Searching for the best ski resorts in Europe? Look no further than Val d’Aran in the Pyrenees Mountains.
As all you winter sports lovers know, choosing the right ski resort makes your holidays highly enjoyable. Find out ahead of time what conveniences they offer, how many runs they have, what the prices are for lessons and gear rentals and anything else that may be needed during your vacation.
In Europe, one of the best ski resorts to go to for a ski or snowboard vacation is the Spanish Pyrenees, and in this area, the best resort for a winter vacation is Baqueira-Beret. A favorite of the Spanish Royal family, Baqueira-Beret is the largest ski resort in Spain.
In fact, every winter a huge number of national and international celebrities are seen on the slopes, in the restaurants or taking a leisure stroll through one of the many quaint villages.
Numerous locals have moved here from afar (like me!) enticed by its charm.
Due to the annual improvement of the instalations, skiers rarely have to wait in line for the lift.
Customer service is a priority for Baqueira and they are improving every year.
The annual snow fall in this area of the Spanish Pyrenees is certain, however, the resort does have the power to produce snow when needed with its state of the art snow making machines. The runs are well maintained, and offer plenty of challenges to keep them exciting for all levels.
Beginners may find it rather hard to move from the easy slopes to the intermediate runs. Skillful skiers may want to ski off the established runs or try some heli-skiing for more excitement. Snowboarding is also popular here.
Baquiera-Beret is on a par with many of the most popular Alpine ski resorts of Europe, but with the exotic flavor of Spain. There are first-class instructors available for all ages and levels, and the costs are comparable with other resorts similar in class.
Baquiera-Beret is located in the Val d’Aran or the Aran Valley. This is more than just a ski resort mountain area. It is truly a unique spot on the planet with its origins going back to the Roman period. It is made of 45 mountain villages. They range from 10 to 6000 inhabitants. They all have a church from the 12th century, largely maintain their traditional construction and are full of surprises for the curious traveller.
The Aranese culture is alive and well. The people have worked hard over the years to keep their own culture and language strong. The Aranese architecture is one which (especially if you are from North America!) simply astounds our visitors.
Restaurants abound here both on and off the slopes, and there is an active nightlife for guests to enjoy in the winter months. The settlements with their homes and churches rank extremely high on the ?wow!? scale.