|• Mayor (2008–2014)||Emmanuel Corret|
|• Land1||45.84 km2 (17.70 sq mi)|
|• Population2 Density||5.0/km2 (13/sq mi)|
|INSEE/Postal code||65481 / 65120|
|Elevation||1,070–3,087 m (3,510–10,128 ft)
(avg. 1,250 m or 4,100 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.
Barèges is a commune in the Hautes-Pyrénées department in southwestern France. It is situated in the valley of the Bastan on the former Route nationale 618, the "Route of the Pyrénées," on the western side of the Col du Tourmalet.
Barèges is situated at the perimeter of the National Parc of the Pyrénées. In and around the village all mountain sports are practiced, such as paragliding, walking, cycling, canyoning/caving, mountain climbing, mountain biking, and more.
Barèges is also the second oldest ski resort in France, and when the funicular was opened in 1936 the resort became a tourist destination. The resort, now linked with La Mongie, is the largest ski area in the French Pyrénées.
The light silk and wool fabric called barège takes its name from the place, where it was first made.
- INSEE commune file
- Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Barèges". Encyclopædia Britannica 3 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press
- Wood, James, ed. (1907). "Barèges". The Nuttall Encyclopædia. London and New York: Frederick Warne.
- Description of ski area
- Detailed Description of the ski resort, per region and per blue/red/black runs including pictures
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