Baqueira's village is not inspiring, but the resort has a well-linked and developing ski area that appeals to intermediates. Fine for beginners too.

Baqueira is a mainly modern development with its fair share of drab blocks in the central area, clustered below the road that runs through to the high pass of Port de la Bonaigua, with the main lift base just above it. The village is small enough for location not to matter greatly.

The slopes are split into three distinct but well-connected areas - Baqueira, Beret and Bonaigua - with long, intermediate runs, practically all of them on open, treeless slopes. Most are above 1800m, with extensive snowmaking; but afternoon sun is a problem in spring. There are increasing numbers of fast chairs dotted around, including a long six-pack. Queues are not a great problem.

Experts will find few on-piste challenges, but there is extensive off-piste terrain ('awesome', to quote one reporting dude), and three ungroomed itinerary runs (including Escornacrabes, which two recent reporters said was not for the faint-hearted).

There are good nursery slopes with moving carpets at Beret, and at the top of the gondola from Baqueira. A mum with two novices in tow approves this year. The Brit-run BB Ski School is praised, not least for off-piste guiding. There are good hotels; reporters this year tip the big Tuc Blanc near the lift base ('comfortable, good breakfast, good restaurant') and Chalet Bassibe at the top of the resort ('lovely staff, best ever breakfasts'). Some good hotels (and restaurants) are down the valley - eg the 'very friendly' Gran Chalet at Betren, within walking distance of the 'lively and atmospheric' tapas bars and restaurants of Vielha. Some hotels have pools and spas, but there is little else for non-skiers.

Pros

Compact modern resort

Lots of good intermediate slopes

Cons

Main village lacks atmosphere

Still some old, slow lifts

Getting there

  • Toulouse airport: 2 hours

Contact Details

  • Tourist office: +34 973-639010

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