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Visitor reviews for San-Isidro Ski Resort
January 21, 2013
Pancho from Spain
Hi all snow forecast readers,
Wrote a review 5 years ago, perhaps time to comment again, though not really sure because things are basically the same:
- Off-piste and chances for advanced skiers keeps on being pretty good, good terrain, good steepness, good snow when we get it (2013 has started well and we have a good base and positive outlook).
- 2013, and still no decent park.
- No linking nor merging with neighbouring Fuentes de Invierno which would really and definitely boost the mountain and the whole region, as together they would make a pretty decent area which would attract much more people from Galicia, Portugal, and Western Spain who currently might prefer to drive further and go to the Pyrenees, and who would arrange longer stays. Ah, yes, to our beloved politicians and regional structures, thank you for nothing.
The vicinity with Picos de Europa and in general all the surrounding mountain range makes it a great destination for ski tourers who want to explore the Cantabrian mountains and mix some alpine skiing with freeski adventure.
León and Oviedo keep on being great places to visit and to spend some aprés-ski time. Outstanding historical places and architecture, fabulous food and truly awesome nightlife in both, any time.
Overall: 2.8. Based on 24 votes and 15 reviews. Vote
(1) At least one overnight stop, (2) requires a whole day, (3) requires more than half a day – you may have time for a few turns (4) arrive by lunchtime and ski all afternoon, (5) there is a main airport within an hour of San-Isidro.
Public Transport: 2.7
(1) There are no buses or taxis to San-Isidro, (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.
(1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.
(1) No places to stay in/near San-Isidro, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.
Cheap Rooms: 3.3
(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.
Luxury Hotels: 1.8
(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in San-Isidro.
Ski in/Ski out: 3.1
(1) The ski area is located far from any accommodation, (3) a free ski bus takes you to the ski area in a short trip, (5) Ski-in ski-out accommodation is available.
(1) There are no child care facilities at San-Isidro, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.
(1) Occasionally gets enough snow for skiing, (2) is often closed due to a lack of snow, (3) occasionally suffers from a lack of snow, (4) rarely suffers from a lack of snow, (5) San-Isidro is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.
(1) San-Isidro relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.
Snow Grooming: 3.5
(1) There are no snow groomers at San-Isidro, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at San-Isidro are groomed daily.
(1) there is nowhere to ski when it is windy or visibility is bad and lifts often shut, (3) there are some trees for poor visibility but main lifts sometimes close, (5) San-Isidro is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.
Nearby options: 2.8
(1) If snow conditions are poor at San-Isidro, it will be poor everywhere nearby, (3) there are good alternatives within an hours drive, (5) other locations on the same lift pass provide a rich variety of snowsure ski conditions.
Regional rating: 3.7
(1) San-Isidro usually has poor snow conditions compared to other resorts in region, (3) has average conditions for the region, (5) usually has the best snow conditions in the region.
Lift Staff: 2.8
(1) The staff at San-Isidro are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at San-Isidro are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.
(1) the resort is always busy and there are usually long lift queues, (3) it is quiet apart from occasional weekends and school holidays, (5) it is uncrowded and lift queues are very rare.
Ski Schools: 3.2
(1) No ski schools available, (2) one or two ski schools but local language only, (3) a few ski schools but book early for multi-lingual instructors, (4) plenty of ski schools and multi-lingual instructors available, (5) excellent ski schools with friendly multi-lingual ski instructors.
Hire and Repairs: 3.4
(1) Nothing can be sourced, not even ski-wax or ptex. (3) there are some ski shops but rentals need to be booked in advance, (5) good quality ski equipment can be purchased or hired and overnight repairs are possible.
Variety of pistes: 3.1
(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) San-Isidro has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.
(1) Beginners can only watch others ski and snowboard, (3) a few gentle slopes but beginners will get bored in less than a week, (3) Vast areas of gentle terrain.
(1) No intermediate terrain at San-Isidro, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.
(1) Nothing for advanced skiers and snowboarders, (3) enough steep terrain for a few days with some good offpiste, (5) Enough steep terrain and offpiste areas to entertain advanced skiers for at least a week.
Snow Park: 2.0
(1) Not even a kicker at San-Isidro, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.
(1) No off-piste worth mentioning, (2) off piste is out-of-bounds, (3) some varied offpiste that stays fresh for one or two days, (5) a vast array of off-piste routes that can stay untracked for several days.
(1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around San-Isidro, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.
(1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) San-Isidro has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.
Mountain Dining: 3.0
(1) Nowhere to buy food by the pistes, (3) some places to eat up on the mountain but they are often busy and expensive, (5) there is a variety of excellent mountain eateries right next to the slopes to suit all budgets.
(1) Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. (5) A wide variety of places to eat and drink in the resort, from fast food to fancy restaurants.
(1) Nothing to do, not even a bar, (3) there are a few bars in the resort but nothing special, (5) clubs and bars stay open until very late and have a friendly atmosphere.
Other Sports: 1.6
(1) No sports facilities at all apart from ski lifts, (3) resort has just a small public swimming pool, (5) resort has all kinds of sports facilities, including a full-size swimming pool.
(1) Besides the snow and walking there is nothing to do here, (3) the non-skier will find things to do for few days but may become bored after a week, (5) the resort area is a fascinating place to visit, regardless of winter sports.
Winter Walks: 2.7
(1) Very limited walking and no snowshoe trails, (3) a couple of designated scenic walking/snowshoe trails, (5) extensive and diverse winter walking trails for all abilities.
Ski Pass Value: 2.8
(1) A 1 week ski pass is overpriced compared to the number of lifts available, (3) the ski pass is averagely priced and covers a reasonable number of lifts, (5) ski passes are excellent value for money and cover a lot of lifts spanning a big area.
Value (National): 3.1
(1) Overall, San-Isidro is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the country and not worth the money, (3) overall represents average value for money, (5) overall offers the best value resort in the country.
Value (Global): 3.0
(1) Overall, San-Isidro is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world, (3) overall it offers pretty average value for money compared to resorts from other countries, (5) internationally the resort offers excellent value for money.
December 26, 2008
Jonny from Portugal
San-Isidro is the best snow resort nearest to Portugal.
In the San Isidro snow resort site they have a lot of alternatives to sleep over. Many of them are cheap with excellent quality.
The resort is amazing. Good slopes, excellent snowboarding conditions and the snow is almost guaranteed.
This is a 5 star resort and it’s a great place to spend a weekend. The people over there are fantastic.
This is, no doubt, my favorite snow resort where I can go during a weekend without having too much trouble in planning the trip.
The last time I was in San-Isidro was during a 3 day long weekend. Me and my friends spent only 115 euros, all included.
(5 out of 5).
December 04, 2008
Pancho from Spain
San-Isidro is packed with beginners during the weekends but it is actually a better resort for intermediate-advanced skiers or boarders.
It gets too crowded at the weekends with long queues at the bases.
Never had a good snow park and that's a pity.
The past seasons had mostly the same structure; climate change to blame? Problems included a late start, with no or very few snow falls during December and January. Some big snowfalls even late in the season (April) but usually the northern winds rapidly change to milder, western ones and that brings rain up to 1850m right away. Thus, if you want good snow you have to be there just in time because it does not last long (we are in Atlantic Spain and not at a very high altitude...)
The same mountain hosts Fuentes de Invierno, a neighbouring resort that you can actually access with a little bit of cruising and rowing off the slopes to the east of San-Isidro. Stupidity is abundant in my region though, and the two resorts, due to political or bureaucratic reasons are not linked - which would make this mountain a much better ski destination... it's really a shame.
This season has started early and by early Dec 08 there's a good snow pack. But rains are coming back for the next few days...
By the way the capital of the region, León, 1h 30min driving from San-Isidro, hosts amazing nightlife and historical heritage. Really worth the small road trip down the valleys.
November 27, 2007
JP from Portugal
Excellent place to learn. Better to wait until the big snows (end of January).
Has got cheap forfait. Cheap places to stay.
The only problem is on the weekends with lot's of people, but even so it's a very good resort.
March 01, 2005
Nuno Covas from Portugal
I went to San Isidro last weekend and I liked what I found there.
Maybe I got luck because there were huge snowdepths and the only negative point about the snow conditions was that there are only three grooming vehicles to cover the 23 kms of marked slopes, and because of the heavy snowfall during the night, there was not enough time to groom everything.
Apart of that, the staff is highly organized and the price of the ski-pass is reasonably fair.
There were plenty of skiers this weekend, and I've never waited more than 2 minutes in the queue for the main lift. On all the oter lifts there was no queue at all, except for the button lifts on the green runs, which are only two.
This makes this station not advisable for begginers, but great for intermediate skiers.
The advanced skiers can always enjoy the black powder runs, which are a few.
I didn't like the huge amount of schools that were training the little kids all over the red runs, which made me have to slow down some times.
About the rentals, there are lots of shops covering pretty evey single ski and snowboard brand, and relatively low prices (you can rent the whole ski equipment for 12 EUR).
The final veredict would then be positive, considering this one of the best stations on the Northwest/Northern Spain
November 25, 2004
FP from Portugal
Save your money for better stations.
With the money you spend here on a weekend you can stay almost an entire week on a station in Andorra.
Too small and with poor lift capacity to acomodate everyone on weekends or holidays.