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Best snow ideas in the Béarn

The 'Pyreneestherapy' is right here in the Béarn where an adrenaline rush is never far off. Days are 100% relaxed, with a convivial side and a Gascony touch, and good fun for get togethers between friends. As for families, they'll soon have smiles on their faces, lost in the middle of nature, full of surprises and discoveries.

My 2 favourites: head to Gourette!

  • For a family weekend I recommend the “Happy neige” formula from 7th January to 31st March 2019
    The whole family will be off on a snowshoe trek accompanied by a guide who will scrutinise the slightest fox track, find the plant hidden away in the untouched landscape and awaken the curiosity of your kids with a host of local stories, before settling down in front of a delicious fondue or raclette.
    Learn more about the "Happy Snow"

  • Looking for a WE in unusual settings? Thumbs up to “A night in the Wild dome”.
    Check out this unconventional arched structure, inspired by our Nordic friends and totally 'in', with its overall snowflake look. Result: optimal comfort and with a panoramic roof... it's just fantastic! But if you really want to get a feel for this vast space, adventure out into the night wearing snow shoes and a head lamp. It really is the best way to savour the total silence that rises from these spotless swathes of white... and you can finish your trek in the dark by melting in a hot Nordic bath when you get back. What better way to unwind!
    Learn more about the "Snow Dome"

How to get there? Via Pau, entry point to the Pyrenean ski resorts

There are direct flights to get to Pau and go skiing during the holidays. When they get to Pau, visitors will have access to shuttles that link the airport to the 12 ski stations. Organised by Air'Py this service works on request depending on prior booking. The cost? 15 euros one-way, 30 euros return, free for the under 4's. Resorts served are Gourette, Artouste, La Pierre-Saint-Martin, Cauterets, Luz-Saint-Sauveur (Luz Ardiden), Barèges (Grand Tourmalet), La Mongie (Grand Tourmalet), Saint-Lary, Piau-Engaly, Peyragudes, Somport, Luchon. Shuttle service reservation at www.pau.aeroport.fr/passenger.

Airlines that fly to the destination:

  • Hop! from 9th February to 2nd March and from 6th to 20th April 2019 from Brest, Lille, Nantes, Paris Orly, Paris-CDG Book your flights at www.hop.com,www.airfrance.fr, on 0892702222 or on 3654
  • Chalair until 29th March 2019 from Caen www.chalair.eu
  • EasyJet for 2019 is launching a winter service between Paris-CDG and Pau. The low-cost company offers 10 flights a week between 4th February and 4th March 2019. Facilities are in place for transporting your own equipment - skis, including boots and poles, snowboards etc. www.easyjet.com

On a regional level: the Region proposes the Pass Skibus. Basically, a return Skibus journey + a one day ski pass, valid during station opening periods. Perfect for organising a last-minute ski excursion!

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