Pierre Meyer
Cross-country ski trail in the Nordic area of ​​Val d'Azun in the Pyrenees

Nordic skiing

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  • Outdoor experiences
  • Winter
  • Sport and thrills

    Did you know that the Gavarnie Valleys have 3 Nordic areas? Whether in Val d'Azun, Hautacam or Pont d'Espagne in Cauterets, the cross-country skiing sites offer unique panoramas of the mountains and very pleasant sporting sensations. Discover the benefits of this complete sport accessible to all! 

    Nordic skiing, cross-country skiing, what is it?  

    Nordic skiing brings together several Scandinavian-type disciplines, including cross-country skiing. The latter is practiced in Nordic ski areas, on groomed slopes. Two techniques exist, classic cross-country skiing and skating.  
    The first consists in progressing on two parallel rails by giving impulses forward sometimes with the left foot, sometimes with the right foot. The arms are the pendulum to accompany these movements.  
    The second technique, skating, also called the skater's step, is freer and allows you to progress by sliding like on ice skates, leaving a V-shaped track behind your passage.  

    Who is it for? 

    Very playful, cross-country skiing allows you to learn to glide gently, in a calm and safe environment. Light material and close-fitting clothing offer remarkable comfort, especially for children. 
    On the technical side, beginners will rather choose the classic, following the "rails". Skating, skater version, is reserved for more enduring athletes.   

    © Antoine Garcia
    Classic Nordic ski run in the Pyrenees
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    Cross-country skiing in a resort in the Pyrenees
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    Group of cross-country skiers on a trail in the Val d'Azun Nordic area

    A versatile sport 

    This sport brings the same benefits as running but without the impacts that can traumatize the joints.
    We work the cardio intensively and we burn a maximum of calories, we solicit the legs, the buttocks and the arms. A great sport to stay in shape! 
    Another advantage, it is a practice without ski lifts, we evolve on groomed slopes of course, but in places very little transformed by man.

    The atmosphere is hushed, far from the crowds… you are alone facing the restful calm of the mountain! 

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    Biathlon 

    For the most challengers, why not try biathlon? Combining cross-country skiing and shooting, this practice allows you to work on your endurance as well as your precision and your concentration, all this in the midst of sublime natural settings... 

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    Biathlon rifle in Val d'Azun

    Where to practice?  

    The Gavarnie Valleys are an ideal playground for Nordic ski enthusiasts. From a simple walk to a more athletic hike, let yourself be charmed by the beauty of the snowy landscapes.

    Val d'Azun Nordic area 

    In winter, the Val d'Azun turns into a paradise for Nordic ski enthusiasts. In the heart of its forests, more than 100km of tracks allow you to evolve in a preserved setting with an unobstructed view of the Pyrenean peaks. The Nordic Park is a fun way to learn about the pleasures of skiing in complete safety. Its two treadmills provide effortless access to cross-country, downhill and toboggan runs. 

    Skiing in the Nordic area Val d'Azun 

    © Antoine Garcia
    Cross-country ski trail with a view of the Gabizos massif
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    Alternative text (SEO) Cross-country ski trail that passes through the fir forest

    Cauterets – Spain Bridge 

    In Cauterets, the Pont d'Espagne hosts 36 km of Nordic trails in the heart of the Pyrenees National Park. Between snow-covered fir trees and crystallized waterfalls, the place is perfect for trying Nordic skiing.  
     
    Skiing at the Pont d'Espagne Nordic area 

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    Cross-country skiing in the Pyrenees National Park in Cauterets

    Hautacam 

    At Hautacam, the ridges offer a magnificent view of the valley. The 3 trails dedicated to Nordic skiing allow you to enjoy the panoramas while indulging in cross-country skiing. 

     
    Skiing in the Hautacam Nordic area 

    Manon Vallin
    Nordic skiing in Hautacam

    Gavarnie - Gedre  

    Climb into a snow groomer to reach the vast Saint-André plateau, nestled at an altitude of 2 m in the heart of the Gavarnie-Gèdre resort. Once there, a 075 km loop will allow you to learn skating on a green run or a blue run. All in an exceptional setting. 

    Skiing in the Nordic area of ​​Gavarnie-Gèdre 

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    Alternative text (SEO) Nordic ski run at the Gavarnie-Gèdre resort
     
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    Skiing with a shepherd 

    Baptiste and Yann, Nordic ski instructors and shepherds, offer beginners and contemplatives the opportunity to set off on the slopes of Val d'Azun for a discovery and gourmet outing. A simple moment when you understand that cross-country skiing is a useful means of transport when it snows. It is also an opportunity to go to the end of the experience and stop for an improvised snack on the slopes to taste their delicious farmhouse cheese. 
     
    Book your outing with a shepherd 

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    Alternative text (SEO) Tasting of farmer's cheese from the Pyrenees
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