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Formigal Resort Reviews

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Formigal Resort Reviews

Visitor reviews for Formigal Ski Resort

Formigal Ratings

Overall: 3.9. Based on 79 votes and 75 reviews. Vote

Access: 3.7

(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 Formigal.

Public Transport: 3.6

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

Scenery: 4.2

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

Accommodation: 4.3

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

Cheap Rooms: 3.6

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

Luxury Hotels: 4.2

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

Ski in/Ski out: 3.9

(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 Formigal, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.

Snowsure: 4.0

(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) Formigal is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.

Snowmaking: 4.1

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

Snow Grooming: 4.3

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

Shelter: 3.3

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

Nearby options: 3.4

(1) If snow conditions are poor at Formigal, 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: 4.1

(1) Formigal 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 Formigal are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Formigal are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.

Crowds/Queues: 3.2

(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: 4.1

(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: 4.3

(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: 4.2

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

Beginners: 4.5

(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: 4.6

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

Advanced: 4.0

(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: 3.9

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

Off-piste: 3.6

(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.

Cross-country: 2.9

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

Luge/Toboggan: 3.0

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

Mountain Dining: 4.1

(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: 4.2

(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: 4.4

(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: 3.5

(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: 3.9

(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: 3.8

(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: 3.4

(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): 3.5

(1) Overall, Formigal 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): 3.5

(1) Overall, Formigal 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.

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February 01, 2009
Liz from Ski Luxembourg Luxembourg
I was in Formigal twice this year and the snow was always great. Besides, I have been to few ski resorts with better views. The ski area is huge. I hardly finished all the tracks that had been recommended to me. The facilities were more modern and the staff more professional than in most alpine resorts I have visited. The skiing was really good. If I had to say something negative about Formigal I would choose the length of some slopes (not in the fourth valley where they were very long and had great snow) and the price of the forfait (I found it a bit too high, but I bought it directly at the entrance, some of my friends bought theirs in different agencies and they got better prices than me. Ah, and it looks that the resort is trying to promote combined flight and ski tickets, which seem a very interesting option if you have a full week). For après-ski I would recommend a visit to Sallent and Lanuza; two lovely stone villages, far more beautiful than Formigal itself. Sallent has very good food and cosy hotels. I still remember the Asado in a slightly hidden restaurant at the entrance of the village, (it had hens and pigs decoration and I wish I could remember the name). In summary, it was a really nice experience. I will definitely come back next year.
January 28, 2009
Carl from Ski France France
For me, Formigal is the best ski resort in Pyrenees (Pirineos). It has 137 km of slopes; the biggest in Spain, with 4 valleys or zones connected by modern lifts. There are all kind of ski-slopes. I have been there two weeks ago and the snow was perfect, there were a lot 70-200 cm. The Formigal village is a beautiful place in the middle of the mountains with all the services like shops, restaurants, pubs, church, banks etc. It is a good choice, maybe the best in Spain, if you want skiing.
January 28, 2009
George from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
I've skied Formigal ten times this season and it's definitely a resort that requires a bit of effort to get the best out of it. If all you're into is piste skiing then this is probably not the resort for you (especially if you're used to Alpine pistes) as the runs are short, not very steep and generally pretty unchallenging; don't be deceived by the piste map, there isn't that much of it - you can go from one side to the other in sub 45 mins, most of that spent on lifts. However, if you get some fresh snow and are prepared to get away from the beaten track via some serious traversing or some hiking, then there is some really great off-piste to be had. It's very accessible and due to the nature of the terrain (not steep and craggy) you can ski pretty much all of it - sadly no trees though. The resort (Formigal) has obviously invested a lot of money in recent years and this shows in the facilities (except the lifts out of Sarrios which break the resort, they're terrible and must be changed soon). Car parking and restaurants are excellent. The terrain park caters for a good breadth of ability and the mogul field (baches) is also entertaining. In short, if you want to cruise the piste then go to Cerler; if you want to mix it up with some powder/park give Formigal a go.
January 20, 2009
carole from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Just returned from Formigal. Stayed at the Nieve Sol hotel. Found the staff professional and friendly; a nice hotel. Skiing was superb, snow conditions excellent. Obviously a lot of money has been spent on the resort recently. It is a family friendly fun resort with plenty of choice from beginner to more seasoned skiers. Would highly recommend this resort.
October 29, 2008
paul taylor from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
I have been skiing in Formigal for 16 years and even owned a property in the Tena Valley for a few of them. The investments and improvements that have been made are fantastic and I hope that the masses start to visit soon from the UK. Some of the tour operators are charging silly money to visit as you can fly to Zaragoza and rent an apartment for peanuts. I once took a black cab for a whole season in Formigal and had a great experience. Try the bar Garma Negro to meet the locals or Bar Salloon where my old mate Theo and Maria run one of the best bars in the village. For a great skiing experience if the Bosque is open go there because nobody else will!! hasta luego.
February 16, 2008
Tuca from Ski Spain Spain
I don't like this resort for many reasons. First, it's not as big as it pretends to be. Most of the new runs added in the last couple of years are actually a joke: they start from nowhere and lead to nowhere (meaning that there is no way to reach the beginning of the run except by walking a long way and once you get to the end, the closest chair is a couple of kilometers away). Baqueira, for instance, has less official kilometers of runs, but is really much bigger and the runs are real. Second, the vertical drop is very limited, especially if you consider that most of the time there is no snow on the lower half. Third, the top of the resort is only 2200 m high. This means that most of the time you ski well below and the snow is not particularly good. Fourth, most of the runs are quite easy (although if you look at the ski map, you might think it is the most challenging ski resort in the world. But it's a joke!) Fifth, there are always incredible traffic jams, especially on a Sunday afternoon. And huge lines at the bottom of the chairs! Plus, it is quite expensive. Of course, it can be fun on a working Monday after a big dump...
January 03, 2008
JaimeH from Ski Spain Spain
Just came back from a long weekend in Formigal. After all the investment made in the last years Formigal has become one of the best resorts in Spain. The new area (Portalet) has excellent & fast lifts that lead onto mid level slopes as well as tough ones. Even though snowfall has been limited this year (but much better than last year) they currently have some 80% of the slopes open with good snow conditions. People tend to concentrate in the Valle de Izas & Anayet areas, but if you move to either side of the resort you will find plenty of room even on busy days.
December 18, 2007
Pedro Villaret from Ski Portugal Portugal
Hi there! My name is Pedro, I'm from Portugal and I've been to Formigal last year in March (2007). I'll be there again this year, in March (2008)! I've done skiing since I was a little kid, so...(about 20 years) and during these years I've been to lots of places like Sierra Nevada, Baqueira, Chamonix, Les 3 vallés, Andorra and from all these places Formigal is definitely one of my favourites. The landscapes in Formigal are only comparable to the landscapes in Chamonix. It´s beautiful to go skiing in Formigal. The landscapes are great! The tracks are fantastic, the snow is really good! Last year it was a crazy winter but even like that in Formigal it's reat. They produce lots of snow, there are lots of new lifts, including the one with 8 places that substitutes the old egg. There is a major investment in Formigal. Formigal is already the biggest ski station in Spain. 3 years ago (2006) they had around 80 kms of ski tracks, last year they had 105 kms and this year they have 137 kms distributed in around 70 tracks. Comparing to Sierra Nevada for example, Formigal is much better, Sierra Nevada is always too crowded and there's no evolution in Sierra Nevada! Always the same....every year...nothing new! I think that you should visit Formigals website for good information. The only thing that I think they should do in Formigal is to built a lift that takes us up directly from the center of the village to the mountain. Right now they have the skibus, that is free or we can walk like 5 or 10 minutes until the ski station....but with the skis or the board on our back...it's not easy! Well....that is all I have to say! Go to Formigal! It's really one of the best!
March 12, 2007
Tim Hall from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
12/03/2007. I've been to Formigal four times so far this year, using the "Bus Blanco" service from Zaragoza. All in all, it's been excellent, and this in spite of the ridiculously warm winter we've had this year. I gather that there was very little snow up until Christmas, but as soon as the temperatures dropped in the new year, the teams at Formigal were immediately out pisting the slopes and making the most of the snow available. There are new snow canons everywhere you look around the piste area, meaning snow quality can be kept high even when it doesn't actually snow much. On one occasion, due to a prolonged period of very warm weather, the pistes were really suffering, with few runs open and large patches of slush and even mud, but as soon as the temperatures dropped again this was rectified, and since then more than twice as much skiable area has once again been opened. In general, apart from that one occasion, the snow quality has been high, especially more recently, when it has been almost at the standard of the Alps. As I understand it, Formigal is the largest ski station around (in Spain) - with over 100km of pistes when fully open - and so there is a great variety of slopes to choose from, catering for all standards. In addition there is also great potential for off-piste skiing, including marked off-piste trails. Due to the orientation of the slopes, snow quality also tends to remain high throughout the day, with excellent skiing still widely available by 16h30 and later. There has clearly been a lot of investment in Formigal recently, with three new chair lifts open this year, one of them carrying 8 people per chair, which now link all the zones together. Overall, I highly recommend Formigal for anyone looking for great skiing and a wide variety of slopes and difficulty levels in Spain. If you are in Zaragoza or Huesca and want a day on the slopes, look out for the "Bus Blanco", the price of which includes bus ticket there and back as well as the day's lift pass. Equipment can be hired on arrival at Formigal.
March 04, 2006
Pablo from Ski Spain Spain
March 01 2005 . Formigal can be great now during the week and has a very promising future. However it gets much too busy on Saturdays and Sundays as skiers flood in from many urban areas. The slopes really need policing everywhere to control use, especially dangerous skiers when there is heavy traffic. Then there are long queues by 09.15 to access the area (so get up early)and more qeueuing to get everything. As the main gondola hasn't been replaced yet, crossing the resort is time consuming too so plan your day carefully to avoid constant queues. After 14.00 it gets better and on Sunday much much better so plan to ski more pm than am and slope orientation means good quality snow pm till late March. The wind and the gales can be the worst aspect so check snow reports carefully before departing. Look out for offers for 5 days for ski passes+accom etc.