Cauterets ski holidays Skiing & snowboarding in the Gave de Cauterets valley


Cauterets (Corter-ray) is a beautiful Pyrenean spa village and ski resort in the Hautes-Pyrenees (Midi-Pyrenees region) in the south-west of France and 41 km from Tarbes, the regional capital. The resort sits at 950m and has an enviable snow record receiving an annual average of over 400 inches a year.

The village has 1 main downhill ski area that provide 35kms of linked pistes for all levels of skier and boarder. Beginners and intermediates are especially well catered for with lots of long cruising greens, blues and reds while experts can indulge in some fantastic ski touring to neighbouring resorts.

Key information (whole area)
Altitude 950 m
Top lift 2501 m
Piste (km) 36 km

Off the slopes, the apres-ski is a great mix of Iberian and south-western French influences making for lively and entertaining evenings - there are many cafes, bars and restaurants to choose from. The village also boasts a thermal spa which is a popular retreat after a long day on the slopes.

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Typical of the Pyrenees region, the accommodation in the village of Cauterets is a mix of stone town houses and apartments with wooden chalets dotted around the fringes but all within walking distance to the centre. Many ski holiday chalets back on to the slopes which means its possible to ski back.

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Our view on skiing in Cauterets

Cauterets ski holidays are not on the radar yet outside of France and the Spanish border largely because many skiers tend to head for the large ski carousels year after year such as the Portes du Soleil or The 3 Valleys.

However, for those in the know, the skiing in Cauterets is fantastic with great pistes and minimal queues plus the charming village in the valley offers a unique gastronomic experience. In a nutshell, Cauterets is a great alternative to the French Alps at a fraction of the cost. For more information on Cauterets ski holidays, please see our resort guide.

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