Winter is here and ski enthusiasts are beginning to flock to the slopes. Lucky owners at La Durantie can take pleasure in being only an hour and half’s drive away from the Pyrénées, a fantastic destination for skiing with an abundance of ski resorts offering great value for money compared with the Alps.
The Pyrénées Mountains stretch for 420 kilometres on the border of France, Spain and Andorra (where you can combine your ski trip with tax free shopping). Skiers can choose from French or Spanish resorts, each side offering many contrasting views and their own regional delights.
Ax Les Thermes (90 minute drive), is a well recommended ski destination. The resort has three ski areas and is centred around the ancient thermal spa town of Ax, near Andorra, so it is possible to check on the weather in the morning and decide whether it is worth the trip on the day from La Durantie!
Peyragudes, one of the largest resorts of the Pyrenees, is another ski resort within easy access (just over 2 hours by car). The French Ski Resort of Peyragudes has direct access to 42km of downhill skiing, with 37 individual pistes, and is served by 17 ski lifts.
The Pyrénées are famed for their hot springs and is the best place for relaxation as well as skiing. There is an abundance of natural thermal springs in the Pyrénées where heated water seeps up from fault lines deep in the mountain ready to soothe aching and weary limbs. Many of these springs have been channelled into excellent spa facilities that skiers can relax in, such as: Ax-les-Thermes, Luchon, Vallée du Louron, Cauterets and also Saint-Lary.
After a long day on the slopes, guests can head back home to La Durantie to rest their tired skiing legs at the state of the art spa. The spa is set to become one of the most luxurious in south west France and will include swimming pools – indoor and outdoor, saunas, a mud house, hydrotherapy pool, treatment rooms and relaxation room projected for 2016.
Remember, the concierge team is on call to make life as hassle-free as possible and help homeowners plan the perfect skiing trip; be it finding the right accommodation or booking ski passes and ski gear.