Many are quick to dismiss the idea of skiing in the Pyrenees and although the resorts can't compete in terms of size, most of them are much lower in cost than those the French Alps.
The largest ski area in the Pyrenees is the Domaine Tourmalet (shared by Barèges and La Mongie, though one of the more popular ski resorts is St-Lary-Soulan).
St-Lary-Soulan is a traditional village resort in the heart of the Aure Valley and enjoys year-round visitors. The resort is divided into three areas - St Lary 1700 (Pla d'Adet), created for families and has a great 'Kidpark' for youngsters aged 6-12 years, St Lary 1900 (Espiaube)and St Lary 2400.
The ski resort of Font-Romeu is 19km from Perpignan, a great ski resort for families and enjoys a high amount of sunshine levels.
Home to the biggest snow making machine and linked with Pyrenees 2000, the joint ski area is the largest artificially snow covered ski-area in Europe.
The resort is best suited to beginners or intermediates and has enough evening entertainment, shops and restaurants to enjoy time off the slopes and some après-ski.