Skiing in Ax Les Thermes
The word Ax comes from the latin “Aquae” meaning water and les Thermes are the hottest thermal waters in the Pyrenees springing out of the ground at a temperature of 78 degrees. The natural sulphur and sodium in the water results in a thermal spa which has been used since before the 13th century to treat rheumatism and various respiratory problems. For a good view of this ancient city you can climb up to the statue on the Rock of the Blessed Virgin which overlooks the resort.
The resort is ideal for families, groups of friends or couples looking for a relaxing holiday. There is not a lot of nightlife, but there are bars to go to for a drink in the evening. There is one night club in resort.
Skiing & Boarding in Ax Les Thermes
The skiing in from Bonascre which is accesible by road or telecabine from Ax. Bonascre is at 1400m and the skiing goes up to 2400m. There are 80km of pisted runs, but also many more off piste runs. There's good beginner area and some excellent challenging runs on the 5 blacks and the off piste. There's also a snow park and the area has 2 mountain restaurants.
Staying in Ax Les Thermes
Most of the accommodation is down in Ax where we feature a range of hotels and apartments . There are bars, restaurants, a supermarket, shops, railways station, banks, chemist, post office, casino, tourist office and of course the thermal baths. Until recently Le Teich (Open March to November) were the thermal baths used by visitors to the resort . The residence Grand Tetras also houses Le Modele which is available to residents (see Grand Tetras for more information)
A new complex – Les Bains de Couloubret – opened a few years and is a popular place to go after skiing. There is a large thermal pool , 2 outdoor pools, sauna, hammam, Jacuzzis, cold plunge pool, warmer pools with waterjets – in short plenty to relax you after a hard day on the slopes. See Doingmore for more information/prices.
Doing more in Ax Les Thermes
There are plenty of activities for non skiers too
Other activities include
- Dog Sledding
- Bowling alley
There is a train station at Ax Les Thermes making it a very accessible resort. The best option is to take the Friday evening train from Paris. The train leaves circa 21.56 and you will wake up in the morning to find yourself in the Pyrenees.
This is a great option to be able to ski for 7 days or even possible 8 days.
Getting to Paris on the Friday can either be by Eurostar or fly - as many UK airports offer a Paris service.
If you would like a quote for a train inclusive holiday to Ax email us your details - let us know the number of people travelling, your preferred dates and preferred accommodation.
Got some questions about the resort?
Call us on 0203 137 7678; email us your questions