As well as this area offering classic skiing and snowboarding from our base in Saint Pierre Dels Forcats there is also the opportunity to take part in many other Alpine activities using local guides and payable locally, these include; -
If you’re into climbing then bring your kit as we have a large bolted crag next to the chalet. There is a world class bouldering area nearby called the Chaos de Targasonne.
There is a Snow kiting school in Font Romeu (http://www.ckite.com/) where we can make arrangements for lessons should you wish to try this amazing new sport.
Thermal water Canyoning
Have you ever tried Canyoning? Try it in winter in thermally warmed water.
We can arrange day trips or more through the local mountain guides. The Cambre d'Aze offers several winter gulley lines including the classic Vermicelle Couloir.
Ski Touring and Ski Mountaineering
Using local guides we can get you to places few others get to in one of Europe’s foremost ski mountaineering areas.
Summer or winter it’s classic.
From a short walk out the back of the chalet or a whole day out with a guide this can be a great way for skiers or non-skiers to get another view of the mountains.
We can arrange ½ day or day sessions with a local centre where you can try your hand at being a “musher” under the guidance of experts.
Altitude Adventure is based in the ski station of St Pierre dels Forcats (altitude 1550m), just across the valley from Font Romeu, in the Neiges Catalanes ski area, one of France’s well-kept secrets. With over 300km of pistes, 8 snowparks, a variety of off-piste to suite all abilities and 288km of cross country skiing this area has everything you need for a great ski holiday.
We provide comfortable and spacious accommodation for a classic chalet style holiday in the French Pyrenees. With a lack of large hotels and commercial tour operators the area is superb for those looking for a different style of ski holiday. Outside of French school holidays the whole area is amazingly quiet giving fantastic un-crowded skiing.
The Neiges Catalanes lift pass covers all the 9 resorts in the Cerdagne and Capcir valleys, or individual resort lift passes can be purchased daily. Equipment hire can be arranged locally.
Home resort to the “Mouli” the 4 person chair is only 300m away. Between the villages of St Pierre dels Forcats and Eyne rises the Cambre D’Aze mountain. This area holds piste skiing that (although not the biggest) is widely regarded as the best in the area. The area has 25 pistes with 2 blacks, 7 reds, 4 blues and 12 greens. Off-piste is mainly in the trees and requires a reasonable level of competence. See their website.
Font Romeu, Pyrenees 2000
Font Romeu is the most famous town in this area. Bright lights, big city it isn’t, but it retains more charm than your average alpine resort whilst providing all the amenities that you need. The ski area is linked to the resort of Pyrenees 2000 and gives meaning to the phrase “intermediates playground” with 8 blacks, 8 reds, 9 blues, 9 greens and a snowpark. See their website.
This is a great ski area with plenty to keep all standards of skiers and boarders interested. The station features good shopping and amenities in the village whilst the pistes are well developed and cared for. There are 2 blacks, 16 reds, 5 blues, 6 greens and a huge snow park. The off -piste in the trees is challenging whilst never being far from a piste. See their website.
A really nice little station a couple of minutes above the village giving good intermediate skiing and boarding, with fantastic off-piste in the trees on the upper section. Formigueres features 1 black, 6 reds, 8 blues, 4 greens and a small snowpark. See their website.
At the head of the Capcir valley above the village of Rieutort sits this station. See their website.
A small station with a couple of pistes and a snow park. On the opposite side of the road is the small airport which is one of the sites for snow-kiting. See their website.
The furthest station from us covered by the area pass, Porte is on the French side of the pass to Pass De La Casa in Andorra. A good variety of pistes are on offer in a spectacular setting at the head of the valley. It offers 3 blacks, 4 reds, 5 blues, 5 greens and a good size snow park. See their website.
Spain and Andorra
Not included in the Neiges Catalanes pass are the Spanish resorts of La Molina and Massella and the Andoran resorts in the Pass De La Casa area but which are all in day trip distance (with a small fuel charge) if you run out of things to do!!
Here come the girls! Ella and Shawna (9 and 7yrs) show how it should be done in the trees. (published 24th Nov 2009)
Meals are served in our spacious dining room featuring a complementary bar for guests' use.
Breakfasts are 'Continental' style with a selection of cereals, home-made & locally bought breads, preserves, fresh fruit; served with fresh fruit juice, coffee, teas or hot chocolate.
Afternoon tea & cakes are provided after the day’s activities.
Four course evening meals are a mix of world cooking to suit all tastes, with vegetarian options always available. All drinks (beer, wines, soft drinks, coffee, tea etc) are included in the price of your holiday, however we ask guests to be sensible in their consumption! Evening meals are served with local Red and White Wines (Trabucaires - Vin de pays des Cotes Catalanes)
Below is a selection of the menus we serve. If you have special dietary requirements, please inform us in advance so that we can do our best to accommodate them.
French Onion Soup
Blue cheese & Broccoli Quiche
Feta & Tomato Salad
Roasted Lime & Ginger Chicken
Main courses are served with seasonal vegetables or salads.
Homemade Ice Cream
One evening a week we provide transport to one of the nearby restaurants, giving you a chance to experience some of the local cuisine.
If you think a week full of activity will benefit your waistline forget it! The food was so good I had to ask for the recipe every night! - Lorna
Jeremy Wright gets an insider guide from Altitude Adventure to the little known Neiges Catalanes in the French Pyrenees... " The real beauty was in having such knowledgeable hosts. Whether pounding down the longest off-piste route in the Pyrenees at the Espace Cambre D'Aze, relaxing with a flask of hot chocolate and rum in natural hot springs, or searching for wolf tracks as we snowshoed behind the hotel, we always felt we were being let into a special, secret world."
"Unlocking a secret world" by The Daily Express
Mouli del Riu, 66210, St Pierre dels Forcats, France.