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Snowshoeing and Afghanistan

Snowshoe day trips out to Marcadau Valley and Hautacam Nov 2010.

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Late October Snow

Some Australian visitors had the great joy of early October snow in autumn 2009. The snow mixed with the autumn leaves was quite beautiful. The ever spectacular Gavarnie Cirque was made even more so under its first winter snow

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Col du Tourmalet

The Col du Tourmalet is now open.  Good news for all wanting to take in the views and it means that access to Pic du Midi, via La Mongie, is possible from the Luz Valley.

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Flight disruption this Summer?

                    Flights all over Europe may be disrupted this summer due to continued eruptions from volcanos in Iceland, or so said the news here in France last night.  One more reason to take the train… This Daily Telegraph article gives an informative summary of

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News and Views January 2011

News & Views January 2011 How do tourism and pastoralism interact with protected national parks and nature reserves in the Pyrenees?  How are the natural and cultural landscapes changing? How can we strike a balance between traditional and modern accommodation standards,

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Col d’Aubisque open

The Col d’Aubisque opened yesterday afternoon (Tuesday 1st June).  A gorgeous drive (or cycle), and well worth the detour if you are coming into the Argeles or Luz valleys.

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Spring 2013 update

 Straight from Winter to Summer? I guess it will arrive in a big rush sometime around the start of June. Winter will disappear and summer will be upon us. Spring will have been bypassed. While I am dreaming of 25°C it

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Autumn falls, first snows

Wake early. Throw back the shutters. Lying in bed watching the snowflakes softly tumble from the slate grey sky. No secret what it all means. I’ve heard the storks overhead in the night, flying south to sunnier climbs. I’ve felt the

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European Snow Forecast

Will it snow this winter?? If climatologists and meteorologists could predict the harshness of the winter season with any accuracy airlines, hydropower plants, fuel suppliers, road maintenance teams, and us, the general public, would all save a great deal of time

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Apocalyptic Snow Feb 2015

Crazy snow conditions early Feb 2015 For those of you who didn’t follow the whole episode intently on social media here is a taste of the madness. From James Connaughton, intrepid Aussie photographer in the valley, came the first lot of

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Winter Newsletter 2015

Why March is perfect for snowshoeing and ski touring Inspired by a question from a South Australian client about whether March was too late in the season for snowshoeing I thought I’d give an idea about why March is actually a

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Winter Newsletter 2016

Winter forecast, avalanche science and neurotransmitters at altitude It seems pertinent to be writing about the 2016 winter forecast during COP21 in Paris. Here’s hoping some sensible, and radical, propositions can be agreed upon so our ski fields survive into the

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Early January Winter Revitilise

A great week despite the patchy snow! Two Australian guests took advantage of our Winter Revitalise week in early January. Staying in Blue Cairn Cottage, we can organise this week from two people only – you have  Beginning each day with

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