SKIING & SNOW
Skiing & snow
The stimulating sting of the cold wind on your face and a thousand and one opportunities to discover the whitestCatalonia. With its mild climate, in addition to the traditional skiing, the visitor can choose from a full range of active proposals to enjoy against a magical backdrop.
The Catalan Pyrenees are an ideal destination for enjoying winter activities. In Cerdanya, for example, ski mountaineering, snowshoe treks or snowmobiles routes -always following the environment regulations of the Departament de Medi Ambient de la Generalitat de Catalunya- enable snow adventure sports to be enjoyed to the fullest.
A landscape treasure opens before our eyes when we enter the valleyof Camprodon (Ripollès). Located in theEast Pyrenees, it has been a favourite spot for summer visitors and a good option for winter sports enthusiasts for many decades. The snowshoe excursions to the mountains and peaks surrounding this valley can range from leisurely strolls to ascents to peaks rising above2,800 m.
A spectacular high mountain resort, thevalleyofNúriaoffers winter activities such as ski mountaineering or snowshoes. Its main distinctive feature: the only access is by foot or the silent rack railway. For ski mountaineering, another interesting option is the Catalan part of thePyrenean High Route, a magnificent route that runs from the Canigó toNavarre.
Snowmobiles, sleighs, teepees and other activities
And, for the more adventurous: a nighttime descent in snowmobile, following marked paths, a ride in a dog sleigh, or a night in a tepee, at the Espot camp at2,000 mabove sea-level.The possibilities for enjoying the snow in Catalonia are almost endless. The snow outdoor, for example, combines different activities, such as snowshoe excursions, igloo building, courses in orientation and use of the A.R.V.A., horse rides in the snow or dog sleigh rides.
A park to explore
The National Park of Aigüestortes and Estany de Sant Maurici is the largest lake region in south Europe. Astride the counties of Pallars Sobirà, Pallars Jussà, Alta Ribagorça and Val d'Aran, it is one of the most beautiful parts ofCatalonia ... and even more so when dressed in its white mantle.
The magic of the snow-laden Pyrenees impregnates this Park, its people and all its visitors, who can feel, in the heart of theprovinceofLleida, as if they were Polar explorers, regardless of their prior experience in the use of snowshoes.
Aigüestortes offers the tourist more than ten thousand hectares of Nature, magnificent woods and meadows, impressive snowy peaks and frozen lakes that, weather permitting, can be crossed with snowshoes. One of the most delightful treks that can be made with snowshoes through the National Parksof Aigüestortes and Estany de Sant Maurici is the Carros de Foc, a 55-km route which links nine of the Park's mountain huts and lasts for five days.
A safe and easy-to-learn way of getting about, there are also snowshoe excursions to the Espot ski resort.
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