It's the largest ski resort in the French Pyrenees, where the French and Spanish ski but few Brits. Great range of runs and backs on to the beautiful Neouvielle reserve, for stunning off-piste, ski-touring and snow-shoeing. You'll need a bit of French to get by but you'll be rewarded by friendly locals, lamb chops the size of your head, and quality dining in traditional restaurants. Everything is reasonably priced (ie cheaper than the Alps and Andorra) and good value. What keeps us coming back is the combination of great skiing and food, based in a traditional mountain village (Bareges) rather than a purpose-built resort town.
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