Snow shoeing long weekend and week breaks in Ax les Thermes

Winter 2022 & 2023 dates 

Snowshoeing and winter walks in partnership with freedomtrailtreks

We offer trips including 2,3 or 5 days snowshoeing or winter walking staying at chezarran. 

Snow-shoeing is a wonderful way to discover the full, snowy beauty of the area. Hunters first used this to move across the snow as they tracked animals in the winter. You will have the chance to see trees loaded with snow and frozen lakes.

Skiing - Alpine and Nordic

Carve fresh tracks or glide along wide pistes

Downhill Skiing and SnowboardingSkiing down above the Col de Port

  • Feel the carves or glide for the first time
  • An exhilarating activity for a great price

20km and 15-20 minutes drive or train ride up the valley from Chez Arran is the ski town of Ax les Thermes, with fast gondola access to over 75km of pistes from 1,400m to 2,400m. The season is usually December to March. There’s something for everyone, from gentle open slopes to off-piste tree-runs, and the extensive network of snow cannon will ensure there’s always plenty of snow. A one-day lift pass costs only 32.50€. A skiRail train is possible from Foix to Ax les Thermes and works out cheaper overall. There is a 90€ four day deal outside French holidays and weekends. The days do not need to be taken consecutively.  

You buy tickets from the machine outside the train station or from Tourist information. There is often a hoppa bus to take you from the Station to the lift station where you exchange your ticket for a pass - or sometimes in the train station. At those prices the cool après-ski beer tastes so much better!

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Snow forecast

Tarifs Ax les Thermes



Coming with children? Creche at Ax le Thermes resort

There is child care on offer for children from 3 months 6 yers old every day.

Hours: 1/2 day  9h à 12h45 or 13h à 16h45 Full day 9h à 16h45.


Pour la réservation des enfants des saisonniers, nous vous invitons à prendre contact

directement avec la garderie : - 06 42 09 45 71

Horaires et tarifs



Après midi

8h30 - 17h30

8h30 - 13h00 13h00 - 17h30
44 € 22 € 22 €


Creche runs all winter and reservation is obligatory. 



Plateau de Bonascre

Tél. : +33 (0)5 61 64 29 64 E-mail :

Plateau de Beille - Espace Nordic

20 minutes from Chez Arran. 

ski nordique a beille

En Hiver

  • 21 Pistes de Ski de fond de tous niveaux
  • 2 Pistes Piétons
  • 4 Pistes Raquettes
  • Un espace ski de descente pour débutant avec 1 téléski et 2 pistes
  • 1 espace luge avec un tapis couvert et 4 pistes
  • 2 pistes « chiens de traineau »(avec Angaka)
  • 1 piste traineau à cheval et ski joering (avec Angaka)
  • 1 pas de tir pour le biathlon (avec l'ESF)
  • VTT électriques


We recommend Ascou or Les Puymorens for families, and Andorra resorts if you like to combine skiing and shopping. Ski hire shops are easy to find in Ax and on the way. Lessons are available at most resorts and best booked in advance. Andorra works well as a hgher resprt option and is 45-50 minutes away. 

To book ski lessons check out this site 


Hiring Ski equipment

There are a few places between Tarascon sur Ariege and Ax where you can hire ski equipment. Main options include: Ax les Thermes Sport 2000 immediately to the right of the main ski lift in Ax. Telemark Pyrenees is closer to the entrance of the town. 

Ax piste map

Nordic & Ski touring

  • The perfect winter cross-training for runners, cyclists & triathletes
  • A fun way to glide around the mountain in tracks or off the beaten track

Plenty of off piste optionsThe Plateau de Beille is the Pyrenees’ premier cross country ski venue. At over 1,800m, just 20 minutes drive from home, no less than 70km of beautifully maintained circuits will delight and challenge Nordic skiers of all abilities. You’ll also find many marked snowshoe trails. It’s a great panorama from the top of Beille and you can also try dog sledging with some fabulous huskies and Pyrenean mountain dogs. This needs booking in advance. There is a ski bus departing from Les Cabannes up to Beille regularly at the weekends. 


Chioula is also well worth a visit and skis are available at Telemark Pyrenees. The Pyrenees is a fantastic place for ski-touring. There are routes to suit all levels of experience and fitness.

 Guide book for 2013 - Ski et Snowboard en Montagne - Patrice Descuns

The first guidebook for 35 years, this is an attractive offering from Patrice Descuns featuring 73 routes from Haute Ariege, Puymorens, Capcir and Andorra. Includes half days out to "grande courses". Plenty of fun to be had in this book! Amust for the adventurous. Here is a review in French from SKI rando mag

This book is available in Decathon near Foix and no doubt Telemark Pyrenees on the way up to Ax les Thermes. You can also find it on Amazon here:


Ski lessons available!