The best places to ski in Spain for all the familyLaurence Lemoine
Is there any good skiing in Spain? Where are the best ski resorts in Spain? We have all the details in our guide to the best places to ski in Spain for all the family.
The Spanish ski season can be a little unpredictable when it comes to how much snow there actually will be, but after a great season for the last couple of years, we can only hope that the coming 2022/2023 ski season will be able to live up to expectations. Spain has a huge variety of ski destinations and some of the best ski resorts in Europe for skiers of all levels. Whether you are a beginner on the slopes, or a seasoned expert, and whatever type of budget you have, Spain has a slope for you! So if you are planning a ski trip to Spain to end 2022 or start 2023 in style, take a look at 4 of the best places to ski in Spain for all the family.
Baqueira Beret: skiing and snowboarding
Open for the 2022/2023 ski season, the Baqueira Beret resort, located in the Catalan Pyrenees, is one of the most famous ski resorts in Spain and every year it welcomes keen skiers with a covering of snow up to 130cm in thickness. Skiing in Spain for beginners is also a great option, and this is the perfect resort.
Not just one of Spain’s best ski resorts, Baqueira also has some of the best snowboarding facilities in Spain, including 2 snowparks, Marmotes and the Blanhiblar boardercross, the latter being ideal if you are just starting out in the snow as it is an easy circuit and, most importantly, a lot of fun. On the other hand, the Marmotes snowpark has three levels of difficulty: beginner, intermediate and expert. In addition, Baqueira Beret uses both natural and artificial modules and varies them during the season, so it is impossible to get bored.
Sierra Nevada: skiing for all the family
Spain is also home to the southernmost ski resort in Europe: Sierra Nevada, with 100 slopes and about 90km of skiable terrain during the height of the ski season. Sierra Nevada is also known to be one of the best ski resorts in Spain for families, as there is a free pass for children under 6 years old, not to mentioned that all the family will be able to have a great time at Pista de El Mar, the resort’s themed area. This part of the resort is located in the area of Borreguiles, and is especially designed for families as a place where both children and adults can enjoy the snow.
Another great option is the Pista del Bosque, where there is a 200-metre themed area where children will find figures of forest animals that guide them on the way to an igloo camp that is sure to delight the little ones. And when everyone is tired from lots of skiing and needs a break, make sure to stop by the Chiki Club, the family restaurant in Sierra Nevada decorated with children’s motifs and with furniture suitable for all ages.
Valdezcaray: perfect for skiers on a budget
Located in the region of La Rioja, Valdezcaray is a modest ski resort that generally has about 15kms of skiable terrain and approximately 20 open slopes in the height of the season. If you have a tight budget when planning your snow days, you will find an adult ski pass for just 29 euros and if you go on weekdays that are not considered high season by the resort, the pass costs even less, at just 22,50. The rental of skis, boots and poles is also very reasonably priced compared to other ski resorts in Spain, so you can get everything you need, on a budget.
And if after a few ski sessions you feel like doing something different, take advantage of the rural tourism, gastronomy and wine tourism activities in La Rioja. The area is famous for much more than just the snow!
Candanchú: cross-country skiing
As promised, ski resorts in Spain are very varied, and if gliding down the slopes isn’t your thing, there’s no need to worry: Spain also offers cross-country skiing, or Nordic skiing, for those who want to enjoy the stunning winter landscapes, without so much input from gravity! With more than 500km of routes in Spain, there is plenty of choice to be had, but our recommendation is in Candanchú.
Here, in the Aragonese Pyrenees, the cross-country skiing area is located in La Rinconada, with 3 circuits ranging from 2.5 to 7.5 km in length, so you can choose how far you travel across this winter wonderland. This Spanish ski area also has the only facility in Spain dedicated to biathlons, the popular winter Olympic discipline that mixes cross-country skiing and rifle shooting.
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