Winter activities near Pyrenees House.
Last week we blogged about the summer activities available close to Pyrenees House, so this week the focus is on things you can do in the winter. The average temperature in January in the local town of Foix is 6 degrees Celsius, so many of the summer activities such as hiking and cycling are still available. However, the real fun is found in the mountains. Ariege has ten ski stations catering for beginners to advanced skiers, but there is a lot more to do in the winter than just ski. There are snowparks such as the one at Mont D’Olmes where you can practice tricks and jumps on your snowboard https://youtu.be/EY1mARjLtFg or you could visit Plateau de Beille, https://youtu.be/avFvEq7A0Ds which is a beautiful winter wonderland for adults and kids alike. Here it is possible to go dog sledging, cross-country skiing, snow shoeing or even build an igloo. https://youtu.be/a-UZ5hSsS0o?t=101
If snow is not your thing, why not try caving? Close to the town of Foix and Pyrenees House, there is a fantastic cave where the temperature remains constant the whole year. You can slide into a river, practice you climbing skills and generally enjoy an amazing adventure. http://www.oxygen-aventure.com/speleologie-riviere-souterraine-ariege-pyrenees.html
If being underground doesn’t appeal to you, how about canyoning in beautifully warm water that has been thermally heated. Sliding into heated pools in a snow covered landscape. What could be more fun?
This particular canyon is found quite close to the high altitude-training centre at Font Romeu, a favourite training place of elite athletes such as Mo Farah. Which leads nicely into telling you that we will have a guest blogger next week, who will be telling us all about her experiences of training at high altitude in Font Romeu.