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Question French Pyrenees

Discussion in 'Europe' started by skifree, Sep 13, 2019.

  1. skifree

    skifree grey Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    I'm sort of thinking, dreaming of a French Pyrenees ski trip, ski, eat, drink, sleep repeat for no particular reason than it's not here.

    A very vague stab in the dark is to base in Ax-les-Thermes and visit the resorts out of there.

    Or do I just pick one and spend a week there, or should I be thinking of somewhere else in the French Pyrenees?

    No don't bother telling me about places outside the Pyrenees, that will be separate threads if when I get to it.
     
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  2. Tanuki

    Tanuki A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Following with interest. My wife wants to spend her 40th birthday around there.
     
  3. climberman

    climberman CloudRide1000 Legend Ski Pass: Gold

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  4. BoofHead

    BoofHead One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    We plan on heading there in Jan. France and Spain. At this stage we’ll lease a car in France and play it by ear from there. Ax Les Thermes is on the list as I had intended to drop in to Telemark Pyrenees to sort out some new boots.
     
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    Zimbooo One of Us

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    We drove East from Biarritz to Lourdes. Checked out Lourdes, stayed a night.
    From Lourdes up to Bareges which is a beautiful spa town.
    Bareges is at the western end of the Grand Tourmalet which was pretty big and great for a week.
    Accommodation was very reasonable as well.
     
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  6. geeoff

    geeoff Hard Yards

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    Not in French Pyrenees but we enjoyed Baquiera Beret just across the border in Spain (Catalan Pyrénées) this January. Plenty of snow, terrain and tapas. If you have a car suggest you stay in one of the little villages below, like Vielha.
     
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  7. BoofHead

    BoofHead One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    Baquiera Beret is on my list as well. Apparently there is a run there, the name of which, translates to Valley of broken goat skulls. I have to tick that one off.
     
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    BoofHead One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    Regarding a car, we will be leasing a vehicle in France as we are staying for a couple of months.
    Would you reccomend a 4x4? Are chains needed?
     
  9. person s

    person s Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    do you mean one of the French manufacturers’ leasing schemes?
    I suppose Renault has 4x4s, not Citroën or Peugeot
    as to whether necessary, I recall seeing lots of non-4wd vehicles in various Euro winter settings
     
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    person s Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    isn’t most of the snow on the Spanish side, or in Andorra?
     
  11. offshore

    offshore Early Days

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    I haven't visited the Pyrenees in winter, but a mate skiied Cauterets and reported it was good.
     
  12. BoofHead

    BoofHead One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    Yep. Looking at leasing a Renault.
     
  13. skifree

    skifree grey Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    Dunno.
     
  14. Sbooker

    Sbooker One of Us

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    Refreshing honesty.
    It’s traditional on forums to crap on sounding like you know something even if you don’t.:)
     
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    skifree grey Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    Someone will catch me out.
     
  16. piolet

    piolet Better make it three Ski Pass: Gold

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    I'm watching and ready
     
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    piolet Better make it three Ski Pass: Gold

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    Also take pics, such a beautiful spot, gorgeous villages. I've only been out of season and it was a while back...
     
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    Hyst Enjoyer Ski Pass: Gold

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    Might ask about the snow on Snowheads, as quite some Brits go there.

    I have no idea about that area.:whistle: ;) (are there mountains?) LOL
     
  19. person s

    person s Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    just fabulous, both French and Spanish sides
    I drove through there in autumn 2010, lots of great winding mountain roads with incredible vistas around every corner
     
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  20. BoofHead

    BoofHead One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    @skifree, when are thinking of hitting that area?
    We are looking at arriving mid Jan and adopting a TTM aproach for a couple months in Spain/France/Italy.
     
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    skifree grey Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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  22. BoofHead

    BoofHead One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    Doubtful that I’ll be around that long
     
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