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Published on October 10, 2013 | by Daniela

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Winter holidays in Catalonia: ski resorts near Barcelona

The ski season in Barcelona is just around the corner. Skiing is not exactly the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of a holiday in Barcelona. However, skiing in the Pyrénées has a lot to offer and there are many ski resorts close to Barcelona.

So anyone who happens to visit Barcelona in this period and doesn’t want to give up skiing during winter holidays, here will find great runs and great snow.

There are plenty of places to go skiing in Spain, and just a few hours outside Barcelona, you can enjoy a snowy weekend getaway or even a week long vacation depending on where you go. There are 14 ski resorts near Barcelona, in the Spanish/Catalan and French Pyrenees mountains. The driving times to go skiing from Barcelona vary from 90 minutes to a little over 4 hours.

Generally the skiing resorts close to Barcelona have great snow, uncrowded pistes and short lift queues. As the Spanish generally don’t like off-piste skiing, there are many free ride trails and off piste runs to choose from. Moreover, those same few Spanish, don’t really get up early to be first on the pistes, so morning lift queues are short. The after ski scene is generally much quieter than the Alps, which makes skiing in Spain perfect for beginners, families and serious skiers.

The ski-resorts of La Masella and Port del Comte are around 2 hours by car or train from Barcelona. They are great for a day trip or even a half day trip.

However, the best ski area, as well as the closest to Barcelona, is definitely La Molina. Located roughly an hour and a half outside the city towards the Pyrenees, this small resort is said to be the oldest ski resort in Spain, but boasts thoroughly modern facilities which are continually being developed and improved. With 300 days of sunny blue skies per year, this place is internationally renowned in the world of sports, not for nothing it hosted the Snowboard World Championships in January 2011.

The mountains are over 2500mt high, much like the Alps, so the snow conditions should be pretty good, if not, no less than 326 cannons guarantee the presence of artificial snow on 20 kilometres of the marked runs. Divided into 4 different ski areas, there are a total of 16 lifts and 42 ski slopes – including 7 green runs, 12 blue runs, 15 red runs and six black runs. Skiers will also enjoy plenty of ski schools, snack bars and cafes, as well as a kindergarten for infants and a snow garden for older children.

There are many other very good ski resorts close to Barcelona and most are between two and four hours drive. The biggest and most exclusive resort near Barcelona is Baqueira-Beret: 78 runs, 1,922 hectares of skiable terrain and 33 lifts, mainly a winter vacation home to pijos, “posh” Catalans but also a great place to go with the whole family.

Generally many ski resorts near Barcelona are open before Christmas and many open in late November in preparation for the December “puente” public holidays in Spain between December 6th and 8th, so if you want some early skiing, get ready for your unconventional one in Barcelona!

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Hi, I am Daniela and I am passionate about creative languages - especially in advertising - voyages, wine&food and. .. shoes. I was born in Canada and now I live in Sicily, where I'm a travel and new trends writer and blogger, combining with this activity a strong devotion to the world of hotel hospitality. I also translate texts and websites in English and collaborate with several wineries being specialized in copywriting about wines and territories, interpreting and guided tours.



3 Responses to Winter holidays in Catalonia: ski resorts near Barcelona

  1. Syed Albar says:

    Hi Daniela,

    Great write up about ski resorts near Barcelona. I am from Malaysia and planning to visit Barcelona for the first time from 23rd Dec – 1st Jan 2015. I will bring my family (wife and three children). We are also planning to spend the weekend of 27th Dec – 29 Dec in La Molina. May I ask – would we be able to get full service as a tourists during that weekend especially because that would be the first weekend after Christmas?

  2. Hi Syed
    The sky resort will be open and fully functional from December 6, 2014 to April 26, 2015.
    Obviously the opening is subject to snow conditions in La Molina.
    Send us a postcard! 😀

  3. Emma Hughes says:

    Hi. Im looking for a ski trip from Barcelona to Andorra… does anyone know of a good tour provider?

    Thankyou in advance

    Emma

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