Convenient purpose-built bases give easy access to a varied ski area which suits mixed-ability family groups well. The resort has two purpose-built bases at the foot of its slopes. The largest is Peyresourde, which has lovely views over the Louron valley. A five-minute walk away, at the entrance to the village is the hamlet of Balestas and the majority of the resort's accommodation. The smaller base is Les Agudes in the next valley. Both bases have high-speed chairs which meet at the top of the ridge that separates them. The Agudes side gets the morning sun and the Peyresourde side the afternoon sun. Both bases have fine beginner areas and there are easy blue runs to progress to. There is good intermediate cruising (80% of the runs are blues and reds) including a couple of long top-to-bottom runs of up to 800m vertical - one on each side. For experts there are only four black runs but there's a lot of worthwhile off-piste. There's one proper mountain restaurant, Cabanou, with fine panoramic views from its terrace. It's also open on Thursday evenings, when you can get a ride up by snowmobile and enjoy a tartiflette dinner. At Peyresourde the Valnea residence opened this year with a spa open to the public. For apres-ski, don't miss the Balnea spa down in the valley. It has themed spa areas: American Indian (with totem poles and geysers), Japanese (onsen-like with a zen garden, sauna), Greco-Roman (with steam rooms, hot tubs and 'musical bath') and, new this year, Inca (with a temple, bamboos, Peruvian music).
Good for families
Excellent spa nearby
Few on-piste challenges for experts
Snow can suffer from sun