The area around the Pic du Midi is one of the fifty most beautiful areas in the world*
A good knowledge of mountains is essential, along with suitable equipment.
The main descents from the Pic du Midi at 2877 metres are:
- The La Mongie slope as far as Artigues-Campan, Coume du Pic itinerary with a drop of 1700 metres over 10 kilometres
- The Barèges slope as far as the skilift at Le Tourmalet; Pic du Midi tickets include the return trip to La Mongie
From the halfway station at Le Taoulet at 2341 metres, the yellow, green and purple slopes are all part of the Pic du Midi trails.
To get the most out of these descents, the Pic du Midi recommends the help of a professional on this exceptional mountain. For those skiing down as far as Artigues du Pic du Midi or Le Taoulet, the Freeriders shuttle will take you back up from the Relais d’Arizes à Artigues to the cable car station at La Mongie.
*According to the English journalist Patrick Thorne, a leading expert on skiing destinations. In his guide book, ‘Powder: the greatest ski runs on the planet’ he considered the freeride slopes at the Pic du Midi to be among the fifty most beautiful spots in the world. That’s some recognition – the journalist covered 6000 ski resorts in 80 countries for his book.
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« The Pic du Midi (not to be confused with the Aiguille du Midi) is clearly a free run dream when the conditions are right. As long as the wind is under 80 kph you will get up there, but if you want to go for more than just the 360o panorama (incredible) over the Pyrenees or the excellent restaurant, well you’ll either have to be lucky or very well informed to have a DREAM freeride day. »