Visitor reviews for Manzaneda Ski Resort
February 23, 2016
Skier from Porto from Portugal
Manzaneda is a labyrinth of blue and red runs down the mountain and through the forest, allowing dozens of different 2-3km routes from summit to base; Enough to never have to take the same route twice in a day, or more than twice in a weekend.
Unfortunately, because of chronic snow shortage and lack of snow-making, it only opens fully for a few weekends a season so lack of staff means very poor piste maintenance.
This also means that Manzaneda is not suitable for pre-planned trips but if you are in the area after a big snowfall and arrive early enough not to have to park kilometers away from the station, you could enjoy as fine a day's skiing as anywhere in the Alps or Rockies.
Overall: 3.0. Based on 36 votes and 13 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 Manzaneda.
Public Transport: 2.2
(1) There are no buses or taxis to Manzaneda, (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 Manzaneda, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.
Cheap Rooms: 3.5
(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.
Luxury Hotels: 1.8
(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Manzaneda.
Ski in/Ski out: 3.6
(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 Manzaneda, (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) Manzaneda is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.
(1) Manzaneda relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.
Snow Grooming: 3.3
(1) There are no snow groomers at Manzaneda, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Manzaneda 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) Manzaneda is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.
Nearby options: 2.5
(1) If snow conditions are poor at Manzaneda, 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: 2.9
(1) Manzaneda 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: 3.3
(1) The staff at Manzaneda are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Manzaneda 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: 3.4
(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: 3.3
(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: 3.0
(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Manzaneda 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 Manzaneda, (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: 2.3
(1) Not even a kicker at Manzaneda, (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 Manzaneda, (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) Manzaneda has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.
Mountain Dining: 3.2
(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: 4.0
(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: 2.5
(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): 2.9
(1) Overall, Manzaneda 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): 2.9
(1) Overall, Manzaneda 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.
December 28, 2009
Jose from Spain
Manzaneda is for me one of the most beautiful ski resorts of the North-West of Spain.
This year it has increased the ski area with three new slopes, having now 14,5km length.
It is small but has a lot of trees and very funny slopes.
I see always the weather here and always it gets right. For information about the resort I visit the oficial website manzaneda.info
December 26, 2008
Jonny from Portugal
I like this resort (Manzaneda) very much.
I thought that they were not investing any more in improvements but I went there in December 21st and the resort was awesome.
There was a lot of snow, fantastic new slopes, good organization, Manzaneda people are very friendly, the resort closes late, etc.
Has only one catch. It needs a lot of snow. If you have your own board or skis be very careful about the conditions. It’s also difficult to find a good hotel to sleep over. There are a lot of expensive alternatives for the quality that is offered.
Summing it up, I’m from Portugal, I live 280 km from Manzaneda and I must say that this is the best resort in a 300 km radius that we have. It takes about 3 hours so we can travel to Manzaneda from one day to the other, do some snowboard and be back home in time to dinner.
For people that live in the north of Portugal, this is THE ski resort.
December 03, 2008
Jacob from Spain
Manzaneda is an excellent small resort with small runs and plenty of woods.
There are just two problems: not too much snow and too many people that have no idea of skiing, are dangerous drivers and always fill the parking.
February 10, 2006
jorge from Portugal
I'm 18 years old, so I'm a snowboarder that likes to have fun!!!
I've been there on a school trip, just a few days of good people having fun...I recomended for kids like me to go there with the friends and enjoy some nice tracks and a little disco at night right there on the resort!! But don't get drunk because on the next day you need to be well..or not!!!peace
January 27, 2006
Xulio from Spain
Near the Manzaneda Station there is a rural hostal: Alberguería Os Biocos da Vía Nova (www.biocos.net). It's cheap and comfortable. Very recommended.
December 01, 2005
Pedro from Portugal
It´s a miniature station but a lot biger then Serra da Estrela, It has a mini snowpark now but when I went there it was closed. They bougth some snow cannons also but the natural snow is getting rare with the global warming, I think. If you are in North Portugal this resort is great for a 1 day if it snows.
November 11, 2005
Tony Constantino from Portugal
Perfect miniature ski station, IF it snows. Accomodation next to the pistes, lots of trees, excellent for beginners, and day trips. Night life to be had at nearbye Puebla de Trives.
I live three hours away so I watch the snow reports, pack the previous day, leave early, call in sick at work on the way and drive back home after dinner
January 10, 2005
Nuno Covas from Portugal
It is a small resort, but it's where I use to ski because it's only 2 hours away from where I live.
In one hand, it is good because I can be aware of the forecasts, and when there is snow, I pack my stuff in the car, start the trip at 5 in the morning and get there by the time the station opens and return home when the lifts stop working. On the other hand, the snowfalls are rare and uncertain, and it is difficult to plan your season holidays. If you plan to ski for a week in the month before, chances are you won't get no snow at all, unless you're lucky.
Anyways, when the snowfall is heavy, Manzaneda is a great place for begginer/intermediate skiing.