News for the 2015/2016 season in Spain's ski resorts
Port-Ainé ski resort
Sierra Nevada ski resort
Make the most of winter this year to plan a trip to Spain and have fun in its ski resorts. You'll find over thirty distributed around most parts of the country. In fact, Spain is the second most mountainous country in Europe and has some fantastic areas for skiing, including the Pyrenees in the north and Sierra Nevada in the south. You're bound to have heard of them. You'll find downhill and cross-country ski resorts, and even an indoor resort in the area around the city of Madrid.
Every year, the resorts upgrade their facilities to ensure a first-rate service for visitors. This season brings a series of new slopes; areas for snowboard fans; recreational areas featuring sledges, children's areas, tubby cross and snow scooters; freestyle territories for all levels; new ski-pass formats (for example: '4 hour format', 'Skier's Day' and 'Disabled persons'), and a whole range of activities that go way beyond skiing. Here are just a few:
Are you looking for one-off experiences? Try the Baqueira Beret ski resort that is opening three new pistes this season: two red (La Paum and La Esmeligàs) and one black known as La Gallina, or La Molina which is also opening a new ski area for beginners and sledging.
Après-ski activities for relaxing
After a great day on the slopes, what about something a little more leisurely? Baqueira, which this year is opening a new leisure, food and après-ski area with a music bar, offers guided tours of the resort, a weekly picnic on the slopes, a Romanesque route through the Arán valley and the chance to pamper yourself in its thermal baths. Cerler, in its spectacular viewing platform over the Benasque valley, offers both table service and a menu based on Alpine resort gastronomy. Moreover, this year the food area will host live music performances at different times. And for maximum relaxation, drop in to the new chill-out zone in La Molina or the spa at the Manzaneda ski resort with its contrast pool and new sauna that are opening this 2015-2016 season
Multi-activity in the snow
If sitting around is not your thing, don't worry. In addition to skiing, most resorts in Spain offer a range of other activities such as snow bike excursions, dogsled rides, horse-riding excursions, snowshoe routes… Also at some, such as Sierra Nevada, you will be able to enjoy sports such as climbing, zip lines, archery, rafting and paintball.
For anyone in search of different experiences, the resorts have come up with a range of ideas: panoramic flights and 4x4 outings in Baqueira, night skiing in the heart of the Pyrenees at the Masella ski resort, tubbing and snow grooming trips in La Molina... Do you dare?
One of the great attractions of Spain is being able to ski in the sun. The experience is so pleasant that most resorts make the most of the sensation. For example in Baqueira, you'll be able to sit out in the sunshine on the terrace of the café while you enjoy your lunch. And in Cerler you can experience 'Sunset Cerler' and enjoy the sunset from one of its most beautiful spots (the Rincón del Cielo), then take a nocturnal run down the slopes illuminated by torches.
Not knowing how to ski is no longer an excuse. In Spain, resorts such as Boì Taül are opening a new piste for beginners from the Pla area to the Amateur run, whilst Jalambre and Valdelinares are opening up a green run for beginners this season. You'll love it when you try it.
Panticosa and Formigal resorts in Spain are opening up a children's area this year: the animated forest, a world of fun and surprises for the little ones. In turn, La Molina is opening Snake-Gliss, a sleigh train mainly for children but also suitable for the entire family. Vall de Núria has also made improvements to its leisure park with new activities such as tubby cross or snow scooters. If you choose Spain, you can relax if you're coming with the family.
In the internet age, Spain's ski resorts are fully committed to interactivity and connectivity. Many of them offer online reservations and even the possibility of hiring skis and buying your ski passes with special discounts. Remember they are also on social networks and in mobile apps.
You'll find more information on the web page of each resort on their new developments, special offers and the combined passes. You can also use our resort search engine to find more information on each one.