A ski vacation in Spain? Yes, it is possible, and we will tell you where.
October brought the first snow of the season and just like that, the ski resorts opened their slopes for a promising ski season. The first snowflakes inspired many slope enthusiasts to get their ski gear ready in time for the long December weekend.
Looking for a mountain escape in Spain, but don’t know where to go? From the Pyrenees to the Sierra Nevada, here’s a list of 10 places to ski in Spain.
1. Sierra Nevada, Granada
At 11,411 feet, Mulhacén is the second tallest peak in Spain. It is located in the Sierra Nevada, less than 20 miles from Granada. The Sierra Nevada ski resort, in fact, is situated at the highest point on the peninsula and also has the greatest vertical drop – 3,937 feet to be exact. In addition, it is located farther south in Europe than any other ski resort. Need more statistics? Well, from the ski resort, you can get to the coast in only two hours. High season ski pass price: €48.50 (1 day) ($55)
2. Formigal, Huesca
Formigal-Panticosa is a ski resort in Huesca. With 141 runs distributed over six valleys, there is fun to be had for the whole family. The resort offers activities on the bunny slopes for the little ones and the adults can reenergize with après-ski at Marchica, a lively place with a patio right at the foot of the slopes. Ski pass price: €35-40 ($40-45)
3. Baqueira Beret, Lleida
The ski resort with the highest concentration of celebrities is probably Baqueira Beret. It is located in the Pyrenees of Lleida – and more specifically, in the picturesque Valle de Arán. Its elitist atmosphere may have begun when it became the preferred ski resort of the Spanish royal family. Not only does Baqueira boast VIPS on its slopes, but the resort also enjoys exceptional snow quality. Ski pass price: €52 ($59)
4. Candanchú, Huesca
The Candanchú ski resort, which opened in 1928, is the oldest in Spain. It is located in the north of Jaca, touching France and the Camino de Santiago, which is an excellent location in the Pyrenees of Aragon. It has become very family-oriented thanks to the accommodations it offers beginners. In addition, the resort has a cross-country ski circuit and a biathlon field. Ski pass price: €43 ($49)
5. Cerler, Huesca
We often see the Cerler ski resort ranked as one of the best in the world. Why? Because it has one of the longest runs on the peninsula – it is about five and a half miles long! But this should not scare the rookies; for those who do not want to venture down such a long slope, this ski resort is also known for offering other types of activities. A boardercross course, terrain park and more are waiting for you at Cerler. Ski pass price: €38-44 ($43-50)
6. Valdezcaray, La Rioja
The Valdezcaray ski resort is located on the slopes of the San Lorenzo Mountain in the Sierra de la Demanda. It is a small resort with runs of different levels, making it very accessible and family-friendly. At the end of the ski day, it is easy to travel to the surrounding towns like Santo Domingo de la Calzada, San Millán de la Cogolla, or Logroño itself to partake in some cultural activities. High season ski pass price: €28.50 (1 day) ($32.50)
7. La Molina, Girona
Located in Alp, a beautiful little town in the Pyrenees of Girona, the Molina ski resort is the oldest in Catalonia. It is the “sister” resort to Masella so you can even purchase combined passes for both resorts on the same day since they are only a few miles away from each other. In addition to its more than 60 runs, La Molina offers a wide variety of snow activities such as snowshoeing, Segway excursions, and a terrain park. Ski pass price: €37-39 ($42-44)
8. Navacerrada, Madrid
The Navacerrada ski resort is only 31 miles from Madrid. It is an ideal option for a quick escape to the snow. With one section of highly difficult runs and another section of easy runs, skiers of all levels can choose the trails that suit their skills. There are also facilities for practicing ski jumping and slalom. Ski pass price: €27-32 ($31-36)
9. San Isidro, León
Right in the middle of the Picos de Europa National Park is the San Isidro ski resort. The atmosphere is luxurious and visitors can combine skiing with visits to the local picturesque towns and sites such as Ausente and Isoba Lakes and the Vegacervera gorges. The resort is divided into four skiable areas, which are divided according to level. There are also areas for skiing in powder. Ski pass price: €22-30 ($25-34)
10. Boí Taüll, Lleida
The Boí Valley is home to the Boí Taüll Resort in the Pyrenees of Lleida. Oriented to the north, to which it owes the quality of snow that it enjoys, Boí Taüll has a maximum elevation of 9,022 feet and views of the neighboring ski resort, Port Ainé. In addition, Lake Sant Maurici and the Aigüestortes National Park, both highly recommendable sites, are only a short distance away from Boí Taüll. Ski pass price: €39 ($44)