The Pont d'Espagne site

Wild and unspoilt nature in the heart of the Pyrenees National Park
and magical landscapes with stark constrasts...

Where ?

7 km from Cauterets


Cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, tobogganing and beginner downhill skiing


1500 m

The Pont d'Espagne

Located 7 km from Cauterets, at 1500 meters above sea level, the Pont d'Espagne site will immerse you in wild and unspoiled nature in the heart of the Pyrenees National Park (classified and protected site) and magical landscapes with stark contrasts. This is where the Gaube chairlift and the Marcadau valley both begin.  Refered to as "Little Canada", the site is surrounded by prestigious peaks, including the famous Vignemale at a height of 3,298 metres.

Once a pastoral route, the “Pont d'Espagne” was at one time a commercial trading route with Spain. This valley rich in waterfalls, lakes and landscapes is today classified "Grand Site Occitanie" (Major sites of Occitanie). It is an ideal place to learn downhill skiing on gentle slopes, to go snowshoeing or to be enticed into cross country skiing across plateaus and amongst pine forest.

Alpine skiing and Nordic skiing

Nestled between two mountains, the beginner's area, allows young and old to learn the basics of alpine skiing in the best conditions. The most experienced can head for the gladed runs near the Gaube Chairlift amidst a magical winter wonderland landscape.

36 km of slopes make this an exceptional site for cross-country skiing, between fir trees and waterfalls on the Clot or Cayan plateau.

Download the Pont d'Espagne piste map.

Snowshoes and sledging

To make the most of nature's calm and her rolling landscape take to the 6 km of marked trails which allow you to enjoy the best of winter be it snowshoeing or on foot.

Discover and admire this magical place from the fenced off and secure toboggan run, a delight for everyone.

Supervised snowshoe walks

Mountain guides offer weekly snowshoe walks suitable for all levels: beginners or advanced, thematic: wildlife watching, night walks, igloo building, peak hikes, discovery trips to hidden valleys, etc.

Thanks to them, you will head to areas where others may not not been and you will discover places that you would not normally not have ben able to. Let the knowledge of these mountain professionals guide you and leave you with long lasting memories!

A full list of guided tours is availble in tourist offices.

Download the Pont d'Espagne piste map.

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