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Skiing near Barcelona. Where to ski?
Ski resorts and ski areas
Updated 2 Dec 2014
Ski resorts near Barcelona. The 2014/15 ski season news. Not much snow yet this season in the Pyrenees at ski stations near Barcelona in the Catalan and French Pyrenees but most ski stations will try and open for early December for Spanish public holidays on 6th and 8th December 2014. Grandvalira in Andorra opened on 5th December 2014, but with limited ski area, as there has not been any significant snowfall in Grandvalira so far this season either. TWEET THIS
Skiing in Barcelona has a lot to offer with many Spanish and Andorran resorts close to Barcelona that offer great skiing from the end of November and usually until Easter. Top ski areas that are great for day skiing trips from Barcelona are ski stations Masella, La Molina both near Barcelona in Spain - and the larger resort Grandvalira in Andorra. Masella and La Molina are 2 hours from Barcelona by car or bus and La Molina can also be reached by train from Barcelona. Grandvalira is 3 hours from Barcelona. There are more ski stations and ski areas near Barcelona. Read more below.
The Catalan Pyrenees ski resorts near Barcelona have big and modern ski areas which are good value for money. Skiing near Barcelona can start as early as the end of November and continue up to mid April. All ski stations near Barcelona have many snow cannons on up to 50% of the pistes, so the skiing is great for day-trips or weekend trips even when there is little natural snow. To get a quick overview of the snow situation in the Spanish ski resorts and Andorra - check out this page of webcams of Spanish Ski resorts
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There are 14 ski resorts near Barcelona in the Catalan and French Pyrenees mountains. The nearest are ski stations of La Molina, La Masella and Port del Comte are in Spain and just 2 hours by car or train from Barcelona.
Andorra is a separate country bordered by Spain and France and near Barcelona. There are two big ski areas in Andorra, which are also near Barcelona, called Grandvalira and Vallnord. The driving times for skiing from Barcelona to these resorts vary from just 2 hours to 3 hours. The biggest and best ski resort near Barcelona is Baqueira-Beret ski resort which is just over 4 hours by car from Barcelona.
Generally the skiing resorts close to Barcelona have great snow, uncrowded pistes and short lift queues. The Eastern pyrenees have 300 days of sunshine a year so when the snow has fallen generally the weather is sunny and nice for skiing. Prices are comparable to the Alps or a bit cheaper. The Spanish resorts have high altitudes and a low tree line, so there are many free ride trails and off piste runs to enjoy. Another benefit of skiing in the Pyrenees is that the pistes are much less crowded, so no morning lift queues.
The after ski scene is generally much quieter than the Alps, which makes skiing in Spain perfect for beginners, families and serious skiers. If you want a lively apres-ski scene, then the Andorran resorts are probably your best bet with many UK skiers and a lively nightlife scene, particulary in Pas de la Casa, which is in the Grand Valira area. Be aware that smoking is oddly enough still allowed in most bars and restaurants in Andorra, so while the skiing is good the after-ski can be cloudy!
The ski season in Barcelona starts at end of November if there is enough snow. Generally many ski resorts near Barcelona are open before Christmas and many hope to be open in late November in preparation for the December "puente" public holidays in Spain on 6th and 8th December, so if you want some early skiing, then check our ski resort listings to see when the ski lifts are open and how many ski lifts are operational. All the big resorts have snow cannons throughout the resort, so you can still go skiing, even if the fields on each side of the piste are sometimes bare.
Closest ski resorts to Barcelona
The ski stations of La Molina, La Masella and Port del Comte are only 2 hours by car or train from Barcelona. They are fantastic for a day trip or even a half day trip. La Molina has a "ski-tren" package which includes train and ski-pas (forfait), which you can buy at Renfe railway stations in Barcelona. The skiing is excellent and if you can go to these ski resorts on weekdays, then you will have it all to yourself. At weekends it does get more crowded, but generally not as long lift lines as in the alps. Book Ski Day Trip to Masella/Molina from Barcelona
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 who celebrate their 50th anniversay in 2014! Congratulations!
Baqueira-Beret is too far for a day tour but has great skiing for longer stays. Baqueira-Beret is a around four hours drive time from Barcelona in "El Pirineo de Lleida" part of the Pyrenees.
The Lleida Pyrenees has 6 alpine ski stations all near Barcelona which are are Baqueira-Beret, Boí Taüll Resort, Port del Comte and three stations in the Ski Pallers ski area which are Espot Esquí , Port Ainé and Tavascan.) The Lleida Pyrenees also has 5 nordic ski statons ( esquí nórdico) which are Aransa, Lles, Sant Joan de l'Erm, Tuixent-la Vansa and Virós-Vallferrera.
If you are looking for a ski station with both Alpine and Nordic cross country skiing then Baqueira Beret is a very good choice. Tavascan has limited alpine skiing. Visit our ski directory to find a list of the skiing resorts near Barcelona. Each listing includes driving times, webcams, snow reports, piste maps, hotels and links to the ski station websites.
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For Barcelona residents looking for 1 day skiing trips or weekend skiing trips near Barcelona that include ski-pass hotel and transport, the best option is often to visit Spanish travel agents. They offer daytrips and weekend skiing packages by coach to the resorts in the Pyrenees. The travel agency websites are usually not in English however. For small group 1 day ski tours to ski resorts near Barcelona visit www.barcelonaskitours.com. They will pick you up at your hotel or apartment, take you to the ski resort and help with equipment rental and practical assistence.
Recommended travel agents in Barcelona that offer skiing packages that include hotel, half-board (media pension MP) and ski pass (forfait) for the ski stations near Barcelona.
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