Ski fans are already counting down the days until the season opens. Most of Aragon’s winter centers have been working to prepare since December 1, although the latest snowfall did not leave a sufficient blanket and they had to wait to cross the bridge of the Constitution.
The one with a confirmed date is the Nordic ski resort of Llanos del Hospital, in the Benasque valley, where these days the machines are working on the layout of the slopes. Its director, Mario García, confirmed the opening for Friday, the 1st, with 8 kilometers of 25 possible and a thickness of 20 to 40 centimeters of powder snow.
“Between 30 and 40 centimeters have fallen, although there is a lot of wind, and there are places with greater accumulation and others less. We are preparing for the opening,” he commented. This weekend will be a rush, he said, and this is the next one.
The first station to open in Spain is Baqueira-Beret, in the Catalan Pyrenees. It is officially confirmed for next Saturday, November 25. “The slopes are ready. The snow is ready. The lifts, services, and facilities,” he announced on his social networks.
Fans of alpine skiing in Aragon will have to wait. The Candanchú station is getting ready to be used as soon as possible. “We have expectations to do it on the 1st (the weekend before the Constitution long weekend), with the goal that we are working, and if it is not on the date, it will be on December 5,” said the general’s director, Álvaro Luna. The snowfall in recent days has not been enough. “We would be very fair,” he clarified.
On the slopes of Candanchú, up to 30 cm accumulated at altitudes above 2,000 m and 5 to 10 cm at altitudes above 1,500 m. Weather forecasts point to low temperatures, although for now they are variables. “When the weather permits, it will be accompanied by snow cannons to stabilize the first layer,” they said from the station.
Accommodation and hospitality in the valleys of the Aragonese Pyrenees with ski resorts are also preparing to be available on December 1. These days, many people go on vacation.