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Skiing in the Pyrenees

As the Pyrenees mountains are located only two hours drive from Barcelona (even closer from Girona), skiing is a very popular wintersport for many Catalans and their children seem to learn to ski almost as soon as they have started walking. There are a number of ski regions in Catalonia all within easy reach of Girona and Barcelona airports all offering a variety of snow based activities for adults and children alike.

  • Hotels in Port del Comte

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    Port del Comte is in the county of Solsones and is known to be one of the prettier ski resorts in Catalunya as it is surrounded by a large pine forest. It is a very popular resort, due mainly to its proximity to Barcelona (140kms).

    Comments:
    Number of Runs: 36
    Contour Elevations: 1.700 - 2.400 m | Skiing extension in kilometres: 40.70
    Artifical snow: 200 snow cannons.
    Drag lifts: 8 | Chairlifts: 5
    Ski School: Yes
    Creche: Yes
    Snow Updates: 973492139
    www.portdelcomte.net

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  • Hotels in La Molina

    La Molina is almost 100 years old and has been pioneer since its inauguration - it was the first station to install a ski lift in Spain, it introduced snow canons and had the first 4-seater chair lift
    Opening times: Winter: from November 25 to May 1st. Summer: from June 24th to September 11th.
    Price: one day skipass 35 euros, two days skipass 64 euros, weekly skipass -- 196 euros season skipass -- 460 euros
    Edifici Telecabina, s/n 17537 La Molina (Cerdanya) ( 34) 972892031 lamolina@lamolina.com www.lamolina.cat

    Comments:
    Number of Runs: 45
    Contour Elevations: 1.700 - 2.445 m
    Skiing extension in kilometres: 53
    Artifical snow: 390 snow cannons.
    Drag lifts: 8
    Chairlifts: 6
    Gondolas: 1
    Ski School: Yes
    Snow Updates: 972892164

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  • Hotels in Espot Esquí (Espot)

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    Espot Skiing is one of the oldest resorts in the Catalan Pyrenees and is located near the national park Parque Nacional de Aigüestortes. The accommodation is mainly in the quiet village of Espot which is only 2 km away from the ski area

    Comments:

    Number of Runs: 30
    Contour Elevations: 1.500 - 2.500 m | Skiing extension in kilometres: 31.5
    Artifical snow: 89 snow cannons
    Drag lifts: 7 | Chairlifts: 2
    Ski School: Yes
    Snow Updates: 973624058
    www.espotesqui.net

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  • Hotels in Boí Taüll

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    Located in the Boi Valley (recently declared as a UNESCO world heritage site) Boi Taull is the highest resort in the Spanish Pyrenees and is a modern complex offering a wider range of amenities and services than some of the other resorts as well as a programme of free activities for children from the age of 2-10. One of the main attractions of the resort is the Puig Falcó descent from 2,750 meters - the highest skiable peak in the Pyrenees and reserved only for the most daring! For those who want to enjoy other activities Snowlandia has created a world of leisure and entertainment around the snow, with a multitude of activities such as snowmobiling runs in spectacular closed circuit tours, tandem paragliding flights and rides in donut tyres.

    Comments:

    Boí Taüll Resort (Vall de Boí)-La Vall de Boí
    Number of Runs: 49
    Contour Elevations: 2.020 - 2.750 m | Skiing extension in kilometres: 43
    Artifical snow: 155 snow cannons
    Drag lifts: 6 | Chairlifts: 7
    Ski School: Yes
    Creche: Yes - from 1 year upwards
    Snow Updates: 902304430
    www.boitaullresort.com

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  • Hotels in Masella (Alp)

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    In the Cerdanya region, the ski resorts are extrememly popular with Catalan skiers because of the fantastic landscape and excellent services and infrastructures. Masella is also close to the beautiful town of Puigcerdà where on the last Saturday in February is the local festival of Trinxat. It is also very close to the better known La Molina resort.
    Estació Esquí Masella, 17538 Alp (+34) 972144000 www.masella.com

    Comments:
    Number of Runs: 54
    Contour Elevations: 1.600 - 2.535 m | Skiing extension in kilometres: 65
    Artifical snow: 380 snow cannons.
    Drag lifts: 8 | Chairlifts: 4
    Ski School: Yes
    Crèche: Yes - from 18 months
    Snow Updates: 972890053

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  • Hotels in Port-Aine (Rialp)

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    Number of Runs: 33
    Contour Elevations: 1.650 - 2.440 m | Skiing extension in kilometres: 44
    Artifical snow: 90 snow cannons.
    Drag lifts: 6 | Chairlifts: 3
    Ski School: Yes
    Creche: Yes - from 2 years
    Snow Updates: 973627607
    www.port-aine.com

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  • Hotels in Vall de Núria (Queralbs)

    Recommended by Helen Scott

    Vall de Núria is a family-orientated ski station equipped with services such as: ski school, childrens snow park, medical service, etc. You can also go cross-country skiing and on snowshoe outings. The slopes are also close to the stunning Valley of Núria, one of the most popular tourist destinations in Catalonia. Open from December 2nd
    Estació de Muntanya Vall de Nuria, 17534 Queralbs (Ripollès) valldenuria@valldenuria.cat www.valldenuria.cat

    Comments:
    Number of Runs: 10
    Contour Elevations: 1.964 - 2.252 m | Skiing extension in kilometres: 7
    Artifical snow: 73 snow cannons.
    Drag lifts: 2 | Chairlifts: 1 | Gondola: 1
    Ski School: Yes
    Snow Updates: 972732044

    "Vall de Nuria is a great place to go, you can only access it by cog train - how fun is that! And when you get up there there is a playgarden for children from ages 2 up, for 11 euros for 1 hour you can sledge and do something called tubby, which is sitting in a great big inatube! (Snow permitting!) For bigger kids they do ski-ing lessons of course, there is a kids club, you can learn to build an igloo, it is brilliant what they offer (by Spanish standards!)" (HS)

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  • Hotels in Vallter 2000 (Setcases)

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    The great thing about Valter 2000 is that you are close to some fantastic tourist spots including Oix and Beget sandwiched between the Alta Garrotxa and the Ripollès regions. It is extremely mountainous, with impressive crags and dotted with important Romanesque art. You are close to some beautiful Pyrenaen towns and villages where the traditional way of life is still kept alive and the stunning Camprodon Valley, dotted with stone houses.
    Estació Vallter 2000 17869 Setcases (Ripollès) (+34) 972136075 www.vallter2000.com

    Comments:
    Number of Runs: 13
    Contour Elevations: 1.959 - 2.535 m | Skiing extension in kilometres: 17
    €Artifical snow: 70 snow cannons.
    Drag lifts: 5 | Chairlifts: 2
    Ski School: Yes
    Creche: Yes - from 3 years
    Snow Updates: 972136057

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  • Hotels in Baqueira-Beret

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    Baqueira-Beret is one of Spain´s most famous ski resort thanks to its celebrity and royal visitors. With its 104kms of signposted slopes and 74 runs, Baqueira-Beret makes a good destination for a slightly longer ski break and is therefore worth the longer drive.

    Number of Runs: 72
    Contour Elevations: 1.500 - 2.510 m | Skiing extension in kilometres: 104
    Artifical snow: 549 snow cannons.
    Drag lifts: 5 | Chairlifts: 20 | Cablecar: 1
    Ski School: Yes
    Creche: Yes - from 3 months
    www.baqueira.es

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