Escape to the mountains...

There are officially only 4 weeks left to get your ski on, and if you´re a fair weather (and slightly lazy) skier like me then the temperatures and snow cover right now are perfect for blue-sky skiing and coffee breaks in the sun. 

The nearest ski resorts to Barcelona are La Masella, La MolinaVall de Nuría (just under 2 hours drive) and for celeb spotting, Baqueira.

1) Baquiera is a more upmarket ski resort and often frequented by the royals and celebs. Here you can try haute cuisine in the mountains or enjoy a cold glass of cava at the Moët Winter Lounge. It´s a little further than the other resorts and therefore better for longer ski breaks. An adult day ski pass is 47 euros. 

2. Vall de Nuria is a good option if you have kids as there is a playpark and fun winter activities like tubing and sledging. It´s 1hr and 45 mins drive from Barcelona and the only access is by a funicular train (you can leave your car in the free car parks). If you don´t have a car, this is a great option as you can take the ski-train direct from Barcelona and including the ski pass it´s around 36 euros.

3) La Molina and La Masella are great ski resorts which are also under 2 hours drive from Barcelona. A daily ski pass in both resorts is from 39 euros and there are plenty of green and blue runs through alpine landscapes and pine trees which I love.

La Molina
Prior to another coffee break 
La Molina
If you don´t fancy skiing but simply need to breathe fresh mountain air and see some spectacular landscapes I would really recommend Puigcerdá in Catalunya...

Stunning scenery in Puigcerdà
Central square in the town
Hotel Villa Paulita in the distance

The views from the lake are simply stunning and it makes for a relaxing weekend. We stayed in Villa Paulita which sits on the edge of the lake. It´s only open from Thursdays to Sundays but is reasonably well-priced for a 5 star hotel with double rooms from 107 euros. It´s a 5 minute walk to the centre which has some seriously expensive clothes shops! but great sunny squares.

Beds are always so comfy after skiing
Villa Paulita - great location and spa hotel
Great place to relax
15 minutes drive from La Molina and La Masella so perfect for a more luxurious weekend of skiing...


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