Last week we went skiing with our friends from Dortmund, Ingo and Peter. They arrived on Saturday by plane and the next day we took a rental car to drive to our destination: Baqueira-Beret in the Catalan Pyrenees. After a four hours drive we could check into our lovely apartment in the middle of the Val d´Aran.
Baqueira has been founded in the 1960s as a ski resort and since then has grown into (according to their website) the biggest ski area in Spain with 147 km of slopes. The village has been extended over the decades and we stayed in the most modern area – Val de Ruda. A modern apartment complex constructed with perfect infrastructure:
No cars – as all traffic disappears in the massive underground garage, extension of the major ski lift to the apartments and ski lockers underneath the ski lift, so you did not have any hassle with carrying your ski equipment.
Michael and I spent full five days on the slopes with daily changing weather conditions: lovely sunny days to cloudy, arctic days with -9 degrees. Though it is not the biggest ski area that we have been to – like Dolomiti Superski with 1200 km of slopes and the biggest ski carousel in the world – it was pleasant for those five days and just enough variety.
Especially, the outer slopes were situated in lovely, natural areas with no signs of civilization. The ski conditions were good with around 250 cm of snow in the mountains. The ski area was located between 1500m and 2600m with mostly blue to red slopes.
A downside were the ski huts in the area – that lacked food offering and coziness that we are used to in the Austrian and Italian Alpes.
All in all, we had a great time but next ski trip we will be back in the Dolomites!
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