Winter SportsOutdoor activities near Base Calames Rooms to Rent and house rental in the Ariege, Pyrenees, France.

View from Le Saquet

View from Le Saquet by Sébastien D'ARCO [CC BY-SA 2.5], via Wikimedia Commons

Winter Sports

The biggest downhill ski resort in the Ariège is Ax-Trois-Domains above the village of Ax-les-Thermes. Around a 40 minute drive from us, the resort offers something for all levels, with over 70km of pistes.

A combined rail & lift pass including travel from Tarascon-sur-Ariege to Ax les Thermes by train, cable car to the resort and a days skiing pass is currently €22 which is excellent value for money and very convenient.

Guzet, near the town of Saint Girons has 40km of pistes, Ascou Pailheres and Les Mont D'Olmes both offer around 20km of pistes.

There are also a number of smaller resorts dotted around the region; including Goulier Neige in the Vicdessos valley, providing great places for kids and beginners, or a day's skiing for those with more experience.

Unlike their Alpine counterparts, the ski resorts of the Pyrénées can be wonderfully quiet outside of the French school holidays and can provide a more relaxed and friendly experience.

Some of the best cross country skiing and snow shoeing in the Pyrenees can be enjoyed at the two neighbouring ski areas Beille and La Chioula; one an immense plateau at 1800m offering panoramic views, the other a welcoming forested landscape. The magical experience of dog sledding is also on offer at Beille.

Another popular area for cross country skiing is the Etang de Lers with 57km of marked pistes.

All the resorts offer a range of facilities such as restaurants, children's areas and equipment hire.

Ski equipment can be hired in Tarascon or at the resorts.


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