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Visitor reviews for Valdesqui Ski Resort
March 08, 2011
Olga from Spain
I like it. Valdesqui is nearby Madrid and it is a perfect resort for novices. The worst thing: the facilities like wc, cafeteria. The mornings are foggy but at 11:00 the sun appears.
Overall: 2.1. Based on 33 votes and 9 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 Valdesqui.
Public Transport: 2.8
(1) There are no buses or taxis to Valdesqui, (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 Valdesqui, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.
Cheap Rooms: 1.7
(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.
Luxury Hotels: 1.4
(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Valdesqui.
Ski in/Ski out: 1.6
(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 Valdesqui, (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) Valdesqui is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.
(1) Valdesqui relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.
Snow Grooming: 3.3
(1) There are no snow groomers at Valdesqui, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Valdesqui 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) Valdesqui is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.
Nearby options: 1.8
(1) If snow conditions are poor at Valdesqui, 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: 3.5
(1) Valdesqui 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: 2.4
(1) The staff at Valdesqui are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Valdesqui 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: 2.8
(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: 2.3
(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: 1.9
(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Valdesqui 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 Valdesqui, (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 Valdesqui, (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 Valdesqui, (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) Valdesqui has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.
Mountain Dining: 1.9
(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: 1.4
(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: 2.0
(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: 1.4
(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): 1.5
(1) Overall, Valdesqui 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): 1.5
(1) Overall, Valdesqui 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.
March 12, 2010
alfonso from Spain
Valdesqui is the worst esqui resort I have ever eskied, and also is really expensive: 36 euros for one day!!
Also there are too much people and you have to wait for a long time.
February 03, 2010
Hareth Pilton from Spain
Valdesquí (Valdesqui) is a nice little resort just outside Madrid. Crazy Expensive! 32€ for that size of resort is nuts, specially given there's zero facilities (crappy cafeteria, small restrooms, a hire ski-shop, that's it). But hey, if you live in Madrid it is perfect for when you need to shake the addiction off between proper snowboard-ski weekends.
Not so crowded really at Valdesqui if the weather is not that awesome and/or you wake up early, as nowadays the Guardia Civil closes access to the resort if the parking lot fills up.
Peace and snow
January 22, 2006
Antonio Preckler from Spain
Really expensive (32 euros one day), and crowed (sometimes yow must spend hours in a queue. Almost without any service (cafeteria, w.c. etc.)
January 17, 2006
Ivansnow from Spain
Small resort but nearby Madrid. Easy slopes, no snowpark, no pipe, no fun boxes or rails. Expensive, 33 EURO 1 day pass. Really crowded on weekends and very slow lifts. By the other side, is located in a very beatiful natural area surrounded by some peaks over 2500 mtrs high. Believe me, the area (not Valdesqui) is a very acid freeride zone in pow days.
December 06, 2003
SnOwHaWk from Spain
Well, it?s not too big, but it?s cool because it?s very near to Madrid. Also these season they are going to make an snowpark, so well, you can have a lot of fun there. Is a good ski resort to go some days. Try it, it?s not bad!!