From December to March the Pyrenees offer the opportunity to ski in relative peace as the resorts are much less busy than those of the Alps.
The French ski resort of Artouste is a small yet beautiful ski station with direct access to 25km of downhill piste. The ski resort is above 1500m ensuring that skiing back to the resort is usually possible and reaching a high of 2100m snow cover is generally reliable. There is a range of slopes to suit all levels offering a mixture of superb panoramas of the Pic du Midi d’Ossau and some great tree lined runs.
At the foot of the Pic du Midi de Bigorre, the Tourmalet Barèges-La Mongie domain offers you the biggest skiing area in the French Pyrenees. Come and discover a two-sided resort : on the West end, you’ll find Barèges with its traditional charm and the activities of a Pyrenean village, and on the East end, at the very heart of the ski domain, lays La Mongie with all the conveniences of a ski in, ski out resort, in a high mountain environment. As for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing amateurs, they will enjoy beautiful hiking on the Lienz plateau.
The pilgrimage city of Lourdes with its famous basilica and caves is less than 45 minutes drive away, a must visit any time of the year. Following the claims that there were apparitions of Our Lady of Lourdes to Bernadette Soubirous in 1858, Lourdes has developed into a major place of Christianpilgrimage. The 150th Jubilee of the apparitions is in 2008, and larger crowds than usual are expected to visit. .
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