In the eastern Pyrenees, very close to the border with Spain, sits the French village of Font-Romeu-Odeillo-Via, a district which has just over 2000 inhabitants and which belongs to the Languedoc-Roussillon region.
In this resort, it is possible to ski for a good five months every year, from early December until the start of April, thanks to the altitude that allows one to reach a height of 2213m from the valley (1650m).
Font-Romeu-Odeillo-Via is therefore a true paradise for skiers and snowboarders. It has been open for the last 80 years, and draws thousands of tourists every year to its slopes - partly also because of the competitive prices of its ski passes.
The district has around 43km of trails, subdivided equally on the basis of difficulty, thus meeting the requirements of every downhill racer: the green slopes are suitable for the smallest and most inexperienced skiers; the blue slopes, on the other hand, are ideal for those who love to challenge themselves; while the red and black slopes are recommended only for those who already have a good knowledge of the discipline’s most advanced techniques.
Furthermore, for snowboarders, there is a Snowpark in which is it possible to test yourself on kicker, rail and box lines for all levels.
For those who love the mountains but don’t participate in winter sports, Font-Romeu-Odeillo-Via is still a popular destination: this is thanks to its many trails for winter walks, which allow one to discover all the magic of the Pyrenees. To start out on your own adventure, simply visit the Tourist Office, at the centre of the village, where it is possible to acquire a ‘Carte de Sentiers’ (a map of the paths) and rent snow shoes – essential equipment for anyone setting out on a walk.
A resort, therefore, where it is possible to spend a day, a weekend or a week, whether relaxing or taking part in sports activities, breathing in clean air and immersing yourself in the unique atmosphere of the place.