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How is Barcelona? (For Skiing and working)

post #1 of 14
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I will be moving to Europe, and one of the places I will be able to go to is Barcelona. I still want to ski, and I have heard that there is skiing close to barcelona. How is it? Is it day trip-able? 

How do you all like this city?

post #2 of 14

 There are 29 ski areas within 3 hours of Barcelona, I have not skied any of them! (I've only been to Spain in the summer) I have visited Barcelona a few times though, great city, Beach, casino, Nou camp stadium, Sagrada Famile, great shopping, plenty bars and TAPAS which I can't get enough of!

 Travelling around the city is easy with buses and trains (I don't drive) I feel quite safe walking around it, like most cities pickpockets are something to look out for particurly around Las ramblas.

 English spoken widely too.

post #3 of 14

 For a list of resorts close to Barcelona go to   www.j2ski.com/ski_resorts/Airports/Barcelona.html

post #4 of 14

Flown to Barcelona to do a couple of courses in Soldeu. Nice ski area, not a huge amount of challenging terrain but some good off piste when conditions are right and it's linked to several other areas making for some nice valley to valley skiing. The journey was more like 4 hours than 2.5 though.

post #5 of 14
I would think the area accessible from Barcelona would be more of interest for touring than for lift-served skiing. I have no clue about distances, but if I were considering a tour-oriented move there I'd get in touch with the guys at Telemark Pyrenees.

Love Barcelona, BTW, hard to imagine it's close enough for skiing a lot but I could be wrong. I'd probably do Geneva, though in my book it's not really a city. Zurich more urban but too Swiss for me. Milan's an acquired taste, I've never really acquired, but it has some huge logistical advantages over other places discussed here. Nice another one to consider in my view. I'd like Innsbruck I'm sure but really small. I liked Grenoble when I was there too. Small.
post #6 of 14
There are a lot of good skiing possibilities around Barcelona in a 2 hours driving range.

La Molina-Masella (Alp 2500 ) is a great resort, only 150 km away. You reach it in 1.30 hours by car. There are also trains leaving from Barcelona downtown who take you there in 2,5 hours.

Andorra, 230 km from Barcelona, is a small independent country in the Pyrennes, and it is a great place for skiing. Grandvalira resort in Andorra is the biggest in the Pyrennes, and a big place with good snow assured all around the season. There are buses from Barcelona downtown who take you there in 3 hours. Car would be 2,5 hours. Grandvalira has hosted world cup alpine races. Great place , great snow and great shopping (no taxes).

If you come to Barcelona, you will ski for sure !!
We do a lot of single day- trips. You leave at 7.30 am, skiing from 9.30 am to 4.30 am, and not latest than 7.00 pm you are back in the city to enjoy dinner and night out.
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There are a lot of good skiing possibilities around Barcelona in a 2 houJrs driving range.
La Molina-Masella (Alp 2500 ) is a great resort, only 150 km away. You reach it in 1.30 hours by car. There are also trains leaving from Barcelona downtown who take you there in 2,5 hours.
Andorra, 230 km from Barcelona, is a small independent country in the Pyrennes, and it is a great place for skiing. Grandvalira resort in Andorra is the biggest in the Pyrennes, and a big place with good snow assured all around the season. There are buses from Barcelona downtown who take you there in 3 hours. Car would be 2,5 hours. Grandvalira has hosted world cup alpine races. Great place , great snow and great shopping (no taxes).
If you come to Barcelona, you will ski for sure !!
We do a lot of single day- trips. You leave at 7.30 am, skiing from 9.30 am to 4.30 am, and not latest than 7.00 pm you are back in the city to enjoy dinner and night out.
This all sounded pretty credible until you said dinner at 7. That's more like lunchtime in Barcelona.
post #8 of 14
The Times ran this article on skiing near Barcelona last winter:
http://travel.nytimes.com/2012/01/22/travel/the-snow-in-spain.html?pagewanted=all
post #9 of 14
Thread Starter 

thanks I checked it out! Very Helpful. A place like vail colorado is near Barcelona!!

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thanks I checked it out! Very Helpful. A place like vail colorado is near Barcelona!!

My guess is that they don`t get as much snow as Vail, but I could be wrong.  

 

I think you may really enjoy Barcelona, especially if skiing is just part of the equation and not the only reason you are going there.  I have skied the Alps and been to the Pyrenees multiple times, but never skied them.  My guess is that that there can be some very good skiing in the Pyrenees, but that there is a reason that the Alps are more famous.

post #11 of 14

Keep in mind that, whenever you feel like getting away for a week-long trip, you should be able to get cheap flights from Barcelona to Geneva, Zurich, Milan, etc., on budget airlines. So, the Alps are pretty accessible without long drives, though driving is still an option if you like.

post #12 of 14

great city - as one of the major cities in europe, it has pretty much everything. also being on the mediterranean, great weather year round, great food, and great culture - one of my favorite cities. seeing as though you have a job that is a good thing, since unemployment in spain is high, and the economy is in recession.  As others said, plenty of ski area options within driving distance in the pyrenees, and trains/planes give you the rest of europe in a few short hours. Androrra is a great ski destination, decent terrain, but a cool little country...and the hot springs at caldea are great after a long day on the mountains.  In addition to the resorts mentioned above la molina, pal arnissal and pas de la casa are also nice.

post #13 of 14

If you get a long weekend it's worth a drive up to Baqueira-Beret.............. that is the equivalent of Spain's Vail :) Enjoy! ............... and be sure to visit Sitges.........an eclectic beach town just a bit south of Barcelona for some fun in the sun and at night it transforms. Also try to get to Ibiza and Formentera in the Balearic Islands while you are there. At the port in Ibiza there is a Hostel right on the main drag where the ships come in, called Hostal La Marina. Go to their restaurant and order the paella ............. the best paella (rice & seafood dish) I've ever tasted in just about all of Spain. Simply amazing. ............... In Sitges check out restaurante SuperPollo ( Super Chicken in the center of town) for some of the best roasted chicken anywhere!  Cheap, good and no frills!

post #14 of 14

I very much enjoyed skiing Baqueira/Beret last year.  However, that I have very mixed feelings hospitality of the people there.  Many were outstanding.  Some, however, like the staff at the rental shop at the Beret station were complete and utter a##holes. I am not an ugly American when traveling, and I do speak a little Spanish.  We always try to fit in with the local customs, and we don't ask for steak and ketchup when dining abroad.  

 

Lauguage is also a bit of a challenge there.  French, Aranese, and Spanish as the primary dialects in the area.  English is spotty in many establishments.  

 

The on-mountain cuisine was mediocre despite the reviews in the NY Times article, but the skiing was a blast.  Solid grooming on the left, or Beret, side of the Area.  Less groomed and more challenging on the right, or the Bonaigua side.  Escornables, the signature run of the area, was steep and held snow very well.  

 

Decent restaurants down the hill, and a great service at the ski shop called Copos in Vielha.  However, in classic Val d'Aran style, the kids running the Copos location closest to the ski lifts were utterly useless and inhospitable jerks.

 

Safe Travels

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