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The Baqueira Ski Week

Baqueira / Beret

Duration: one week

Like you would on any other ski holiday in Europe, take a week out to go skiing. However, when it comes to the Val d'Aran you are turning left (when all others have turned right), you have the unique culture and atmosphere of this remote gorgeous Aranese valley to luxuriate in, and heli-accessed off-piste adventure is never far away, if you want it. But that's certainly not compulsory, the huge ski area of Baqueira / Beret has more than enough to keep you thoroughly entertained for a week, including opportunities to explore further in the evenings by snow mobile or with huskies.

Spending a night in Toulouse makes it well-worth extending by an extra day. Or, alternatively, you may fancy a city break in Barcelona?

Day 1

Fly to Toulouse in Southern France on either British Airways or one of the low-cost carriers. Either pick up a hire car or private transfer to Val d'Aran, which will take just over two-hours. Settle in to your accommodation.

Days 2 - 6

Five days skiing in Baqueira / Beret. We can include lift passes, equipment hire, lessons, guiding...etc and, for the more adventurous, perhaps allocate a day or two  for some affordable - though game-changing - heliskiing in the region?

Day 7

Transfer back to Toulouse and fly back to the UK.

Obviously, cost depends on which accommodation you choose, if you'd like to include ski hire or lessons, how many excursions and activities (including heliski options) you want to book....etc. An indicative lead-in price for this one-week holiday to Baqueira would be circa £1,130 per person, including accommodation in one of the four star hotels we feature in mid / low season (breakfast included), private transfers from Toulouse, lift passes for the week and economy class flights from the U.K.

We don't have to include international flights. However, by keeping it all within one package, your arrangements are protected by ATOL.

Different Snow strive to offer the most competitive prices in all instances. However, we pride ourselves first and foremost on quality - we are an independent specialist tour operator and, therefore, are not beholden to any supplier. We make our decisions based only on who's best in each and every instance.

1. Get in touch with Different Snow

Whether you wish to plan your trip around one of these sample itineraries or you have other ideas, simply get in touch by phone or online. If using our online form, ideally we would like to still try get in contact with you by phone to discuss your requirements, but this is not essential.

2. Let us create a bespoke itinerary

We have the first-hand knowledge, travel industry experience and local contacts required to put your plans into action. We can answer your questions, offer suggestions and advice to suit your tastes and budget. We will carefully design your trip, creating a detailed itinerary which you will receive via email. We can then refine it until you are completely happy.

3. Confirm the arrangements with us

Once you are satisfied with all the arrangements, we ask you to complete a booking form and pay a deposit to secure your trip. Everything is secured once you receive our confirmation invoice. Even after booking, you’ll undoubtedly think of more questions. Feel free to call us at any time!

4. We'll send you your travel documents

Approximately three weeks before travel you will receive your travel documents. We will also provide additional information, such as restaurant recommendations, cultural notes, packing lists and one or two home-spun guides - created through our personal experience.

5. Tell your friends about Different Snow

It is important to us that your holiday exceeds your expectations! Different Snow will continue to grow through personal recommendations and word of mouth and, therefore, it is essential to us that you have a great holiday. We want you to travel with us again. Once you've returned we want to hear all about it and we'll certainly encourage you to tell all your friends!

The Spanish Pyrenees INFORMATION

Capital:  Vielha (is the capital of Val D'Aran, not Spain obvs!)

Time zone:  GMT -1

Currency:  Euro

Language:  Aranese is the principal language spoken in the Val d'Aran, along with Catalan, Spanish & French.

Ski Season:  December to April

Largest Ski Resorts: Baqueira / Beret is the largest, though Formigal is probably more famous. We don't go to Formigal or Andorra. Nor should you.

Access:  You fly to either Toulouse in France or Barcelona in Spain. Toulouse is the closer, and it's then a two-hour transfer to the Val d'Aran - either by private transfer or hire car. Different Snow can arrange both, and also include a stay in either Toulouse or Barcalona if you which to extend your stay.

Beyond the skiing:  You are in the Pyrenees! Local flavour abounds