Glide along 250km of cross-country ski trails at this Nordic skiing space north of Super Besse. Prices depend on which of the nine sectors of trails you want to tackle (adult/child from €8.50/3.90); find maps on www.sancy.com. With altitudes up to 1560m and fickle weather, it's worth asking locally about snow conditions before setting your heart on schussing among frost-rimmed forests.

Check the bulletin de neige (snow report) on www.sancy.com for an update on weather conditions.

Day passes are valid throughout the Sancy region. There are numerous places to hire snow gear in Le Mont-Dore, where the tourist office is a good source of info.