Those in the French Pyrenees tend to be much smaller than some of the better known resorts elsewhere, but as a result you get much more (quality) time on the slopes.
At times it really can feel like you have your own private resort, especially if you're able to avoid the school holidays. Eating out during the day is also much better value than some of the 'big name' resorts.
We're just a 10 minute walk from the gondola that takes you to this small and family friendly resort.
There is a large green 'bowl' close to the gondola, and more challenging terrain is just a chair lift away. Non-skiers can also enjoy the mountain top activities.
Highlights include a small area for cross country skiing and a snowpark as well as numerous cafes for a cheeky Vin Chaud.
Leave your equipment at one of the towns many hire shops and walk home taking in the cafe culture on the way back to Villa Gracieuse.
Another small, yet more challenging resort is just a 20 minute drive away.
Located on one of the famous Tour de France climbs, this resort boasts beautiful views over two valleys. Remote restaurants and empty pistes as well as the snowpark are definitely a draw to this resort. You can even tread in the footsteps of James Bond and ski the 007 piste - used in 'Tomorrow never dies'.
A little further afield (a 45 minute transfer) there is the area of Le Mourtis offering orienteering, tobogganing and snowshoeing circuits in addition to skiing, snowboarding and a snowpark.
In just over an hour you can be enjoying Spain's biggest ski resort with two snow parks, over 1000m of vertical ascent and marked ski safaris where you can enjoy a varied and challenging day out.
A 45 minute drive (weather dependant) will get you to one of the larger resorts in the French Pyreneés.