First ski resorts in Spain open for the December long weekend

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The ski season in Spain starts with only one ski area in operation. The ski station that has been open since Friday December 1 is Baqueira Beret in the Pyrenees.

This is reported by the tourist association of Ski Stations and Mountains ATUDEM. In addition to Baqueira Beret, Ordino Arcalís has been open in Andorra since November. Porté-Puymorens has opened in the French Pyrenees. Furthermore, there is Madrid Snowzone, an indoor ski slope and the only one of its kind in Spain.

Snow forecasts and openings

The Spanish meteorological service AEMET predicts snowfall in the Pyrenees, which could lead to a snow depth of around 5 centimetres in Huesca and Lérida from an altitude of 1,400 metres. As a result, other ski stations are now preparing to open their slopes. For example, Grandvalira and Font Romeu opened on December 2; Pal Arinsal, Espot and Port Ainé on December 5; and Sierra Nevada and several installations in the French Pyrenees on December 6.

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Preparations for other ski areas

Ski resorts such as Cerler, Formigal, Javalambre and Valdelinares, part of the Aramon group, are ready to open and start selling ski passes from December 5. However, they are waiting for suitable snow conditions and advise to keep an eye on their official channels for updates. Valdezcaray in La Rioja is also ready to start the season as soon as weather conditions allow.

Future opening dates

Many other ski areas are waiting for sufficient snowfall and quality to open, including Boí Taüll, La Molina, Masella, Tavascán, Vall de Núria, Vallter 2000, Leitariegos, Alto Campoo, Manzaneda, San Isidro and Navacerrada. The ski resorts that have already confirmed their opening dates include Ordino Arcalís, Baqueira Beret, Porté-Puymorens, Grandvalira, Font-Romeu Pyrénées 2000, Pal Arinsal, Espot, Port Ainé and Sierra Nevada.

Also read: When will the important ski areas in Spain reopen?​

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