|All day||Suitable for all levels|
|December – April||La Coma|
|Show Map||2h 10min from Barcelona / 1h 45min from Lleida|
When the temperature drops and all the landscape becomes white, what are you up for? Skiing, snowboarding or walking with snowshoes are our answer and so should be yours! Only 150 km far from Barcelona we can find the ski resort El Port del Comte, which offers 42 skiable km for all levels. Without any doubt, a perfect place to enjoy all these winter sport.
Everyone knows that the top winter sport is skiing. If you’ve never tried it, it’s time to put some skis and get this feeling of satisfaction when you’ve reached the end of a slope. If you’ve done it before, you’ll already know how good it feels a day of ski, surrounded by nature and doing some sport. Don’t you like skiing? Don’t worry, there are other ways to enjoy the snow and the mountain. Why not try snowboarding? Or maybe you fancy a hike with snowshoes? Believe it or not, even in cold weather you can get warm and even sweaty with some sport practise, and how good does it feel!
In Catalonia we are lucky to have the Pyrenees, which host many ski resorts. One of them is El Port del Comte, the closest ski resort to Barcelona. This ski resort is located on the mountainous massif with the same name in the province of Lleida and it’s part of the pre-Pyrenees. This resort has 16 lifts serving a respectable 42 km of skiable land for snow lovers of all levels. The majority of slopes are suited to intermediates, with 24 out of 37 being blues and reds. But don’t let this put you off if you’re at either extreme of the spectrum, there is still a choice of beginner areas, with 7 green slopes, plus a range of black runs -6 in total. Moreover, if you are a fan of freestyle, Port del Comte has a snowpark where you can practise some tricks.
The ski resort is distributed between two different areas. First, there is the Hotel-Sucre area, which has the wider and more accessible runs, in addition to the snowpark, the kids park and the free ski area. Then, there is the other area called L’Estivella, where the more difficult runs are located. This area is really isolated and all surrounded by nature.
So, if you’re a first-timer wanting to give skiing or snowboarding a try or a mixed-ability group wanting to ski together, El Port del Comte is definitely worth a trip. You’ll make the most of your money and get to experience a different culture by practising some sport or trying something new. The price of the ski pass is 35€ per adults and 28€ per children, so it’s a really affordable option to enjoy a day of ski while in Catalonia. Regarding the material, there is one shop at the station that rents everything you need to ski/snowboard.
For lunch we always like to bring our own sandwiches, drinks and cookies from home and if the day is nice and sunny, we just sit in a spot that we like and eat there while enjoying the fresh air and the magnificent views. However, the ski resort also has different restaurants so you can buy some (usually overpriced) food there.
If you’re not into ski or snowboard but still want to enjoy a day in the mountain, you can take a walk through the pines of the mountain passes and make the most of the views. An amazing way to get around is with snowshoes and Port del Comte has five different snowshoes’ circuits of different length and level. No excuses, there’s plenty of choice for everyone!
We chose to try the easiest circuit, which starts at L’Estivella parking and ends in the Font de l’Estivella. The total length of the circuit is 5 km and it’s a circular walk. The route is very obvious as you just have to follow the blue marks in order not to get lost! It was an enjoyable walk through the pine forests and to appreciate the peace and tranquility found in the middle of a beautiful white landscape. This circuit is suitable for everyone as it’s very flat.
Check out our Wikiloc track of the route: https://www.wikiloc.com/snowshoeing-trails/font-de-lestivella-23515061
[box type=”info”]At the website of the ski resort you can find all the information about it as well as a map with all the slopes (go to L’Estació > Mapa de pistes) and another one with the snowshoes’ circuits (go to Activitats-Serveis > Raquetes). The website though is currently only available in Catalan or Spanish.[/box]