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Skiing Near Smallwater lakes



Sun-cream, warm clothing, sunglasses… These are some of the items you will need when you come to one of the winter sports resorts in Aquitaine, where snow and sun combine to give you pleasurable holidays, superlative landscapes to look at, and wonderful memories to take away.

There is something for every taste and every level – cross-country skiers, snowboarders, beginners or experts, not to forget hikers or luge fans.

Around two hours from Dax & three hours from Bordeaux or Toulouse, just sixty kilometres from the train station and airport of Pau, the villages of La Pierre Saint Martin and Gourette have respectively 20 and 25 "Pyrenean" ski-slopes and cross-country ski routes set in grandiose landscapes at altitudes of up to 2450 metres!


To offer an even better welcome, these resorts are constantly modernising their facilities, starting with snow guns and removable chair lifts. La Pierre Saint Martin proposes skiing for the handicapped, and Gourette extended its beginners area in 2005. And to wind down after all that effort, the spa resort of Eaux-Bonnes is only 8 km away…

Iraty, Issarbe and Le Somport in the Pyrenees National Park, ( just 1 hour 30 mins from Dax ) meanwhile, invite you to make the most of nature in winter with hikes on foot, on snowshoes or even in dog-drawn sleds, through the forests and snow fields.


Gourette (1350 to 2450 m): The most well known ski resort in the Pyrenees. Offering 25 runs over 30.5 km (4 green, 8 blue, 12 red, 1 black), 13 ski-lifts, 150 snow guns and 20 km of marked cross-country trails. Located 50 km from Pau.

Iraty (1200 to 1500 m): A cross-country ski resort. Offers 6 marked cross-country trails totalling 45 km (1 green, 2 blue, 2 red, 1 black) and 3 marked trails for outings on snow-shoes. Set in a 5000 ha forest of hardwoods.
Issarbe (1450 to 1500 m): A cross country resort located a few kilometres from La Pierre St Martin. Offers 9 marked cross-country trails totalling 31 km, marked trails for outings on snow-shoes and a riding centre offering horse- or pony-drawn skiing.

La Pierre Saint Martin (1600 to 2150 m): 18 Runs (3 Green, 9 Blue, 5 Red, 1 Black) over 22kms. 16 Ski lifts. 45 Snow canons. 6.5km marked cross-country trails through the Le Braca Forest. 2.5km trails for snow shoes. This is very children friendly resort. Pau is 70 km away.

Le Somport (1600 m): A cross-country ski resort 50 km from Oloron - Sainte-Marie. Offers 9 marked cross-country trails totalling 25 km on the French side of the frontier and 9 km on the Spanish side (Candanchu resort) and marked trails for outings on snow-shoes.


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