The frigid weather that has ravaged Spain is a sure sign that snow has fallen on higher ground, allowing resorts to reopen for skiing.

Almost all the stations had reopened on Saturday, January 21, although the strong winds have prevented the reopening of higher tracks while in other areas the rain has caused a further delay.

Snow Places He has advised prospective skiers to check with resorts before traveling, but said all but a half dozen resorts had not yet opened but most likely would in the next few days.

Valdelinares – Teruel

The beginners track reopened on Thursday with red runs scheduled to open on Saturday or Sunday. The complex is said to be busy with many families and schools visiting the area.

Javalambre – Teruel

The resort was due to open today with more than six skiable kilometers on five slopes.

Valgrande-Pajares and Winter Fountains Asturias

Although good snow has fallen, strong winds and rain have prevented some slopes from being opened. Most tracks are expected to reopen on Sunday.

In the Cuitu Negru heavy snowfall has fallen with more than 40cm that is said to be covering the ground. Rinks in the region are expected to begin reopening this week depending on the weather.

Fuentes de Invierno expects more rain, jeopardizing the reopening of the slopes, however, if more snow falls, the possibility of reopening this Sunday becomes a reality.

The Manzaneda hill station has been affected by persistent rains forcing resorts to wait for more snow before they can think about reopening. Snow cannons have been used, but the rain put an end to plans to start accepting skiers.

La Pinilla will reopen three lanes on Saturday and work continues to develop more lanes. The Segovian resort is working hard to attract visitors by launching a new medieval fantasy video to promote the slopes in the area.

San Isidro and Leitariegos have enjoyed good snowfall and more is expected, however both resorts remain closed as not enough snow has fallen. San Isidro has said that if it continues to snow at current levels they could reopen on Sunday.

Alto Campoo southwest of Santander is set to open on Sunday initially with four green and three blue slopes. The ski lifts will operate at 58 percent with two chairlifts, four ski lifts and the treadmill.

The resorts that are having to wait for more snow are Valdezcaray, Valdesquí and Puerto de Navacerrada. The resorts in La Rioja have only seen 15 cm of snow, well below the 20 cm needed to reopen the slopes.

Jorge Lladó, General Director of Valdezcaray, said “we continue working to see if we can get the machines out and prepare the tracks; Once we see if there is enough thickness, we will see when the slopes can be opened, it cannot be said yet that we will be able to open.

Finally, Serra da Estrela in Portugal has partially reopened with two ski slopes and two lifts in operation.

The snow is late this year but skiing returns to Spain this weekend with good snowfall allowing most of the resorts to reopen.


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