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Font Romeu

Take one old-as-the-hills village and add a newer mountain base station. Connect them up to one of the biggest downhill and cross country ski areas in the region and douse the whole region with dazzling sunshine... You've got Font Romeu, and you'll soon see why this is one of the best winter destinations in the Pyrenees.

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At a glance: • Catalan Pyrenees • Sunny ski resort • Near Andorra & Spain

Great for: • Cross country • Beginners • Families

Take one old-as-the-hills village and add a newer mountain base station. Connect them up to one of the biggest downhill and cross country ski areas in the region and douse the whole region with dazzling sunshine... You've got Font Romeu, and you'll soon see why this is one of the best winter destinations in the Pyrenees.

Font Romeu Resort

Often crowned the queen of the French Pyrenees, the Font Romeu area brings together an old mountain village (Font Romeu), a steadily growing ski base station (Bolquere Pyrénées 2000), 43km of downhill slopes and a 110km cross country area.

Both the Font Romeu and Pyrénées 2000 bases have lift access to the slopes, but Pyrénées 2000 is the only one you can only ski back to (via blue, red and black runs). To make getting around easy, a bus also runs between the two.

Winter is when Font comes alive - in the summer it hibernates, unless you’re among the likes of Mo Farah who come here for the National Altitude Training Centre, or the scientists who test temperature limits at the Heliodyssée Solar Centre.

And what a winter it wakes up for – this is said to be France’s sunniest ski resort, and the nearness to Spain and Andorra (Barcelona = 2-hour drive away) has created a strong Catalan character throughout. The atmosphere is infectiously relaxed – some describe it as beach-like – with tapas bars and big sun terraces to soak up all that sunshine.

Stats & FAQ

Location: Pyrénées-Orientales, France

Established: 1937

Open: December - April

Downhill: 41 runs / 43km

View our detailed Font Romeu snow forecast or snow report and see all live webcams, piste maps, road and travel maps and lift pass prices. For a picture of historic snow conditions see the snow depths month by month with our Font Romeu snow history.

Nearest Airport & Transfer Time:
Perpignan–Rivesaltes Airport92km, 1.5 hours
Carcassonne Airport128km, 2.5 hours
Toulouse Blagnac Airport198km, 2h45
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  • 25 runs

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  • 9 runs

Top Altitude:2213m
Bottom Altitude:1712m
Resort Altitude:1775m (Font Romeu) 1777m (Pyrenees 2000)
Longest run:
Slope Orientation:S N E
Vertical Drop:501m
Skiable Vertical:
Night Skiing:Yes
Glacier:No

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Downhill Runs:41 runs / 43km
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Lift Pass Price: €187 (adult 6 day alpine ski pass) €45 (adult 6 day nordic ski pass)
Nearby resorts: Les Angles

Skiing/BoardingSkiing in Font Romeu

ESF, ESI and the Ski Ecole Pyrénées teach beginners and improvers here, and the Espace Ludique is designed to help leaners get to grips with the pistes on seven gentle greens, including a fun nature themed run for children. There’s also a mini slalom and boarder cross course to boost confidence and keep things exciting.

When you’re up for a longer descent, ski the green Retour Airelles from Roc de la Calme – it has nice, wide bits with trees on either side and gorgeous views over the valley and surrounding peaks. From Gallinera, the Ceinture is another easy-going piste for perfecting the snowplough.

Moving on up, favourite blue descents include taking the Sapinettes from Gallinera and connecting onto Primevere for a run down to Pyrenees 2000.

Reds stream down both sides of the Roc de la calme, and to up the ante on the Pradeilles side you can duck out of the Paul Ribell black for an easier ride to base, or continue for a hair raising run down…. There are a handful of black pistes around the Gallinera area – Championnat from Retour Airelles and north facing Record being two of the best.

Unlike its name suggests, La Calme is your area for technical challenges – the mogul field has been a permanent fixture since the European Cup in 2012 and there are two slalom runs to tackle. The snowpark has hosted the Freestyle World Cup with its ten hectares of terrain (a jibbing area, two air bags, two boardercrosses and a cracking mix of modules).

110km of trails for cross country skiers makes this the top destination for Nordic skiing in Europe – glide through forest, along frozen rivers and over some seriously scenic terrain.

Font Romeu Apres Ski

Apres ranges from coffee and cakes at L'apres-ski to nights at the casino, with its 37 slot machines, lounge bar and nightclub.

If (like us) you couldn’t possibly spend a week skiing without a decent dose of cheesy goodness, head to La Ferme des Lloses. Here, not only can you feast on the likes of fondue paired with local wine, you can also buy their cheeses to take home with you. For even more in the cheese department, try La Fromagerie where they make a cracking tartiflette. Meanwhile, La Marmotte does incredible crepes, while L’Estrella is popular for some of the best pizzas around. La Table des Saveurs is worth booking if you’re celebrating a special occasion – the dishes are presented gorgeously and if you can bag a table by the window there are amazing views over the mountains.

Other activities include dog sledding, snowshoeing and bowling at L’Elan in Pyrenees 2000.

Best time to go

Best time to ski Font Romeu

When is the best time to ski Font Romeu?

With some of the best artificial snowmaking in the Pyrenees (500 snow cannons covering 85% of the area), the resort moves mountains to provide an extra layer of snow when needed. This neck of the woods is said to get more sunshine than any other French ski resort (3000 hours a year), meaning the best time to visit is usually the middle of the season when sunny days compliment cold nights and good snow depths.

Peak Dates

A festive market, performances, pyrotechnics and appearance of Santa Claus make for a wonderful Christmas in Font Romeu.

See in the New Year in Font Romeu with fireworks and a big celebration arranged by the tourist office.

Ski in sunshine and make the most of the excellent family facilities over Half Term in Font Romeu.

Easter in Font Romeu tends to be gloriously warm and sunny – perfect for early morning ski sessions and lazy afternoons soaking up the rays.

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Families in Font Romeu

The French tourism board has given Font Romeu the Famille Plus label in light of its excellent offerings for young skiers. Covering 20 hectares, the Espace Ludique area was designed with beginners in mind, combining gentle, sunny slopes with fun features like mini-boardercrosses, an easy slalom and a sledding run. Such sunny slopes make a brilliant environment for young skiers, who shouldn’t feel the cold as much as they might in higher north-facing resorts. The après ski here is very family focussed, with the chance to challenge each other at bowling, tuck into the kid's menus at Le Bistro des Lloses and Le Table des Saveurs or treat everyone to an unforgettable dog sledding experience. And if the little monkeys are booked into kid's club, the hot springs are always at hand for some youtime…

GroupsGroup Holidays Font Romeu

Whether you’re a group of downhill skiers and snowboarders, cross country skiers or a marvellous mix of both, the terrain here can suit groups down to a Tee. We love the relaxed pace of life in resort, for a week focussed on snow, sun, food, wine and good times together. As the day draws to a close, gather together for drinks at L'apres-ski or share a fondue at Ferme des Lloses. There’s always the casino if you fancy a night out, or bowling at L’Elan in 2000.

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