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Spain in the Snow

by on Oct.29, 2012, under spain

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The last thing that comes to mind when you picture Spain is ski slopes and wintry weather. However, this country happens to have more to offer than just your typical beach break as there’s a variety of mountainous landscape to discover from the Pyrenees along the French border to the Sierra Nevada in the south of Spain. Here’s a list of some of the ones.

The Spanish Pyrenees in the Catalonia and Aragon regions have the greatest concentration of ski resorts in Spain with high altitudes and spectacular views. Perhaps the most renowned is Baqueira-Beret resort in the Catalonian Pyrenees, which has wide gentle slopes that are ideal for beginners, as well as much more challenging pistes for advanced skiers.

Another ski destination in the Catalan region to go to is La Molina, a short commute on the train from Barcelona. The oldest of Spain’s skiing resorts, there are plenty of slopes to choose from for all abilities. Neighbouring resort Masella is great for advanced skiers who want to push their boundaries and slalom through trees on steep black slopes. Though it’s a large resort, there is little in the way of evening entertainment, but what it lacks in nightlife it certainly makes up for in sheer natural beauty.

When it comes to winter sports, the village of Formigal in the Aragon Pyrenees takes the cake. Perfect for a family holiday, there’s plenty of space for the little ones to learn how to ski. More experienced families should go to the nearby Candanchu, a resort with tricky pistes to test your abilities. Candanchu has a wide range of cross-country trails and boasts the country’s oldest skiing school.

If you’d prefer to go on a holiday with a mix of sun, sand and snow, look no further than the Sierra Nevada, which is home to the southernmost skiing in Europe. Here it’s possible to be on the beach and then on the slopes in the matter of an afternoon, offering plenty of variety. If skiing isn’t your sport, try the dogsledding and snow park for keen snowboarders.

Cathy Mack is a travel writer who often goes on trips to Spain.

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