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Baqueira-Beret Ski Resort Guide

Baqueira-Beret, Spain

Rated: 4/5 (from 6 ratings)

Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForExpert Skiers, Intermediates, Beginners, Snowboarders, Snowfall and Apres-Ski!
Total Piste Length160km99 miles
Highest Lift2,610m8,563ft
Resort Height1,500m4,921ft
 Nearest AirportsLourdes and Pau
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Founded in 1964, Baqueira has grown to become Spain's largest single resort. Its latitude gives an hour more daylight for skiing than in the Alps, and it's warmer too. Well laid out, modern lift infrastructure and a lively and varied après ski scene.


The Spanish ski resort of Baqueira-Beret is in the Spanish Pyrenees at an altitude of 1,500m4,921ft, with 160km99 miles of marked runs.

Baqueira-Beret is one of the larger Ski Resorts in Spain and has direct access to 160km99 miles of downhill skiing, with 78 marked pistes, served by a total of 33 ski lifts.

With ski lifts as high as 2,610m8,563ft, skiing and snowboarding is assured throughout the season.

Snow and Weather

When will it snow in Baqueira-Beret?

The next notable snow forecast is 4cm1in, expected on 2 October.

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Snow Forecast by day for Baqueira-Beret

Ski Area Stats

Baqueira-Beret Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
Green Pistes
Beginner Runs
Total Length
160km99 miles
Cross Country
Total Length
7km4 miles
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts


Baqueira-Beret Ski Area Heights

Lift Heights and Resort Altitude
Highest Lift2,610m8,563ft
Lowest Piste1,500m4,921ft
Resort Altitude (Baqueira-Beret)1,500m4,921ft
Max Vertical1,000m3,281ft

Ratings & Suitability

Ratings for Baqueira-Beret
Expert Skiers
Intermediate Skiers

Baqueira-Beret Overview

Baqueira/Beret, one of the largest of Spain's ski resorts lies at the head of the beautiful Val d'Aran, near Viella, on the northern side of the Pyrenees. The village, tastefully purpose-built in wood and stone rather than concrete, is on the main road leading up to the high Bonaigua Pass.

Developed by Luis Arias, a Spanish National Ski Champion, Baqueira first opened in 1964 and is a favourite with the Spanish Royal family who regularly holiday here. Its location provides a unique atlantic climate guaranteeing high quality snow, just the right amount of sunshine and, due to its southerly latitude, an hour's more daylight than the Alps. Baqueira Beret is well laid out, has a modern lift infrastructure and a lively and varied apres ski scene.

The skiing is spread over three main areas, Baqueira, Beret and Argulls and there is a fourth area at La Bonaigua . Baqueira's claim of 'Alpine Scale' is further strengthened with lifts on the Cap de Baqueria. This huge area, the Argulls, has always had snow at Christmas, so the basin strengthens Baqueira's reputation for pre-Christmas to post-Easter skiing with the height of the new runs ensuring the snow will always be in peak condition.


Baqueira's skiing is as extensive as it is varied, offering a wide range of different runs for every level. There are easy greens, difficult black runs, superb off-piste powder, near vertical couloirs and mogul runs to test even the best. Everything is very easily accessible - no need to hike for ages to find good off-piste. Queues, if any, are kept to a minimum thanks to the ultra modern and efficient lift system which can carry over 30,000 people per hour. Even early morning weekend skier and snowboarder traffic is moved quickly and efficiently thanks to the installation of the quad chair up from the village.

Baqueira likes to look after its skiers - there's even a tractor, pulling seats to transport you if you don't feel like making the short walk from the village to the lifts. The three green runs are in Baqueira and Beret areas - many prefer the Pla de Beret for starting off because its so wide and usually crowd free. The other two greens, Pastores and Rabada are at the top of the main chairlift up from Baqueira 1500. The ski school with over 200 instructors is famed as one of the best in Spain, they have English and French speaking instructors and it is worth joining a class so you can find your way around the resort as it does cover a huge area.

Intermediates will enjoy the long winding blue runs here and should be ready for the challenge of one of the 22 reds in no time. The Pla de Baqueira, one of the blues in the main Baqueira bowl is a gentle one to progress to and from there intermediates can access the Argulls area and the newest red run the Bonaigua. Due to the height of these runs the snow always seems to be in good condition.

Plenty of mountain restaurants for refreshment stops and international visitors will appreciate the relatively low prices. The efficient lift system serves terrain generally regarded as some of the most challenging in the Pyrenees and includes 5 tough blacks including the renowned 'Escornacrabes' - that translates as 'the place where the goats die'! The Louis Arias and Tubo Nere runs are famed as steep mogul trails. There are 2 slalom stadiums so its not surprising that the Spanish National Team are often seen training here.

The 7km (4 mile) cross-country circuit is located at Orri 1850 just between Baqueira and Beret. Baqueira's southerly latitude gives an hour more daylight for skiing than in the Alps, and it's warmer too. Adequate snow cover is ensured with over 350 snow guns covering the north and north west facing slopes . Experts seeking untouched snow should try the heli-sking which is relatively cheap in a resort which is easily on a par with some of the better known alpine resorts.

There are a variety of pistes to suit all levels of skier ability, from Beginner to Expert.


With its wide expanse of varied terrain Baqueira is a great choice for boarders and the International Snowboard Federation have held both slalom and half pipe events here. Its very easy to get around with more chairs than draglifts - 17 out of a total of 26 are chairlifts. One draglift to avoid would be the Luis Arias which goes up to the Cap de Baqueira, its very fast and can be tricky for boarders.

Beginners should try starting off in the Beret area where the green run is wide and relatively quiet with a chairlift. As a mainly intermediate resort theres lots of free riding terrain with long cruising blue runs and adjacent off piste. You can ride the chair all the way to the top of the Cap de Baqueira then theres a choice of blue or red all the way back down to the village.

With snowboarding's growing popularity Baqueira installed a fun park and permanent half pipe in the Beret area.

Bonaigua Argulls area has substantial off-piste as well as natural gullies formed by the river - this is probably the best freeriding area while for rocks, jumps and extreme riding check out the left side of the Chozas chairlift.

Location and Map

Where is Baqueira-Beret?

This ski resort is in the Spanish Pyrenees in Val d'Aran, Lleida.


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How to get there

 By Air

The nearest airport to Baqueira-Beret is Lourdes, 99 minutes drive away.

Pau, Lleida-Alguaire, Toulouse, Carcassonne, Huesca and Biarritz airports are all within three hours drive.


Ski Lift Capacity

The 33 ski lifts are able to uplift 58,000 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Snow Making

Snow-making is available, on 35km22 miles of ski runs, with 546 snow cannons.

Season Dates

When is Baqueira-Beret open?

We don't currently have confirmed season dates, but hope to soon.

Usual opening is late November, and usual closing is Mid April (May stay open later in spring if snow conditions good).

NOTE:- Ski area, lift and piste opening is subject to Current Snow Conditions.

COVID-19 / Coronavirus

We don't yet have specific details of the COVID-19 precautions being taken in Baqueira-Beret, but they are likely to include most of the following :-

  • Face masks required on lifts, and in shops.
  • Social distancing in public areas.
  • Reduced lift capacity.
  • Extensive disinfection / sanitization.

French Ski Resort COVID-19 Measures describes further measures that may also be applied.

Visit the Baqueira-Beret Tourist Office for the latest.

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Aprés Ski

Baqueira has a lively nightlife especially at weekends when regular Spanish skiers make the trip from Barcelona and Madrid, many of them have their own apartments in the village.

Don't expect the nightlife to start early - the Spanish like to eat late and party 'til late! The resort has a disco - Pacha, usually the busiest , and Tuc Nere - as well as a host of busy pubs and bars, many of them showing ski videos.