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Snowshoe hikes

at Moudang Bridge
A day in white!



Fun, sun, conviviality and beautiful scenery are the first words that come to mind to describe this family snowshoe hike at Pont du Moudang, just outside St-Lary

by Jean Michel Loric

It snowed last night!

After the previous day’s and last night’s snowfall, more than 40 cm of powder, the wind was still gusting strongly on the summits and access to the Pla d’Adet ski area was restricted for safety reasons.

So why not stay sheltered in the hollow of the Aure valley and hike with the family on the fresh snow?
We weren’t about to deprive ourselves.

So it was a merry band that set off for the top of the Aure valley, at the Pont du Moudang.
A well-known spot for hikers (departure point for several hikes), campers and thrill-seekers (the mythical Moudang suspension course).
Time to suit up and off we went, led by Mathieu our guide, on a trail with the gentle sound of the “crounch crounch” of fresh snow under our snowshoes


Just like at the movies

Once over the bridge, our direction will be the one on the right, well sheltered under the fir tree as it’s impossible to climb to the barns at the moment given the height of the snow and the storm blowing aloft

A veritable soothing and silent cinema set with only the sound of our footsteps to rouse us from this daydream.

The cross-border trail well known to pilgrims going to St-Jacques de Compostelle, which crosses the Aure valley, was an opportunity to walk on a slightly wider track and discover some well-preserved barns and huts.

At the halfway point we arrived at the Centrale Hydroélectrique de Fabian.
After walking around it, Mathieu enlightened us with his insights into the history and operation of hydroelectricity in the Aure valley.

And finally...


We would have stayed even longer in the soothing, relaxing calm of this dreamy setting, but unfortunately all good things must come to an end…
Long after our stay in Saint-Lary comes to an end, we’ll keep the images and impressions of this snowshoe hike in our memories.
I’d also advise you to come back and discover this place in summer, and hike up to the Moudang barns.

But that’s another story…

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