Both sides of the Pyrenees are seeing lots of snow, and that goes for Spain and Andorra as well as France – where resorts have received up a metre of snow in 48 hours.
The top Spanish ski resorts have reported powder conditions with snow depths of up to 225cm (7.5 feet) on their side of the mountain range. The country’s two largest resorts Baqueira (120-185cm) and Formigal (105-220cm) have 110-124km of piste open respectively.
Elsewhere in Spain there’s up to three metres (10 feet) at Sierra Nevada.
Pirena 2010 Grand Prix Affinity Advance will finish next Saturday in the ski resort of La Molina. The 20th edition of Pirena, the white route of the Pyrenees, started last January 23 with the official Presentation of the teams in Zaragoza. Pirena is an international sleddog crossing-race and one of the most outstanding in the world. During 15 days men and dogs cross the Pyrenees, a natural border between Spain, Andorra and France, from West to East (Itinerary). Pirena 2010- Grand Prix Affinity Advance is one of the races that count for the International Sled dog Sports Federation -IFSS- World Cup. Pirena also counts for the European Sled dog Racing Association -ESDRA- Europe Cup.
By Patrick Thorne
Courtesy of skiinfo.co.uk
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Located in the resort’s Basibé area, the new park contains 18 elements. There are rail boxes, big jumps, pole jam, a wall ride spine, fun box, boxes line, transfer, wood park, step up and a quarter pipe.
The total length of the park is 2.5km making it will the biggest Snowpark in Spain.
Although there has been little new snow this week, cold weather has helped Spanish ski resorts to maintain and improve conditions on the slopes and Cerler has some of the deepest snow in the country with 175cm (nearly 6 feet) on upper slopes.
Typically resorts have 30-105cm (1-3.5 feet) at the base of their runs and 150-210cm (5-7 feet) on upper slopes. However Sierra Nevada in the south reports the greatest snow depth of three metres (ten feet) at the top and Formigal has the most terrain open with 136km (80 miles) of runs.
More snow is expected tomorrow.
There’s been more snow in the Spanish Pyrenees has made conditions great on the groomed pistes but very dangerous off piste with an increased chance of avalanches.
In Formigal five season ski passes have been confiscated after five skiers caused an avalanche. Formigal’s spokeman has criticised people who take unnecessary risks, get into trouble and put in danger the lives of skiers and the members of the rescue services.
Formigal currently has the most terrain open in Spain with 122km (76 miles) of piste to enjoy and a base of 105-220cm (3.5 – 7.3 feet) Baqueira Beret has a similar snow depth and 110km (70 miles) of piste open. Conditions have improved again in Andorra with most areas receiving around a foot (30cm) of new snow in the past few days bringing base depths up around the metre mark at most resorts with fresh powder on top.
The French Pyrenees have received the country’s largest falls of the past 7 days. Here Cauterets received 80cm (nearly three feet) of new snow on January 15, then got more good falls two days later on the 17th. In the northern Alps with Avoriaz reported 25cm (10 inches) of new snow while la Grave in the Southern Alps reported 30cm (a foot).
Thibaut Deserces, Manager of “La Maison de Peyragudes” – the tourist office for the French Pyrenees resort of Peyragudes commented on the latest falls there.
“More than 50cm of fresh snow is lying at the bottom of the slopes, thanks to the snowfall on Thursday and Friday. Peyragudes woke up Friday morning with bright sunshine and then a large amount of snow fell through the night. The snow depth is now excellent with more than 110cm on upper slopes.
(Snow report courtesy of skiinfo.co.uk )
After 48 hours of heavy snowfall over the Pyrenees (01 Dec) Formigal is more than ready to open this weekend. There is now more than 160cm of snow on the higher slopes and more is predicted over the next few days.