Come winter the white mountain peaks around Mauleon Barousse remind you how close you are to the ski resorts and in the perfect spot to enjoy skiing holidays Pyrenees.
Having long suffered as the poor relation to the Alps, there is excellent skiing and snowboarding here but as the entire mountain range remains highly underrated the Pyrenees remains a hidden gem enjoyed by the locals and those who have been lucky enough to discover its charms.
With little evidence of the overcrowding seen elsewhere (except possibly at weekends), the Pyrenees can provide a far more carefree skiing experience. Development has been gradual so most resorts have maintained an air of village charm and beauty. Substantial investment in the lift systems means the gap between the Alps and the Pyrenees continues to diminish.
There are over 50 resorts across the Pyrenees and 4 within an easy distance of La Vieille Ferme. Choose between compact family ski resorts such as Le Mourtis and Luchon Superbagnere, James Bond's Peyragudes with its 70km of intermediate slopes and quality off piste or the Spanish monarchy's favourite - Baqueira Beret, just over the border in Spain