Spanish ski resorts now open
26 January 2009 07:36
Spain's largest ski resort has announced that it is open for business, following on from the slew of early openings at winter sports resorts across Europe and North America last week.
Formigal opened for business on November 15th, and currently promises visitors 63km of perfectly covered slopes. The rest of the resort's 137km of piste is expected to be ready for action by the end of this week.
This marks the resort's earliest opening in 15 years, and is a sign of the excellent ski weather that the central Spanish Pyrenees has been enjoying as of late.
And the resort is not alone in Spain. This week, nubrick.com reports that the country's Sierra Nevada ski slopes have also opened a week early, welcoming in 7,000 skiers.
With nearly 50cm of freshly fallen powder on the ground, the Granada-based resort celebrated its earliest opening in 20 years.
Formigal is situated near the town of Sallent de Gallega in the upper Tena valley. It boasts some 90 slopes including seven for beginners and 38 for experts.