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


SPAIN / ANDORRA REPORT After the snowfall at the start of last week, it has been warmer and dryer, melting away much of the early cover. It's been sunny daily with temperatures reaching 20C in resort, although nearer 5C up on the slopes.

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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Mid station 1886 m
3200m 3000m 4000m 3900m 3250m

(1658m — 2300m)

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Mid station 1979 m
3300m 3050m 3250m 4100m 3150m

(1538m — 2609m)

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Mid station 2074 m
3150m 3100m 3200m 4000m 3100m

(2025m — 2749m)

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Mid station 2387 m
3050m 3200m 3300m 4000m 3100m

(1541m — 2400m)

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Mid station 1970 m
3300m 3050m 3250m 4100m 3150m

(1504m — 2636m)

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Mid station 2070 m
3200m 3150m 3250m 4050m 3050m

(1501m — 2431m)

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Mid station 1966 m
3100m 3150m 3300m 3950m 3100m

(1551m — 2200m)

Formigal webcam
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Mid station 1876 m
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(1501m — 1951m)

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Mid station 1726 m
3150m 3150m 4000m 3700m 3400m

(1650m — 2000m)

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Mid station 1825 m
3200m 2950m 3200m 4100m 3650m

(1667m — 2537m)

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Mid station 2102 m
3000m 3200m 3250m 3850m 3200m

(1500m — 2273m)

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Mid station 1886 m
3200m 3000m 3750m 4200m 3600m

(1600m — 1723m)

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Mid station 1662 m
3250m 3050m 3250m 4050m 3050m

(1510m — 1800m)

Leitariegos webcam
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Mid station 1655 m
3100m 3300m 4000m 3500m 3450m

(1300m — 1500m)

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Mid station 1400 m
3200m 3050m 3900m 4150m 3350m

(1500m — 1800m)

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Mid station 1650 m
3100m 3450m 4000m 3700m 3650m

(1600m — 2535m)

Masella webcam
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Mid station 2068 m
3050m 3200m 3250m 3850m 3150m

(1m — 3718m)

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Mid station 1860 m
4450m 4450m 4450m 4350m 4300m

(1530m — 2221m)

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Mid station 1876 m
3150m 3050m 3300m 4100m 3250m

(948m — 2648m)

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Picos De Europa webcam
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13 days ago
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Mid station 1798 m
3150m 3050m 3950m 3800m 3250m

(1701m — 2400m)

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Mid station 2050 m
3100m 3300m 3300m 3850m 3350m

(1650m — 2441m)

Port-Ainé webcam
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Mid station 2046 m
3100m 3200m 3300m 3900m 3150m

(1763m — 2178m)

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Mid station 1970 m
3200m 3000m 3850m 4150m 3650m

(1690m — 2060m)

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Mid station 1875 m
3300m 3050m 3850m 4200m 3600m

(1399m — 2800m)

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12 days ago
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Mid station 2100 m
3150m 3100m 3250m 4050m 3050m

(1500m — 2019m)

San-Isidro webcam
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Mid station 1760 m
3150m 3150m 4000m 3700m 3400m

(1989m — 2368m)

Sierra de Béjar - La Covatilla webcam
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Mid station 2178 m
3150m 3400m 4050m 4150m 3600m

(2102m — 3300m)

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Mid station 2701 m
3750m 3500m 3750m 4300m 4050m

(1749m — 2249m)

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12 days ago
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Mid station 1999 m
3150m 3150m 3250m 3950m 3100m

(1701m — 2025m)

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Mid station 1863 m
3200m 3000m 3200m 4050m 3550m

(1859m — 2280m)

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Mid station 2070 m
3200m 3000m 3850m 4150m 3650m

(1530m — 2124m)

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Mid station 1827 m
3200m 2850m 3750m 4050m 3400m

(1399m — 1899m)

Valgrande-Pajares webcam
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Mid station 1649 m
3100m 3250m 4000m 3600m 3300m

(1970m — 2260m)

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Mid station 2115 m
3050m 3200m 3250m 3850m 3200m

(1960m — 2536m)

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Vallter 2000 webcam
2 cm
12 days ago
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Mid station 2248 m
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