Spain has several superb ski resorts with outstanding slopes, excellent facilities and most importantly of all, really great snow. Here we’ll be taking you on a mini-tour of some of the best ski resorts in Spain – and there are quite a few to choose from – to help you make up your mind.
SKIING IN GRANADA, ANDALUSIA
Granada is situated in eastern Andalusia in the Baetic System and at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. The climate in this city is one of extremes: temperatures soar in summer due to the fact that it’s situated in inland Andalusia, but in winter the temperature plummets because the city nestles at the foot of Sierra Nevada. It snows heavily in winter, which explains why the fantastic ski slopes attract thousands and thousands of skiers each year.
Sierra Nevada boasts some of the best ski resorts in Spain. The greatest attraction is the weather, as sunny days make up more than 75% of the winter season, guaranteeing optimum skiing conditions. You can even enjoy some night-time skiing, which, combined with their proximity to Granada, make these Andalusian slopes a popular choice. Pradollano’s main square, in the centre of the resort, is a hive of activity and a great place to visit and enjoy a little retail therapy.
SKIING IN LLEIDA/LÉRIDA, CATALONIA
To the north of this landlocked province in Spain's northeast, the Pyrenees form the border with France. The province is part of the Autonomous Community of Catalonia. It has two climates: a mountain climate in an area dedicated mainly to livestock farming and winter sports; and the continental climate in areas where agriculture and wine making are two of the principal economic activities.
Baqueira Beret is probably the best-known ski resort in the Lérida Pyrenees. With a reputation as a magnet for celebrities and the superb quality of its snow, Baqueira is one of Spain’s biggest and most popular ski resorts. In addition, in autumn the Arán Valley is the ideal destination for a relaxing break in the heart of nature, and the perfect base for excursions, hiking and rambles, observing the horses and herds of cattle, set against a background of spectacular natural scenery.
Another popular ski resort in the Lérida Pyrenees is Boi Taüll. Easy to access, it is within easy reach from many points of Spain, making it the perfect choice for short breaks and holidays with the family, as it offers a host of activities for children, as well as skiing and snowboarding lessons for little ones, childcare services, shops, parks and natural landscapes. Boi Taüll is relaxation, comfort, convenience, peace of mind, fun and sport all rolled into one!
SKIING IN HUESCA, ARAGÓN
The province of Huesca is situated in the Autonomous Community of Aragón. Huesca lies in the High Pyrenees, nestling between the Ebro Valley and the far end of the foothills of the Pyrenees. The landscape is therefore rugged and mountainous, dotted with ski slopes and a popular location for adventure and extreme sports. It also boasts the breathtakingly beautiful Ordesa National Park, as well as many other stunning natural landscapes.
There are several notable ski resorts in the Aragon Pyrenees. Formigal, with more than a 100 slopes and a skiable area of almost 140 km, offers a wide range of winter sports activities, as well as outdoor activities including hiking and walking routes in the Pyrenees. The facilities include hotels designed for relaxation, families, young people and groups, with prices and leisure options to suit all tastes and pockets. Visitors can also take advantage of the free car parks and convenient transport services.
Candanchú is just a short distance from a small village of no more than a hundred inhabitants, making this a delightful resort steeped in charm. It’s also great for skiing, with excellent snow quality and a fabulous choice of accommodation, leisure and sports options.
Last stop on our tour of Huesca are the slopes of Astún. This resort huddles in the Aragón Valley, flanked by its mountains, offering lovers of nature and winter sports countless leisure activities. The wide range of accommodation options, bars, stores and nearby villages make this a favourite resort for many.