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La Molina ski resort

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  • Min. and max. elevation: 1,700 m - 2,445 m
  • Lifts: 15
  • Skiable kilometres: 61
  • Slopes: 53
  • Skiable area: 28 km
  • Snow production: 453 guns
  • Competition: 3 arenas
  • Ski schools: 9 with over 400 instructors
  • Snowpark: 2
  • Special runs: sledges, 2 snowshoe, 1 children’s park, PRM adapted park, Arva park.
  • Ski passes: €41 adults  and €31  children
  • Website: www.lamolina.cat
  • www.lamolina-masella.cat
  • More information: 972 892 031
 

TERRITORY / REGION:

Girona

Experience with a sporting spirit

La Molina in Girona province is the most important of Spanish resorts as its first ski lift was installed in 1943 and it is currently the leader in the organisation of high level snowboard and downhill International Ski Federation (FIS) events.

La Molina, located between the regions of the Cerdanya, Ripollès and Berguedà and owned by the Catalan Government Railways, is recognised worldwide for its commitment to competition. It hosted the Snowboard World Championships in 2011 and has been the venue for five FIS Snowboard World Cups since the winter of 2008. It was the first resort in the Pyrenees to organise the World Cup for the discipline and also organised a FIS Women’s Downhill Skiing World Cup in December 2008, which attracted 18,000 spectators.

Fashionable freestyle

After the creation of a snowpark in the Alabaus area for the 2011 World Championship, La Molina wants to open the park up to everyone. Alabaus’s size makes it possible to build a terrain park, like in the United States. It will be a large area comprised of rails, boxes, quarter pipes and a big air, along with a Boardercross and the largest halfpipe in the Pyrenees (superpipe).

Skiers and snowboarders who live for the jumps will find this snowpark incredibly spacious and will be able to indulge in their passion. There will also be an area for those who want to learn freestyle, the beginners in the new trend.

A customised experience

La Molina has 61 km of pistes spread over more than 50 different slopes. For beginners there are 13 green runs. Probably the best known is the Pista Larga, where you can find ski equipment hire shops and nine ski schools within walking distance from the slopes. There are also quieter alternative slopes with the same difficulty, such as as Pedró and Trampolí.

For intermediate skiers there are blue runs. Most of them are located at the top of the resort and to access them you have to use the Torrent Negre chair lift. But the good thing is that even though you are learning, you can still cover many kilometres, from the highest point of the resort (2,400 m) to its foot (1,700 m) down the Volta Muntanya Sagrada.

LThe bravest of skiers will also find their run in La Molina. There are 24 red and black runs that attract those who like challenging steep slopes. Comella, Roc Blanc, Costa Rasa and Olímpica are wide slopes that give you a good run. But there are other slopes with these qualities, more hidden in the woods, where few people dare to venture: Carena, Clot de l’Hospital, La Creueta, Comabella and Coma.

And there’s still more. There are narrow runs between trees and areas with virgin snow for experts: Coms, Barcelona,  Isards and Cingles.

Historical and still going strong

The winter of 1909 saw the birth of Spain’s first ski resort and even today it still remains at the forefront. One of the latest innovations is the hands-free ski pass. It allows skiers to access ski lifts without having to show the pass and is, also, renewable through the website.

In addition, you can track the status of the slopes with new webcams and get up to the minute news and contact other skiers on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Vimeo. To become a fan you just have to visit La Molina’s website and choose the social network.

La Molina + Masella, 135 skiable kilometres in Dues Estacions

The largest ski area in the Eastern Pyrenees

The Masella resort and La Molina make up the Dues Estacions facility: 135 kilometres for skiing non-stop all day long. The resorts are joined by the Alp 2500 La Molina cable car making them into one of the largest ski areas in the Pyrenees.

Up to 135 km available for skiing within two hours from Barcelona and with a wide range of accommodation and services, all within walking distance from the ski slopes.

Dues Estaciones is name given to La Molina and Masella resorts when they are combined together. They are joined by the Alp 2500 cable car that covers almost 3 kilometres in just 8 minutes separating the Comella car park at 1,700 metres above sea level from Tosa d’Alp at 2,340. The area, with the mountain top’s highest point reaching 2,535 metres, has the largest drop in the Eastern Pyrenees at 935 metres.

Enjoy skiing and competing

The combination of both resorts offers many possibilities to enjoy a great experience in the snow, be it snowboarding or skiing. It has competition stadiums which have been used for various skiing World Cup events and the snow park that was created for the 2011 Snowboard World Cup in La Molina. In addition, tracks and trails through Masella’s forests give the skiing experience a special charm.

La Molina+Masella have a wide variety of pistes for all levels and tastes. There are steady and wide slopes and narrow paths among the firs. It is very easy for first time skiers and snowboarders to have a go, as the Pista Llarga and the Pla de Masella have two beginner zones that are easily accessible. You can improve your technique and ski down medium-level slopes in Dues Estaciones: 40 blue runs are available to test your courage and continue learning.

The more adventurous experts will find classic trails in the largest skiable area in Catalonia such as Alabaus or more exciting runs such as Coms or other slopes down from Tosa, which is the highest point.