Skiing in the Pyrénées is not expensive - it can be as little as 60F a day - but it is more susceptible to the vagaries of the weather than, say, the more expensive slopes in the Alpes.
The season can begin in November, if the snow arrives, and end after the French Easter holidays. We have noticed that some of the best snow can arrive in May, after the local department has closed the pistes!
However there is sometimes a long, hot, sunny spell in January or February which wreaks havoc with the snow and leads to disappointment on the pistes.
But when there is good snow, the ski resorts are good value. You do not need bus or coach to travel from one piste to another, they can be relatively uncrowded, and the food and drink is not expensive.
Cross-country skiing, or ski de fond as it is known in France, can be very rewarding, offering wonderful views of the mountains and, on a clear day, a very long way around.
|Near Cross-country skiiing at Nistos and Val Louron ; Ski Resort at Peyragudes. |
|Artouste. Hamlet high up in the Ossau Valley|
|Ski Resort. |
|Cross country skiiing at Val d'Azun. |
|Larrau. Village high up in the mountains in the Pays Basque|
|Cross-Country skiiing at Iraty-Soule, 2km. |
|Laruns. Small mountain town at the head of the Ossau valley.|
|Ski Resort at Gourette, 12km. OPEN|
|Lescun. Untouched mountain village in the Aspe valley.|
|A cross country skiing area. |
|La Mongie 22 kms. One of the largest downhill ski resorts in the Pyrénées.|
|Saint Engrâce. A scattering of settlements high in the Pyrénées|
|Cross country skiing at Issarbe. |
|Urdos. Small village at the head of the Aspe valley, close to the Spanish border.|
|Cross country skiing at Somport, on the frontier.. |
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