Emma Mason from our supplier Mountain Bug on the best time to go cross country skiing in the Pyrenees:
“Springtime (March/April) is traditionally the best time of year for classic ski touring here, when there is usually reliable off-piste snow cover, and the snow conditions are at their most predictable. During an ideal spring ski touring day, we would aim to make our ascent on firm snow in the morning, then enjoy the ski back down after lunch, when the top layer of snow has softened just enough to give perfect conditions for the descent. Modern "free touring" all-mountain skis, however, are also great in powder, so there's no reason why you can't slap on your skins in January or February to make first-tracks in fresh powder snow. Many of the mountain refuges in the Pyrenees are open during March and April, and there are some superb multi-day touring routes, as well as classic day tours that are virtually unheard of outside France”.