Gijon is a coastal city on the shore of the Cantabric Sea in the Gulf of Biscay in the northwest of Spain. One of the great advantages is the proximity to skiing resorts in over an hour drive. Where else do you have the opportunity to ski or snowboard in the morning and surf in the afternoon? There are 3 skiing resorts within the mountains of Asturias and Leon: Fuentes de Invierno, Valgrande Pajares, and San Isidro. Most certainly, they do not compare in size to those within the Austrian, French, Italian or Swiss Alps. Nevertheless, they are big enough for a fun day in the snow!
San Isidro is located in the Cantabrian Mountains north of the province of Leon in the border with the Principality of Asturias. First of all, the altitude ranges from 1500 to 2100 meters above sea level. It counts with approximately up to 27.5 kilometers of slopes. They are distributed to accommodate all categories from beginners to medium and also expert levels in four sectors. More information is available on their web page such as resort map, snow report, catering, accommodation, price list for ski pass or rental equipment at the premises.
In addition, please note bus company Alsa provides transportation from Gijon to San Isidro. Please refer to their web page for further inquiry on availability as well as prices.
Snow Fun at Fuentes de Invierno
Fuentes de Invierno is located nearby in the heart of the Asturian Central Mountains with 8.7 kilometers of slopes with 3 green tracks, 3 blue, 6 red, and 3 black ones. There is catering as well, and the possibility to rent ski or snowboard equipment. Please visit their web page for more information on snow report, as well as prices and more.
Finally, Valgrande-Pajares opened in 1954. It offers 30.9 kilometers with 4 ski lifts and 4 chair lifts. There are 140 places of hostel accommodation at the foot of the slopes. As in the other resorts, there is catering available and the possibility to rent ski or snowboard equipment. Please visit their web page for more information on snow report, as well as prices and more.
Please visit our calendar section for more suggestions on things to do in Gijon and nearby. Enjoy!
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