Winter Sports in the Pyrenees

skiing in the pyrenees

It is time to put on your skis, snow shoes, skates, cross-country skis or go on a dog sledding trip! We finally have snow in the Pyrenees! We couldn’t be more excited! Are you as happy about winter sports as we are?

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Toulouse is well located to discover different ski resorts either on day trips or for a weekend. You have several options in regards to location. Either you stay in France, then resorts like Peyragues, Ax-les-Thermes or la Mongie are options, or you prefer to ski in tax-free country Andorra or you can go a bit further to Spain. You will find here under our selection of ski resorts by country.

Skiing and snowboarding in the French Pyrenees

Ax-les-Thermes

The closest resort from Toulouse that is great to have a good day out on your skis, is probably Ax-les-Thermes. Not even 1.5h from Toulouse, it has great slopes for all levels and some great off-piste skiing as well.

You can either park in the town of Ax-les-Thermes and take the gondola up or park at the resort itself, just follow the signs to Ax-les-Thermes station.

Peyragudes

This resort is a bit further than Ax (almost 2h), but it is also a good size to ski for a day. The resort goes up to 2400m, so you normally get quite a lot of  snow. A good thing about Peyragudes is that you can enjoy some great thermal baths after skiing, as Balnea is located not far.

La Mongie

With over 100km of pistes and 2,500m of altitude, La Mongie is a great resort. It’s about 2h15 from Toulouse, so a bit further again, but honestly, it’s great for a day out.

Piau

Follow their Instagram account. They do a great job in really wanting you to be on their slopes. I have still never been myself, but a friend of mine always talks about Piau, so will definitly try this one out this winter.

Pic du Midi, for a special experience 

For a special experience you can ski down Pic du Midi and enjoy an amazing view up there. I have only been in summer (see my blog article here), but apparently it is a great experience. Try it out!

Other resorts

There are of course even more resorts. I am just presenting you the best I have been to. An overview of all resorts can be found here.

Skiing and snowboarding in Spanish Pyrenees

Baqueira

Baqueira is just my absolute favourite ski resort in the Pyrenees. It’s a bit far for just a day (but feasible of course), because it is in the Spanish Pyrénées, but for a two-day trip it is great. The resort is big enough to have two great days of skiing, without being bored. Believe me you will not be disappointed.

You can either stay overnight in Baqueira itself or stay in one of the villages on the way between Vielha and Baqueira. Veilha It’s only 15min drive from the Baqueira gondola and you will find great restaurants, tapas bars, shops and hotels (all at different prices).

The resort itself has 152km of slopes and you will have a great time skiing here for two days. There are also a lot of restaurants on the pistes, in case you want to stop for lunch during the day. So put your skis on!

La Molina

La Molina is the oldest ski resort in the Spanish Pyrenees. It’s quite a big resorts where you can easily ski two full days and for those who love some adventure and fun on their snowboards, they have the biggest superpipe in the Pyrenees. If you like skiing when everyone else already has some drinks, you can even ski in the evenings on some days. And to finish the day, there is a great Après-Ski bar at the bottom of the slope.

Skiing and snowboarding in Andorra

Grandvalira

Grandvalira is the closest and the largest of the two ski resorts in Andorra. And the advantage of skiing in Andorra, you can do you tax free shopping after skiing. Normally these two resorts in Andorra always have snow the longest, as they are quite high up. They even host the FIS World Cup Final this year, and that means something.

Vallnord 

Vallnord is a bit further than Grandvalira, but also offers great skiing. It is smaller though, so don’t expect the huge resort.

How to get there

By train

Offer Skirail – from Toulouse central station to different ski resorts like Andorra, Ax-les-Thermes, La Mongie, Guez, Luchon, etc. by train. Prices include the train ticket and ski pass.

By bus

Duclos

Duclos offers transport to the major French ski resorts, like Peyragudes, Ax-les-Thermes or Saint Lary.
Price: from 18€ per person

Négoti voyage

Négoti offers transport to the following ski resorts:
· Ax 3 Domaines > Resort (leaves you directly at the resort)
· Luchon Superbagnères > Luchon village (as close as possible to the gondola)
· Peyragudes > Resort (bottom of pistes)
· Saint Lary Soulan > Village (as close as possible to the new gondola next to the thermes)
Price: €35-42

Ski’zy 

Toulouse – Peyragudes
Price: €35

Other options if you aren’t into downhill skiing

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Snowshoeing (raquettes) can be done in a lot of places in the Pyrenees. We have tried this one ourselves and we loved it.

Plateau de Beille 

There are four different routes you can take with different levels. For 7€ per adult, you can have a fun day enjoying the beautiful landscape around the Plateau de Beille. Snowshoes can also be rented on the spot.

If you want to book a guided tour, there are great options for different levels on this website.

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Beret (close to Baqueira)

Nordic skiing is great in Baqueira/Beret. There is a circular route about 7km of slopes in Beret and another 40km around Orri.

Other great cross-country and skating can be found on this list.

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La Mongie

La Mongie has great snowmobile tours to offer. The tour up the Col du Tourmalet that is about 1h is a great tour. Snowmobile is not the cheapest winter sport, but you get to amazing locations in a short time.

A special thing to do is to go up to the restaurant L’Etape du Berger with the snowmobile and have a dinner with a view there. You can go up there on Wednesday and Saturday night and book directly on their website.

Saint-Lary

Saint-Lary is also a great place for snowmobiling. You can either do it during the day or after your day of skiing.

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Dog sledding (chiens de traineaux) is a nice way to discover the mountains, especially if you are not into skiing and skating.

Peyragues (10min away)

SHERPA has 40 dogs and well located 10min from Peyragudes. So if you have friends and family skiing while you want to try something else, dog sledding is really a great things to do.

Lac de Payolle

At the beautiful Lac de Payolle, you can go for a great tour with Huskies. The lake is great in summer and winter. So why not going on a dog sledding tour? Have a look at this great video from Attelage Altitude.

This page offers different sports activities in winter and summer in the Pyrenees and is completely in English.

Do you know of any great resorts for different winter sports? Want to share you favourite spots with us? Leave us a comment underneath the article. Have a great winter and enjoy the snow!

Maren

 

 

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