Visitor reviews for Baqueira/Beret Ski Resort

Baqueira/Beret Ratings

Overall: 4.1. Based on 109 votes and 47 reviews. Vote

Snowsure: 4.5

(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) Baqueira/Beret is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.

Variety of pistes: 4.7

(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Baqueira/Beret has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.

Off-piste: 4.3

(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.

Scenery: 4.6

(1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.

Access: 3.5

(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 Baqueira/Beret.

Public Transport: 3.4

(1) There are no buses or taxis to Baqueira/Beret, (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.

Accommodation: 4.6

(1) No places to stay in/near Baqueira/Beret, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.

Cheap Rooms: 3.9

(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.

Luxury Hotels: 4.8

(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Baqueira/Beret.

Ski in/Ski out: 4.4

(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.

Childcare: 4.3

(1) There are no child care facilities at Baqueira/Beret, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.

Snowmaking: 4.3

(1) Baqueira/Beret relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.

Snow Grooming: 4.6

(1) There are no snow groomers at Baqueira/Beret, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Baqueira/Beret are groomed daily.

Shelter: 3.7

(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) Baqueira/Beret is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.

Nearby options: 3.1

(1) If snow conditions are poor at Baqueira/Beret, 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: 4.7

(1) Baqueira/Beret 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: 4.3

(1) The staff at Baqueira/Beret are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Baqueira/Beret are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.

Crowds/Queues: 3.9

(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: 4.6

(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: 4.6

(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.

Beginners: 4.3

(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.

Intermediates: 4.7

(1) No intermediate terrain at Baqueira/Beret, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.

Advanced: 4.6

(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: 3.4

(1) Not even a kicker at Baqueira/Beret, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.

Cross-country: 4.1

(1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around Baqueira/Beret, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.

Luge/Toboggan: 2.3

(1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) Baqueira/Beret has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.

Mountain Dining: 4.0

(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.

Eating: 4.3

(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.

Apres-Ski: 4.3

(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: 3.7

(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.

Entertainment: 4.0

(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: 4.1

(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: 3.7

(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): 4.1

(1) Overall, Baqueira/Beret 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): 3.9

(1) Overall, Baqueira/Beret 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.

Show all 35 ratings

November 19, 2003
David from Ski Spain Spain
Baqueira is th best ski resort in Spain, is the most biggest ski area in the country, good snow, good ski school, goods pubs & disco. all is perfect
January 14, 2004
i?igo from Ski Spain Spain
Baqueira is my favourite ski resort in Spain. It has really long slopes and more than 80 km for skiing. In adittion, it has the best apres-ski of all the ski resorts in Spain, with great restaurants, pubs and discos.
January 19, 2004
Lucas from Ski Canada Canada
baqueira is probably the best ski resort in the pyrenees,due to the fact that it has plenty of snow coming from the Atlantic.Meters of snow can be found at altitude,and if you?re a good skier,baqueira is for you,because of the extremely challenging terrain that can offer if you look for it.(I?m talking about Marconi,pasarell,Teso dera Mina,manaud...? It also has a very nice ski school,and if you just don?t want to ski you can always stay in nearby Vielha and look for some fine dining at Arties or Salardu. baqueira beret offers more than 1900 Ha of skiing(5000 acres) and every year it expands and grows bigger and bigger,but without loosing anything. This resort is comparable to Lake Louise(In Canada) and maybe even better than some ski resorts in other countries that proclame themselves as the best ski resort in the world
August 24, 2004
Bruce from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
I spent last season (03-04) in Baqueira. We had an appauling season, with aweful snow for most of the season. Baqueira is renowned for late season snow, and it was only in March that we actually got dumped on regularly. Its an expensive resort for spain, and the apres ski is mostly lame (unless you wear polo shirts and are extremely snotty). There are some great runs, and the resort is huge, which means that crowds are seldom a big problem if you venture away from the main lifts. I would reccommend staying in Salardu or Arties if you have a car, else Vielha. The main problem was snow. The resort just isnt snow-sure enough. With lots of snow too, the resort is mostly flat(ish), so it can be a problem. I went to Chamonix for a week after the season, and that is a steep mountain. Felt like i was a beginner even though I was boarding all season. The best thing about Baqueira is that there were 10 english speakers there the whole season (maybe 20) ... so you can avoid annoying larger louts that you get in Andorra and in the Alpes. Would reccommend it highly, althoguh check conditions before going. Hope this helps.
January 04, 2005
Andre from Ski Portugal Portugal
Great resort, with an infinity of pistes to explore (a weeks´ time is short), delicious 'tapas' and tap beer on aprés-ski and top restaurants (duck 'maigret' highly recommended). I was there in mid March, and there was great snow
March 24, 2005
david from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
I've skied Baqueria for the last few years and always had a good time. Ideal for intermediates but also offering some interesting off piste and itinerary routes for the more adventurous. There are several BASI trained English speaking instructors in the resort if you need to tidy up your skiing (email me if you need their contact details). All in all a top resort, no queues, usually plenty of snow and a shorter transfer than Andorra !
December 09, 2005
oliver from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
This place is fantastic - went there in 2002 and will go back for certain again one day. We stayed in the Tuc Blanc hotel which was really handy for the lifts - in other accommodations there tends to be a bit of an uphill shlrup to indure to get to the lifts... Really good to be in such a big ski area with no Brits about. We drove from Barcelona in about 4 hours. Only drawback is that ater a ski day it is really hard to fall in with the Spanish evening timetable - Dinner after 9.... They all have a siesta AFTER skiing and then wake up again for dinner. The plus side of this is that the pistes are empty in the mornings. A real treat to be able to drink rioja at lunchtime. The snow was great when we were there (Jan '02).
December 31, 2005
Pere from Ski Spain Spain
Yes, the best resort of Pyrenees, but the more expensive, and the services are becoming worse.
January 17, 2006
Michael Jones from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Though I have not explored the whole resort the skiing is generally superb and in good conditions has enough off piste to please most visitors. The Spanish holidays should be avoided as life is extremely manic and parking difficult however for the most of the time the slopes and lifts are relatively empty. Baqueira is deemed expensive and many Spanish actually cross over into France to ski Superbagneres and Peyragudes which though not as expansive are good value particularly after recent snow. For anyone thinking of Baqueira you could try linking up with Peak Times (www.peak-times.com) as we will be operating a ski safari for the 2006/07 season which will enables guests to ski in 4 resorts (including Baqueira)in 6 days.
February 21, 2006
Mery from Ski Spain Spain
I have been in very different skiing resorts, not only in Spain, and Baqueira is the best one in Spain and one of the best ones in Europe. In Baqueira you will found good snow, a great variety of pistes. at night and during the evening you can find a lot of things to do, there are a lot of shops and sports to do. I have been going yo Baqueira for five years and I will continue going, the people, the ski, the pubs and the ski club "White Pirates", are the best of the world.