Ski resorts: Pyrenees

The Pyrenees is one of the most interesting and rapidly developing skiing centres in France and Spain. It is unsurprising – stretched on 400 km (with a more than 70 km width) the mountain system having nearly one hundred peaks more than 2000 meters high could not but just draw the athletes’ attention.

Extending between the Atlantic and the Mediterranean, the Pyrenees receive much more snow than many Alps areas, and although the weather here is hardly stable, the variety of conditions is almost fantastic. Even if a blizzard rages on one side of the ridge, it is often calm and sunny on the other, so you can choose a ski region right on the spot and for every taste. It is noticeably warmer than in the Alps at the same time, which is pleasant to elderly people and families with children. Well, although slopes lose on the complexity to high mountain areas but practically do not lack snow – at more than 1400 meters high it drops out in quantities by 2-3 times exceeding Alpine.

The winter tourist season begins here usually in December, and the best time to visit is considered normal to be from February to April, although it is quite possible to ride on the northern slopes until the end of June. The area’s best ski resorts are Argeles-Gazost, Aspe-Ossau, La Molina, Masella, Aure-Louron, Bareges, Bearn, Baqueira/​Beret, Capcir-Puymorens, Cerdagne, Couserans, Haute-Ariege, Haute-Bigorre, Luchonnais, Montcalm, Pays Toy and Pays de Sault. It is possible to find an enormous amount of entertainment for every taste of the summer here.

Ski resorts: Pyrenees

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Spain

Navarra

Abodi Salazar with four cross-country tracks

Larra-Belagua with 24 km of cross-country skiing

 

Aragon

Cerler with 77 km of ski slopes including the longest in Spain (9 km)

Aramon Formigal with 180 km of ski slopes

Astún with 50 km of ski slopes

Candanchú is one the highest ski resort in the Spanish Pyrenees

Aramón Panticosa with 34 km of ski slopes

Llanos del Hospital with 30 km of cross-country skiing

Balneario de Panticosa – cross-country skiing on a mountain lake and SPA

Fanlo del valle de Vio with 28 km of cross-country skiing

Oza-Gabardito with eight km of cross-country skiing

Linza with seven km of cross-country skiing

Lizara with five km of cross-country skiing via GR 11

Pineta with 24 km of cross-country skiing

 

Catalonia

Baqueira – Beret with 161 km of ski slopes

La Molina with 70 km of ski slopes

Boí Taüll with 45 km of ski slopes

Port Aine with 26.7 km of ski slopes

Espot with 25 km of ski slopes

Vallter 2000 ski resort with 19 km of ski slopes

Vall de Núria with 7.6 km of ski slopes by rack railway

Port del Comte with 50 km of slopes

Tavascan – Gran Pallars net

Rasos de Peguera – a winter sports resort

Aransa with 50 km of cross-country skiing

Bonabé with 25 km of cross-country skiing

Guils Fontanera with 45 km of cross-country skiing

Lles de Cerdanya with 27 km of cross-country skiing

Pla de Nègua with 20 km of cross-country skiing

Sant Joan de l’Erm with 50 km of cross-country skiing

Tuixent – La Vansa with 30 km of cross-country skiing

Bosc Virós with 29 km of cross-country skiing

 

France

Department of Pyrénées-Atlantiques

Artouste with 25 km of ski slopes

Gourette with 42 km of ski slopes

La Pierre Saint Martin with 75 hectares of slopes

Iraty with cross-country skiing in the largest beech forest in Europe

Issarbe ski resort with 31 km of ski slopes and 360 ° panoramic views on Basque Country

Le Somport with 25 km of cross-country skiing

 

Department of Hautes-Pyrénées

Saint-Lary with over 100 km of ski slopes

Grand Tourmalet / Pic du Midi – largest ski resort in the French Pyrenees

Peyragude with 60 km of ski slopes including 007 track

Cauterets with its skiing and balneotherapy center

Piau Engaly – highest mountain ski resort in the Pyrenees with 65 km of slopes

Val Louron with 22 km of ski slopes

Luz-Ardiden with 60 km of ski slopes

Gavarnie-Gèdre – 34 km of ski slopes and the cradle of Pyreneism

Hautacam with 20 km of ski slopes

Nistos with 43 km of cross-country skiing

Payolle-Campan with 50 km of cross-country skiing

Val d’Azun with 100 km of cross-country skiing

 

Department of Haute-Garonne

Luchon-Superbagnères with 32 km of ski slopes

Mourtis with 23 km of ski slopes and four km of cross-country skiing

Bourg-d’Oueil is one of the smallest resorts in the Pyrenees with seven km of ski slopes

 

Department of Ariège

Mijanès-Donezan with 12 km of ski slopes and 15 km of cross-country skiing

Ascou-Pailhères with 20 km of ski slopes

Guzet with 40 km of ski slopes

Monts d’Olmes with 23 km of ski slopes

Ax 3 Domaines with 83 km of ski slopes

Goulier Neige with eight km of ski slopes

Plateau de Beille with 32 km of cross-country skiing

Le Chioula with 60 km of cross-country skiing

L’étang de Lers with 25 km of cross-country skiing

 

Department of Aude

Camurac with 15 km of ski slopes

 

Department of Pyrénées-Orientales

Font-Romeu/​Bolquère Pyrénées 2000 with 52 km of ski slopes and 100 km of cross-country skiing

Les Angles with 55 km of ski slopes

Formiguères with 25 km of ski slopes

Porté-Puymorens with 50 km of ski slopes

Puyvalador with 32 km of ski slopes

La Quillane with 27 km of ski slopes

Err-Puigmal with 35 km of the ski slopes is one of the highest in the French Pyrenees

Cambre d’Aze – gateway to the Pyrenees-Orientales and 22 km of ski slopes