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Ski Resorts of the Languedoc Pyrénées & Cévennes


Get ready for a more authentic and better-value skiing holiday


It would be easy to conclude that the Pyrénées are simply a poor man’s Alps when it comes to skiing. But that’s really only half the story. Yes, there’s less skiing in total here and overall it’s probably not as challenging. And yes, the Pyrénées lacks the glamour and full-on buzziness of the Alpine skiing scene. But it does offer things the Alps lack, important things, which make Les Angles and Font Romeu very viable alternatives to the likes of Mergève, Chamonix and Verbier.


Click the panel just below to read more about skiing in the Pyrénées and the Cévennes, and to see a handy ski resort chart.


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Pyrenees Ski Resorts


More French


Firstly, and perhaps most importantly, is that the Pyrénées offer a more authentic holiday experience. In the Alps, you’ll probably find yourself chatting to other English-speaking tourists in the ski lift queue in Val d’Isère, tucking in to great burgers in St Anton and enjoy après-ski mojitos with a group of Americans in Courcheval. In the Pyrénées, you may never hear a word of English spoken, have to make do with delicious rustic Catalan cuisine and get to know the locals over a couple of bottles of Côtes de Roussillon red. In short, the Languedoc Pyrénées offer a far more French and Catalan holiday experience, in terms of the food, the people and the architecture.


Less expensive


The Pyrénées is cheaper - not just in terms of ski passes (which cost about 25% less than the Alps), but also the accommodation, food, drink, spas and practically everything else. Which means you can afford to treat yourself a little more here - to better restaurants, perhaps a spa treatment or a larger chalet.



What the ski resorts and stations of the Languedoc Pyrénées offer


Les Angles
Cambre d'Aze
Porte Puymorens
Height: 1600 m - 2260 m 1600 m - 2400 m 1800 m - 2700 m 1500 m - 2400 m 1640 m - 2400 m 1700 m - 2400 m 1600 m - 2500 m
Ski Runs: 43 40 34 17 21 17 21
Of which... 9 2 7 1 2 2 4
9 16 16 6 7 6 4
10 9 7 7 3 5 8
15 13 4 3 9 4 5
Cablecars: 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
Chairlifts: 9 4 2 2 1 1 4
Skilifts: 13 12 10 4 15 8 3
Snow Canons: 500 363 45 70 157 63 70
Cross-country Skiing: 111km 40km 6km 110km 20km No Yes
Surf Parks? Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Pass Prices (Adults):
Day: €33.50 €34 €23 €28.50 €27 €27 €26
Half-day: €30 €30.5 €19 €24 €22 €23 €21
6 Days (High season): €169 €170 €99 €145 €131 €140 €144
Pass Prices (Children):
Day: €28.50 €30 €19 €24 €20 €21.50 €20
Half-day: €23 €27 €19 €20 €17 €17 €16
6 Days (High season): €141 €150 €81 €122.50 €104 €106 €105
Ski Run Map pyrenees-2000 piste les angles piste cerdagne puigmal piste formigueres piste cambre d'aze piste puyvalador piste puymorens piste


Great skiing


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So the Alps have more resorts and more runs, and more challenging runs at that. But at the end of the day, there’s a limit to the number of resorts and runs even the most ardent skier can cover. The ski resorts of the Pyrénées offer plenty of variety and challenge - and they do so without the Alpine crowds. Font Romeu is particularly family-friendly, with plenty of green and blue runs, whereas Les Angles and the smaller ski stations in Languedoc offer more red and black runs. Good cross-country skiing is on hand at nearly all of the Languedoc’s ski resorts and ski stations. All the pistes are also very well maintained - with snow machines at the ready should the snow ever start to thin out. For the paranoid-amongst you, the avalanche risk here is lower than in the Alps, and there's much less risk of falling into a crevasse. The Pyrénées do not, however, offer quite as much powder snow as their Alpine cousins, and late in the season the snow can get a little mushy thanks to higher levels of rainfall and lots of warm, Iberian sunshine. It can also go quite hard, due to high winds. That said, the snow and the skiing are pretty excellent by any standards for most of the winter, and the high levels of sunshine make skiing and apres-ski activities a real joy. Snowboarding has become pretty huge in the Pyrénées at all the ski resorts. Snow-blading is more rare, but is starting to spread.


Natural spas


Older than the Alps, the Pyrénées offer something the Alps just can’t - plenty of natural hot springs. At Les Bains de St Thomas and Les bains de Llo, you can ease your tired and aching muscles into huge swimming pools of steaming-hot water or mysterious sulphur baths - while admiring the snow-covered landscape all around you. No Alpine hot tub can quite compare.

Skiing in the Cévennes


The ski stations of the Cévennes mountains are particularly famous for superb cross-country skiing. But the region also offers some very passable downhill ski runs - which tend to be even cheaper and more crowd-free than even their Pyrénéan cousins. And from Mont Aigual, the highest point in the Languedoc and the area’s biggest resort, you can see the Pyrénées, Alps and the Mediterranean all in one go.


Off the slopes


There’s plenty to do should you want a break from throwing yourself down mountainsides. The foothills of the Pyrénées are a veritable treasure chest of interesting things to do (click here to visit our Pyrénées Off-season page) - and in the mountains themselves, you’ll find an endless number of great walks, interesting towns and villages to visit, as well as the above-mentioned natural spas.










Golf de Font-Romeu - Golf Course


Le Petit Train Jaune
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Golf de Font-Romeu - Golf Course





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