December 4, 2021

How to Get More Results Out Of Your Skiing In Spanish Pyrenees

skis & poles in snow

The Pyrenees mountain range, stretches more than 430 km between Spain and France. They rise to more than 3,400 meters in elevation, separates the Iberian Peninsula from the rest of Europe. Hiking trails run the length of the Pyrenees, while national parks offer shorter hikes. There are also hundreds of ski resorts on both sides of the Pyrenees.

Skiing in the Pyrenees de France
There are 805 kilometres of slopes in the Spanish Pyrenees, with 179 ski lifts serving the ski resorts. With 4.2 out of 5 stars, the ski resort Baqueira/Beret is ranked first among the best ski resorts in the Spanish Pyrenees. The largest ski resorts (Baqueira/Beret) have up to 160 kilometres of slopes. In the Spanish Pyrenees, the highest ski resorts reach a height of 2,751 meters (Bo Taüll). The ski resort Formigal is our recommendation for the best value for money. Where are the best ski resorts in Spain?

Baqueira/Beret
Val d’Aran (Spain, Catalonia (Catalunya), Lleida) is home to the ski resort Baqueira/Beret. There are 160 km of slopes and 5 km of ski paths for skiing and snowboarding. The guests are transported through 29 elevators. The winter sports area is found between 1,500 and 2,610 meters above sea level.

One of Spain’s most well-known ski resorts is the Baqueira Beret. It is also one of the Pyrenees’ most prominent and best ski resorts. It runs through the towns of Baqueira, Beret, and Bonaigua. Modern chairlifts are used to access the slopes at Bequeira Beret. The ski season usually starts in November and lasts until the end of April, thanks to the snow-sure location. Accommodations for ski vacations can be available in Baqueira village.

Ski statistics
1500 m – 2610 m (Difference 1110 m)
There are 160 kilometres of ski slopes in all
80km of easy running
60km intermediate runs
20km of difficult running
5km of additional ski trails
29 ski lifts
Modern, high-speed 6-person and quad chairlifts are used to access the main slopes of the Baqueira Beret. A contemporary 9-person gondola lift connects the ski resort to the base. Additional fixed-grip chairlifts, pommel lifts, tow lifts, and people movers are available for winter sports enthusiasts.

54877 passengers per hour total capacity
Total length of the lift is 36.8 kilometres.
Early December to mid-April is the general season.

Ski resort towns/villages (distance from town centre):
Baqueira (0.1 km)
Ruda (0.2 km)
Tanau (0.3 km)
Salard (4 km)
Arties (7 km)
Mijaran and Vielha (14 km)
València (14 km)
Esterri (19 km)

Formigal
In the province of Huesca, the ski resort of Formigal is located (Spain, Aragon). There are 137 kilometres of slopes for skiing and snowboarding. The guests are transported through 15 lifts. The winter sports area is located between 1,501 and 2,251 m above sea level.
In Spain and the Pyrenees, the Formigal ski resort is one of the best and most contemporary. It spreads through the valleys of Tres Hombres-Sextas, Izas-Sarrios, Anayet, and Portalet, which are all connected. From very basic slopes to incredibly steep slopes and freeride zones, there is something for everyone. In the western Pyrenees, the Formigal ski resort is located directly on the French/Spanish border.

Ski statistics
Elevation: 1501 m – 2251 m (Difference 750 m)
The total length of ski slopes: 137 kilometres
47km of easy running
70km intermediate runs
20km of difficult running
15 ski lifts
At Formigal, there are primarily high-speed, detachable chairlifts that let you quickly traverse back and forth across the valleys. There are no weather protectors on any of the lifts, though. There are also fix-grip chairlifts and pommel lifts, and people movers for beginners in the resort.

Total passenger capacity: 29950 per hour
Total length of the lift is 18.4 kilometres
Late November to mid-April is the general season.

Ski resort towns/villages (distance from town centre):
Formigal (1.1 km)
Gállego’s Sallent (5 km)