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Superbagnères is a ski resort above the town of Bagnères-de-Luchon in the French department of Haute-Garonne in the Midi-Pyrénées region.


The resort offers alpine ski slopes and cross-country skiing from 1440 to 2260 m. The resort was opened early in the twentieth century. Historically it was connected to the town by a rack railway, but today it is connected with a gondola lift. Each cabin holds up to four people and takes about ten minutes to reach the summit, running in the summer as well as the winter. It's not possible to ski back down to Luchon, except in times of exceptional snow for talented locals who know the woods.

Details of climb

From Bagnères-de-Luchon the climb to the ski-station is 18.5 km at an average gradient of 6.3%, with the summit being at 1800 m above sea-level. There are several short stretches in excess of 10%.

Tour de France

The Tour de France has had stage finishes at Superbagnères six times:

Year Stage Start of stage Distance (km) Category of climb Stage winner Yellow jersey
1989 10 Cauterets 136 1 Robert Millar Laurent Fignon
1986 13 Pau 186 HC Greg LeMond Bernard Hinault
1979 2 Bagnères-de-Luchon 23,87 (ITT) 1 Bernard Hinault Bernard Hinault
1971 15 Bagnères-de-Luchon 19.6 1 José-Manuel Fuente Eddy Merckx
1962 13 Bagnères-de-Luchon 18.25 (ITT) 1 Federico Bahamontes Joseph Planckaert
1961 16 Toulouse 208 1 Imerio Massignan Jacques Anquetil

External links

  • Ski station website
  • Skiing holidays in Luchon - Superbagneres
  • Profile of climb on
  • Superbagnères on Google Maps (Tour de France classic climbs)

Coordinates: 42°46′4.8″N 0°34′37.2″E / 42.768000°N 0.577000°E / 42.768000; 0.577000

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