4 alternative ways to enjoy mountain life in the Pyrenees


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Reading time: 0 minPublished on 20 December 2023

If, like me, you’re not comfortable on skis, and having snowball fights is fun but you’re worried about spending a whole week in the mountains, rest assured: there are plenty of great alternatives if you don’t ski. Allow me to suggest my five favourites in the Barétous, Ossau and Iraty valleys of the Pyrenees.

Take a wellness break

While family and friends whizz down snowy trails, take some time to recharge your batteries. Relax in the spa, jacuzzi or pool while enjoying views of the surrounding mountains. For an unusual experience, L’Aventure Nordique in Gourette boasts a outdoor Nordic bath, a wooden tub maintained at a delicious 38 degrees. Perfect to give your body a boost. Read more about Pyrenean spas here.

Snow grooming at dusk

What about this? Gourette invites visitors to drive a snow groomer – or simply climb aboard one to be transported up the slopes to the top of the domaine, from where you can soak up the exceptional views at sunset. Don’t forget your camera.

By Olivier

Dad on the roam, Olivier has his head in the clouds and his feet firmly on the ground! Always on the look out for new ideas and outings for his young teenagers, he loves out of the ordinary experiences that will appeal to both young and old. Ready for a family treasure hunt across Nouvelle-Aquitaine ?

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