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Ossau & Ouzom Valleys
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Just 40km from Pau Airport

Ideal base for
The Ossau Valley
The Ouzom Valley
The Pyrenees National Park
The Pic du Midi d’Ossau
Cycling the Aubisque pass
The Artouste Little Mountain Train

Plentiful outdoor pursuits
Excellent rock climbing
Mountain Biking

Ski Gourette
From 1350m to 2400m
31km downhill slopes
Snowpark with moguls, landing platforms, slide bars plus the freestyle chalet
Boardercross - 1km course with bends dropping over 400m
Cross Country 20km
Snowshoe outings to the Aubisque Pass and the National Park
Two altitude mountain restaurants

Ski Artouste
From 1400m to 2100m
25km downhill slopes
Snowpark including half pipe
Snow garden for children 4 to 6 yrs
The Ossau valley in the Bearn is well renowned for its natural beauty rich in mountain lakes, delightful villages such as Laruns and Bielle and spectacular landscapes on the roads to the col d'Aubisque, the col du Pourtalet and Spain.

There are plentiful marked hiking trails all around the Ossau valley to occupy mountain bikers and walkers. In particular, the Tour du Pic du Midi d’Ossau ranks as one of the favourite treks in the area whilst road cyclists can endure the infamous col d’Aubisque.

For rock climbers the Pic du Midi d’Ossau provides one of the great Pyrenean ascents. At 2884m ‘Jean-Pierre’ (as it is known locally) is not one of the highest peaks in the range but sits in isolated splendour and presents a challenging summit.

Paragliding, canyoning, rafting, fishing and horse riding are widely available and ensure that everyone is catered for in this immense outdoor playground. Summer visitors can also make good use of the facilities at Gourette including tennis, via ferrata, a hanging forest and thermal spa centre.

At nearby Fabrèges, the ‘Petit Train d’Artouste’ originally transported dam workers and now runs tourists along the 10km track offering amazing panoramic views over the Ossau mountains and the Sousouéou valley.

To the east of Ossau and running parallel is the less populated Ouzom valley. For centuries, the Ouzom river played an important role in the production of iron ore with mills dotted along the river but today you are more likely to spot anglers trout fishing along its banks. The zoo at Asson, at the head of the Ouzom valley houses an impressive collection of over 500 animals from around the world. Nearby, you will find the Grottes de Betharram, a vast cave system displaying a plethora of rock formations. The tour includes a boat trip and an underground train ride.

For winter visitors, the ski stations of Gourette and Artouste are conveniently located only a short transfer from Pau airport and easily accessible even for a weekend break.

The Tour de France's third stage in the Pyrenees and the final mountain stage started in Orthez and included four formidable climbs including the Col de la Pierre Saint-Martin (14 km at a 5.2%) and finishing with the gruelling race to the summit of the Col d’Aubisque (16,4 km at 6.9%).
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