Skiing In Spain
Posted by Sammie
Who Told You To Leave The Gear Behind? This is your guide to some of the best skiing in Spain, especially for expat ski bums who might be looking for a seasonal job at a ski resort in Spain.
The climate may be warmer but that only makes for a sweeter goggle tan (and less frostbitten toes) because the snow still falls in Spain. As the second most mountainous country in Europe (behind Switzerland) Spain has incredible skiing and for ski bums craving some downhill action there are over 36 resorts from which to choose when skiing in Spain.
Extending from the Pyrenees along the northern border, to as far south as the Sierra Nevada, Spain is full of ski resorts with varying terrain for skiers of all levels. Spain also boasts one of the largest indoor ski resorts in Europe allowing you to ski 365 days a year no matter what the weather or ability level.
Ski Resorts in Spain, A General Resort Overview
The best Spanish ski resorts are in the Pyrenees which are comparable with the mid-sized Alpine resorts. Further south above Granada in Andalucia, is the Sierra Nevada which in spite of its sunny climate has hosted the World Alpine Ski Championships and is most likely the number one tourist destination for skiers coming to Spain. North of Madrid there is some great skiing in La Pinilla, Navacerrada, Valcotos and Valdesquí. Further north there is skiing in La Rioja at Valdezcaray, at Alto Campoo in Cantabria and at San Isidro in León. These resorts are less inhabited by tourists than the ones in the Pyrenees and Sierra Nevada and often have fresh powder for days.
An In Depth Look At A Few Key Areas Across the Country:
Ski Resorts in the Pyrenees
For high class skiing in Spain you can’t beat the Pyrenees with ski resorts all along the border with France. When trying to figure out the best place to go in the Pyrenees it’s easiest to divide it into 3 regions.
- 106km from Huesca, 178km from Zaragoza
- 4 Chair lifts, 9 Ski lifts, 1 Baby lift
- For Information on how to get there, lift prices and resort map check out: Astun Ski Resort
- 98km from Huesca, 170 km from Zaragoza, 220 km from San Sebastian
- 5 Chair lifts, 19 Ski lifts
- This resort has a reputation for hard skiing and lies 385km from Barcelona
- For more information on how to get there, life prices and resort map check out: Candanchu Ski Resort
- 157 km from Huesca, 227 km from Zaragoza, 148 km from Lleida
- 4 Chair lifts, 8 Ski lifts, 1 Telebaby
- 21 lifts and 97 slopes of varying levels.
- Formigal is now Spain’s largest ski resort with a total of 137km of pistes, spread out over 4 inter-connecting valleys.
- There are two snowparks, a moguls run, dog sledding, skidoo driving and many other activities to keep families entertained.
- 2 Chair lifts, 5 Ski lifts
- 90km from Huesca, 154km from Zaragoza
- This resort has been called a diamond in the rough, a smaller friendly resort situated 170km from Zaragoza.
- 150km from Barcelona
- 1 Chair lift, 5 Ski lifts, 1 Baby lift
- Spain’s largest and most popular ski resort, located 200 km from Barcelona and 160 km from Toulouse in France.
- 14 Chair lifts, 8 Ski lifts
- For more information on ticket prices, how to get there and resort maps check out: http://www.baqueira.es
UPDATE: The NYT did a relatively in-depth look at several ski resorts in the Pyrenees, Jan 2012, including Baqueira Beret. Take a look!
- 295km from Barcelona
- 2 Chair lifts, 5 Ski lifts, 1 Baby lift
- 155km from Barcalona
- 6 Chair lifts, 14 Ski lifts
- Spain’s oldest ski resort and only a day trip from Barcelona. La Molina is one of the most appealing options with a variety of terrain for all levels.
- For More Information on ticket prices, how to get there and resort maps check out: La Molina Ski Resort
- 240km from Barcelona, 230km from Tarragona, 130km from Lleida
- 2 Chair lifts, 3 Ski lifts, 1 Baby lift
- 160km from Barcelona
- 3 Chair lifts, 7 Ski lifts
Vall de Nuria
- 135km from Barcelona
- 1 Cable car, 3 Ski lifts
Port del Comte
- 145km from Barcelona
- 3 Chair lifts, 11 Ski lifts, 1 Baby lift
- For more information on lift prices, how to get there and terrain maps
- Check out: http://www.portdelcomte.net