Five getaways to enjoy the snow in Spain

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Last winter more than five million skiers approached the Spanish ski resorts to enjoy your favorite sport. As in 2014, the starting gun for the new ski season has been long in coming as the autumn has been warm and dry. However, starting with little snow is not something unusual as it has happened on other occasions.

In fact, the custom of starting the ski season in the first week of December is quite recent. Technological advances are what have allowed this advance thanks to the artificial snow systems that allow the manufacture of snow.

Recently, the weather has allowed the long-awaited start and that many can already enjoy the snow. The State Meteorological Agency (AEMET) warned of enormous uncertainty, with much instability and the snow level on the rise. Therefore, it is convenient to be prepared, in case the snow suddenly makes an appearance, and remember what they are some of the best ski resorts in Spain.

Sierra Nevada

sierra nevada

The Sierra Nevada Ski and Mountain Resort is located in the Sierra Nevada Natural Park, in the municipalities of Monachil and Dílar and only 27 km from the city of Granada. It was founded in 1964 and has 108 skiable kilometers spread over 115 slopes (16 green, 40 blue, 50 red, 9 black). It has 350 artificial snow cannons, fifteen schools of all levels and two snowpark cross-country ski circuits among other services.

Sierra Nevada is the southernmost station in Europe and the highest in Spain. The quality of its snow, the exceptional treatment of its slopes and the complementary leisure offer are the biggest claims for skiers.

Candanchú

candanchu

Candanchú is the oldest ski resort in Spain. It is located in the Aragonese Pyrenees and has 50 skiable kilometers distributed among all its slopes (10 green, 12 blue, 16 red and black).

Candanchú is one of the most beautiful ski resorts in Spain and stands out for its dreamlike landscapes. What's more, It is a station with a marked family character, since it has undoubtedly one of the best areas for beginner skiers in the world.

Outside of the snow season in Candanchú you can enjoy other sports such as climbing or hiking with important routes such as the GR11, the Camille path, or the Camino de Santiago.

Astún

Astún

Located in the Aragonese Pyrenees, in the municipality of Jaca, the Astún station has a total of 50 km of slopes (5 green, 18 blue, 21 red and 6 black-) and has 10 km of routes. In winter this ski resort offers a multitude of services (ski lifts, infirmary, catering and ski school) but in summer several chair lifts are also open and activities such as hiking, canyoning, rafting or climbing are offered in the area.

Once the ski day is over, it is recommended to visit the Cathedral and the Citadel of Jaca as well as the Monastery of San Juan de la Peña or the Canfranc International Railway Station.

Baqueira Beret

baqueira beret

The Lleida station of Baqueira Beret is one of the most complete in Europe and the largest in Spain. It was inaugurated in December 1964 and since 2003 part of its tracks run through the Aneu Valley, the neighboring valley to the Arán Valley, on the other side of the Puerto de la Bonaigua. It is the only Spanish station located on the northern slope of the Pyrenees.

Baqueira Beret has 155 kilometers of skiable area spread over 103 slopes (6 green, 42 blue, 39 red and 16 black). It has 34 ski lifts, 19 chair lifts, 7 ski lifts and 7 conveyor belts as well as 629 snow cannons and fourteen machines for preparation of slopes.

La Molina

La Molina

La Molina is the oldest winter sports resort in Spain with the first commercial ski lift in 1943. Most of its length is located in La Cerdanya and it has 67 skiable km spread over 61 slopes for all levels. Ski lovers can also enjoy a day in the mountains in its large snowpark and in the largest super pipe in the Pyrenees.

Those who are not enthusiastic about skiing will find other activities to do in La Molina such as excursions in snow machines, snowshoes, segway on snow or mushing circuits. In addition, both in La Molina and in the regions of Cerdanya, Berguedà and Ripollès you can find a wide range of gastronomy and hotels to make your stay in Gerona unforgettable.

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