High in the French Pyrenees, the resort of Peyresourde links up with Les Agudes in the neighbouring Haute-Garonne mountains to the very large and high-quality Peyragudes ski area with two contrasting mountain sides and resort centres. Peyragudes is modern and purpose built, and a lot of money has been spent on good fast lifts that serve pistes that are all over 1,600m. It's easy to access from three international airports (Lourdes-Tarbes, Pau and Toulouse-Blagnac) or on the TGV from Paris to Tarbes. It's friendly and small-scale, and because it's still relatively unknown though the mountains here had a starring role in Bond film, Tomorrow Never Dies - offers fantastic value.
Peyragudes has two centres. Les Agudes is the more established of the two, and perhaps the less attractive, though it has the best beginners' slopes. The village of Peyresourde is more stylish and today has the lion's share of the accommodation and facilities, especially around the hamlet of Balestas. Although not well known in the UK, Peyragudes has plenty of Spanish and French fans, who make for a friendly, bustling, family-friendly atmosphere with lots of good eating and entertainment options.