The French Pyrénées offer a variety of great value, family-friendly ski resorts, yet these currently tend to be more popular with locals, so they provide great investment opportunities. The Bolquere Pyrénées 2000 resort is a modern development, offering the largest ski area in the Eastern Pyrénées. The ski resort is close to the popular ski village of Font-Romeu and is part of an area that included Les Angles, Artouste and La Mongie to name a few.
You may not experience the sophistication epitomised by the traditional Alps resorts when you holiday in the French Pyrénées, however, you'll certainly discover a hearty welcome in this part of France. The Pyrénées mountain range forms a natural, rugged frontier between Spain and Franc, stretching from the Mediterranean Sea to the Atlantic Ocean. There are plenty of villages and ski resorts at different altitudes, allowing experienced skiers to experience a variety of runs or off-piste skiing.
The French side of the Pyrénées is known as the Midi-Pyrénées and covers an area of over 45,000km2. The area was renamed the Occitanie in 2016 and has a total population of almost three million people. Locals may speak French, Spanish, Catalan or Basque and a common farming feature of the area is the movement of cattle and sheep up to higher grounds in the summer months.
In the winter, you can expect around 280cm of total annual snowfall in the area and around 10 days of snowfall throughout the season, with a maximum of 50cm recorded on one day. Summer usually treats it milder, tending towards the warm weather of its neighbour, Spain. For updated snow and weather reports, take a look at our Pyrénées 2000 resort guide here.
Living in Pyrénées 2000 and Things To Do
The Pyrénées 2000 resort is at an altitude of 1650m to 2213m and is a delightful village location, with stone houses, narrow streets and plenty of activities for visitors of any age. The village is surrounded by dense forests and is a charming holiday destination at any time of year but comes into its own during the winter months. You can enjoy horse riding, hiking, cycling the mountain tracks, white water sports and lots more throughout the year.
This beautiful ski resort offers loads of amazing, scenic views and you're sure to appreciate the fresh, alpine air throughout your visit. The resort has 58km of slopes for skiers or snowboard enthusiasts. Elevations range between 1,650m and 2,213m. Families and novice skiers will be particularly happy with the nursery slopes, but the resort also offers lots of challenging runs and black runs for experienced skiers.
A ski school is available for more structured learning experiences. All of the slopes feature snow-making capabilities and ski passes currently cost 39.50 euros for adults and 34 euros for children.
You'll find heaps more things to do in Font-Romeu at any time of year, such as exploring the local area. The town is a short step away from the resort, at just over 4km, and it only takes around seven minutes to drive there – providing quick access to local amenities and facilities.
Font-Romeu is the oldest of all the French ski resorts and is home to a population of around 6,500 inhabitants, with about 2,000 permanent residents in total. It is in the Eastern Pyrénées in the Languedoc-Roussillon area and is home to the French National Centre for the Training of Athletes (CNEA). The town is at an altitude of 1,800m above sea level and constantly endeavours to improve its infrastructure in order to attract more skiers and athletes.
Font-Romeu offers 103km of cross-country ski tracks, with 22 runs, and 41 downhill slopes. There are four ski schools in the area and one snow park. There are also three separate slopes for slalom skiers and a biathlon stadium. Night skiing is a popular activity in Font-Romeu, for both amateurs and competitors. It's an ideal year-round holiday destination, hosting a number of festivals throughout summer and is also home to a small casino.
Investment Potential in Pyrénées 2000
Its proximity to Font-Romeu makes Pyrénées 2000 a very popular place to buy a holiday home (insert link https://snowonly.com/france/pyrenees-2000). Many Brits appreciate all the benefits of owning their own ski holiday home, as it can also offer valuable opportunities for building a viable second income.
If you're looking for a ski property in Pyrénées 2000, you can pick up a traditional, three bed village home in the Les Angles area for as little as EUR 150,000, while larger ski properties sleeping ten or more can be purchased for around EUR 1mn. Prices for homes in Pyrénées 2000 are similar and luxury ski chalets are available at prices of €1mn and above.
In recent years, the town has invested around 35 million Euros in upgrading its ski infrastructure and hopes to attract greater inward investment in the coming years in order to improve facilities even more.
Transport to Pyrénées 2000
Being located on the border between France and Spain, the Pyrénées 2000 is an easily accessible area. Just over 170 km away (roughly a 2h15m drive) is Barcelona Airport in Spain. The Carcassonne Airport (France), Girona Airport (Spain) and Toulousse Airport in France are all roughly the same drive time and distance away. The closest by far is Airport Perpignan in France, at only 90km and 1h30m away. These all make for easy locations to get an airport transfer from, use public transport or to hire a car and take in the scenery as you make your way up the mountainsides.