Skiing near Barcelona
Updated 10 Mar 2013
Ski resorts near Barcelona. The 2013 ski season still great with lots of snow and now sun in March which makes for excellent skiing at the popular ski resorts near Barcelona. 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 resorts that are great for day skiing trips from Barcelona are Masella, La Molina and Grandvalira in Andorra - which are around 2 to 3 hours drive from Barcelona. 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-resorts of La Molina, La Masella and Port del Comte which are just 2 hours by car or train from Barcelona. There are two big ski areas in Andorra, which are also close to 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. 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 gets 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, which is a little over four hours driving time from Barcelona. Visit our ski directory to find a list of the skiing resorts near to Barcelona. Each listing includes driving times, webcams, snow reports, piste maps, hotels and links to the ski station websites.
Book Barcelona 1 Day Ski Trip to Masella/Molina/Andorra
Useful Barcelona skiing sites
Ski resorts near Barcelona.
Snow reports Catalan/Spanish ski resorts near Barcelona
Ski sports shops in Barcelona
For residents of Barcelona 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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