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:
Skiing in the Sierra Nevada
With Granada close by, one of the best cities in Spain, and 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.
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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.
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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.
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Other Ski Stations in Spain
Check out some other ski resorts in Spain, all popular with Spaniards and surprisingly devoid of foreign tourists.