Vall de Núria
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Visitor reviews for Vall de Núria Ski Resort
February 13, 2011
Jamie from United Kingdom
After researching Nuria I came across the reviews here (and weirdly the exact same one on Tripadvisor and was almost put off enough to go to La Molina instead.
Thank goodness I used my intuition and ignored the negative review. As a total novice visiting midweek I had an amazing day here and learnt to ski on a practically empty piste. I was accompanied by an experienced skier who enjoyed their experience too. This really is a great place, true it's compact and most suited to a day or two but it is so quiet and beautiful I cannot understand how anyone can dismiss it.
It hadn't snowed for days when I visited but two of the three green slopes were excellent and the third was not bad if a little slushy. From what I am told the blue's were excellent.
If you are looking for a quiet place to try out skiing while visiting BCN or Girona then give it a go. The negative review nearly put me off, don't let it put you off.
Vall de Núria Ratings
Overall: 3.7. Based on 2 votes and 3 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 Vall de Núria.
Public Transport: 2.5
(1) There are no buses or taxis to Vall de Núria, (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 Vall de Núria, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.
Cheap Rooms: 4.0
(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.
Luxury Hotels: 3.5
(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Vall de Núria.
Ski in/Ski out: 4.0
(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 Vall de Núria, (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) Vall de Núria is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.
(1) Vall de Núria relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.
Snow Grooming: 4.0
(1) There are no snow groomers at Vall de Núria, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Vall de Núria 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) Vall de Núria is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.
Nearby options: 3.0
(1) If snow conditions are poor at Vall de Núria, 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: 3.0
(1) Vall de Núria 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: 5.0
(1) The staff at Vall de Núria are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Vall de Núria 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.
February 19, 2010
Ronald Van Leemput from Belgium
Vall de Nuria (Vall de Núria) is the ideal place to visit if you want to give your children a first ski experience. With the hotel and ski school located on the slopes and zero wait time at the lifts you can spend your holidays enjoying the sun and snow.
The hotel also has an excellent restaurant with local specialties combined with the food that children like: fries and chicken.
I have visited Vall de Nuria (Vall de Núria) many times, both my children learned the ski there, and we still enjoy coming back each and every time.
Although it has a limited number of ski slopes it is absolutely a fantastic place to spend your winter holidays for the starting or medium level skier.
You'll arrive in Vall de Nuria (Vall de Núria) by railrack train in a unique scenery of the Spanish Pyrenees, which everybody should have seen at least once in his lifetime, a paradise on earth.
December 25, 2009
massivecompacthalo from United Kingdom
Vall de Núria. It has a great website plus all the adverts around the Barcelona area look very nice. Also on all the posters. It does seem quite an offer: ski pass and train ticket from 22 euros.
But that's where the positivity stops. It's obvious now that I've been there, where all the money goes, on the website and adverts. They even advertise it as " Ski without crowds". Normally that would be very tempting, no-one likes crowds. However, in this case, crowds are good, crowds mean that, ok, skiing is not cheap, but it's fantastic on the mountain!
Now, I realize that no 'proper skiers and boarders' would be tempted by the glossy website and posters, after all there's only 11 pistes and 4 lifts, on a good day. But when you have 2 children, "Ski without crowds" seems a good offer.
It isn't. Go where the crowds are and enjoying proper winter sports. At Nuria (Vall de Núria), you spend more time going up than you do going down, never a plus for winter sports enthusiasts. The actual cost is shockingly bad value for money. Ok, at Mesalla and La Molina and the other larger resorts you will have the occasional queue. But it's worth it for the downhill! And despite what the website and brochure promises, we didn't find it at all child friendly.
So, if you want to check at the website, it won't cost you anything. However, if you are intent on spending money, go elsewhere.