The Spanish Pyrenees
A valley of ragged beauty and indubitably great skiing, in the northwesternmost corner of Catalonia.
Let us introduce you to a mountainous back door into Spain, a remote cleft in the northern Pyrenees called Val d’Aran. Here you'll find beautiful the linked resorts of Baqueira / Beret, as yet undiscovered by the mainstream and a best-kept secret of the skiing community. Every winter the region enjoys some of the best snow cover in Europe...but don't tell anyone! The beauty of the terrain here lies not only in the long runs of all standards, but also in the exciting off-piste opportunities. Much can be accessed from the resorts, but for greater gains then there is the relatively low-cost heli-skiing - opening up an exclusive 400 square kilometers of terrain, where there is no-one else is about to drop in and create tracks in your powder heaven.
Ski Resorts in The Spanish Pyrenees
Away from the attention lavished on resorts in the Alps, tucked away in a far-off valley you find the Val d’Aran...not quite wholly Spanish, connected as it is to France, though part Catalan and perhaps even a little Basque. Distanced from the rest of the country by the mountains and by winter snows, It is, first and foremost very much its own place; unlike most other Spanish valleys in the Pyrenees, it faces the Atlantic, catching more storms and thus tending to have more reliable snow. The terrain is open, wide, and also tall, with a vertical drop to match anywhere in the Alps or Colorado. And it is here you find the hidden gem twin-resorts of Baqueira / Beret.
The Ski Season
It's Europe, so it all gets going over the Christmas period and the snow ordinarily lasts well until end-March, early April. Indeed, a wonderful snow record makes it's one the regions most reliable performers - and quiet outside of the French and Spanish holiday seasons.