The French Pyrenees occupy a breathtaking natural region that is spectacular in winter. There is something for all families, from its quiet ski ranges to thermal pools. One of the most exhilarating excursions is an ice-climbing adventure among snowy slopes and frozen waterfalls.
Ice climbing in France
Ice climbing is a thrilling sport involving traversing frozen ice walls with crampons and secure harnesses. Unlike other ways of exploring the Pyrenees, ice climbing boasts epic panoramic vistas as you ascend mountain faces to discover ice caves. The Pyrenees offers the perfect setting for learning how to ice climb, with beginner's sessions, multi-day expeditions, and routes for all skill levels.
The most popular ice climbing spots in the Pyrenees include Cirque de Gavarnie, an epic rock amphitheater formed from ancient glaciers that rewards climbers with over 50 routes. A natural wonder worth the visit for its scenery alone, it is also one of the easiest of the Pyrenees' amphitheaters to reach. Another highlight is Ariège with its towering peaks Pica d'Estats and Pic de Montcalm. The latter is ideal for beginners, thanks to its gentler routes.
Find the best accommodation in the Pyrenees
Stay within easy reach of ice climbing day trips with hotels in the French Pyrenees mountains. For excursions in the Central Pyrenees to sites like Cirque de Gavarnie, Lourdes provides a historical base. Book Hotel Astoria Vatican and relax in the property's traditional courtyard with a modern bar. Nearby Tarbes is another iconic Pyrenean town with Napoleonic roots and yellow townhouses. Stay at Hotel Amys for quiet comfort, moments from downtown.
In the Eastern Pyrenees for access to Ariège, stay in the regional capital, Foix. Hotel Foix boasts quiet and classical interiors alongside a brasserie offering Ariège specialties. Or stay in sleepy Quillan with access to both the coast and mountains. Hotel Cartier has a long tradition as an inn, with family owners going back four generations. Its inviting restaurant serves up local dishes like cassoulet and foie gras with well-paired local wines.
Take a break from skiing in the French Pyrenees with an exciting ice-climbing expedition. Ice climbing is one of the most rewarding and challenging ways to get up close to the Pyrenees. Choose your Originals Hotel today and discover a new way to enjoy nature.
Foix , France
The Originals Access,
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Route Nationale 20 Lieu Dit Le Couloumié, 9000 Foix
- 24h access by automatic teller
- Air-conditioned room
- Free hotel car park