Skiing

Skiing is the main winter sport in the Pyrenees, and Baqueira-Beret, in the Vall d'Aran, is the leading resort. Thanks to artificial-snow machines, there is usually fine skiing December–March at more than 20 resorts, including Vallter 2000 at Setcases in the Camprodón Valley, and La Molina and Masella in La Cerdanya. Although weekend skiing can be crowded in the eastern valleys, Catalonia's western Pyrenees tend to have more breathing room. Farther west into Aragón, Cerler-Benasque, Panticosa, Formigal, Astún, and Candanchú are the major ski areas of the Huesca region. Numerous resorts offer helicopter skiing and Nordic skiing. Leading Nordic areas include Lles, in the Cerdanya; Salardú and Beret, in the Vall d'Aran; and Panticosa, Benasque, and Candanchú, in Aragón. Jaca, Puigcerdà, and Vielha also offer alternative winter activities such as public skating sessions, figure-skating classes, and ice-hockey programs.

Spain's daily newspaper, El País, has complete ski information in season (December–mid-April). For general information, contact the local tourist offices.

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