As summer ends, temperatures drop, and most of us become increasingly excited about planning a winter trip. For those who embrace the winter's cold winds and the snowfall, a ski getaway when visiting Barcelona is a perfect option.
In this blog, we put together the five favorite ski places to go near the Barcelona area, while having in mind: accessibility, accommodations, acreage and annual snowfall, along with expert recommendations and readers' top picks.
La Molina: Easy day trip from Barcelona
This is one of the most popular ski destinations for people based in Barcelona as it is one of the closest to the city.
It offers 70 skiable kilometers spread over 66 tracks of all levels and is very known for their extensive ski lessons for beginners. It is located just two hours away from the city center, and ski passes start at 40 euros per person.
Port del Comte: The laid-back destination
This ski resort is popular for its friendly atmosphere -the perfect destination for families. It is located only two hours away from the city of Barcelona. However, there is no public transportation, which makes the car rental is a necessity.
It has 37 tracks and 16 lifts, which will keep you busy whether you are skiing or snowboarding. In addition, the station has great ski schools, equipment rental, a practice area for beginners and experts.
La Masella: The night-time ski destination
It is located very close to La Molina ski resort. This destination is also a very popular for those living in Barcelona for its easy access. The city offers daily coach services to easy day trips.
There are 65 slopes in the resort, including nine black runs, and over a total of 74 kilometers of slope system, including a snow park as well. One of the more greater features of La Masella is the night time ski it offers on the weekends from 6:30pm to 9pm, where skiers can make the most of the slopes in the dark thanks to a powerful lighting system.
Grandvalira: The best choice of slopes and snow conditions.
For those who don’t mind going a little extra miles for a great ski trip, Grandvalira is the best option. It is located principality of Andorra, and has impressive views all over the Pyrenees.
This is where it gets really exciting: there are six skiable areas and over 110 slopes within Grandvalira, all accessible without ever taking off your skis. It’s the largest skiable domain in the Pyrenees and also one of the most active in terms of sporting activities and après-ski culture. There are a number of activities available including dog-sleighing, cross-country skiing, and snowmobiles, as well as a great number of schools for all levels of ability.
Vall de Nuria:
It is one of the most cozy ski resorts for the services it offers to the users in the mountains. The Núria Valley is located in the municipality of Queralbs, in the province of Gerona, at an altitude of 2000 meters, and is easily accessible through the Ferrocarril and the Núria rack railway, whose route offers incredible views.
There are just 11 slopes at the Vall de Nuria, but it is ideal for beginners and those with young children, as well as non-skiers who want to enjoy the mountain differently, including snowshoes, sleds, zip-wires, and more. There are also a number of cafés and bars on-site, making it a great place for a fun day trip out.