5 ENCOUNTERS THAT WILL PUT A SMILE ON YOUR FACE

Fantastic encounters to lift your spirits

ÉRIC ABADIE AT LE GRAND TOURMALET PIC DU MIDI

From shepherd to innkeeper, Éric whisks up his own produce

In charge of a herd of 2,000 sheep, 100 black pigs, and not forgetting his Gascon cows, this farmer never has a spare minute. After butchering and preparing the meat and doing the rounds at the farm to look after his animals, it’s time to deliver fresh produce to the restaurant. That’s when the innkeeper ties on his apron in his establishment L’Étape du Berger, offering a chance for you to meet him and sample his homemade dishes, cooked using local ingredients.

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FRÉDÉRIC VIARD IN LA PIERRE SAINT-MARTIN

The ski guide with a big heart

With his generous smile, Frédéric and his team in Pierre Saint-Martin offer fantastic dual skiing, tandem or wheelchair descents to those beset by life’s challenges, as well as anyone who doesn’t feel brave enough to set off on skis alone.

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PAUL DIXON IN LUZ SAINT-SAUVEUR

From police officer to brewer, an amazing career change

Paul will show you around the Pays Toy brewery near Luz Ardiden and teach you how to brew your own beer step by step. You can also taste a selection of artisanal English-style beers, made using mountain water and the best hops and malts.

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JEAN-PIERRE OUSTALET IN LUCHON-SUPERBAGNÈRES

A man of many talents

Farmer, cattle breeder, ski instructor and mayor of his village, he’s also the owner of the Auberge les Spijeoles. There, you can sample his pistachios or locally prepared tripe, the recipe for which was passed down in his family through the generations.

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PATRICK MIRAN IN FORMIGUÈRES

Ski touring guide

If you dream of being at one with nature, then go skiing with Patrick for guaranteed immersion in a white, natural world. This nature lover aims to infect you with his own love of ski touring, a bug he contracted many years ago. At his side, you won’t even notice the effort it takes to climb.

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