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Food

  • All breakfasts and 7 dinners are included All breakfasts and evening meals are taken in the hotel restaurant, which offers hearty local specialities.  In addition one 1/4 litre of house wine is included per person each evening. Lunches are not included, giving you the opportunity to eat what you like while skiing. There will be the opportunity on some days to eat in a mountain hut for lunch. On other days we might get some things from the local bakery and supermarkets and enjoy a picnic.

Activities

  • Winter
  • Cross-Country Skiing
  • 1

    Start Bolquère.

    Our trip begins in Bolquère, a small village perched high in the Pyrenees which boasts France's highest working railway station at 1593 metres. This part of the Pyrenees is close to the Spanish border and also has a proud Catalan heritage. Spanish and Catalan can be heard as much as French and even the road signs are in both Catalan and French.

  • 2

    An introductory day refreshing skills on easy tracks around Bolquère and the forested area of Les Estanyols. Lunch will normally be taken at a café in Pyrenées 2000.

    Our first task will be to pick up our ski passes. For this you will need a passport sized photo. This gives us access to the full range of skiing in the area. Les Estanyols is an area close to Bolquère offering some easy trails to get us up and running. Lunch is usually taken in a café in the nearby resort of Pyrenees 2000.

  • 3

    Skiing further afield, including le Col de la Llose.

    The extensive tracks at Les Estanyols mean we are likely to pay it another visit and try the delightful La Tête circuit which follows the river of the same name. There is also plenty of excellent skiing to be had at the Col de la Llose at an altitude of 1861m, with several routes available. A particular highlight here is to ski along the broad ridge with views to the Mediterranean on a clear day. Lunch spots will depend on our routes but The Refuge du Col del Torn at 1860m is a great place to enjoy the mountainscape and some traditional local food.

  • 5

    Free day, with a range of activity options and excursions including snowshoeing, downhill skiing or cultural sightseeing.

    Today is free. Active options include downhill skiing, snowshoeing or self guided cross-country skiing. Alternatively the "Petit Train Jaune" or Little Yellow Train from Bolquère station offers a scenic way to visit the fortified town of Villefranche de Conflent or the thermal baths at St Thomas.

  • 6

    A day skiing at La Calme.

    Starting at an altitude of 2050m, we will spend a day at La Calme, an open mountain area with a tremendous choice of circuits to suit all tastes. For those up to it, the highlight is reaching the summit of Roc de la Calme at 2213m. It should be possible to have lunch at the traditional Refuge de la Calme.

  • 7

    Another delightful forest area, La Quillane, with a range of interesting circuits. Lunch can be taken at the nearby Station de La Quillane

    Just over 10km away from Bolquere lies La Quillane, a small ski resort which is a great start point for some quiet forest trails and an interesting range of circuites. The resort itself provides a good location for a lunch stop. **

  • 8

    End Bolquere

    The trip ends in Boqluere. **

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