With time for a winter mini-vacation and a desire for adventure? One of these five ski resorts might have what you need!
With winter approaching and the snow solidifying, nothing better than taking advantage of this season with a quick but adventurous trip to one of these five ski resorts??
Because at this time of year time is scarce and budget is limited, we try to favor the proximity of the resorts – three on the Iberian Peninsula – so that you can outline your plans for this winter well in advance.
Even so, we don’t forget the ski classics, including suggestions in France and Switzerland.
5 ski resorts to visit this winter
Sierra de Béjar (Salamanca)
Béjar is located near Salamanca and is roughly four hours from both Porto and Lisbon.
This is one of the most interesting ski resorts for the Portuguese, given its proximity (excluding, of course, those in the national territory) and equal distance from both the Invicta city and the capital.
It is also an ideal resort for learning and is popular with families. Furthermore, the Sierra de Béjar slopes are great for beginners or intermediates in the sport.
Logistically, there is a lot of support for tourists, both in terms of accommodation and options for meals.
In total, there are 190 hectares of area skiablewith a maximum altitude of 2369 meters and a minimum of 1995.
It is no longer news to anyone that Sierra Nevada is one of the winter destinations of choice for the Portuguese. Even so, year after year, this is one of the ski resorts that always remains in the suggestions of the modality.
In addition to some advantage of proximity (7 hours from Lisbon and 5 from Faro), the constant modernization of the resort and the production of snow, with excellent levels between the end of November and the beginning of May, make this an option to consider; especially for those who live in the south of the country.
This is the resort with the highest altitudes on the Iberian Peninsula, reaching 3300 metres. Plenty of sunshine, shops and restaurants make this a prime spot for a winter break.
At the furthest limit of the Iberian Peninsula in relation to Portugal are the ski resorts of the Pyrenees.
Grandvalira, in Andorra, has 210 kilometers of pistes for the whole family: from the most accessible, with exclusive areas for children, to those that require great ability to master the sport.
The focus on entertainment but also on teaching the youngest is, moreover, a great calling card for Grandvalira. At the official site The three available programs can be consulted, divided into age groups, from 1 year old to 11.
As it is a resort with a large area, the accommodations that serve it are units that serve other tourists. In this way, you will always be close to Grandvalira if you stay in Encamp, Canillo, Pas de la Casa and El Tarter.
The journey to Andorra by car takes over 10 hours from both Porto and Lisbon. By plane, the closest destination is Barcelona and then you’ll have to rent a car or take the bus or train.
Chamonix – Mont Blanc (France)
Further away from Portugal but worth a visit is the picturesque village of Chamonix, one of the most famous ski resorts in France.
With idyllic views over the Alps, this is where you can see the famous Mont Blanc mountain, which gives its name and logo to the prestigious Mont Blanc brand.
The two of the four ski areas that can be accessed directly from Chamonix are called Brevent and Flegere and make up 80 kilometers of piste. With a prestigious reputation among practitioners, this is where many experts in the sport perfect their skills.
As well as being a favorite place for its own qualities adjacent to the sport, Chamonix offers a lot of entertainment and well-being off-piste, as well as breathtaking views that can be enjoyed, especially, on the cable car that makes the breathtaking route to Aiguille du Midi .
Getting to Chamonix will be easier with a flight to Geneva (Switzerland). Then there are direct buses from the city center to the south station of the village.
For those who want to live the classic ski experience (and because the resort almost rhymes with Switzerland), we couldn’t leave out a Swiss suggestion.
One hour from Bern (the destination city of the flight), this resort is characterized by its spectacular views over the Alps, but to reach such a reward for the view you can only arrive by mountain train.
However, the intricate path will be worth it, given the peculiar and genuine transalpine village.
Naturally, the quality of the snow is excellent, allowing it to be suitable for all levels of difficulty.