Les Angles: A Magic You Can’t Find in The Alps

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Les Angles: A Magic You Can’t Find in The Alps

Discover the magical charm of Les Angles in the French Pyrenees, a holiday experience unlike its Alpine relations and easily accessible from a number of French airports. Enjoy a winter sports holiday which comes with not only everything you would expect from a modern ski resort, but a distinctive cultural character too.

Les Angles is a village in the French Pyrenees mountains and is part of the Neiges Catalanes ski area. It is a community whose Catalan roots are evident in daily life. Its beautiful stone buildings and church tell the story of a settlement that dates back to the Middle Ages, which today are home to a permanent population of about 600 people.

While the area of Les Angles is perhaps best suited for beginner and immediate skiers, there is something for everyone. In the area immediately surrounding the resort there is 50km of piste, served by 19 lifts. Much of this area is classified as red although there are plenty of blues and blacks. Those looking to learn to ski have nursery slopes to learn on, as well as a choice of schools (ESP, Ski’n’Co plus private instructors). More experienced skiers can look to ski to the wider Neiges Catalanes area which has over 200 pistes and a good mix of difficulty including some challenging blacks. Snowboarders have the opportunity to spend time in the dedicated snowpark, with a well-maintained half-pipe, and tackle the border-cross course. Reaching altitudes of 2375m, the resort’s slopes are high. With over seven snow guns for every 1km of piste, Les Angles gives you a snow-sure guarantee!

If you’re looking for something other than the usual downhill skiing and snowboarding then Les Angles has plenty to offer. Cross-country skiing (known locally as ‘ski de fond’) is a favourite among the locals. There are 42km of beautiful trails through amazing scenery which includes waterfalls. There are also plenty of guides on hand to help you explore the surrounding area on snowshoes to take you away from the piste and towards beautiful places. For a more unconventional holiday why not try dog-sledding through the forest, ice-diving in the resort’s frozen lake, or winter canyoning in the hot waterfalls.

Accessing all that Les Angles has to offer can be done in a number of ways, especially since airline companies have started regular services to nearby airports. Perpignan airport is just 1hr30mins away from the resort, with a bus that costs only 1 euro. Other options with reasonable transfer times include Toulouse (2hr30m) and Barcelona (2hr45m).

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