easy access, cheap hotels, variety of runs, hot springs
If you have never skied the Pyrenees before this is a good place to start. Only 90 minutes from a number of lowcost airports it is very easy to access from UK and Ireland. The resort is based in a real village, largely unspoilt, which makes a pretty backdrop to some fairly interesting skiing. Hotels and apartment residences cluster around the foot of the pistes making 'ski to slope' possible in most cases. Après-ski is limited to a pizza, pint and sing-song in the local bars ... preceded by a trip to the hot springs at St Thomas-les-Bains where you can wallow in 36° thermal baths surrounded by snow in outdoor pools. Sublime! We went with local agent francealacarte but you could arrange your own trip on the internet if you have a few hours.