Ski resort sheet
Hautacam is a ski and winter sports resort in the Pyrenees, located in the city of Beaucens, in the Hautes-Pyrenees department in the Occitania region, near Argelès-Gazost and Lourdes.
The History of the Hautacam ski resort
It is a medium altitude ski resort created in 1972 by Jean Labouly. The Nordic ski area dates from 1990. At the resort, especially during summer, you can find a strong longboard influence. Downhill practice is common on the slopes in summer.
Located at 1509 m above sea level, the Hautacam ski resort extends over several villas, including Argeès-Gazost. At the heart of the Grands Sites de Midi-Pyrénées, the Hautacam resort also benefits from a unique panorama: the Pic du Midi, the Brèche de Roland (Gavarnie), Cauterets, Lourdes, the valleys of Luz- Saint- Sauveur, d’Argelès-Gazost, Val d’Azun…These are among some of the majestic and breath taking locations you can admire from Hautacam.
Layout of the Hautacam ski resort
The Hautacam ski area stretches between 1500 and 1813 meters above sea level. It holds 20 kilometers of ski trails with 10 mechanical lifts, mostly ski lifts and conveyor belts. There are a total of 15 slopes ranging between steep ones, mountainous passages and high plateaus, all of which are conducive to learning how to ski.
For experienced skiers, the 5 red trails are perfect for carving and cornering. Intermediate level skiers will do the same on the 5 blue trails where they can improve on their positioning, their support and chain smoother turns.
As for beginner skiers, they will (presumably) head to the 5 green trails ideally designed and marked to allow skiing in excellent conditions.
A medium altitude resort, Hautacam is above all a quiet place where you can ski in the middle of the forest. It is a ski resort especially adapted for a family stay. It combines the charms of a family resort (accessible, astonishing views, beautiful sun) and a ski area that offers fun and safe spaces to enjoy the natural scenery.
Despite its size, Hautacam has little to envy from bigger resorts, having all the necessary services for any stay in the snow. The resort has two shops for buying and renting equipment, two restaurants and a ski school.
Hautacam is well known among cyclists
Hautacam doesn’t just have excellent alpine and nordic ski slopes, it is also known to cyclists for its challenging ascent.
First crossed in 1994 by Frenchman Luc Leblanc, the Hautacam-Tramassel pass was on several occasions an arrival stage for the Tour de France. Each turn of the pedal helps you to discover a new corner of the Argelès valley including the Val d’Azun and the peaks of the Vignemale massif. Such views will help encourage you to get to the end of this exceptional route. From the top, you can award yourself with spectacular views before going down a magical descent of more than 14 km.
Put on your snowshoes and merge with nature
Nordic ski enthusiasts will find 15 kilometers of cross-country skiing trails in Hautacam that allow both sliding-step and the more classic snowshoeing. Either method really allows you to enjoy all the open surroundings of the resort.
The classic snowshoeing, similar to regular walking, is ideal for a family run. Sliding-step, more similar to roller skating and regular skating, requires a little more technique and to have learned some of the basic movements. However, it allows for a remarkable sense of speed after just a few hours. The resort has 3 trails designed for you to venture out without getting lost. Here you can safely learn and find your pace, on properly marked and cared for trails.
All routes are allowed. You’ll find wide open spaces, a peaceful environment, all well laid out. You can rejuvenate your lungs with fresh oxygen walking the mountain slopes, taking care to respect its natural surroundings.
The longest track covers 6 km. The use of snowshoes is limited to the Nordic area, since it is not possible to use them on the downhill slopes. For those who want to “go on an adventure”, do not hesitate to ask for the assistance of a professional monitor.
Alpine ski area of Hautacam
The alpine ski area offers 20 kilometers for a total of 16 trails. Beginners or experts, Hautacam will seduce you with its many facets: dynamism, change of scenery, ease of access and authenticity.
The Cardouet sector is the starting point; At your disposal is a beginners conveyor belt with a safe trail for less experienced skiers. Two ski lifts offer newcomers their first contact with ski lifts to enjoy the slopes.
The Naouit sector is aimed towards a more experienced crowd. Over the forest, virgin space and ideally prepared trails, the skier will find everything they need to advance while enjoying the glide. The highlight of the Naouit sector may be the incredible views of the spine of the Pyrenees.
In short, the Hautacam resort is suitable for all levels of skiing; a resort that welcomes families, couples, children, and the elderly.
Snow activities… It’s not all about skiing
Despite its modest size, the Hautacam resort offers a wide variety of activities to practice in addition to skiing. One of them is a visit to Mountain Luge on a two-seater sled (with brake). It can be rented at the resort and you can enjoy downhill speeds of up to 45 km / h.
Another activity to try during your visit to Hautacam is the “fat bike”, which can be described as a bicycle with large tires suitable for traveling on snowy tracks and routes. Please note that “fat bike” rental is offered in the Nordic Hautacam only area where there is a specially dedicated route.
If you prefer something a little calmer, you can get away for a snowshoe hike in a huge, designated and safe environment (if necessary, you can also be guided by resort monitors).
Where to eat at the resort
Hautacam receives some of the most demanding gastronomic connoisseurs in its restaurants. So, feel free to come and taste the local cuisine by taking a seat at a table in the “Le Hautacam” restaurant. It offers a local menu and seasonal dishes of the day. From its panoramic terrace, you can enjoy the breathtaking view of the Argelès-Gazost Valley.
At the Auberge de Tramassel you will feel like you’re in a refuge, as if disconnected from the world. Astonishing views of the main mountains, friendliness and food served quickly if you want to get out on your skis fast.