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Coach Loads of intrepid skiers and snowboarders inadvertently travel through Ax-Les-Thermes each year on their way to the Pyrenees ski Mecca of Andorra. No doubt noticing the solitary visible cable car that starts its route up into the mountains from the centre of Ax next to the thermal spas, but do they ever consider what they are missing out on by passing through? For Ax-3-Domaines provides the ideal venue for a weeks ski and snowboard holiday with a healthy mix of pistes to suit beginners through to advanced skiers.

From the base station Ax-Bonascre at 1400m elevation you can take either the Bonascre cable car or the 6 man Lievre Blanc express chairlift to be whisked up to the centre of the ski resort. Beginners can enjoy their ski or snowboard lessons on the gentle nursery slopes here whilst the more experienced of the party can head off and sample any of Axs three domains; Bonascre, Saquet or Campels which spread out from this point.

The Casse drag lift serves Axs Snowpark whilst taking the 2 man Ours or 6 man Tute chairlifts and you rise to the top of the Saquet domain at 2300m. Expert skiers can take on the challenge of the long black Olympique dropping 600m down into the heart of the Campels domain or the steep black Tute mogul field that runs under the chairlift that shares its name. Alternatively take the Tremplin or Ours for wide flowing red rated pistes or the more leisurely blue Jonction or Casse back to the centre of the ski resort.

After checking on the beginners in the group the black rated Campeillots piste starts just beyond the nursery slopes and will drop you into the heart of the Campels domain. Take the 3 man Rebenty chairlift and you will reach the high point of Ax-3-Domaines at 2400m. Be sure to stop and admire the fantastic panoramic view over the surrounding Pyrenean peaks before choosing from a multitude of long flowing runs which drop 700m back down to the bottom of the Campels sector. As well as the many descents possible from the Rebenty chairlift there is also the two-directional Savis chairlift which will equally transport you to the edge of the ski domain and the red rated tree lined pistes of Coq and Savis and the blue rated Jonction Savis or return you to the centre of the ski resort at the top of the Bonascre sector.

Making your way down to the base station of Ax-Bonascre through the Bonascre domain should not be reserved for lunch time and end of the day descents as the sector provides some great choices. Woven into the thickest, most dense part of the pine forest Bonascre boats some delightful tree lined descents from the long sweeping green rated Boulevard de la Griole through to the red rated Pylones and Sapins runs.

To be near to the slopes choose accommodation in the base station of Ax-Bonascre which offers all the amenities necessary although limited. For a greater variety of restaurants and bars, use of the thermal spas and the casino then choose accommodation in Ax-Les-Thermes. Although further from the slopes the Ax-Bonascre cable car offers a fast, efficient transfer up to the ski station or for those with a car the drive up to Bonascre is just a short picturesque journey to start your day on the slopes