Font Romeu ski resort guide - reviews Ski area, apres-ski, things to see & do in Font Romeu
Font Romeu review
The village of Font Romeu is perched at 1800m in the eastern French Pyrenees and just 10km from the Spanish border. It is known as being the sunniest ski resort in France with an average of 3000 hours of sunshine a year!
The resort is linked to Pyrenees 2000, the neighbouring resort and together, they provide 45 pistes for all abilities, and for beginners, its possible to ski from the top of the mountain all the way to the village on a green run.
The village comes to life as skiers return from the slopes, with many shops, restaurants, cafes and bars. A popular option is the wellness & thermal spa in the village to relax and unwind before a night out in the town which also boasts a casino.
Being close to the Spanish border means Font Romeu is a melting pot of Iberian and south-western French cultures which make the evenings very lively.
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Font Romeu ski area guide
The ski area of Font Romeu is linked to the neighbouring resort of Pyrenees 2000 that together, provide 43kms of piste across 43 trails catering for all levels of skier and boarder. The snow conditions can be a little suspect but the resort has 500 snow canons covering 80% of the pistes so the risk of there being no snow is minimal.
First time skiers are in for a treat as Font Romeu has many green and blue pistes on the top sections of the mountain meaning you can enjoy the panoramic views and mountain restaurants without being confined to the beginner areas typically found at the base stations.
There is also 20 acres dedicated to beginners with a magic carpet, baby lifts and themed trails for children.
With 18 pistes graded blue and red, intermediate skiers can cruise around the entire ski area where you can find some excellent trails through the lower forests.
The majority of the terrain caters for beginners and intermediate skiers although there are 9 black pistes. However, these are more like difficult reds and quite short and so not particularly challenging for experts. However, the ski touring possibilities are very good and local guides may be booked at the ski schools.
There is one terrain park that caters for complete beginners to experts.
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Font Romeu has been awarded the Famille Plus Label in recognition of the excellent services and facilities on offer to families and children. There is a creche at the base of the main gondola in town which caters for children from 18 months to 3 years and for older children, there is a ski kindergarten run by the ski schools.
Things to see & do in Font Romeu
Font Romeu provide some mouth watering activities other than skiing such as...
- In and outdoor swimming pools
- Ice skating
- Huskie sleigh rides
There is also the Angles Animal Park which is a good place to spend half a day wandering around the trails seeing the local wildlife.
Spa & wellness
Font Romeu is also home to one of the best thermal spas in the Eastern Pyrenees. Try relaxing in the warmth of the sulphurous waters or try one of the wellness treatments - the perfect way to unwind after a day on the slopes. With the outdoor pools heated to a natural 40C throughout the year - the spas and pools are a good place to visit on those bad weather days.
Our view on Font Romeu
Outside of France and Catalan territory, Font Romeu is off the grid for most skiers and boarders which means there is definitely that authentic and traditional village feel. With pristine pistes and first class family services and facilities, Font Romeu is a refreshing change to the mass tourist resorts around Haute Savoie and the Tarentaise valley. For hassle free skiing, Font Romeu is a good option.