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Ax les Thermes

Ax les Thermes Ski Resort Guide

Ax les Thermes, France

Rated: 3/5 (from 7 ratings)

Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForFreeriders, Expert Skiers, Intermediates, Beginners, Snowboarders and Snowfall!
Total Piste Length75km47 miles
Highest Lift2,305m7,562ft
Resort Height700m2,297ft
 Nearest AirportsToulouse and Carcassonne
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Ax les Thermes

Ax 3 Domaines is a varied ski area, with something for everyone - including extensive freeride and off-piste terrain - above the pretty, traditional spa town of Ax les Thermes.

Summary

The French ski resort of Ax les Thermes is in the French Pyrenees at an altitude of 700m2,297ft, with 75km47 miles of marked runs.

Ax les Thermes has direct access to 75km47 miles of downhill skiing, with 36 marked pistes, served by a total of 20 ski lifts.

With ski lifts as high as 2,305m7,562ft, snow cover is generally reliable.

Snowboarding

Ax les Thermes offers some good boarding and there is a Snow Park in Ax les Thermes.

Snow and Weather

When will it snow in Ax les Thermes?

The next notable snow forecast is 3cm1in, expected on 28 November, with around 7cm3in forecast over the next 7 days.

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Ski Area Stats

Ax les Thermes Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
 6 
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
10
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
11
Green Pistes
Beginner Runs
 9 
Downhill
Total Length
75km47 miles
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts
20

Altitudes

Ax les Thermes Ski Area Heights

Lift Heights and Resort Altitude
Highest Lift2,305m7,562ft
Lowest Piste1,400m4,593ft
Resort Altitude (Ax les Thermes)700m2,297ft
Max Vertical1,000m3,281ft

Ratings & Suitability

Ratings for Ax les Thermes
Freeriders
Expert Skiers
Intermediate Skiers
Beginners
Snowboarding
Snow
Apres-Ski

Ax les Thermes Overview

 Notable Ski Runs

The longest possible descent in Ax les Thermes is 4km2 miles long.

Skiing

The ski area, Ax 3 Domaines, is reached either by a direct gondola which runs from Ax les Thermes, at 700 metres altitude, to the Plateau de Bonascre at 1400 metres, or by a winding mountain road up from the town.

Three inter-connected areas (the three 'domains') combine to form a varied and interesting ski area ranging from nursery slopes through long, winding runs all the way to couloirs and off-piste descents through the trees. The 3 domains are Bonascre, around the resort base on the North side, Campels rising to 2400 metres in the South East and Saquet with lifts up to 2300 metres to the South West.

Ax 3 Domaines for Beginners

The Domaine de Bonascre, immediately above the resort base of Bonascre, caters nicely for beginners. Nursery and children's slopes are right on the 'front-de-neige' just a few steps from ski shops, cafes and restaurants. A gondola ride up the hill allows early skiers to access easy runs up the mountain, after which they can return on a long, easy Green or on the gondola.

Ax 3 Domaines for Intermediates

Intermediate level skiers, once able to tackle Blue runs, will enjoy the long and winding trails that run through and between the three domains. A similar number of Red-graded pistes, with interesting changes of aspect and gradient, are available for the next challenge!

Ax 3 Domaines for Experts

There are half a dozen Black runs across the ski area, to challenge the aspiring Expert and advanced-level skiers and boarders.

Ax 3 Domaines for Freeriders

The terrain, and the layout of the pistes, make Ax especially attractive to those who like to leave the constraints of marked runs behind. There are numerous opportunities to drop off the trails into short steeps, fairly mellow couloirs and forest runs.

The Campels and Saquet areas, in particular, offer abundant accessible freeride possibilities with most routes leading quickly back to pistes (and hence lifts so you can do it all again).

There are a variety of pistes to suit all levels of skier ability, from Beginner to Expert.

Location and Map

Where is Ax les Thermes?

This ski resort is in the French Pyrenees in Ariège, Midi-Pyrénées.

Map

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How to get there

 By Air

The nearest airport to Ax les Thermes is Toulouse, 90 minutes drive away.

Carcassonne, Perpignan, Barcelona, Béziers and Lourdes airports are all within three hours drive.

Infrastructure

Ski Lift Capacity

The 20 ski lifts are able to uplift 20,460 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Snow Making

Snow-making is available, on 30km19 miles of ski runs, with 152 snow cannons.

Season Dates

When is Ax les Thermes open?

 Open from : December 5, 2020.

 Closes : April 4, 2021.

Usual opening is early December, and usual closing is Early April.

NOTE:- Ski area, lift and piste opening is subject to Current Snow Conditions.

Piste Map

Ax les Thermes Piste Map
Ax les Thermes

COVID-19 / Coronavirus

We don't yet have specific details of the COVID-19 precautions being taken in Ax les Thermes, but they are likely to include most of the following :-

  • Face masks required on lifts, and in shops.
  • Social distancing in public areas.
  • Reduced lift capacity.
  • Extensive disinfection / sanitization.

French Ski Resort COVID-19 Measures describes further measures that may also be applied.

Visit the Ax les Thermes Tourist Office for the latest.

Talking about Ax les Thermes

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Aprés Ski

After ski... the spa(s)! Ax les Thermes offers many ways to indulge in the thermal, mineral-rich and warm waters that bubble up into the town; from open air ponds and steaming "foot spas" to the impressive and luxurious Les Bains Couloubret.

Bains Couloubret

Photo (c) Alain BASCHENIS

History and Development

Ax les Thermes, the town, is hundreds of years old with a long history developing around the thermal springs, ponds and baths. The ski resort (Ax 3 Domaines) has grown from its beginnings with the first lift in 1956, through the establishment of the resort base on the mountain at Bonascre, with recent developments adding new lifts and expanding the terrain accessible within the three domains.

Ax les Thermes