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Peyragudes is a large ski resort in the French Pyrenees, situated in the departments of Hautes-Pyrénées and Haute-Garonne, in the Region of Occitanie.

Peyragudes
A view of Peyresourde, Hautes-Pyrénées with a ski slope at the resort of Peyragudes.
A view of Peyresourde, Hautes-Pyrénées with a ski slope at the resort of Peyragudes.
Peyragudes is located in Pyrenees
Peyragudes
Peyragudes
Location within Pyrenees
LocationGouaux-de-Larboust (Haute-Garonne), Germ (Hautes-Pyrénées)
Nearest cityBagnères-de-Luchon
Coordinates42°47′24″N 0°26′42″E / 42.79000°N 0.44500°E / 42.79000; 0.44500
Top elevation2,240 m (7,349 ft)
Base elevation1,590 m (5,217 ft)
Runs
  • 51 total
  • 6 beginner
  • 23 easy
  • 18 intermediate
  • 4 difficult
Longest run5 km (3.1 mi) La vallée blanche
Lift system17 lifts
Terrain parks2
Snowmaking230 snow cannons
Websitehttp://www.n-py.com/en/peyragudes/

The resort was created in 1988, when the Peyresourde and Agudes resorts were joined together.[1]

Contents

Skiing: slopes and liftsEdit

The resort is located on 2 sides of the same mountain, connected thru several lifts, so there is always a sunny part all day long. It encompasses 51 slopes :

  • 6 green slopes
  • 23 blue slopes
  • 18 red slopes
  • 4 black slopes

17 ski lift

  • 9 chairlift including 4 Detachable chairlift (3 with 6 seats et 1 with 4 seats)
  • 5 lifts
  • 2 "Magic carpets" Surface lift for children from which one is covered with a greenhouse-type roof.
  • 1 ski rope for children

A major part of the resort is equipped with 230 snow-guns, ensuring enough snow whatever the weather conditions.

It is a place where beginners can easily learn how to ski, with slopes dedicated to children, Ski lift and chairlift for beginners. There are "eggs" (bumps close to each others), two spaces dedicated to freestyle skiing (terrain park), a "Fun Cross" slope" equipped with a "ski movie" system, a boardercross, where contests are being organized, 5 N'PY MOOV zones…

CyclingEdit

The climb up to the ski-resort can be accessed from the D618 between Arreau and the Col de Peyresourde. The summit is situated at 1,605 m (5,266 ft).[1]

The climb was used on the 2010 Route du Sud, when David Moncoutié was the first rider to cross the line, going on to win the whole race.[2]

Tour de FranceEdit

In 2012, Peyragudes was the finish of Stage 17 of the Tour de France. The summit of the climb for the purposes of the King of the Mountains was 1,000 m. before the end of the stage, at a height of 1,603 m (5,259 ft).[2][3] First over the summit was Alejandro Valverde, who went on to win the stage, with Chris Froome and Bradley Wiggins 19 seconds behind. Romain Bardet won the stage in the 2017 Tour, while Aru took the yellow jersey from Chris Froome.

Year Stage Start of stage Category Stage winner Yellow jersey
2017 12 Pau 2   Romain Bardet (FRA)   Fabio Aru (ITA)
2012 17 Bagnères-de-Luchon 1   Alejandro Valverde (ESP)   Bradley Wiggins (GBR)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Peyragudes dans le Tour de France" (in French). Le Dico du tour. Retrieved 12 July 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Stage 17: Bagnères-de-Luchon – Peyragudes". Tour de France. Amaury Sport Organisation. Archived from the original on 28 June 2012. Retrieved 30 June 2012.
  3. ^ "July 19, Stage 17: Bagnères-de-Luchon – Peyragudes 143.5km". Cycling News. Future Publishing Limited. 26 June 2012. Retrieved 30 June 2012.

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