Skiing in the South of France: Font-Romeu

By March 3, 2017ACTIVE, TO DO
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When you think of the South of France, you might not immediately connect it with skiing. Well, I have a great surprise: you actually can! Normally, we go to the Alps, like so many other snow lovers. This year, however, we decided to explore the skiing facilities in the Pyrenees for a couple of days. Font-Romeu it was, at 1800 meters high, with 41 slopes and 23 lifts it seems an ok ski resort. Also, it is known as the sunniest ski resort in France, with over 3000 hours of sunshine per year. So off we went!

15 degrees celsius

A few weeks ago, I had already spent a day on the slopes to check them out. Have to say I was a bit sceptical to go in the first place. The temperature was about 15 degrees (in February!), and it felt like all the snow there was, was scraped onto the slopes. I did make some great downhill runs. However, it was a bit frosty in the morning and soggy in the afternoon.

Fresh snow

The snow conditions were completely different the couple of days we went. We were lucky to get some fresh snow, which turned the world into a real winter wonderland. Hard to imagine this change of scenery when you are staying two hours from Font-Romeu, where the sky was blue and the trees green. Super comfortable driving, no traffic jams and fortunately no need for snow chains. In the afternoon we arranged ski passes and lessons for the little ones, so we all could go skiing the next day. There are several skiing schools in Font-Romeu, we went for ESF (Ecole du Ski Français) because the kids had previously been there.

No heroes

The next day was a beautiful day: blue sky with fresh snow of the day before. Could not be better. However, we did see a lot of bananas on the slopes. The oldest wanted to take the red and black ski runs. Now, chéri and I are no heroes, so we mainly stayed on the blue and even green slopes (yeah). Nonetheless, even there many people were taken away by the ambulance. Strange… We had a simple lunch at the restaurant right beneath the “Airelles” ski lift. It has a big terrace, perfect to sit outside when sunny. We really enjoyed ourselves, mainly because of the freshly fallen snow. We only were away for a couple of days, but it seemed like a week!

Info

Font-Romeu is a “Famille Plus” labelled resort, which means there are all kinds of facilities for families. Beginner slopes, entertainment, children’s ski lessons, day care, sledging, the lot. You will also find a snow park for both skiers and snowboarders, a cross country area, dog sledging, spas, and to complete the fun; about 500 snow cannons cover more than 50 kilometres of ski runs. More info, also on ski passes, can be found on the website of the Office de Tourisme and the skiing school ESF.

Office de Tourisme
82 avenue Emmanuel Brousse
66120 Font-Romeu
+33 (0)4 68 30 68 30

Office de Tourisme

ESF
Les Airelles (ski lift)
66120 Font-Romeu
+33 (0)4 68 30 03 74

ESF

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