Posted on 17th March 2015.

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We recently had a short break in the eastern Pyrénées, France, to discover the great snowshoeing trails there. Based in the ski village of Les Angles, we had two terrific days of snowshoeing with clients and three IML aspirants. This meant there was no shortage of people to navigate off-piste as well as sharing knowledge of trees, animal tracks, animal winter-eating habits etc.

The first day was in light snow and, although the temperature did get to minus 3C, it was fantastic route to a highest point at 1992m and through wonderful woodlands.

The second day was in bright sunshine after a big snowfall the previous night. We snowshoed straight from the village and ‘hand railed’ beside a ski slope up to a ridge at 1900m. Then down into a spectacular wide, open basin to the ruins of Iglesieta de Valiserra (1656m). Then along a stunning valley, through soft snow back up through woodlands and a return to the village.

There are a lot of wonderful snowshoe trails here and we hope to run more trips from Les Angles next year. Meanwhile this year we’re running a new short break: April - 11 - 15, and a few places are still available. The price is £470 and airport transfers are either for Beziers or Perpignan. Please get in touch if you’re interested in coming too.