Today we suggest that you get to know a historic track at La Molina. We have been down the slope and recorded it with the SKITUDE tracker app at the Comella-Esadi track. I visited the station on last Saturday the 6th of February, 2016, when it was sunny with a deep blue sky and hard snow, pleasantly warm, with queues of no more than 5 minutes for the lifts, since we are in peak season.
For those of you who are not familiar with La Molina, you ought to know that the competition stadium Comella-Estadi is one of the Pyrenees´ classic stadiums, approved by the FIS (International Ski Federation). Its first section, Comella, faces towards the east and has a red rating, while the Estadi stretch is north facing and has a black rating. The competition layout converges on the green track of Font Canaleta. It is accessible via the Cap de Comella chairlift, a detachable 6-seater, installed in 2008.
According to the ski station´s official map, its departure level is to be found at 2,100 m, while its arrival level is at 1,700 m. Here , in yellow, the start of the Comella slope on the resort’s 3D map
Some historical notes
The Comella-Estadi FIS competition stadium is one of the most popular slopes in La Molina. Do not forget that this station is part of the history of snow and skiing in Spain and Catalonia, because the first ski lift was installed here in 1943, although there was already skiing on the mountain slopes as early as 1908, and especially from the year 1922, with the arrival of the train.
The track and the competition layout were improved in 1986, when the first network of snow cannons produced in Spain was installed here, as well as on several other of the station’s tracks.
In 2007, it was redesigned and enlarged, with a view to holding a test for the Women’s Alpine Skiing World Cup, held in December of 2008. La Molina and, in particular, this track, welcomed in the Pyrenees a test for the World Cup for the first time. So, do you not feel like making your way down this historic slope? I am sure you will be able to beat my times. This was the result, using the Skitude tracker application:
Departure height: 2,070 m.
Arrival height: 1,667 m.
Average track width of 75 meters, according to Skitude tracker (recorded partly at a slight diagonal incline).
You can see my track here:
After saving the track, I have shared it on social networks, so that my friends and contacts can see every detail on my Skitude Profile: