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Monts d’Olmes is a real treasure of a ski resort, especially as it is still relatively unknown. There’s great skiing, snow boarding and sledging and a new 4-man chair lift (installed in 2008). The ski passes are extremely cheap when compared to resorts in the Alps, at €240 for an adult season ticket. Ski passes cost from €33 for two days (low season) to €106 for a week-long pass in high season. At present there are 23 pistes with 11 ski lifts and more planned. There are bars, restaurants and ski hire shops at the bottom of the slopes and the resort caters for all levels as well as catering for young families. There’s also an École de Ski Francais - see www.esf.net and a new snowboard park. The ski season runs from 1st Dec - 31st March.

Les Monts d’Olmes in winter

Les Monts d’Olmes in summer

In summer this region of the Pyrenees offers excellent hiking and mountain biking. The chair lift is open for visitors throughout July and August and will also take bikes, which can be rented from outside the tourism office at the bottom of the pistes (both of these are just 200m from our chalet). The views from the top of the resort are breathtaking: a spread of the many mountain peaks in the next valleys and even, in the far distance, the plains of France around Toulouse. The nearby valleys are home to deer, ibex, brown bear and wild boar. Back in the resort there is crazy golf, tennis, swings and a new parcours / Air Tyrolean area. See here for photos of the resort in summer.