Monday, 7 September 2015

Make the most of your next ski holiday in the French Pyrenees with a range of winter events to enjoy or take part in!

Although the French Pyrenees resorts are not the largest in the world, they still put on fantastic winter events, big enough to rival other ski regions. Starting from December, the second biggest area of skiing in France welcomes the new winter season and a variety of events take place. Whether you come with your family, alone or with your friends, the French Pyrenees offers a spectacular range of day and night-time events.

We have chosen the resort of Saint Lary in the Hautes Pyrenees to create a quick guide of ski & snowboard events so you can get an idea of what to expect across the Pyrenees this winter.

Sporty Saint Lary

Saint-Lary offers one of the greatest skiing areas in the French Pyrenees, spread over three inter-connected sectors, all at different altitudes. The resort is renowned all over the world for its sporty events during the winter. This is the place to be for all the freestyle and freeride lovers…
Did you Know? Double world champion, Xavier De le Rue, is a member of the Saint Lary snowboard club!

For the hikers: The Grand Raid in Saint Lary / March 2016

This is the first time the Grand Raid has been scheduled in winter. Normally occurring in August, the second most important mountaineering trail after l’Ultra-trail of the Mont Blanc, will take place on the 13th March. 3 routes of 10km, 18km, and 25km around the Saint Lary resort in front of the Massif du Neouville.

La Poney Session TTR / March 2016

More than 30 riders & wildcard selected worldwide will fight for the 14th Edition of the Poney Title all for the viewer’s delight. Previously described as the “snowboard event of the year”, this spectacular event will take place from Thursday 3rd March 2016 until Sunday 6th March 2016.

Want an example, watch this video
: of the 2015 edition

Xtrem Freeride 2016 / March 2016

Organised for more than 10 years, the event’s goal is to reunite all the lovers of freeride and freestyle in a same place. In teams of two, this freestyle race will take place on the most beautiful spots in Saint Lary.

For more info on events
For more info on Saint-Lary and accommodation

Other resorts

Some resorts have a more chilled set of events if you’re looking for relaxing time. One example of this type of event has just been announced in Cauterets in early December:

Ski and Snowboard Festival in Cauterets

The International Free Ride Film Festival has built itself upon a strong goal: discover a wider audience showcasing artistic merit and quality snowboard/ski films. This festival is open to the public and is completely free, perfect for families, couple and friends!

Enjoy the beginning of the ski season in Cauterets at the Ski & Snowboard Festival from the 8th December 2016. Come with your ski boots and your swimsuit and enjoy some of the best ski movies selected by a panel of experts on a giant screen in an open-air thermal (or in indoor if you feel the cold). Meanwhile, with a bit of luck, you may also make your own movie under the first snowflakes on the slopes!

For more info on Cauterets : 
For more info on the festivals

Stay tuned for the others upcoming events in French Pyrenees!
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