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Skiing in Spain

Where are the best places to ski in Spain?

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Skiing in Spain

Pass near the ski resort of Pal, in the Pyrenees, Spain

Image: Rainer Schmied

Spain isn't most people's first choice when it comes to skiing. But with ski resorts in five distinct regions of the country, skiing in Spain is hot stuff. Well, not literally.

For high class skiing in Spain, you can't beat the Pyrenees, with ski resorts all along the border with France, while for the sheer novelty of skiing in the south of Spain and being able to go to the beach on the same day, the Sierra Nevada is perfect. There are also ski resorts near Madrid, in the north-west of Spain (in Galicia, Leon and Cantabria), La Rioja and Teruel.

Skiing in Spain in November and December 2013

A cold snap has allowed many of Spain's ski resorts to open early for the 2013-14 season. Check out this post on Skiing in Spain in 2013 comes early to see which resorts have opened already.

Why Ski in Spain?

Hardcore skiers in Europe will always head to the Alps to hit the slopes, but ski resorts in Spain have several advantages over their more famous cousins in Switzerland and Austria:

  • Skiing in Spain is cheaper than in most European resorts
  • Combine culture and skiing in a resort close to one of Spain's iconic cities
  • With numerous budget airlines flying to Spain, it is often more convenient to get to a Spanish ski station than to resorts in other countries

Best Places for Skiing in Spain

Taking these above advantages into account, the best places to ski in Spain would be the following:

  1. Skiing in the Sierra Nevada
    With Granada close by, one of the best cities in Spainand just 100km from the coast, the Sierra Nevada is an excellent place to ski in Spain. Pistes opened for the 2013-14 season in the last week of November 2013. 
    Read more about Skiing in the Sierra Nevada
     
  2. Skiing in Madrid
    The capital has three ski resorts - Navacerrada, Valdesqui and La Pinilla - as well as an indoor ski center, all a short drive from the city. The Nevacerrada station opened for the 2013 season in November.
    Read more about Skiing near Madrid
     
  3. Skiing in Catalonia
    If you're staying in Barcelona, you have several ski resorts nearby. Combine a few days skiing with a stay in one of the world's most fabulous cities - who can resist? And if there isn't enough snow in the Catalan ski resorts, you have the Pyrenees nearby. 
    Read more about Skiing in the Pyrenees

 

Other Ski Stations in Spain

Check out some other ski resorts in Spain, all popular with Spaniards and surprisingly devoid of foreign tourists.

Skiing in Teruel (Southern Aragon, near Valencia)

There are two cheap and cheerful resorts with limited resorts in Teruel - Javalambre and Valdelinares.

 

Skiing in North-Western Spain (Cantabria, Galicia & León)

There are three ski resorts in the north-west of Spain - one in Galicia, one in Cantabria and one in Leon.

 

Skiing in La Rioja

Valdezcaray is the ski resort in La Rioja, in the north-east of Spain.

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