in Spain. As the second most mountainous country in Europe
(behind only Switzerland), Spain offers excellent skiing despite its
southern latitude. Spanish ski resorts abound not only in the Pyrenees
along the northern border, but as far south as the Sierra Nevada in
of Spain. Resorts are also located near the major cities, including
Madrid and Barcelona. Most Spanish ski resorts also offer snow boarding
options as well.
The most elite skiing
in Spain tends to be in the Pyrenees. The ski slopes outside Madrid, however,
advanced, can be reached easily in less than an hour through public
transportation, by car, or by regular
by ski clubs such as Club Amistad. A day of skiiing is
an easy day trip from Madrid in season, and gear can easily be rented for
those traveling without their own.
can now be found in Spain in the height of summer. The Xanadu shopping mall
of Madrid offers an indoor slope -- basically a beginner ski slope, although
with a jump or two built in -- throughout the year. Equipment, including
warm clothing, can be rented at the slope.
By region, here are some
of the Spanish ski resort options: