The Catalan ski resort of Baqueira Beret improves its facilities and snowmaking devices

The ski resort of Baqueira Beret, located in the Catalan Western Pyrenees, has invested 6 million euros to update its facilities. Baqueira Beret’s ski slopes are scheduled to open the season on November 26th. This ski resort, in the Val d’Aran County, is one of the largest in the Pyrenees.


October 18, 2011 10:49 PM

Naut Aran (ACN).- Catalan ski resorts are getting ready for the winter season. Catalonia has a very developed ski tourism industry in the Pyrenees, combining ski slopes with a complete range of hotels and restaurants on offer, all quite close to airports such as Lleida Alguaire (less than a one hour drive) or Barcelona El Prat (less than a two hour drive). One of the main ski resorts in the entire Pyrenees, Baqueira Beret announced on Tuesday its plans for the next ski season and the investments made during the summer months. Baqueira Beret, in the Val d’Aran County, will open its ski slopes on November 26th if climate conditions permit it to do so. The plans are to keep the slopes open for around 5 months. Among the investments made for the next season are 59 new snow cannons for the resort’s north side. In addition, an artificial lake has been built to increase the capacity of snow production. The resort has also bought three new machines to better prepare the slopes. In total, Baqueira Beret spent 6 million euros improving its facilities, which were already some of the best in the Pyrenees. In fact, the ski resort is famous because the Spanish royal family spends their ski holidays in this spot.

Baqueira Beret invested half of the money to update its facilities in snow production systems. Ski fans will have more guarantees to find good quality snow in most of Baqueira’s slopes.

In addition, the ski resort has frozen prices for a third year in a row. The whole season can already be bought; it costs 900 euros if bought before October 31st. In addition, Baqueira Beret has released other prices: a youth pass for those between 12 and 17 years old is 810 euros, and a pass only valid on weekdays costs 400 euros. However, the resort offers passes for a specific number of days, up to seven. For instance, a one day adult pass will cost 46 euros, and a child pass 30.5 euros. Furthermore, a seven day adult pass will cost 237 euros and a child pass 150 euros. They can be bought online together with accommodation in a hotel or an apartment, either at the resort or in another village in the Val d’Aran County. In addition, Baqueira Beret has opened an office in Toulouse (France) this year to directly sell their passes and packs.