The Heart of Cathar Pyrenees
2008 hosts to the Tour de France
Ideal Base for
Magnificent medieval bastide town at Mirepoix
Les Mont d’Olmes
1500 – 2115 meters elevation
18.5km of downhill pistes
2 Sledge areas
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Lift Pass Tariff
The Pays d’Olmes is a scenically breathtaking area of tree-covered slopes and Pyrenean peaks in the heart of the Cathar Pyrenees. In these lush, unspoiled mountains you can enjoy a host of marked walking, hiking, horse riding and mountain bike trails.
This region is dominated by the ruins of the Cathar fortress of Montségur reaching into the sky on its impenetrable rock 1207 metres high, the last bastion of the Cathars during the papal conflicts.
The area abounds with history. For Da Vinci code fans there is not only Montségur, but other exceptional Cathar sites close by at Roquefixade and Puivert. There is also the magnificent medieval bastide town of Mirepoix. Here you can admire the half timbered medieval houses decorated with delightful wooden sculptures. The houses themselves are elevated on thick wooden pillars and form the ground level covered arcade perfect for the lively market.
For a more natural wonder, the intermittent source of Fontestorbes in Bélesta is well worth a visit during the summer months. There are only a few known examples in the world of this phenomenon where the spring alternates between a full flowing river and barely a trickle in an hourly cycle.
During the winter months there is the small ski resort of Les Monts d’Olmes situated on the Tabe Massif overlooking the Pic St Barthelemy at 2368m. There are 18.5km of pistes here with a reasonable high point of 2115m descending to 1500m predominately made up of red runs good for intermediates. There is also a Snowpark and boardercross, the opportunity for snow shoeing and night skiing as well as 2 sledging areas and a children’s snow garden complete this family winter base.
On 17th July 2008 Lavelanet will be hosting the start of the 12th stage of the Tour de France. The cyclists will be travelling swiftly along this flat route and finishing 168km later at Narbonne.