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Baqueira-Beret
Baqueira-Beret Logo.svg
LocationAran Valley and Àneu Valley Pyrenees, Spain
Nearest major cityLleida
Coordinates42°41′57″N 0°56′48″E / 42.69917°N 0.94667°E / 42.69917; 0.94667
Top elevation2,610 metres (8,560 ft)
Base elevation1,500 metres (4,900 ft)
Skiable area171 kilometres (106 mi)
Runs99 + 3 itineraries
Lift system1 gondola lifts, 20 chair lifts, 7 ski tows
Websitehttp://www.baqueira.cat
Bosque chairlift
Bosque chairlift
Baqueira 1800
Baqueira 1800
Dera Reina chairlift
Dera Reina chairlift

Baqueira-Beret is a ski resort located in the heart of the Pyrenees, in the Aran and Àneu Valleys in Lleida, Catalonia, Spain, with the nearest airport located in Toulouse, France, approximately two hours' drive by automobile. The ski area extends from 1,500 to 2,610 metres (4,920 to 8,560 ft) in elevation, and due to its reliable snow elevation, the typical ski season [1] starts in November and goes to late April. Baqueira is the largest and most visited winter resort in Spain. Popular amongst the royal family and the affluent Spanish and French, The Telegraph asks if Baqueira could be "the world's finest ski resort?".[1]

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Ski resort

Ski resort

A ski resort is a resort developed for skiing, snowboarding, and other winter sports. In Europe, most ski resorts are towns or villages in or adjacent to a ski area – a mountainous area with pistes and a ski lift system. In North America, it is more common for ski areas to exist well away from towns, so ski resorts usually are destination resorts, often purpose-built and self-contained, where skiing is the main activity.

Toulouse

Toulouse

Toulouse is the prefecture of the French department of Haute-Garonne and of the larger region of Occitania. The city is on the banks of the River Garonne, 150 kilometres from the Mediterranean Sea, 230 km (143 mi) from the Atlantic Ocean and 680 km (420 mi) from Paris. It is the fourth-largest city in France after Paris, Marseille and Lyon, with 498,003 inhabitants within its municipal boundaries ; its metropolitan area has a population of 1,470,899 inhabitants. Toulouse is the central city of one of the 22 metropolitan councils of France. Between the 2014 and 2020 censuses, its metropolitan area was the third fastest growing among metropolitan areas larger than 500,000 inhabitants in France.

Ski area

Ski area

A ski area is the terrain and supporting infrastructure where skiing and other snow sports take place. Such sports include alpine and cross-country skiing, snow boarding, tubing, sledding, etc. Ski areas may stand alone or be part of a ski resort.

Spanish royal family

Spanish royal family

The Spanish royal family consists of King Felipe VI, Queen Letizia, their children, and Felipe's parents, King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofía. The royal family lives at Zarzuela Palace in Madrid, although their official residence is the Royal Palace of Madrid. The membership of the royal family is defined by royal decree and consists of: the King of Spain, the monarch's spouse, the monarch's parents, and the heir to the Spanish throne.

The Daily Telegraph

The Daily Telegraph

The Daily Telegraph, known online and elsewhere as The Telegraph, is a national British daily broadsheet newspaper published in London by Telegraph Media Group and distributed across the United Kingdom and internationally.

Resort

Baqueira-Beret is the largest and most visited winter resort in Spain, with 161 kilometres (100 mi) of marked pistes, 7 kilometres (4 mi) of marked off-piste, and 7 kilometres (4 mi) of cross-country ski and 2,166 hectares (5,350 acres) of ski area.[1] It is located in the highest part of the Aran Valley (Naut Aran), and Pallars Sobirà (Valls d'Àneu). It has long and wide ski runs, some through trees. It is divided into three different zones, Baqueira, Beret and Bonaigua. Due to its westerly aspect and position on the northern side of the Pyrenees, and consequent Atlantic climate, the resort of Baqueira-Beret has a good snow record throughout the winter. In addition, there is more than 1,000 metres (3,300 ft) of vertical drop and an extensive skiable zone.

Much of the region of the Aran Valley and Àneu Valley is made up of over 50 small rural populations, each one with stone and wood houses and ancient Romanesque churches. The resort was founded 60 years ago on the initiative of the local authorities in the Aran Valley. A group of people commanded by Jorge Jordana Pozas, Jesús Serra Santamans and Luis Arias (after whom a piste was named after he died in a dramatic accident) founded the ski resort in the municipality of Naut Aran due to the good snow conditions found there.

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Piste

Piste

A piste is a marked ski run or path down a mountain for snow skiing, snowboarding, or other mountain sports.

Snow

Snow

Snow comprises individual ice crystals that grow while suspended in the atmosphere—usually within clouds—and then fall, accumulating on the ground where they undergo further changes. It consists of frozen crystalline water throughout its life cycle, starting when, under suitable conditions, the ice crystals form in the atmosphere, increase to millimeter size, precipitate and accumulate on surfaces, then metamorphose in place, and ultimately melt, slide or sublimate away.

Romanesque architecture

Romanesque architecture

Romanesque architecture is an architectural style of medieval Europe characterized by semi-circular arches. There is no consensus for the beginning date of the Romanesque style, with proposals ranging from the 6th to the 11th century, this later date being the most commonly held. In the 12th century it developed into the Gothic style, marked by pointed arches. Examples of Romanesque architecture can be found across the continent, making it the first pan-European architectural style since Imperial Roman architecture. The Romanesque style in England and Sicily is traditionally referred to as Norman architecture.

Naut Aran

Naut Aran

Naut Aran is a municipality in the comarca of the Val d'Aran in Catalonia, Spain. It is the second largest municipality in Catalonia in terms of surface area, and was created in 1967 by the merger of the municipalities of Arties, Salardú, Gessa, Tredòs and Bagergue: the former municipalities retain some privileges as "decentralised municipal entities". The name literally means "Upper Valley" in Aranese, and both the Garonne (Garona) and the Noguera Pallaresa have their sources on the territory of the municipality. The town hall is in Salardú. The municipality is linked to Vielha by the C-28 road, which continues to Alt Àneu over the Port de la Bonaigua (2072 m). This road, the higher stretches of which are impassable in winter, was the only route between the Aran Valley and the rest of Spain before the opening of the Vielha tunnel in 1948.

Lifts

Almost all of the resort's 35 lifts are modern and of high capacity, and consist of:

  • 1 gondola lift.
  • 20 chair lifts of which: 3 six seaters, 6 four seaters, 7 three seaters and 4 two seaters.
  • 7 conveyor belts and 7 ski lifts.

Pistes

The resort offers 99 pistes of different difficulties:

  •   
    6 beginners.
  •   
    40 easy.
  •   
    37 intermediate.
  •   
    15 expert.

Services

The ski resort offers a wide range of services: a ski school, equipment rentals, restaurants and cafeterias on the slopes, medical services, etc. There are also hotels and apartments as well as ice skating, heated swimming pool, and shops. There are also numerous restaurants and bars for apre skiing activities.

The main activities are skiing and snowboarding. There are also other activities available such as hiking, rafting, kayaking and climbing. Museums and exhibitions are also available in the villages around the resort. Other activities that can be carried out in Baqueira are fishing and hunting, although they are both regulated.

Source: "Baqueira-Beret", Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, (2023, January 25th), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baqueira-Beret.

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References
  1. ^ a b "Baqueira Beret, Spain: is this the world's best ski resort?". The Telegraph. Retrieved 2016-02-12.

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