Baqueira-Beret: one ski resort, three itinerary runs, loads of fresh snow!

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A few days ago we visited the unique Baqueira-Beret, located a long way away in the Aran Valley. The journey from Barcelona by car is long, but is well worth the effort. Thanks to the latest snowfall, the resort was a compulsory stop for anyone looking for the freshest snow. We simply couldn’t resist!

What makes Baqueira-Beret such an irresistible ski resort?

Let’s start of by saying that Baqueira-Beret has more than 150 km of ski slopes, exceptional snow quality thanks to its location on the northern side of the Pyrenees, fantastic terrain (both on and off the track), and spectacular views that are the envy of even the most prestigious ski resorts in the world (weather permitting, of course).

Additionally, the resort has modern and efficient facilities including a large variety of restaurants and a very attentive staff. Most of the ski lifts are detachable, increasing the potential amount of runs in a day that both ski and snowboard lovers value so much.

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One resort. Three itinerary runs.

The ski resort is divided into three main areas. From East to West: Beret (North and South orientation), Baqueira (North orientation) and Bonaigua (mainly West orientation).

Because of the relief areas surrounding Val d’Aran, the climate is distinct, known for more severe and heavier snowfalls than in most of the Pyrenees.

The total snowfall per season is usually higher and of higher quality (drier and lighter snow). However, it promotes a more unstable snowpack due to the quantity and the increase in the layers of snow; something that should be taken into account for those who want to ski off track or freeride, and it would be a good idea to hire a mountain guide to help navigate the area.

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If you consider yourself a freerider, the resort offers a multitude of off-track itineraries, easily accessible and full of features and tricks to try…lots to get the blood pumping! Baguergue, Viñetes, Pasarela or Marconi are just a few examples!

Now the technical stuff is out of the way, onto our adventure!

We arrived in Vielha on Friday night. Coming down from the Vielha tunnel, we were amazed by the thickness of the snow that had accumulated on the sides of the road and we were wowed by the image of the snowy city before us. It was snowing slightly which added to the atmosphere and enjoyment and it was only moderately cold.

In the morning, like all good lovers of powder (powder snow) we got up early to be the first to make tracks in the virgin snow. We became more apprehensive as we gained altitude … It was snowing a lot, visibility was poor, and the wind was strong and constant; typical conditions for this kind of mountain!

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Once at the top, our fears were confirmed. Lifts to high areas of Bonaigua were closed. The forecast said that the wind was to ease up and the visibility to improve by noon, so we decided to take it easy in the lower area (and in the cafeteria) until then.

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The weather cleared up as expected, but the cold was still unforgiving. Finally we were able to enjoy the steep slopes on and off-track and some stunning views that were a welcome distraction from any nerves about being so high up!

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The weather cleared up as expected, but the cold was still unforgiving. Finally we were able to enjoy the steep slopes on and off-track and some stunning views that were a welcome distraction from any nerves about being so high up!

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