The village of La Mongie is at 1,800 m (5,900 ft) altitude. There are also residences at 1850 and the Tourmalet building at 1900. It lies below the Col du Tourmalet 2,115 m (6,939 ft). It is in the canton of Campan in the Midi-Pyrénées region (department 65) of France and around 20 kilometres (12 mi) from the Spanish border. La Mongie is a winter ski resort offering alpine skiing, snowboarding, snowpark, cross-country skiing, snowmobiles and hiking in snowshoes. In the summer cycling (on and off road) and the use of trials motorcycles is popular. The village has two small supermarkets, a tourist information centre, gift shops and many restaurants and ski rental shops. The nearby spa town of Bagneres de Bigorre offers large supermarkets and shops, restaurants, a casino, an 18-hole golf course and the natural spa baths themselves.
La Mongie ski resort
|Top elevation||2,872 m (9,423 ft)|
|Base elevation||1,400 m (4,600 ft)|
|Lift system||43 lifts|
|Snowmaking||173 snow cannons|
|Night skiing||1 piste|
La Mongie is the largest skiable domain in the Pyrenees including the Superbarèges station. Over 100 kilometres (62 mi) there are 69 pistes and 43 lifts including poma tows and several four and six-man chair-lifts. A gondola lift gives access to some of the southern pistes while the Pic du Midi Funitel gives access to off-piste areas to the north. Of the 69 pistes, 23 are green, 19 blue, 21 red and 6 black. The domain has 173 snow cannons and there is one night piste.
Pic du Midi de BigorreEdit
It is also popular for cable car access to the Pic du Midi de Bigorre (2,872 m), on the summit of which is a 19th-century observatory. Work on the observatory started in 1878 and was completed in 1908. Observatory equipment has been in place since 1905 and in 1963 NASA funded the installation of a telescope for photographs of the Moon in preparation for the Apollo missions.
Tour de FranceEdit
The Tour de France has regularly passed through La Mongie on its passage over the Col du Tourmalet since the inclusion of the Pyrenees in 1910. Three tour stages have terminated in La Mongie village, most recently in 2004.
Tour de France stage finishesEdit
|Year||Stage||Start of stage||Distance (km)||Category||Stage winner||Yellow jersey|
|2004||12||Castelsarrasin||197.5||1||Ivan Basso (ITA)||Thomas Voeckler (FRA)|
|2002||11||Pau||158||1||Lance Armstrong (USA)||Lance Armstrong (USA)|
|1970||18||Saint-Gaudens||135.5||1||Bernard Thévenet (FRA)||Eddy Merckx (BEL)|