Looking for somewhere that little bit different for your annual ski holiday this year? Then look no further than Baqueira-Beret, the beautiful Spanish resort in the heart of the Pyrenees. Despite its high profile moment when the Beckhams came to visit, this ski resort largely remains under the radar: unspoilt by the influx of too many tourists. You could even say that this is the country’s best kept winter holiday secret, as it retains much of its Spanish charm and is great value for money.
Baqueira-Beret really does have it all: great skiing, a classy nightlife, comfortable accommodation and a homely, typically Spanish atmosphere.
Skiing in Baqueira-Beret
Introducing The Resort
There are three main areas in the resort: Baqueira, Beret, and Bonaguia, at the back of the mountain. All three areas are well connected meaning that you rarely have to repeat a run.
There is a reason that Baqueira maintains its reputation as the best in Spain, and although the snow is not as reliable as in some Alpine resorts, it often experiences fantastic snow conditions thanks to its Atlantic-facing aspect that, when conditions are good, creates a snow and sun cycle. There is also a professional team taking care of the resort and ensuring that conditions are kept as best they can be for as long as possible.
Fun on the Slopes in Baqueira-Beret
For experts, Baqueira-Beret has some challenging slopes. The altitude of the ski area ranges from 1500-2500m and the layout of the landscape is such that the black runs, such as the Luis Arias piste, and the Argulls are plentiful, long and more than enough for even the best skiers.
If you have beginners in your party then Beret is the place to get them started. The runs are gentle, wide and perfect for those looking to gain confidence and develop their skiing skills. The ski pass is also available at a reduced rate for those using the green slopes only.
In the valley there is a good range of specialised shops renting and selling all the equipment you could possibly need for fun out on the mountain. Catering for all the different snow sports, including snowboarding, Nordic skiing, and snowshoeing, many of these shops sell second hand equipment and offer great discounts on some of the best brands.
Want to Join a Ski School?
Taking advantage of the huge range of slopes in the Baqueira-Beret area are the numerous ski schools with teachers that specialise in all disciplines and cater for all levels. Many instructors speak different languages and there are ski schools providing facilities for skiers with disabilities too.
How to Get There
Toulouse is the airport of choice for those visiting Baqueira-Beret and the great news is that most major European cities, including London, Paris, Pisa, Amsterdam and Brussels all offer direct flights.
Of course, on arrival you will need to get to your destination in Baqueira-Beret and that is where Shuttle Direct can help. Book their value for money, reliable and reputable service and you can guarantee that you will reach the resort refreshed and ready to get out on the slopes.
Where to Stay
Apartamentos MultiBaqueira – For the more budget conscious, the Apartamentos MultiBaqueira, located only 200m from the ski slopes are a comfortable and reliable option. With on site ski storage, great views from each apartment, modern furnishings, dishwasher, microwave and fridge, there is all you need here to enjoy a fabulous holiday in the resort.
Vita Vielha – If you are looking to spend a little more on your accommodation, the Vita Vielha hotel, located 12km from the resort has free WI-FI and an indoor pool. Rooms are well furnished with en suite facilities and TVs, and many have exceptional mountain views. The hotel restaurant serves traditional cuisine and the sauna and Turkish baths make a relaxing change from a day on the slopes.
Melia Boutique Royal Tanau – For a more luxurious option and a real treat, why not stay at this hotel located right in the heart of the resort of Baqueira-Beret? With stunning views of the Aran Valley, the Melia Boutique Royal Tanau boasts the Yhi Spa where you can enjoy a massage or beauty treatment, before relaxing with a drink in front of a roaring log fire. There is an a al carte restaurant, 32” TVs in the rooms, as well as hydromassage baths in the en suites.