When you think of Spain, snow capped mountains and ski slopes aren’t the first images that come to mind. However there are some fabulous places in Spain to hit the piste on a skiing adventure. What’s wonderful about these resorts is there’s something to suit everyone; whether you’re a pro, with family, a shaky beginner or wish to ski peaceful slopes.
Sierra Nevada – for indecisive travellers
If you want it all then Sierra Nevada is for you; ski as the sun rises and then spend the afternoon lazing on a warm beach. As the most southern ski resort in the whole of Europe visitors are spoilt for choice with the snowy slopes and soft shingle. In fact skiers are also awarded stunning views of the Mediterranean Sea from the mountaintops. Sierra Nevada is just 30km outside of the achingly beautiful city of Granada however you will need a car to climb the serpentine mountain roads.
Baqueria-Beret – the pro’s choice
This first-rate resort is the most popular, biggest and exclusive in the whole of Spain. Located in the Catalan Pyrenees about 200km from Barcelona it is a beloved weekend get-a-way for Spaniards. The elite ski here, with visitors including the royal family and the national ski team, which means these are some of the finest slopes in Spain. Famous for its black run named ‘Escornacrabes’, which means ‘the place where goats die’; this resort has a fierce reputation. The area offers dog sled trips, para skiing, cross-country skiing and helicopter skiing. With all the excitement of going on holiday remember to make sure to get the correct travel insurance for the multitude of winter sports you are planning on braving or are available for you to be convinced into by other willing and adventurous fellows. Also don’t forget about the numerous enticing restaurants that the resort boasts as well as a vibrant nightlife.
Formigal- for families
This resort is quieter than the rest and although it doesn’t have as many après-ski services or wild nightlife it is ideal for young families. The resort has almost 140km of area for skiing, with 6 green runs, 18 blues, 30 reds, and 39 blacks. Those looking for an adventure can go off-piste or pop over to the neighbouring resort, Candanchu. The area is very close to the French border, but you will have to drive here as there is no train service. This is a more laid back and relaxed resort where you can learn to ski in confidence.
Panticosa- almost undiscovered, certainly less busy
Nestled in the Aragon Pyrenees this resort is lesser known than the rest and offers crowd-free gorgeous runs. It’s got almost 35km of marked runs, which include 4 greens, 14 blues, 16 reds, 4 blacks and a great ski school. The locals love this spot and it is far cheaper than its cousins.
La Molina- for beginners and intermediates
Holding the grand title of the oldest ski resort in Spain, La Molina’s slopes have guided skiers since 1909. Of course it is now completely modern and makes for the perfect day trip from Barcelona. It has 50km of marked runs, including 3 greens, 12 blues, 15 reds, and 6 blacks. These slopes make superlative training grounds for beginner and intermediate skiers. However if you do visit make sure you know a little Spanish, it will help immensely here.