The 50 pistes at the modern resort of Astún are spread over 39 kilometres. The majority of the runs are red and blue, making the resort perfect for intermediate skiers. Six chairlifts and seven ski tows service Astún.
Beginners and experts will feel at home in Candanchú, which has 59 kilometres of marked pistes and half a dozen nursery slopes. 29 of Candanchú’s runs are rated red or black. There are 24 lifts at Candanchú, of which six are chair lifts.
Both Candanchú and Astún were integral parts of Jaca’s two bids in the 21st century to host the Winter Olympics. It is anticipated that they will be included in Zaragoza’s bids for the Winter Olympics in 2018 and 2022. As you would expect in the rugged Pyrenees, off-piste possibilities at both resorts are considerable: half a dozen routes are maintained.
Facilities at both resorts include restaurants, cafés, bars, a disco, equipment hire shops and a ski school with nearly 100 instructors. There are also sauna and massage facilities to ease your aching muscles after a hard day’s skiing. Young children can be left in one of two crèches. The village of Candanchú is at an altitude of 1560 metres. The highest peak in the resort rises to 2400 metres.
Driving time to Candanchú from Lescun: 35 minutes
The Somport-Candanchú facility is located in the heart of the Pyrenean National Park, just north of the Spanish border. It is the venue for the annual ‘Trace Sans Frontière’ race.
34 kilometres of tracks run amok in a beech wood in France and through the Rinconada – Ciudad de Piedra area in Spain. The border is crossed at the Puerto Viejo. The pistes are prepared for skating and in-line skiing. At Somport, there is a snack bar, a children’s play area, a sauna and a ski rental shop. The same trail route can be accessed from the downhill ski resort of Candanchú in Spain.
Driving time to Somport from Lescun: 30 minutes
Summer hiking routes in and around Lescun turn into a snowshoeing paradise in the winter. In addition, there are groomed snowshoeing routes at Somport. You can venture out on your own or with local guides Eric Corno and Lionel Croquefer.