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Font Romeu – Pyrénées 2000

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The Font Romeu Pyrénées 2000 ski resort is a must-see for those who want to make the right choice when choosing any snow and mountain holidays in the Pyrenees. Its ski area covers 4 sectors: Pyrénées 2000, Aveillans, Calme and Airelles.

The ski resort holds many alpine trails, each with unique characteristics that differentiate from sector to sector, as you take into account their different infrastructures and how they are equipped.

The Font Romeu ski resort

The history of the resort of Font Romeu dates back to mid-1968, when the entrepreneur Constance Durban had the brilliant idea of creating a small ski resort. Although it is not very central, it is the highest resort in France, situated at 1,593m. The municipality was very supportive of the creation of a ski resort, with the intention of first opening the planned ski lifts to the south, leaving the north face facing Les Angles.

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The Font Romeu ski resort

The ski slopes

Font Romeu is one of the most famous ski resorts in the south of France. Its ski area is combined with that of the Pyrenees 2000, so that the two complexes have 44 km of downhill ski runs and 111 km of Nordic ski runs, which are necessary if we want to enjoy the snow without crowds. All this in an area where the beautiful landscapes of French Sardinia are combined with a pleasant family atmosphere.

Its facilities include 22 marked circuits, 41 ski runs, a network of 504 snow cannons, 23 lifts, 1 snowpark, 1 gondola, 1 play area, 2 toboggan runs, 4 ski schools and 1 biathlon stadium. However, the jewel in the crown is the 20-hectare play area to enjoy the descents in a wooded and panoramic environment, mainly intended for children and beginners.

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Snow in Font Romeu

Ski resort activities 

In case you are a snowboarder, the resort has one of the reference snowparks in Europe, which has been completely renovated in order to host various international sporting events. In fact, in December 2017, the resort celebrated no less than the Freestyle World Cup on its facilities.

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Snowboard competition in Font Romeu (Source: Facebook Official)

In addition to many advantages for beginners and children, the resort offers a range of alternatives to skiing so that no one is left without enjoying the snow. One of the most popular activities is snowshoeing.

In addition, Font Romeu has up to 11 routes for this practice. The most common, of about 4 kilometres with a gentle gradient, goes from the Pleta de Farnés to the Coll del Pam viewpoint. Another experience that appeals to young and old alike is the Snake Gliss, a curious way of descending by sledge. It is done on a series of platforms that descend together, making them move like a snake on the snow. And you’ll love it!

Sledding is fun, but a giant float is even more fun. That’s why this one offers snowtubing. It goes downhill at full speed on groomed slopes at over 40 km/h. Enjoy a descent with potholes, jumps, wrong turns and end up crashing. In short, a crazy downhill with guaranteed laughter!

Sustainable development of the Font Romeu ski resort

Some resorts, including Font Romeu Pyrenees 2000, are committed to sustainable development each season.

FOR YEARS, THEY HAVE BEEN USING RENEWABLE ENERGY AND RESPECTING THE ENVIRONMENT THROUGH SMALL GESTURES THAT IMPROVE THE SUSTAINABILITY OF THE MOUNTAINS.

What are they doing to respect the environment? All resorts are powered exclusively by renewable electricity. In addition, they use stride optimisation and snow production systems. The path of the snow machines is monitored to reduce fuel consumption and produce only the amount of snow needed. Less fuel, less water, less electricity.

In addition, three very interesting initiatives have been carried out: no cigarette butts on the slopes to keep the mountains clean, so special bins have been placed to dispose of cigarette butts. Recycling of ski passes and selective recycling of waste and that all machines in the resorts use bio-oil.

Unforgettable experiences in Font Romeu

One experience not to be missed is the torchlight descent. A unique experience that will make you enjoy the mountain landscape as you have never seen it before, accompanied by family or friends. In addition, this activity should not be accompanied by wine or hot chocolate so that the body does not fall apart. Don’t hesitate to come and enjoy it!

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Torchlighting in Font Romeu (Source: Facebook Official)
It is worth mentioning that the Font Romeu instructors are very sensitive to the needs of disabled people, so the resort offers an unforgettable experience for everyone’s enjoyment, handiskiing ! Trained instructors can accompany people with reduced mobility on outings to discover the resort or to accompany their family or friends in complete safety!

Font Romeu mountain resort in summer

In summer, a wide variety of activities are available: hiking or horseback riding, mountain biking, white water sports (canyoning, rafting, hydrospeed), quad biking, fishing and much more.

The Cerdanya is rich, with more than 400 km of paths and marked trails that cross sumptuous landscapes and a constellation of lakes… Even if you don’t like golf, weekends or long stays, the Font-Romeu Golf Club will seduce you.

Visiting the resort of Font-Romeu during the summer is a different way to enjoy the mountains. Away from the stress of city life, a holiday in the mountains of Font-Romeu Pyrénées 2000 offers you a combination of peace, beauty and adrenaline-filled adventure. If you are looking for an outdoor getaway, this is your place.

Hotels in Font Romeu

Hotel des Pyrénées ***

The Hotel des Pyrénées is located in Font Romeu, 200 metres from the ski lifts. It features a seasonal spa with an indoor pool, hammam and whirlpool. It offers views of the Pyrenees mountains.

Rooms have a private balcony and the restaurant offers a selection of regional dishes in a dining room with panoramic views. In addition, they have an indoor swimming pool so you can relax after a day of skiing.

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Hotel des Pyrénées (Source: pyrenees-hotel.fr)

Hotel Le Grand Tétras ***

The hotel is located in the centre of Font-Romeu, close to shops, restaurants, tennis courts, cable car, a golf course, a casino and ski slopes.

It offers free access to an indoor swimming pool, a spa with sauna and gym, as well as a roof terrace with whirlpool and luxury terrace with panoramic mountain views. The rooms have a balcony with a view of the surroundings.

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Hotel le Grand Tétras (Source: www.hotelgrandtetras.fr)

Hôtel Carlit ***

Le Carlit is located in Font-Romeu-Odeillo-Via, in the Pyrénées-Orientales, 150 metres from the cable cars, which offer direct access to the ski slopes. It features a spa and a hammam free of charge for guests.

The Hotel Carlit’s restaurant serves traditional cuisine prepared with regional products. It also has a lounge with a large fireplace and a pool table.

You can also enjoy massages and beauty treatments and visit the hotel’s whirlpool, steam bath and fitness room.

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Hotel Carlit (Source: www.carlit-hotel.com)

Skiing in Font Romeu: the main strengths of the resort

✅ A wide range of family-friendly services.

✅ Proximity of the accommodation to the ski slopes, in the village of Font Romeu itself.

✅ Activities adapted to disabled people, such as handiskiing.

✅ Ski and snowboard schools with experienced teachers.