THE WINTER IN THE OSSAU VALLEY
The apartments Maison la Douane are in a perfect location for all kinds of winter sports. They are located 10 km from the Artouste ski station, 17 km from the ski resort of Gourette and 30 km from Formigal.
Artouste (10 km from Maison la Douane) 25 km of slopes. Economic package and little influx of people. They only have two green tracks, so skiers with some experience are recommended. More information in:
Gourette (17 km from Maison la Douane) 30 km of slopes. Ski school Ski for all levels. You have to leave the car in the Ley car park and go up with all the equipment with the cable car (free) that starts at 8:45 in the morning. Above the ski passes are purchased and there are also all kinds of services: rental of equipment, restaurants. The passes once purchased can be reloaded through your mobile app.
In addition to skiing, in the National Park of the Pyrenees there are different routes of snowshoeing. The tourism office of the Ossau Valley offers guided excursions to enjoy this sport with total safety and tranquility.
REST OF THE YEAR IN OSSAU VALLEY
They deserve a visit to the beautiful villages that populate the Ossau Valley, visit the Valentin waterfall, walk along the Bious-Artigues lake, see the Gorges de Bitet, a family walk in the natural area of Castet or walk the mountains with the little train of Artouste, which is the highest tourist train in Europe. After a day of sightseeing you can relax in the spas of Eaux-Chaudes or Eaux-Bonnes.
Go up and walk through the Col d’Aubisque and the Col de Marie Blanche.
Petit train d’Artouste. Essential if traveling with children. In high season it is necessary to buy tickets in advance, at the box office or online, at:
Espace naturel du lac de Castet. (17 km from maison la douane)
Go up and walk through the cols d’Aubisque and Marie Blanche or enjoy the rivers and paths that run along the D-934 road.
The Ossau Valley is the starting point of countless hiking trails of all levels, some of which reach beautiful high mountain lakes. Mountain bikers will find about twenty routes marked for all levels as well. And road cyclists will have the opportunity to climb the Pourtalet cabbage or the Aubisque cabbage enjoying the beautiful landscapes of the French Pyrenees. Lovers of canyoning, kayaking or climbing will also find their place in the Ossau Valley.
OUR SELECTION OF WALKING ROUTES
Our selection of hiking routes includes 5 beautiful walks that have the starting point next to the D-934 road between Maison la Douane and Portalet. The tourist information office of Laruns has made, in turn, a collection of walks throughout the entire Ossau Valley, encompassing all categories of difficulty and many of them adapted to families with children.
1. TOUR DES LACS D’AYOUS. From Bious artigues (at 13 Km from Maison la Douane):
2. TOUR DU PIC DU MIDI D’OSSAU. From Bious artigues 17 Km – height difference of 817 m:
3. LAC D’ISABE. From Gorges du Bitet (5.6 km from Maison la Douane)
4. LAC D’ER. From Gabas (9 km from Maison la Douane)
5. MONTAGNON D’ISEYE. From Goust (3 km from Maison la Douane)
The practice of mountain biking in the heart of the National Park is prohibited. However, the tourist information office has published 18 circuits for all levels. In the following link you will find the descriptions, maps and tracks of each route.
In Laruns there is an establishment where you rent electric mountain bikes: