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 0 resorts. 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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snow depth
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(1649m — 2124m)

snow report 23 days ago

2 cm
23 days ago
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Mid station 1886 m
3900m 3950m 3650m 3150m 2950m

(1658m — 2300m)

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Mid station 1979 m
4100m 4000m 3750m 3250m 3400m

(1538m — 2609m)

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Mid station 2074 m
4050m 4050m 4000m 3500m 3650m

(2025m — 2749m)

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Mid station 2387 m
4100m 4050m 4000m 3450m 3550m

(1541m — 2400m)

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Mid station 1970 m
4100m 4000m 3750m 3250m 3400m

(1504m — 2636m)

Cerler webcam
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Mid station 2070 m
4050m 4050m 3950m 3400m 3550m

(1501m — 2431m)

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Mid station 1966 m
4050m 4050m 4000m 3500m 3650m

(1551m — 2200m)

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Mid station 1876 m
4050m 4050m 3800m 3250m 3450m

(1501m — 1951m)

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Mid station 1726 m
3800m 3850m 3650m 3200m 2900m

(1650m — 2000m)

Javalambre webcam
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Mid station 1825 m
4050m 4150m 3900m 3300m 3550m

(1667m — 2537m)

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Mid station 2102 m
4050m 4050m 4150m 3700m 3700m

(1500m — 2273m)

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Mid station 1886 m
3950m 4050m 3800m 3450m 3150m

(1600m — 1723m)

snow report 21 days ago

1 cm
21 days ago
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Mid station 1662 m
4050m 4000m 3850m 3250m 3400m

(1510m — 1800m)

Leitariegos webcam
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Mid station 1655 m
3800m 3850m 3500m 3100m 2950m

(1300m — 1500m)

snow report 23 days ago

1 cm
23 days ago
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Mid station 1400 m
3950m 4000m 3650m 3200m 3000m

(1500m — 1800m)

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Mid station 1650 m
3650m 3800m 3500m 3150m 3050m

(1600m — 2535m)

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Mid station 2068 m
4050m 4050m 4150m 3700m 3700m

(1m — 3718m)

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Mid station 1860 m
4500m 4400m 4350m 4350m 4300m

(1530m — 2221m)

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Mid station 1876 m
4050m 4000m 3850m 3250m 3450m

(948m — 2648m)

snow report 21 days ago

Picos De Europa webcam
1 cm
21 days ago
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Mid station 1798 m
3850m 3900m 3650m 3100m 2900m

(1701m — 2400m)

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Mid station 2050 m
4150m 4050m 4100m 3650m 3650m

(1650m — 2441m)

Port-Ainé webcam
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Mid station 2046 m
4050m 4050m 4050m 3500m 3650m

(1763m — 2178m)

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Mid station 1970 m
3850m 3950m 3700m 3400m 3200m

(1690m — 2060m)

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Mid station 1875 m
3900m 4000m 3800m 3400m 3200m

(1399m — 2800m)

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Mid station 2100 m
4050m 4050m 4000m 3450m 3650m

(1500m — 2019m)

San-Isidro webcam
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Mid station 1760 m
3800m 3850m 3650m 3250m 2900m

(1989m — 2368m)

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Mid station 2178 m
3700m 3950m 3600m 3200m 2900m

(2102m — 3300m)

snow report 21 days ago

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21 days ago
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Mid station 2701 m
4250m 4350m 3650m 3500m 3500m

(1749m — 2249m)

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Mid station 1999 m
4050m 4050m 4050m 3500m 3700m

(1701m — 2025m)

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Mid station 1863 m
4050m 4150m 3900m 3350m 3650m

(1859m — 2280m)

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Mid station 2070 m
3850m 4000m 3700m 3350m 3200m

(1530m — 2124m)

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Mid station 1827 m
3950m 3950m 3750m 3350m 3100m

(1399m — 1899m)

Valgrande-Pajares webcam
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Mid station 1649 m
3800m 3850m 3600m 3150m 2900m

(1970m — 2260m)

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Mid station 2115 m
4100m 4000m 4200m 3700m 3750m

(1960m — 2536m)

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Mid station 2248 m
4050m 4000m 4200m 3700m 3800m