Heading into a new ski season we have some great French Pyrenees ski resort news to share. There is a new ski area Pyrenees 2 Vallees – meaning the very good skiing just got even better – plus spas, airports, new attractions and birthdays to celebrate.
The Pyrenees are known for charming, authentic French towns and villages that are a world away from the mega-resorts of the Alps. Ski areas here often accumulate the most snow in Europe, which coupled with some large varied ski areas, cheap prices and ample off-piste makes for great holidays.
So covering six different ski areas and Pic du Midi here is the French Pyrenees ski resort news for 2017.
For the first time for Pyrenees ski resorts have combined under one name – Pyrénées 2 Vallées. It is a new and fantastic ski area in the Pyrenees combining the four ski resorts of, Saint-Lary, Peyragudes, Piau-Engaly and Val Louron.
With 247 km of slopes covering 166 pistes and served by 66 lifts there is plenty to choose from. The ski areas will be linked by a shuttle bus to make it easy to nip between them.
This ski area lift pass costs just €20 euro for an 8 day ski pass. Then on top of this each day is paid at the resort you are skiing with a discount of 10 to 15% off the normal day rate depending on time of season. So you’ll make your €20 back in no time!
Find out more about the new ski area Pyrenees 2 Vallees: www.pyrenees2vallees.com
The Freestyle World Cup visits Font Romeu Pyrenees 2000 for 19 to 23 December 2017. After the success of their world class Snow Park during the Freestyle World Cup in 16/17 it returns again this winter.
The Ladies Night Tour visits 6-8 March 2018. During this the Ladies Parallel Slalom night event completes in the Pyrenees on the Gentianes Piste of Font Romeu. Earlier in the season the tour will have visited Meribel, Chatel and Morzine.
Learn more at: www.font-romeu.fr
The Altiport 007 in Peyragudes has had a complete renovation. Built in 1971 it’s the only airstrip in the Pyrenees and one of just five French altiports.
It was featured in the James Bond film ‘Tomorrow Never Dies’ so but now landing here you don’t have to be in Her Majesty’s service. The renovation of Altiport 007 now allows twin-engine 8 seater airplanes to land.
More info at: www.peyragudes.com
The Famille Plus resort of St Lary celebrates its 60th birthday all season long. Festivities begin on the opening weekend 2/3 December 2017 and you can expect fun events throughout the season.
Newly opened this summer is ‘Maison du Patrimoine’. It’s a new cultural space devoted to the heritage, rural life, crafts, know-how and traditions of the Aure Valley and the Pyrenees.
Find out more at: www.saintlary.com
From December 2017 a NEW 10m long metal footbridge it opening at Pic du Midi. Touching the clouds at just below 3000m opens for a unique and vertiginous point of view.
Suspended above a void visitors walk forward in to a space that gives them the impression of flying. The new walkway clings to the horizon – for the brave!
Learn more at: www.picdumidi.com
At just one and a half hours from Toulouse, Ax Les Thermes is ideal for a ski weekend. Here you can ski by day in the excellent Ax 3 Domaines ski area and hit the wonderful spa for après.
The thermal spa Bains du Couloubret coupled with the open air foot spa at the base of the main access gondola are ideal for relaxing off tired muscles. The town is large enough to have a funky vibe in the evenings, particularly at the weekends.
For more info go to: www.ax-ski.com
We hope you enjoyed this French Pyrenees ski resort news. Having visited two of the four resorts in the new ski area Pyrenees 2 Vallees I think that will be on my list this winter. Be sure to check out our Pyrenees discounts as you could save a fortune on your next holiday.