers) and the main village of Luz Saint-Sauveur is also a popular summer destination.
There’s no on-mountain accommodation but plenty down in Luz Saint-Sauveur, which provides shuttle buses - a small price to pay for great skiing.
The Ski Area
In addition to its relaxed, friendly environment and safe areas for beginners and children, Luz also offers enjoyable blue- and red-graded scenic cruising with a few steeper blacks and some off-piste possibilities. The snow record here is also reassuring, thanks to reasonable altitude. The well-groomed pistes are served by a modern, efficient lift system and despite what looks on paper to be a relatively compact size, there’s a real big-mountain feel here and you can often find odd corners all to yourself. Nearby are Cauterets and Pont d’Espagne, for more downhill and cross-country skiing, snow-shoeing, walking, etc.
Pistes Total: 60 km
1 Magic Carpets
The Ski Village
That’s right – there’s no on-mountain accommodation. Instead you’ll probably be based down in the valley, where Luz Saint-Sauveur offers a friendly, authentic Pyrenean vibe and a selection of shops and services at real-world prices. Not your average ski experience, then, yet far from unsophisticated and if evenings aren’t exactly riotous there's plenty to do in this year-round tourist destination. Shuttle-buses will get you up and down the mountain, or you can self-drive (but keep an eye on the weather conditions, and be sure to carry snow-chains).
See Practical Information below for accommodation suggestions.
Why go skiing in Luz Ardiden ?
Luz has plenty to offer mixed-ability family groups and recreational skiers who appreciate a relaxed experience in pretty sensational, away-from-it-all surroundings. If you don’t expect doorstep skiing you’ll be rewarded with a quality experience in amazing surroundings, and at an attractive price. And if you’re hesitating and likely to be self-driving then the option of adding a couple of days in Cauterets could be the clincher...
SnowboardingEmphasis on fun and learning.
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- At resort follow direction 'Aulian'- reserved parking at "front de neige". Also, reserved parking behind the day centre for access to ESF, restaurant and toilets (via heated magic-carpet lift).
- Access to the whole ski area via 2 detachable 6-person chair-lifts.
- Lift personnel trained and experienced in helping disabled skiers.
- Ski pass 50% discount for a disabled skier and their companion (conditions apply).
- Adapted toilets in the day centre café (access by magic-carpet). Adapted toilets on-mountain in the restaurant d'altitude - wheelchair available.
- Specialist instructors, 3 adult uni-skis, 1 child uni-ski, and a Tandemski (provided by ESF).
- Equipment available for hire at the 'Boule de Neige' in Luz-St-Sauveur, tel: +33(0)5 92 94 17 78
- ESF tel: +33(0)5 62 92 86 99 and Ecole Snow Fun, tel: +33(0)6 84 20 07 78 have qualified instructors in a range of disablilities.
- See Haute Pyrénées website for further details.
- Good value skiing, dining and accommodation.
- Interesting piste layout.
- French ambiance of village below.
- Panoramic mountain scenery.
- Ample car-parking close to lifts.
- Friendly, fun vibe.
- Snow often abundant.
- Modern, well-planned lifts.
- No on-mountain accommodation.
- Access road can be icy.
- Link to Cauterets, please...
- There’s more skiing on offer nearby in Cauterets and Pont d’Espagne, so explore it while you’re here.
65100 Luz Saint Sauveur
Tel: +33 (0)5 62 92 81 71
Comfortable modern hotel with mountain views and spacious rooms in a very peaceful part of the village. We took the half-board option and enjoyed both the hotel restaurant and convivial evenings in the bar.