Making pleasure last is what we all look for in board sports . Whether you're a fan of alpine skiing , cross-country skiing , or even tobogganing , this winter , you don't want to lose a snowflake ! Discover the longest slopes in the Pyrenees , according to your level and your desires.
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No more frustration for beginner skiers going around in circles at the bottom of the resort . Direction Gavarnie-Gèdre , in the Hautes-Pyrénées , for a crazy descent of the green Marmottes slope , the longest in the Pyrenees : six kilometers of skiing in complete safety , starting from the highest point of the station , to the bottom of the tracks , crossing the snowy landscapes of the Cirque de Gavarnie . That is the demand of the people !
The Ax 3 domaine resort, the most extensive in Ariège , has everything to please beginners ! Indeed, new skiers will be able to gain confidence on a row of three blue and green runs , for a ride of almost 10 kilometers. This gentle slope allows you to discover the 3 areas of the resort since it begins at the top of the Saquet area , and crosses Griole and Bonascre ; enough to enjoy the scenery while moderating the chills!
Much appreciated by experienced skiers , Mirabelle the mythical leaves from La Soumaye at 2370 meters above sea level , to arrive at Espiaube 1600 , after three kilometers of long descent on the slopes of the resort of Saint-Lary . It is accessible by two detachable chairlifts and a cable car, and offers a breathtaking panorama of the Pyrenees . A little hollow in the middle of the ride ? Stop in the middle for lunch at the Altitude des Mouscades restaurant !
With its 90 km of trails , the Nord d'Azun Nord area is a cross-country skiing paradise, in the heart of the Hautes-Pyrénées . Here, there is something for all levels with green, blue and red runs , but the asset of the resort is undoubtedly its “ Traversée ”: a black track with a length of 31 km, which allows experienced cross-country skiers to go from Couraduque to Soulor , ski in ski out . But that's not all, tobogganing and snowshoeing enthusiasts will not be outdone as the resort offers 6 snowshoeing trails spread over the two areas , as well as a Nordic Park allowing the little ones to learn downhill skiing.
The Col du Tourmalet is no longer to be presented when it comes to cycling, but have you ever thought of descending it by luge ? This is what the Grand Tourmalet ski area offers ( Barèges - La Mongie ). You go up by the Béarnais chairlift , and all you have to do is slide down 3.3 km of vertical drop in laces to the village of La Mongie . Sensations and laughter guaranteed for the whole family ! Reservations and information at the Mongie Village information point.
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Article written by Léa Dürr for the Toulouse Pyrénées Guide