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Stunning landscapes at
Etang (lake) de Lers

Ideal base for hikes to
Mont Valier (2,838 m)
The Pic Rouge de Bassiès
Cascade d'Ars
Etang du Garbet
The Cirque de Cagateille
The Mirabat chateau

35km of downhill skiing
31 Pistes
7 green
9 blue
9 red
6 black
Impressive Snow park,
Boardercross & Cool Zone
2 snow shoeing trails
2 luge stadium
Childrens snow garden
Weekly handicraft market
Restaurants and shops

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Piste Map
Lift Pass Tariff

Etang de Lers
25km cross country skiing
Between 1300m and 1600m
4 ski pistes
4 snowshoe trails over 32km
On site ski, snowshoe and sled rentals

The rich, diverse landscapes of the Couserans provide the ideal activity base. Stretching south from St Girons and the Romanesque St Lizier through undulating farmland, forests and mountain pastures there is generous mix of horse riding and cycling on the plentiful trails as well as canoeing and fishing in crisp blue mountain waters.

Trekking opportunities abound including the Mont Valier reserve home to many roaming Isards, the Pic Rouge de Bassiès, the Cascade d'Ars, Lake Garbet and the Cirque de Cagateille. The Mirabat chateau at 1270m elevation takes about 2 hours to reach. You are rewarded with some spectacular views from what is regarded by many as the oldest and highest chateau in Ariège.

Heading south to Aulus-Les-Bains you will find one of the most stunning locations in the Pyrenees. At the top of the narrow Garbet valley, dense forests and dramatic peaks rise steeply on either side while rock falls channel water into numerous lakes. After exploring the area you can finish your day at the ornate thermal baths to soak away any aches and pains.

The nearby downhill ski resort of Guzet-Neige is also renowned for spectacular views northwest along the Ustou valley and south towards the frontier peaks. The resort is a charming cluster of chalets, shops and restaurants nestled in a pine forest. From 2100m elevation dropping to 1200m this is a good family resort with challenging blacks in the Freychet sector to more sedate pistes at Guzet. The substantial snow park offers everything from beginner kickers through to big air for the pros and a boardercross. Sat in the middle of the park is the cool zone; an area to chill out, watch the pros and enjoy the kicking sound system.
Moving East, Lake (‘étang’) Lers provides an idyllic spot popular for trout fishing, walking and picnicking whilst watching the paragliders take off on the slopes above. In winter the lake is home to a well regarded Cross-country ski domain providing 30km of tracks and two snowshoe trails.

Not just an outdoor activity playground, the area is also worth visiting for the church at Vic d’Oust, an important stop in the Middle Ages on the Santiago de Compostella pilgrimage route.
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