This eastern Pyrénean ski town is set in a beautiful wide valley overlooking Lac de Matemale. It retains areas of wilderness and forests together with open mountain vistas. The area is also popular for downhill and cross-country skiing. Les Angles is an deal snowshoeing destination for all levels of ability. Surrounded by spectacular mountain scenery your are sure of an exhilarating and enjoyable snowshoeing trip.

The day-walks through rolling terrain, ideal for all levels of snowshoeing ability. Surrounded by spectacular mountain scenery this is a short break of great snowshoeing. Starting each day at 9.00am we aim to be off the mountain between 3.30 and 4.00pm, allowing time to enjoy some relaxation in the cafés and bars in Les Angles.

Each snowshoe walk will use the best of the snowshoe trails depending on the condition of the snow and weather.

Itinerary:

Day 1: Airport pick-up or overland joining of group at Perpignan. Drive to Les Angles (1840m), journey time of around 90 minutes.

Day 2 - 4: We drive to the route for the day which will be dependent on snow conditions and weather. If the trip is in spring, there may be some walking involved before starting to snowshoe. For some routes we can start directly from the village.

The area around Les Angles provides a great variety of snowshoeing choices, which includes an ascent to Puig del Pam (2470m), with a stunning mountain vistas from the top, Another day starts at the ski station of St Pierre del Forcat (1684m). This walk goes up the ski slope and then contours on a wide track to the Rui de Planes valley through some lovely woodland. Another route starts at Formigueres ski station (1740m) up to a refuge and onto the Cabana de la Balmets (2122m) back to Les Angles.

Snowshoeing is less about distances and more about the terrain. We will be on the mountain from about 10am and finish the day around 3.30pm, stopping for a picnic lunch along the way. Naturally, as we are in the mountains there will be some steep ascents and descents, up to a total of around 500 - 700m in a day.

Day 5: Departure day and transfer to Perpignan Airport.

PLEASE NOTE: The programme is designed to provide the most varied, challenging, but enjoyable days out in the mountains. However, weather and snow conditions may necessitate a change to the order of the programme. Safety is our primary concern so at times routes may be used which are equally enjoyable, but more suited to the prevailing conditions.

Arrivals and Departures:

We provide a group pick-up and drop-off at Perpignan Airport meeting either Ryanair flights from UK. We also provide transfers to and from Perpignan train station. For those travelling by other means, please let us know if you will be meeting the group at Perpignan or making your own way to Les Angles. Other nearby airports include Carcassonne (France) or Girona (Spain).

Accommodation and Meals:

Our accommodation is in either a ski chalet and B&B, located in the heart of Les Angles. The short break trip price includes five nights’ accommodation. Prices are based on two people sharing. Please contact us for single supplement pricing. All breakfasts and four packed lunches and four evening meals are included.

Grades:

Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need the fitness level of a mountaineer to snowshoe. However, you do need a good level of fitness that includes being able to walk comfortably for up to 4 to 5 hours at a steady pace. Ascents and descents are comparable to walking in any rolling mountainous terrain.

Equipment:

Snowshoes, poles and transceivers will be provided. For clothing bring a good layering system as it can get very warm, but then easily become quite cold. Essential to your normal walking clothing are: warm hat, gloves, waterproof jacket, waterproof trousers, fleece, sunglasses, sunscreen, water bottle (1 litre min), 3-season walking boots, 35-50 litre rucksack with the ability to attach snowshoes to the outside.

Optional are: hot water flask, gaiters

Note: Camelbacks or Platypus ‘s are not suitable to use for water as they can either freeze up or become very cold on your back.

Insurance:

Insurance is compulsory. Evidence of insurance will be required. Please check with your insurer that helicopter evacuation is included and that there is no restriction to the height you can ascend. Many insurers now have restrictions at 2000m.

Please ensure you have read the Booking Terms and Conditions.