Make the most of your Barcelona visit by taking a day trip to the mountains. Enjoy skiing in the Pyrenees ski resort Masella and La Molina.
Whilst we were in Barcelona during a school holiday week, we were kindly offered the chance to go skiing for a day in the Pyrenees with Visit Barcelona, which is surprisingly only a two a hour drive away from the centre of the city.
The organisation was fantastic. Everything is very easy to organize. You can book the day-out online at Visit Barcelona website, where all the information is transparent. Please note, this service is only available in the skiing season.
The trip from Barcelona to Masella and La Molina is on the Sagalés Skibus. It is a great way of getting there – you can relax on the way there and the way back, which is needed after a hard day’s skiing. We slept for most part but if you are awake you have the chance to see the stunning landscape changes from sea level to the lower mountains of the Pyrenees area and then the higher mountains. The bus has a few locations for pick ups, we left from the original location at Plaça Catalunya in Barcelona. It was an early start – leaving at 06.45 and returning to Barcelona at about 18.00, depending a little bit on the traffic, but so worth it!
The price includes the bus round trip, ski pass for the area, skiing insurance, skiing gear (skis, sticks and helmet) as well as guide assistance on board the bus. This is great value for money!! As we were not fully prepared for a day of skiing we also had some ski clothes provided when we arrived which was great.
We arrived at about 09.15 after an uneventful (not much traffic) and relaxed trip. It was time to get our gear sorted at equipment hire shop (included in the price). We were suitably kitted out and there was a short climb up a road where we then started our skiing.
Skiing in the Pyreness
Masella and La Molina together form the largest ski area in the Catalan Pyrenees. Each resort is not so large but have all the facilities (modern ski lifts, snow cannons, ski schools, restaurants etc). Masella has 65 runs covering 75km starting at 1,600m up to 2,535m. There seemed to be a fair amount of snow cannons around but the snow there was mostly natural when we were there. The temperature had just gone above zero that day but we got to enjoy good snow throughout the day before it became a little bit slushy in the afternoon at the lowest point of the skiing area. However we had a great time.
We started on the TSD TGV chair lift on the blue runs. That gave our daughter the chance to get the feel for skiing again. After a bit of drama on the first run, she got her confident skiing skills back. We then stopped for brunch at the restaurant at the bottom. We had some great ham sandwiches there (absolutely delicious!) and a coke for good value. After this we did a few more runs from this same lift (there are a number of blue runs which run down both sides of the lift). La Plana and Familiar are relatively easy runs for beginners.
At one point Vix and I (Dad) went right to the top of the mountain (La Tosa – 2,537m). From here we skied again to the bottom via the blue runs La Carena, Dues Estacions and La Corda.
The great thing about the resort is that it has everything from very easy green runs at the bottom to some more challenging looking red and black runs (which we did not attempt on this visit). Many of the runs take you through and between the trees. After we arrived there was a large influx of school aged children. Despite this further up the slopes there was plenty of space and not the feeling we were being crowded. The queues at the lifts were fairly minimal too.
Our ski pass covered us also for La Molina but we did not attempt to ski over there due to the limited amount of time we had (and the speed at which we were skiing). We didn’t want to be late for the bus! However we would definitely visit at another time, now that we know the resort a bit better.
We left the resort at 16.00 on the dot and woke up back in Barcelona.
All in all a trouble free experience and great idea for an away day or a weekend. It must also be great for the people living in Barcelona. They have effectively these mountains almost on their doorstep. The ease with which this could be accomplished for us made it a must do for anyone visiting Barcelona in the right season (but also for people living there!). The bus has got to beat taking the car.
The skiing did not disappoint at all. Despite the temperature, the snow was very skiable and just slowed down a bit by the end of the afternoon. We had a great day out and would recommend it to everyone.
Do not to forget to bring ID with you to validate any insurance policies. Also authorization for any kids that you may be accompanying (if they are not your own).
You can book this day-out trip via Visit Barcelona website during the skiing season. Search on the tickets navigation menu.
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