Saint Lary Soulan, in the French Pyrenees, is now easier to access and get around.
A new motorway, the A65, opened the second week of December. This new route allows drivers arriving on the west face of the mountain to save nearly an hour of in transport time.
A new bypass was also inaugurated in August this year and allows motorists to arrive directly at the ski resort. It is no longer necessary to pass through the village of Saint Lary, which was always a source of traffic jams during ski season and the summer holiday period.
The resort also took the opportunity to add car parks near the most recent gondola lift. The lift replaces the 50-year-old Pic Lumière cable car and takes skiers from the valley to Saint Lary 1700 in eight minutes. These new installations should reduce park-to-piste time and also cut down on the number of cars on the mountain roads.
Finally, the resort will be running more free shuttles this season. New buses will take passengers from all of the the station's accommodation directly to the lifts. It will thus be possible to park your car when you arrive at Saint Lary Soulan and forget about it until it is time to go home.