Sp Ski Spain

It comes as a surprise to some, given Spain’s latitude and sunny reputation, that there are around 35 resorts in which to ski Spain’s snow slopes spread right across the country. Slightly more than half of these, including most of the country’s larger ski areas, are in the Pyrenees mountains which stretch along the Eastern border with France, and also encompass Andorra. However there are smaller Spanish ski resorts in hills and lesser mountain ranges across the country and there have been artificially slopes installed on the Balleric islands and even the possibility of skiing in Tenerife in the Spanish Canary Islands off the coast of Africa – however the supposed ski resort of Teide there was an impressive internet hoax!

Spain’s ski resorts are characterised by friendly people, good food and late starts to the skiing day and to après skiing, which often doesn’t really get going until just before midnight. It’s another surprise to many that lift ticket costs, at least at the top resorts, are among the most expensive in Europe at peak season too.

One of Spain’s three biggest ski areas, and its highest, as well as being the most southerly major mainland resort in Europe, is Sierra Nevada. Close to Malaga, it offers the realistic possibility of skiing or snowboarding half the day and swimming in the warm Mediterranean sea for the other half. It was host to the biggest winter sports event ever held in Spain, The World Alpine Skiing Championships in 1995, but a lack of snow led to their postponement to 1996. The centre does have a good snow record and sometimes boasts the deepest snowpack in Europe at 5 or 6 metres by the spring, staying open in to May many years. It also has a huge snowmaking arsenal.

Spain’s main cities are well located for quick trips to the ski slopes. La-Pinilla and Valdesqui are among half a dozen resorts within a couple of hours of capital Madrid, which is also home to a large indoor snow centre, popular with the Beckhams during their time in the city. Barcelona is an easy trip up to the Pyrenees and its many ski centres, and indeed many non-Spaniards fly in to Barcelona as the easiest way to get to Spanish or Andorran ski areas. However a new airport closer to the slopes at Lleida opened in 2010 after a 130 Million Euro investment to make access even easier.

Baqueira/Beret is one of the three resorts battling for top spot in Spain in terms of skiable terrain and lift ticket price. Along with Sierra Nevada the other contender is another resort in the Pyrenees, Formigal, which has invested heavily in state-of-the-art ski lifts in recent years and international sales and now claims to be Spain’s biggest ski area, just.

Baqueira/Beret however has the more established reputation and royal credentials, as Spain’s royal family holiday here most winters. There are several four and five star hotels to match this reputation and a reputation for the best in its restaurants and shops – a kind of Spanish St Moritz.
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Spain: latest snow conditions round-up

Summary of forecast snowfall and ski conditions for resorts in Spain. Fresh snow is forecast at 0resorts. Powder is reported at 0 resorts and 0 are reporting good piste conditions.

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Ski resorts of Spain, alphabetically

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Freezing level (m)
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(1649m — 2124m)

light rain
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1886 m
3050m 3450m 3850m 3750m 3850m

(1658m — 2300m)

rain showers
rain showers
clear
thunderstorm
partly cloudy
Mid station 1979 m
3250m 3350m 3800m 3850m 3700m

(1500m — 2510m)

opens in 56 days
thunderstorm
rain showers
clear
rain showers
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Mid station 2005 m
3300m 3400m 3850m 3800m 3650m

(2025m — 2749m)

rain showers
rain showers
clear
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thunderstorm
Mid station 2387 m
3350m 3400m 3850m 3800m 3650m

(1541m — 2400m)

rain showers
rain showers
clear
thunderstorm
partly cloudy
Mid station 1970 m
3250m 3350m 3800m 3900m 3700m

(1504m — 2636m)

rain showers
rain showers
clear
rain showers
thunderstorm
Mid station 2070 m
3300m 3350m 3800m 3800m 3650m

(1501m — 2431m)

rain showers
rain showers
clear
rain showers
thunderstorm
Mid station 1966 m
3300m 3350m 3800m 3800m 3650m

(1551m — 2200m)

opens in 56 days
rain showers
rain showers
clear
thunderstorm
thunderstorm
Mid station 1876 m
3250m 3350m 3800m 3900m 3700m

(1501m — 1951m)

Fuentes de Invierno webcam
opens in 70 days
rain showers
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1726 m
3150m 3500m 3850m 3800m 3850m

(1650m — 2000m)

partly cloudy
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1825 m
3400m 3550m 3950m 3950m 3800m

(1547m — 2446m)

rain showers
rain showers
clear
partly cloudy
thunderstorm
Mid station 1996 m
3350m 3400m 3850m 3800m 3650m

(1500m — 2273m)

partly cloudy
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1886 m
3250m 3550m 3900m 3900m 3850m

(1510m — 1800m)

Leitariegos webcam
clear
clear
partly cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 1655 m
3250m 3600m 3900m 3850m 3850m

(1300m — 1500m)

light rain
partly cloudy
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1400 m
3000m 3400m 3850m 3750m 3850m

(1500m — 1800m)

clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1650 m
3350m 3700m 3950m 3900m 3850m

(1600m — 2535m)

rain showers
rain showers
clear
rain showers
thunderstorm
Mid station 2068 m
3350m 3400m 3850m 3800m 3650m

(1m — 3718m)

rain showers
light rain
light rain
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 1860 m
4550m 4400m 4250m 4400m 4400m

(1530m — 2221m)

rain showers
rain showers
clear
thunderstorm
thunderstorm
Mid station 1876 m
3300m 3400m 3800m 3900m 3700m

(948m — 2648m)

Picos De Europa webcam
rain showers
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1798 m
3050m 3450m 3900m 3750m 3850m

(1701m — 2400m)

clear
rain showers
clear
partly cloudy
thunderstorm
Mid station 2050 m
3350m 3400m 3850m 3850m 3650m

(1650m — 2441m)

clear
clear
clear
rain showers
thunderstorm
Mid station 2046 m
3250m 3350m 3800m 3800m 3600m

(1763m — 2178m)

partly cloudy
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1970 m
3350m 3600m 3950m 3950m 3900m

(1690m — 2060m)

partly cloudy
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1875 m
3300m 3550m 3950m 3900m 3850m

(1399m — 2800m)

rain showers
rain showers
clear
rain showers
thunderstorm
Mid station 2100 m
3300m 3400m 3800m 3800m 3650m

(1600m — 1723m)

rain showers
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1662 m
3100m 3150m 3750m 3700m 3800m

(1500m — 2019m)

San-Isidro webcam
rain showers
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1760 m
3100m 3500m 3850m 3800m 3850m

(1989m — 2368m)

Sierra de Béjar-La Covatilla webcam
clear
clear
clear
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 2178 m
3450m 3800m 4000m 3950m 3900m

(2102m — 3300m)

Sierra Nevada webcam
clear
clear
clear
thunderstorm
rain showers
Mid station 2701 m
3800m 4100m 4250m 4100m 4000m

(1700m — 2400m)

thunderstorm
rain showers
clear
clear
rain showers
Mid station 2050 m
3300m 3350m 3800m 3800m 3650m

(1701m — 2025m)

partly cloudy
rain showers
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1863 m
3400m 3550m 3950m 3900m 3750m

(1859m — 2280m)

Valdesqui webcam
partly cloudy
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 2070 m
3350m 3600m 3950m 3950m 3900m

(1530m — 2124m)

Valdezcaray webcam
rain showers
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1827 m
3200m 3450m 3850m 3900m 3800m

(1399m — 1899m)

rain showers
clear
partly cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 1649 m
3150m 3550m 3850m 3800m 3850m

(1970m — 2260m)

rain showers
rain showers
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
rain showers
Mid station 2115 m
3400m 3400m 3800m 3800m 3650m

(1960m — 2536m)

rain showers
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partly cloudy
partly cloudy
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Mid station 2248 m
3450m 3400m 3800m 3800m 3650m