Ski Holidays in Spain
Where to find the best ski holidays in Spain
Though Spain is largely known for its sun, sea and sand, the idea of quality ski resorts in Spain is slowly warming up to tourists. In recent years, more and more winter sports enthusiasts have jumped at the chance of visiting one of Spains quality ski resorts for their winter holidays. With the proliferation of new and refurbished ski resorts in five distinct regions of Spain, there is a wide variety of skiing options to suit everyone’s preferences, standards and budgets.
Value for Money
Skiing in Spain usually starts at the beginning of November and runs through to the end of April.
The ski resorts in Spain strive for excellence as they compete for the ski travel market against the Swiss and French resorts. Spain’s ski resorts are gaining popularity for their quality snow-making equipment, facilities, ski schools and food, as well as a huge selection of discounted hotels and other accommodation.
Being relatively new in the market, the resorts offer excellent value for money for the use of the facilities. The lower pricing is one of the advantages that is making skiing in Spain an attractive destination for many visitors has over their famous counterparts in Austria, Switzerland and France.
There is the added advantage that many of budget airlines fly to most arts of Spain, which makes it cheaper and convenient for tourists to reach the ski stations in Spain than other countries.
Quality Schools to Learn Skiing
With the rising popularity of ski holidays in Spain, there has been much investment poured into this area. Many schools, which offer skiing lessons with skilled and experience teachers, can lend you a hand through teaching you the basic fundamentals of skiing.
Other than the teaching facilities and schools, major investments have been made on the installation of new ski lifts that can carry a higher capacity of skiers to the best slopes.
Other areas that have been spruced up due to the ski resorts are easier access roads into the resorts, this has resulted in the growth of restaurants, parking and quality hotels nearer to the pistes.
Home to Europe’s southern ski resort, it can be a unique experience as you literally ski in the morning and sunbath in the afternoon on the sunny Costa de Sol. No place in the world can offer such an interesting ski experience.
Home to the highest mountains in Spain, Sierra Nevada is a place that is known to skiers for its great combination of altitude and relatively warm weather. A skier does not have to endure sub zero temperatures to ski there. Recognising its potential as a top ski holiday destinations snow machines have been brought in for everlasting snow throughout the entire year. People making a visit there to ski will not leave disappointed due to its excellent location and unique climate.
The Aragonese and Catalonian Pyrenees in Northern Spain is the home of most of this countries leading ski resorts although the Sierra Nevada located in the heart of Andalucia in Southern Spain ranks amongst one the most popular.
Sierra Nevada although the southern most ski resort in Europe has the longest winter season with skiers enjoying snow for almost 5 months a year. There is also a good selection of Ski resorts near Madrid, Galicia, Leon and Cantabria in the north west and La Rioja and Teruel in the mid north.
Spain may not presently be in the league of the some of the Swiss, Austrian French and even some Italian resorts however the tide is definitely turning
as Spain becomes one of the best value ski destinations in the EEC.
Value for money with resorts offering quality slopes, trails, facilities, snow-making equipment, ski schools, winter sports activities, accommodation and food are slowly making this country a hot spot and I’m not referring to the long sunny days we are usually accustomed to.
For the winter sports and skiing enthusiasts Spain currently offers some 1.000 kilometres of quality marked trails and slopes situated in over 36 superb ski resorts half of which are proud owners of the Q awards for their quality tourism facilities and services offered. And all this set in a country that is second only to Switzerland with the greatest amount of mountains.
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The Top Resorts for Skiing in Spain
It is not difficult for you to discover the skiing secrets that Spain has to offer as a top notch ski destination for your holidays.
Contrary to common misconceptions that Spain’s ski facilities cannot match up to their counterparts, the tide has turned with Spain earning top status with great ski resorts of good value.
For those who are considering skiing in Spain Spain, here are some of the best ski resorts to visit.
The ski resort in Formigal is gaining popularity with beginner and intermediate skiers as well as families with young children.
With a vast area of 140 km for skiing, it offers a quiet environment for great skiing fun.
As opposed to other big resorts, which focus on other aspects of entertainment such as nightlife, Formigal’s aim is to provide enjoyable skiing with quality amenities and facilities.
Other than snow sports and skiing, you can also indulge in the food that is served at great value in the bars and restaurants.
This is one of the oldest ski resorts in Spain, and millions of skiers have enjoyed its slopes.
With a rich history and holding the title of the first drag lift, it is a popular ski destination for those visitors looking for ski holidays Spain.
With a train service that runs from Barcelona and a bus that makes trips from the ski resort to the train station, it is easily accessible.
There are many types of hotels to choose from and there are slopes that are gentle enough for the beginners, as well as slopes that challenge the experienced skier.
Sierra Nevada is the southern most ski resort in Spain, and it is a place where you can have the best of both worlds.
If you cannot decide if you should have ski holidays Spain or a beach vacation, you can ski away at Sierra Nevada in the morning and head for a lovely evening stroll along the Mediterranean beaches at Costa del Sol.
Its unique location makes it charming for tourists. Soak up in the breathtaking views when you ski down the slopes offering varying options.
One of the undiscovered gems of Spain, this skiing resort is famous among locals for its quiet and quaint surroundings.
Ideal for those tourists who are looking for a nice place to hang out after trying their hand at snow sports and skiing. It boasts a fantastic school with great instructors. Visit it while it is still relatively under the radar!
There are plenty of good web sites to check out when planning your skiing holiday and most of the resorts now have their own dedicated web sites with up to date info in English providing all the info you will require including lift prices, weather conditions, accommodation and online web cams so its easy to make a choice when searching for the resort that best suits your needs.
Most of the resorts are very family orientated catering for all levels of skiers, and as skiing becomes ever more popular in Europe there are plenty of schools on hand with well trained professional teachers to lend a hand with your first tentative steps on the slopes.
According to Atudem ( The Ski and Mountain Resort tourism Association) some 24.5 Million Euros has been invested at all the major resorts around Spain and will really make a difference to all winter sports enthusiasts in 2012.
The main areas of investment have been made on the purchase and installation of new and modern machinery and ski lifts with a much higher capacity in carrying skier numbers up to the pistes. It will now be possible to transport some 500.000 travellers and hour at the 28 main ski resorts around Spain.
There has also been a significant investment in the overall services available at the resorts including better hotels, parking, pistes restaurants and access areas.
The overall investment amount has been disrupted between the following areas.
Aragon. 5.2 Million
Catalonian Pyrenees. 10.5 Million
Cantabria. 2.8 Million
Iberian Range.150.000 Euros
Central Range. 1.5 Million
Penibetico Range . 4.1 Million
Navarro -. Pyrenees 25.000 Euro
In respect to accommodation offered by Hotels, Hostels, Paradors and other establishments located at or in close proximity to the resorts , there are now around 23,000 beds available with a further 22.000 beds located in the various catchment areas.
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Ski Resort Hotels and Accommodation
Hotel Aragon Hills – Aragon
The hotel Aragon Hills and Spa resort is located in Sallent de Gallego within the stunning region of Huesca. It opened in 2007 offering 157 rooms and is now one of the most popular hotels in the Formigal ski resort.
The amenities are second to none, guests can enjoy a Jacuzzi, swimming pool, fitness centre, sauna, steam bath and a ample selection of ski equipment for hire.
All the rooms are modern and comfortable with spectacular views over the mountains and slopes of Formigal.
Enjoy a large buffet breakfast before hitting the slopes, after ski activities are well catered for either at the hotel or around the resort.
Melia Royal Tanau Boutique Hotel – Baquiera Beret
Located in the picturesque Naut Aran ski resort of Baquiera Beret in Catalonia the Melia Royal Tanau Boutique Hotel an impressive 5 star establishment offering all the facilities to ensure a prefect ski holiday in Spain.
The hotel offer a range of quality services for its guests to enjoy including a jacuzzi, indoor swimming pool, free wifi and massage services.
All the rooms are stylish and comfortable with panoramic views over the Aran valley. The Royal Tanau is conveniently located only 50 meters from thee main ticket office and chairlift.
Special touches include individual ski locker rooms with boot warmers and impressive YHI Spa facilities to relax in after a hard day on the slopes.
For dining possibilities enjoy a delicious buffet breakfast before heading out for the day and in the evening the chef serves a selection of the regions dishes at the hotel restaurant.
Hotel Rumaykiyya – Sierra Nevada
The Hotel Rumaykiyya is located in the heart of the popular Sierra Nevada ski and winter sports resort in Monachil, Granada.
This 5 start hotel is elegant and comfortable with a unique alpine character made form wood and clay.
It is the highest hotel with direct access to ski chairs lifts, the Hotel Rumaykiyya also offers its guests a free transport service down to the Pradollano main square where you will find all the ticket offices, a range of ski lifts and a shopping centre with bars and restaurants.
The rooms at the hotel are luxurious and comfortable, many with stunning views over the Sierra Nevada resort and surrounding area.
After a hard day on the slopes relax in the Namu Spa facilities before enjoying a sumptuous gourmet meal at the La Alquieria Restaurant where local and regional dishes are on offer.
Hotel Candanchu Aisa – Aragon
The Hotel Candanchu lies in the heart of the Aragonese Pyrenees, at a height of 1.560 metres.
Situated within the Candanchu ski resort, and only 50m far from the chair lift, it is the perfect place to enjoy skiing in the greatest possible comfort.
Hotel Candanchu offers 46 comfortable bedrooms (single, double, triple and quadruple), with fully equipped bathrooms, free safes in room, hairdryers, phones and TVs.
In the summer, you can enjoy the peaceful surroundings and natural beauty of Aragon, whose mountains, lakes and other picturesque corners will entice you to go for long walks and excursions to explore such this picture postcard region of Spain.
Hotel Ciria – Benasque
The Hotel Ciria is a charming establishment run for the three decades by the Ciria family and is located in the pistureques Benasuqe Ski Resort.
Surrounded by the highest summits of the Pyrenees combining the traditional mountain hotel experience with the functionality of its privileged location.
Family-friendly, peaceful and cosy, the Hotel is an example of architecture from Alto Aragon and preserves its wooden beams and stone walls, typical materials of the Valle de Benasque. The fireplace, nestled in a granite dome and surrounded by a wooden “cadiera” (long wooden bench), creates a unique environment to hold lively discussions in the warmth of the fire.
Tastefully decorated rooms guarantee a comfortable nights sleep, rooms offer fantastic views of the town and mountains. The distinguishing mark of the Hotel is the in house restaurant. Run by Chef ,Dionisio Ciria, he delights in surprising guests by using ingredients that the family themselves hunt and fish. As a result the menu features the healthiest meat, local berries, and traditional cuisine.
Hotel Ciria offers personal assistance in booking excursions to the Parque Natural Posets-Maladeta, hill walking, or any of the wide range of activities that the stunning surroundings can offer. Skiing, mountain biking or climbing will make your visit an experience you will want to repeat.
Hotel Fontanals – Catalonia
The Fontanals Golf Hotel is located in Soriguerola, La Cerdanya. It’s a unique place nestled in the stunning Cerdanya valley close to some fo the most popular ski resorts in Spain.
You will get a warming welcome from the moment you come into the hotel: A bright space with reception, bar and lounge in a single setting, where the modern and rustic materials create a warm, welcoming atmosphere.
The hotel offers 60 rooms, the suites, duplex and executive rooms stand out, all of them are outward-facing and fully equipped.
In the surroundings you can enjoy the terrace and the pool, breath Cerdanya’s fresh air and relax. If you are a golf lover there is an impressive 18 hole golf course right on your doorstep where guests benefit from special green fee rates.