Just as in the last months of our lives, this winter and snow season is going to be different from other years. Due to the health situation caused by the coronavirus, we must comply with and respect the health measures in order to avoid the spread of the virus. For these reasons, when we can leave home, we must do so with conscience and complying with the rules, even when we choose destinations in the snow.
Plans in nature are perfect, because they allow us to carry out activities without crossing with other people, limiting our framework of relationship to our family nucleus. For those who love escapes to the snow, either for skiing, snowshoeing or trekking, we present you a series of alternative places with snow to the star points of the snow season in our country.
Destinations with snow not very crowded
Those of us who like to plan and do activities in the snow during the winter know that many times these are places where many people are concentrated. We talk mainly about the great ski resorts of our country. However, fortunately in Spain we have several destinations loaded with snow so that this winter you don’t have to worry about anything but enjoying yourself. Check out the post and plan an escape to the place you like best:
Leitariegos is a ski resort located in the municipality of Villablino, on the border between the province of León and Asturias. Specifically, it is located in the relief unit of the Cantabrian Mountain Range, in the Laciana Valley, sheltered by the Cueto de Arbás peak. Its maximum height is 1800 meters. Besides, it is an ideal station for the lovers of the ski and of the snowboard, because in spite of being small, it has tracks of all the colors (except black). A perfect option to practice these sports in a little crowded environment.
The Astún station in Huesca is a perfect option if you want to visit the Aragonese Pyrenees and practice snow and mountain sports. In spite of being an area that concentrates great quantity of people during the season of snow, Astún, for his small size, is one of the less crowded stations of the zone. To greater, it is possible to emphasize that it is located in the valley of Canfranc, in the locality of Jaca. In addition, you will have the opportunity to perform various activities such as: high mountain trekking, canyoning, mountain biking, rafting or climbing. What better plan for this winter than to know this impressive natural environment?
Sierra de Gredos
The Sierra de Gredos, located in the Central System, covers the provinces of Avila, Salamanca, Caceres, Madrid and Toledo. Visiting this environment is a perfect plan for those who simply love trekking through snowy environments. There is no ski resort in this mountain range, so it is perfect for relaxing and enjoying the solitude and tranquility of the snowy spaces.
Valdezcaray is a ski resort located in La Rioja. It is located in the relief unit of the Iberian System, specifically in the Sierra de la Demanda. This mountain has a maximum altitude of 2,125 meters. It is a station with many skiable kilometers and great quantity of tracks. In addition, a trip to Valdezcaray is perfect for getting to know mythical villages on the French Camino de Santiago such as Nájera or Santo Domingo de la Calzada. Of this last one it is placed to only 27 kilometers.
Cabeza de Manzaneda
It is the only existing ski station in Galicia. It is located in the Massif Central Ourensano, between the municipalities of Manzaneda and Puebla de Trives. Its maximum height is 1,697 meters. Visiting Cabeza de Manzaneda is perfect for getting to know the province of Ourense and hiking in nearby places like Pena Trevinca. In addition, you can see mythical places on the route of the Sanabrés road at its entrance to Galicia.
Somiedo Natural Park
It is a natural paradise located in Asturias and has the protection figures of Natural Park and Biosphere Reserve (UNESCO). Visit Somiedo is a plan designed to enjoy the landscapes, environment and tranquility it offers. There are different routes along the park of impressive beauty, such as the route from Valle del Lago to Lago del Valle. However, you should keep in mind that it is a place to visit with care in the winter season, as all the high mountains can be dangerous.
Sierra de Urbión
This mountain range is located in the province of Soria, and has its maximum height in the Pico de Urbión with 2,229 meters. The Duero River is born here, and it is a beautiful mountain range to enjoy mountain trekking. If you like geomorphology, you can visit glacial formations such as the Laguna Negra de Urbión. There is also a small ski resort known as Punto de Nieve Santa Inés.
The classic destinations of the snow season in Spain
Of course, we could not finish this post without mentioning our great snowy destinations. Although this year they will be less recommended to avoid crowds of people, we can always find nearby nooks and crannies to enjoy these environments.
Spain’s star snowy destinations are located in the two great Alpine ranges: the Pyrenees and the Betic Mountains. Within the Cordilleras Béticas Sierra Nevada, located in Granada, is the pretty girl.
Sierra Nevada enjoys one of the most spectacular ski resorts in our country, due to its good slopes and the number of sunny days. In addition, this natural space has been declared a National Park and has a great number of activities and routes to do.
The Pyrenees, divided between Aragon and Catalonia, have the most popular ski resorts in the north of the country. Iconic meeting points for the great skiing events such as: Baqueira Beret, Boí Taüll, Formigal or Cerler. This mountain range is home to the most impressive alpine folds in our country.
Well friends, until here our list of destinations to enjoy the snow this winter. We hope that you find your suitable plan and that as far as possible you enjoy the beautiful winter season in the mountains.