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First skiing and snowshoeing trips of the winter

First skiing and snowshoeing trips of the winter

Winter has arrived early in the Pyrenees and it’s been snowing for most of November in the mountains, right down to village level. Formigal and Astun ski stations both opened last Saturday (16th Nov) – I’ve never known them to open that early before. From today Panticosa and Candanchu are also open. The snow is fantastic! Probably better than at any stage last season and there’s a good covering...

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A day skiing with the family

A day skiing with the family

It's great living near a ski resort and skiing is part of the lifestlye here. On Wednesday afternoons the kids have ski lessons with the school and last Sunday we ventured out to Panticosa for our first day's skiing with the whole family - and to make things more...

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Snow conditions in Formigal and the Pyrenees

Snow conditions in Formigal and the Pyrenees

With the holidays over, the tourists gone and the pistes empty once again I headed up to Formigal yesterday for my first days skiing of the season. We've had a lot of snow over the Christmas period - a couple of really big dumps but mixed in with a few days of rain...

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Mountain – a new documentary film

Mountain – a new documentary film

Mountain is a new documentary film from Jennifer Peedom - the maker of the recent Sherpa documentary. The film explores the beauty of the mountains rather than a particular expedition or peak and from the look of the trailer has some stunning footage. The film covers...

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Ski touring afternoon to Col des Moines

Ski touring afternoon to Col des Moines

Last week we had a beautiful afternoon of ski touring with my American friend Nick. After a period of bad weather and snow, some sun shining days always come in our mountains!! Starting from Astún ski resort in Aragon Valley, we chose to follow one classical summer...

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Ski Touring: winter ascent of Bisaurin Peak (2670m)

Ski Touring: winter ascent of Bisaurin Peak (2670m)

I recently did an ascent of Bisaurin on ski's - a superb peak with brilliant views. It might sound a bit strange, but most of the local skiers will tell you that the ski touring season actually starts in March in the Pyrenees. In March, the avalanche risk gets lower,...

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Guide to skiing at Formigal

Guide to skiing at Formigal

Formigal in the Valle de Tena is a great ski resort that doesn't get enough British skiers. I ski there most weeks and there's some superb on and off-piste skiing to be found there. There's not much information in English on the resort so I've written this insiders...

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Great conditions at Formigal

Great conditions at Formigal

Up at Formigal on Wednesday - great conditions with plenty of fresh snow. The Sextas area was as good as I've seen it this season and the fabulous Bosque run is open. Plenty of powder on some pistes particularly at Tres Hombres. A lot of wind slab particularly on...

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Cross country skiing at Balneario de Panticosa

Cross country skiing at Balneario de Panticosa

Taking a cross country skiing course up at the Balneario de Panticosa at the moment. Saturday was the first class and it was snowing quite heavily which made it really pretty. There are three pistes there ranging from a beginners green run of 1.5km to the red run of...

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