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I've been hiking in the Pyrenees during the summer months and was keen to experience the mountains in the winter months. It was very easy to pick up snow shoeing (took less than 5 minutes) and was a great way to access the mountains in the snow. I would describe the walking/snow shoeing we did as 'gentle to moderate' rather than 'moderate to challenging' as written in the trip notes. We were often finished by early-mid afternoon and then ended up in a café for a coffee or beer each day. Personally I'd have preferred to walk for another couple of hours each day and spent less time in the cafes in Luchon.
Being out in the mountains in the snow with some amazing views at times when the clouds cleared.
There is never a dull moment with John around. He is very knowledgeable about the mountains and has some good stories to tell. When driving in wintry conditions safety was his top priority.
As a group we all struggled to find something we really wanted to do on the free day. Cross country skiing was not an option as John was too busy (we would have had to have exchanged a day of snow shoeing to do this). Due to avalanche risk in the higher areas there are limited options for walking/snow shoeing from La Feniere on your own, there is a limited amount of shopping/cafes/thermal baths/sightseeing to be done in Luchon, which left the ski resort above Luchon. If you wanted a ski lesson this had to be booked 24 hours in advance, and there were limited opportunities for wandering around/entertaining oneself if you didn't downhill ski.
The food provided was amazing and we were given a great recommendation for a restaurant for the free day.
A beautiful part of the Pyrenees - I've walked this area in Spring and Summer, and now I know Winter is just as good. Showshoing up the Pyrenees is no harder than walking up in Summer - and indeed going downhill is easier, the snow takes the shock rather than your knees. Wonderful chalet accommodation - the food was excellent and plenty of it.
Crossing the frontier to Spain at about 2200 metres, and looking down at the Aran Valley in blazing sunshine. Standing on a mountain ridge in February wearing a t-shirt and sun-screen.
Chris is a very good leader - some of the routes had potential for real hazard, but he got us across safely.
Even in Winter, take some hot-weather clothing. I wore pile saloperttes, which were excellent for the conditions expected in February - but we had 4 brilliant sunny days, and I was sweltering going uphill!
The chalet "La Feniere" is a wonderful spot. Bagneres de Luchon around the valley is one of my favourite towns of the Pyrenees, and up from the chalet is Superbagneres - on our rest day I took the cable-car up to the top and walked down to the chalet, spotting lizards already running around the sunny walls - and this was February. Braver souls arranged tandem para-gliding from the top, while others hired skis for the day. Definitely there's a lot to do.
Great walking and snowshoeing all week. Lots of variety in the walks - snowfields, hills, woods etc. , all with excellent views. Accommodation fine with the bonus of excellent food and plenty of it!
Got to be the wild boar!
A character and a half with excellent local knowledge!
Even well established ski resorts have trouble guaranteeing good snow conditions throughout the season, but we have the great advantage that we can operate in a variety of snow conditions which skiers might find difficult. There is generally good snow cover throughout our snowshoeing season, but at times we may have days when we will be walking below the snowline. In light snow conditions you might expect to begin walking with your snowshoes strapped to your pack, then stop to put them on as we reach more consistent snow-cover. Usually April departures may be spring-like, with snow on the top, and wild flowers appearing at lower levels, although recent years have had late heavy snowfalls.
Danuta Janik - Customer Operations
Our private lodge, La Fenière is a lovely converted stone barn situated in the Vallee du Lys, just a stone’s throw from the highest peaks that form the border. The comfortable lounge/ dining room is equipped with a wood burning stove, a well stocked bar, an iPod docking station and WIFI access. There are 5 simple twin rooms with basins. Bathroom and shower facilities are shared.
Rachel George - European Operations
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