SKIING IN THE PYRENEES

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Skiing in the Pyrenees
Where to go

If there's one thing the Pyrenees is known for more than anything else, it's skiing. Boasting more than 50 ski resorts spanning the entire Pyrenean Range, it's fair to say we're spoiled for choice.

We may not have the variety and choice of runs that you might find in the Alps, but we more than make up for this in quality and in panoramic views.

Moreover, the Pyrenees has some of the most family friendly ski resorts you'll find in Europe. There's no fighting for lifts as toddlers push in front of you. It's as close as you'll get to having your very own ski station.

The Palois (that's what they chaps from Pau call themselves) are often known to get up early and fit in a couple of hours skiing before work. Therefore, you don't need to go on a ski holiday to benefit from skiing. Why not stay with us for a few days and dip your toes in the snow, without having to commit to the time and expense of a full on ski holiday.

Gourette

Gourette is our closest ski resort - just less than an hour away from us at Secret Pyrenees. What we love about it is that there's a creche - perfect for families with young children. There's a decent choice of ski runs - enough to satisfy you for a couple of days of full on skiing. 

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Artouste

If you could design a private ski resort, it would be Artouste. It has, arguably one of the finest views in the Pyrenees from the summit - the iconic Pic du Midi d'Ossau. With 18 pistes and 11 up-lifts, there's more than enough to keep you occupied for a couple of days. And for those who are experienced enough, then there's always the Grand Traverse between Artouste and Gourette.

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La Pierre St Martin

If you're a beginner skier, then La Pierre St-Martin might be the place you should head to first. Sitting on the border of Spain and France, it sees itself as a family ski station. The ski runs range between 1500m and 2,200m - meaning that you'll get some good snow. There's lots on offer from snow shoeing and tobogganing to cross country skiing and fat biking. 

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Formigal

Widely regarded as one of the best ski resorts in the Spanish Pyrenees, Formal is a bit of a must for those looking to ski both sides of the border. With a large number of pistes and a nordic ski section to boost, it's a bit of a win win. Plus, it's less than 90 minutes drive - through the scenic Vallee d'Ossau and across the Col du Portalet, a classic for cyclists. 

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Le Somport

For the cross country skiing affectionados amongst you, Le Somport is the place you'll want to head to. Sitting on the boarder between France and Spain, you can literally ski between the two countries. With the adjoining Candanchu just a hop skip and a jump away, this is a great day out.  

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