Visitor reviews for La Molina Ski Resort
March 13, 2017
Jordi from Spain
I go there regularly with my 6 year old son. It's a medium sized resort (68km of slopes) and offers great skiing for beginners to intermediates. If you want more of a challenge, take the Telecabina to Masella (just on the other side of the mountain) for a bit more spice.
Only 2 hours from BCN or Girona. You could easily spend up to 3 days there and not get bored. Not much nightlife though, you go there for the sport. (if you want bars & pubs the towns of Alp & Puigcerda are closeby).
Many ski-schools and rental companies to choose from.
Another plus: much less expensive than France, Austria or even Andorra.
La Molina Ratings
Overall: 4.1. Based on 11 votes and 9 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 La Molina.
Public Transport: 4.6
(1) There are no buses or taxis to La Molina, (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 La Molina, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.
Cheap Rooms: 4.4
(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.
Luxury Hotels: 3.8
(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in La Molina.
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.
(1) There are no child care facilities at La Molina, (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) La Molina is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.
(1) La Molina relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.
Snow Grooming: 4.8
(1) There are no snow groomers at La Molina, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at La Molina 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) La Molina is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.
Nearby options: 4.5
(1) If snow conditions are poor at La Molina, 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: 3.9
(1) La Molina 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: 4.1
(1) The staff at La Molina are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at La Molina 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.
Ski Schools: 5.0
(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: 4.5
(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: 4.4
(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) La Molina has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.
(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.
(1) No intermediate terrain at La Molina, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.
(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: 4.6
(1) Not even a kicker at La Molina, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.
(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.
(1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around La Molina, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.
(1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) La Molina has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.
Mountain Dining: 3.6
(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.
(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.
(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: 3.4
(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.
(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: 3.4
(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: 3.5
(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): 3.7
(1) Overall, La Molina 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): 3.8
(1) Overall, La Molina 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.
February 23, 2009
John Scarborough from United Kingdom
La Molina is a great resort just a 2 hour drive from Girona airport. Ryanair makes a short break quite reasonable. I was at La Molina for two nights and one days skiing from the 17th-19th Feb 2009 (half-term in UK). The lifts and slopes where very quiet at this time. Be sure to get extended lift pass with La Molina & Masella. Solineusport is a lively & friendly hotel. (Bottle of nice red wine in the restaurant was under 8 euros). Ideal for a short break as they provide lift passes and hire skis etc. Hope to return to La Molina with my 8 yr old in a few weeks.
December 01, 2008
Cantwell Family from Ireland
We are a family of 5 - 2 adults, 3 children - 12,10,7 and would recommend La Molina/Masella as a great start for family skiing. Both adults have skied in Austria, Italy and Spain (Baq Beret and Formigal) and have come back to La Molina for the last 3 years to get our guys into skiing (and snowboarding this year). Well worth buying combined passes that gives great range of slopes and combinations. Weekends are busy with day-trippers from Barca/Girona. Private lessons are with good 'monitors' and most are eager to brush up their English so makes for pleasant lessons. The slopes are much quieter Mon-Thurs. Would highly recommend Rafa, Sandra, Maria and crew at the Solineusport. Our kids loved their buffet. Also, great places to stay down in the valley of Alp or Bellver de Cerdanya. Eat in Puigcerda for a change of scene from the resort (rest. croco brasso near solineusport is homely). Great swimming pool & sports centre in Puigcerda. Try an evening out in Seu D'Urgell. Hire a car and enjoy the area! (not there in '09 but looking forward to trip in '10). Tony
April 09, 2008
Doyle Family from Ireland
Skied La Moilna and Massella each of the last three years. As a couple 1 night 2 days, as a family (6 of us) for 5 days skiing and as a party of families: 5 days. Recommended for a short break. La Molina has open slopes and a few gullies and Massella has tree lined runs. Buy the combined ticket if you have a car or the apl 2000 lift is open.
Always got snow, plenty for beginners/intermediates.
Stayed at the Solineusport hotel each time. Very close to lifts, very friendly and helpful. Food very good: buffet. Accommodation is chalet type. Large bar pizzeria, cinema room, own ski hire / lockers next door. Highly recommended as a value sport hotel.
Access: Aer Lingus / Barcelona train to La Molina (excellent). Better value and smoother, quicker and more reliable than Ryanair - Girona, car/taxi.
Great for family skiing. Made our own fun. Great as an addition to a few days in Barcelona but does not compare to Austria.
January 25, 2008
Dani from Spain
I ski in La molina every year. The resorts are good (there are only chairs and a cabine), and there are not large queues, except in the Pista Llarga chair where you can wait a maximum of 10-15 min at 'hot' hours, and in some material hiring shops. (Try to park in the Font Canaleta parking 3 or 4, to avoid these queues).
The snowfall is not usually so heavy as in Andorra (North) or Vall d´Aran (West), but if you buy the combined ticket with Masella, you get one of the biggest domains in the Pyrennes, all joined by resorts (I mean, you can arrive to any area of the resort without taking off your skis).
Another advantage from La Molina is that you can get there by train, althougth it's 3 hours from Bcn. But to avoid waiting in the train station (envolved by a joint smoking perfume) and massive avalanches of people in the 5 minutes station-resort bus, bring your car.
La Molina; it's a sure bet when planning an ski-scape because every year, during winter, you always have at least 25 km. of beginner/intermediate pistes, doubled when buying the La Molina/Masella forfait.
December 12, 2006
Padraig doyle from Ireland
My Wife and I went for a city break to Barcelona for 6 days and planned the trip to La Molina on the train from Barcelona Sants. Train was full of students out on a day trip to ski. Not a lot of snow till we got right up to the mountain. Plenty then. Stayed in the Solineusport hotel in La Molina, Typical sport hotel, all wood and chalet type accomodation, very nice staff and quite helpful, I have no Spanish but we got through, there's not a lot of English spoken. We skied for a couple of days. All the runs were open and nothing was over busy. We bought the lift pass for La Molina Masella but hadn't the time, need or inclination to venture outside La Molina.
All lifts were open. All had good snow and it was well groomed. Nice resort, no drag lifts. Lots of variety for the beginner/intermediate. Not a lot of restaurants or other facilities. Appears to be a day trip venue.
We're going back with the family so we hope they get some snow this Christmas.
Two runs were right at the bottom of the lifts, food great, had a small ci
27 December 05.
February 07, 2006
ian robinson from United Kingdom
La Molina is a sleepy little village within easy reach of Barcelona and Gerona airports. The skiing is good for a short trip, but quite limited. English isn't well spoken, but the locals are willing to try! We travelled up from the coast one morning, found a nice clean hotel on the 'main' street with the help of a very enthusiastic tourist info guy. On one occasion the Alp 2000 lift was closed due to high winds wich are not uncommon, but don't worry, we drove to Andorra within a couple of hours and had a great days skiing there instead!
There isn't may places to eat, but the El Torb restaurant is a fab little place and it's so cheap you can really go for it!
All in all it's a good place if you are in the Barcelona area (or you are just wanting a long weekend with a cheap flight)and fancy nipping off for a bit of skiing, with the option of travelling on to Andorra. Wouldn't really recommend going there without the car so you can drive on. We left after breakfast and were golfing in the sun in Figeurals by lunch!
November 09, 2004
Simon Baker from United Kingdom
Catalan ski resort popular with people from Barcelona and Girona.
Forms a larger ski area with the neighbouring resort of Masella although they do not appear to provide a combined lift pass unless you specifically ask for one, otherwise you have to buy an unplanned single ticket to take you back up the mountain.
La Molina generally has wind swept open pistes while Masella has tree lined slopes. Predominantly blues and reds and limited off piste.
The resort is an easy drive from Barcelona (there is a train service)or Girona. Andorra and some French resorts are also nearby.
Did not stay in the resort which features a number of chalets/hotels etc but in Puigcerda a pleasant border town 6 km away with plenty of cheap accommodation.