Nordic skiing and hiking in Béarn

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Béarn, in the southwest of France, is surrounded by the Pyrenees mountain range. No wonder tourists flock to the peaks in winter to appreciate the magnificent mountains covered in white, ideal for Nordic skiing, ski touring and many other activities. With family, friends or children, it is the dream destination to enjoy winter sports in a breathtaking setting.

Issarbe ski resort

The escape is total in this incredible natural domain in the heart of the mountains. Straddling Béarn and the Basque Country, the Issarbe resort offers a breathtaking 360° view of the peaks. Put on your cross-country skis to slide down the 31 km of trails divided into 6 marked and secure trails on the ridges or in the forest. Snowshoe enthusiasts can walk in the snow for 9 km, or book a night hike accompanied by an experienced guide. Cross-country skiing is the main attraction of the Issarbe resort, which also offers family activities once you take off your skis. Push your kids down the toboggan runs, have a snow fight by building an igloo and pet the dogs after a dog sled ride.

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The Nordic area of Somport

Somport is a renowned area for cross-country skiing, with 34 km of trails divided between France and Spain. The Spaniards, also fans of this sport, slide all winter on the 6 slopes dedicated to Nordic skiing in the heart of the Pyrenees National Park. Hiking enthusiasts will be delighted once they have their snowshoes on their feet. These are loops of 5 to 7 km which are drawn in the snow through a magnificent forest. The white landscapes with bluish reflections are incredible and offer a unique feeling of freedom. Let yourself be carried away by the calm and serenity of the Nordic area of Somport, and end the day with a sled ride , an activity adored by children that awakens the child's soul of parents.

Nordic skiing at Somport Photo: AdobeStock_sasha64f

The Nordic area of Pierre Saint Martin

Come ski in a dream setting, on a natural and protected site where the Braca forest rises. This hilly area offers magnificent hikes through century-old pines and lapiaz, with breathtaking panoramas at every step. The 25 km of marked trails allow athletes to practice alternative cross-country skiing, skating and snowshoe hiking, as well as many other activities. Don't miss the unmissable dog sled baptism, a fun family outing surrounded by snowy landscapes. Cycling enthusiasts will be able to pedal hoisted on fat bikes, mountain bikes with huge tires that roll easily on the snow. Of course, you can't come to winter sports without hurtling down a toboggan run, especially since at the Pierre Saint Martin Nordic area, tubing buoys are available for a fun slide. Escape without delay to the Pyrenees mountain range.

Nordic area of Pierre Saint-Martin Photo: LuIvDa Adobestock

Cross-country skiing in Béarn

On the Spanish border, there are kilometers of marked trails, most often with marked rails, which allow the practice of a fun and enduring sport, cross-country skiing. With family or friends, put on your skis to discover the magnificent views offered by the Pyrenees between snow-capped peaks and white-clad forests. Whether you are an experienced skier or a beginner, the 3 Nordic areas of Béarn are perfect with slopes accessible to all levels. From green to black, slide at your own pace through breathtaking scenery in search of your balance and your breath. And yes, cross-country skiing is a sport in its own right that requires endurance. Rest assured, a few hours of training are enough to be comfortable and fully enjoy your ski outing on the kilometers of slopes in the 3 Nordic areas of Béarn.


Do you also like classic alpine skiing? Read our article: Where to Ski in Béarn !

You will see, we quickly become addicted to cross-country skiing in Béarn. Take a break during your stay, many Nordic activities are offered on the snowy slopes of the Pyrenees mountain range.


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Cross-country skiing in Béarn Photo: Victoire Joncheray Unsplash


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