This family ski station is one of the most popular in the French Pyrénées. Its well-planned selection of groomed pistes is served by an efficient lift system and will appeal to recreational skiers looking for a relaxed, uncomplicated experience.
- Luz ArdidenLuz Ardiden
Besides a relaxed, friendly environment and safe areas for beginners and children, Luz also offers more than a hint of the big-mountain ski experience.
Great family skiing in a relaxed and friendly purpose-built resort. Varied terrain on both sides of the mountain with good blue and red cruises, a snowpark and fast lift system. Facilities for disabled skiers.
- Piau EngalyPiau Engaly
Purpose-built ski station, Piau Engaly boasts the highest skiing in the French Pyrénées. Its well-planned pistes will appeal to skiers who enjoy cruising, with a few steeper sections thrown in to keep the reactions focused. The snow record here is good enough to provide a long season.
- Saint LarySaint Lary
Popular four-season destination with lively traditional village where most visitors opt to stay. Its balanced selection of groomed pistes will appeal to a wide variety of skiers, making it suitable for mixed-ability groups. There's a steadily expanding snow-park for snowboarders and freestylers.
Small and friendly ski resort with fabulous views. Only natural snow on the pistes, served by low-impact drag-lifts. A relaxed and fun family day out.
- La MongieLa Mongie
Linked with Barèges to form Grand Tourmalet, the largest ski area in the Pyrenees. This purpose-built ski village offers great value and is gradually being updated with stylish new self-catering apartments. Access via gondola to the 2872m Pic du Midi with far reaching views.
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Solid value resort for families
One half of the Grand Tourmalet ski area, La Mongie lies on the flanks of the 2872m Pic du Midi. La Mongie's original purpose-built style won't appeal to everyone, but each season brings significant improvements, and as existing accommodation is upgraded we think that the resort offers a value option for skiers and snowboarders. Read the feature.
The mountain scenery alone would make this a special place to ski
On the piste-map it might look limited, but the quality of what there is, coupled with the sensational scenery, mean that you can't help liking Hautacam, a small resort above the spa town of Argeles-Gazost in the French Pyrenees. We took a day to discover that Hautacam hides its best terrain and best scenery until the end of the draglift hauls. Read the feature.
We ski Peyragudes, a class act in the French Pyrenees
It featured in a 1990s James Bond production, yet the youngest ski area in the French Pyrenees remains almost undiscovered by UK skiers. We skied Peyragudes early this season, and reckon it's finally set to come of age, offering a finely-crafted package for budget-conscious leisure skiers, in a truly sensational setting. Read the feature.
The Porte du Soleil's most radical ski resort gets a makeover
The unmistakable skyline has undergone a radical transformation for the forthcoming 2011/12 season, attracting fresh attention to a rising star of the Portes du Soleil.
But what's it like to ski? We went to find out the reality behind the hype. Read the feature.
We profile the well-connected Savoyard ski village of Les Gets
The chic and deservedly popular ski village of Les Gets sits close to the Franco-Swiss border. To its own varied pistes you can add those of the vast Portes du Soleil, creating near-limitless terrain for mile-hungry skiers. Find out why we think it's a real charmer. Read the feature.
Ski from La Rosière over to La Thuile, in Italy's Aosta Valley
High above the Tarentaise Valley we visit this ever-popular ski resort and ski across the Franco-Italian border all the way to La Thuile in the Aosta Valley. Read our review and discover how you could enjoy truly epic skiing in the fabulous Espace San Bernardo. Read the feature.
We test-drive backdoor access to the legendary Trois-Vallées
By thinking laterally (with more than a hint of vertical dropped into the mix) you can make worthwhile savings and still ski in Val Thorens and the Trois-Vallées. Now add doorstep high-speed rail access and Orelle suddenly sounds very interesting. We thought so, and went to the Maurienne Valley to test the concept for ourselves one particularly cold and frosty morning. Read the feature.
The Trois-Vallées Effect has been quietly injecting real style
It sits in the very heart of the vast Three-Valleys ski area, but its hard-edged skyline was never going to be to everyone's taste. Now more traditionally-styled Savoyard developments are making new converts – and the quality and extent of the skiing speaks for itself... Read the feature.
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"We really do visit and ski every location we review." Roger Moss, Editor.
So you can make the right choice of ski area for you, each resort review includes summaries of the location, the ski area, the village and who it's best suited to. We follow that with a full account of our experience visiting and skiing the resort. We give recommendations of where to stay, where to eat and other activities you might like to try along with all the usual facts and figues and useful links. More than half our reviews include information about Handiski at resorts adapted to welcome skiers with a disability.
Luz Ardiden is relatively unknown compared to its near-neighbour Cauterets though after we skied there, we think it's one of our favourite resorts in the Hautes-Pyrénées.
There’s no on-mountain accommodation but plenty in the town, which provides shuttle buses - a small price to pay for such great skiing. It's a great family resort with entertaining and well-groomed pistes served by a modern, efficient lift system and will satisfy recreational skiers who appreciate a relaxed experience in sensational surroundings. Read the feature.
The village of Saint-Lary looks unlike any ski station we’ve seen in the Alps, an impression often underlined by the relatively few British voices to be overheard on the café terraces. Traditional Pyrénéan timber and stone architecture, combined with a sheltered, sunny location, make this an attractive place to be, a fact well-known to generations of loyal French visitors plus those who regularly come from across the nearby border with Spain.
Its balanced selection of groomed pistes will appeal to a wide variety of skiersand there's also a steadily expanding snow-park for snowboarders and freestylers. Read the feature.
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