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Formigal

Nestled into the hillside overlooking the slopes and close to the French border is Formigal, this most elegant of Spanish ski resorts. The multi million Euro investment over recent years to gear this ski resort for the international ski snowboard market is plainly evident. Reach any of the four main access points to the slopes and you are greeted with modern, elegantly designed buildings, cafes and ticket offices before boarding fast, efficient 6 or 8 seater chairlifts operated by polite, helpful staff to whisk you up onto the slopes.

Formigal is the perfect family choice with an array of skiing to keep beginners through to experts entertained for the duration of their stay. Beginners are treated to two independent learner zones away from the main slopes both served by conveyor belts to take you effortlessly to the top of the gentle beginner slopes. Equally smooth progression is assured on the green Faballones piste before moving on to a number of wide, gentle, perfect for learning blue rated pistes.

Safe in the knowledge that the beginners in the group are well catered for, intermediate and advanced skiers and riders are free to enjoy the 105km of pistes, well groomed and maintained by the efficient snow cannon coverage. The ultimate challenge is found from the Tres Hombres peak where you have the choice of 5 steep blacks including Formigal’s trademark piste, the 1.5km Tubo Minutar. Alternatively, try your downhill speed on the 3.3km red rated Descenso competition slope.

At the top of the blue Sarrios and red Tubo de Lanuza pistes be sure to look out over the back of the ski resort before taking the slopes down. From here you can see the neighbouring ski resort of Candanchu. Hidden by Pico Royo is the nearby ski resort of Astun where talks are in progress to link the Formigal and Astun ski areas. Descend Sarrios and you can join the 1.6km ski/boardercross. Snowpark aficionados are treated to an array of jumps, boxes and rails served by a kicking sound system and a 4-man chairlift running the length of the park.

Spain, a country with an impressive record in growing its summer beach tourism has turned its attentions to its undoubted winter ski potential. The rest of the ski world should be aware…….