Off Piste Skiing Holidays in the Pyrenees

There's Something for Everyone...

Dream of Perfect turns in Virgin Powder

Ever dreamt of making effortless stylish turns in perfect powder?

Well here is your chance to learn how! Experience the sensation of floating through deep light powder snow on the un-crowded slopes of the French Pyrenees.

James your host and French qualified guide has over 20 years experience in safely guiding and teaching the technique required to ski or board off piste.

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Venture Safely into the Off Piste

Find quiet slopes with deep snow

Many skiers and boarders avoid venturing away from the groomed slopes due to lack of mountain knowledge, fears of the unknown, and above all the knowledge and technique to go.

James aims to change all of this, by introducing you to the exciting world of off-piste skiing with his fool proof teaching methods.

Safe Hands...

With his in depth knowledge of the local terrain in both winter and summer, which is crucial to understanding what lies beneath, you can rest assured that you are in safe hands.

All safety equipment is provided and most importantly you’ll learn how to use it, which is paramount to ensuring not only your own safety but that of your friends too.

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Off Piste Terrain

For all levels

Whilst many Alpine resorts struggle to offer gentle terrain, where off piste skills are gained in confidence and security, this is not the case in the Pyrenees. We have fabulous wide open and gentle undulating powder fields, where we can learn the delights of our new found passion without venturing too far out of our comfort zone.

Experienced off-piste skiers

Don’t worry, for those seasoned off piste addicts, James would love nothing more than to guide you to the many steeps and Couloirs ready to be explored and shredded on your Pyrenean Adventure!

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Off-Piste Skiing for all Levels

There's something for everyone...

  • Initiation to off Piste courses available
  • Full day guided Tours
  • Max Group size 6
  • All safety equipment provided
  • Avalanche search and rescue exercises
  • Advanced transceiver searches
  • Off Piste Skis and Boards available for hire
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Gastronomy at l'Ancienne Poste

It wouldn't be the Pyrenees without food to die for...

Food served with love.

At l'Ancienne Poste, we serve locally sourced ingredients, adjusting menus according to the seasonal availability of local produce.

Healthy, delicious, Pyrenean food, it's a simple but successful formula.

Our Gastronomy...
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Ancienne Poste Avajan has a 5 Star Tripadvisor Rating and is Ranked #1 for Speciality Lodging in Avajan

  • schenewerk - Washington DC. July 9, 2018.

    Perfection in the Pyrenees

    We enjoyed the perfect Pyrenees summer vacation at L'Ancienne Poste thanks to James' genuine hospitality, beautiful accommodations, delicious food, ever-flowing wine and Bode. The inn was an excellent home base for exploring mountain hikes and local villages.

  • Nick W. February 19, 2018


    Just amazing! Superb chalet with beautiful main room complete with roaring wood burner! Incredible hosts with superb food offering. James, the owner is the most hospitable and friendly guy you could wish to meet. Nothing is too much trouble and you will immediately feel at home.

  • Robert W. February 19, 2018


    James and his team make you welcome from the outset. Great food and hospitality all round. From the immaculately cleaned wood-burner to the eagle-eyed team who can spot your glass needs a top up from 100 yards, you couldn't ask for more from your mountain break! I'll certainly be returning.

  • vivandleo. January 11, 2018

    Holiday of a lifetime!

    Our family had always dreamed of travelling from Australia to share a white Christmas and while we were confident we would have a lovely time in Avajan, none of us could have begun to imagine what a magical experience we would have staying with James at L'Ancienne Poste.

  • bairstow_boys - Nottingham, UK. July 31, 2017

    Well exceeded our highest expectations

    James, Dan and Zoe made us feel amazingly welcome. They were fantastic company and helped us get the most from our summer activity experiences whilst going the extra mile to make us feel pampered. There is so much to do in the area, and James certainly ensures you get the most out of your time

The Lodge

Located in the tranquil village of Avajan and the stunning Louron Valley of the Pyrenees, you will find our lovingly restored old village post lodge.

The perfect base from which to relax and unwind from the hustle and bustle of modern life and enjoy the vast array of outdoor activities immediately available in the surrounding peaks and valleys.

Fantastic accommodation to match the unrivalled road biking, mountain biking and skiing terrain of the French Pyrenees.

4 star award french tourism board

Our accommodation is rated 4 stars by the French Ministry of Tourism.

Find out more about our accommodation...

The Avajan Lodge
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We're Taking Bookings for Winter 2022/23 and Summer 2023