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Formigal Ski Resort

Formigal Resort Guide

Formigal, Spain

Rated: 3/5 (from 6 ratings)

Formigal Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForExpert Skiers, Intermediates, Beginners, Snowboarders and Apres-Ski!
Total Piste Length137km
Highest Lift2,200m
Resort Height1,510m
 Nearest AirportsHuesca and Lourdes
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Formigal at a glance

In the central Aragon Pyrenees Formigal offers skiers four different valleys and Spain's largest ski area. For a complete experience on and off the slopes, the ultra-modern ski station and stylish purpose-built resort of Formigal has replaced many lifts with smooth, modern detachable chairlifts and the introduction of Spain’s first ever eight-seater chairlift.

Ideal for the beginner and the expert skier alike, the modern ski facilities provide some of the best skiing in the Pyrenees. The immaculately groomed pistes are equipped with a high-capacity lift system and the comfortable hands-free lift passes incorporate a system which prevents inadvertent access to slopes beyond the abilities of the skier

 When will it snow in Formigal?

The next notable snow forecast for Formigal is 3cm, expected on 9 June.

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Formigal Facts, Stats and Ratings

Formigal Rated

Ratings for Formigal
Expert Skiers
Intermediate Skiers
Beginners
Snowboarding
Snow
Apres-Ski

How High is Formigal?

Max Vertical and Resort Altitude for Formigal
Highest Lift2,200m
Resort Altitude (Formigal)1,510m
Lowest Piste1,500m
Max Vertical700m

Ski Area, Pistes and Lifts

Formigal Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats for Formigal
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
39
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
30
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
18
Green Pistes
Beginner Runs
 6 
Downhill
Total Length
137km
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts
22

Aramon Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats for Aramon
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
53
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
71
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
54
Green Pistes
Beginner Runs
24
Downhill
Total Length
259km
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts
72
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Formigal Summary

The Spanish Ski Resort of Formigal is part of the Aramon ski area with access to 259km of downhill skiing, with 202 marked pistes, served by a total of 72 ski lifts. In addition to the skiing in Formigal itself (137km of pisted ski runs), the appropriate ski Lift Pass will allow you to ski or snowboard in the other Aramon ski resorts of Cerler, Javalambre, Panticosa and Valdelinares.

The ski resort itself is at 1,510m, so skiing or boarding back to the resort is usually possible. With ski lifts as high as 2,200m, snow cover is generally reliable.

Formigal Overview

One of Spain's larger and well-established ski areas, Formigal was purpose built in the 1950s and opened its first lift in 1964. The resort is located in the centre of the Pyrenean Aragonese region, to the north of the province of Huesca and in the Valley of Tena, close to the French border. It is quite an attractive resort, with most lodges five or six storeys high, and generally designed with a local stone facade and slanting roofs, to give a vaguely chalet-like appearance. It is also relatively compact so that most buildings are within an easy walk of services, although the lifts themselves are on the edge of the resort. They are still within walking distance (the furthest is 800m from the village) but there is a ski bus.

In recent seasons the resort has been working hard to transform itself in to a state of the art ski destination. Each individual trail and lift is considered to ensure that it works to the optimum requirement, and measures are taken to eliminate problems such as bottle necks or piste cross-overs; even slowing lifts down in beginner areas for ease of use. This 'plan of excellence' also encourages businesses to guarantee high service standards as well as environmental measures, including the planting of 75,000 pine trees in the Valley. There was a vast expansion and upgrading of the area for the 2004-5 season when 7 new lifts were installed including five high capacity chairlifts - one of them the first eight seater in Spain and two magic carpet lifts.

Formigal's ski area continues to grow, and there are long term plans to complete a lift link to other major resorts in the region, Astún and Candanchu.

On the Mountain

The most difficult run is the 'Tubo Superior No 66'.

Skiing in Formigal

Formigal's skiing is on largely north and north west facing slopes, all above the tree line and based on grassy meadows, free from rocks. The ski area's location is in a natural snow pocket and in recent seasons, thanks in part to its extensive snow making, it has been the first in the area to open and has been able to offer skiing through to the start of May. The ski area is accessed by a drag lift just across the small river from the town, reached by a foot bridge (Or by road via a longer route round) and the more commonly used eight-seat chairlift, about 800m (half mile) from the village centre. A ski bus operates which is free for some lift pass holders.

Almost all of the runs are wide cruising trails, with most of those directly above the resort categorised red. However, the ski area extends eastwards to a snowbowl which incorporates the main nursery area of 500m long blues. This area can be reached by ski bus to the altitude car park at the base of these drags, or from above by skiing down from the gondola top station.

Experts will prefer to go higher up from the top of the eight seater chair then take one of the three kilometre long blacks that run above the beginner area. Above the bowl the Lanuza drag has been extended higher up the mountain to access new terrain. Across the bowl a high speed detachable quad chair accesses the Anayet valley, a new extension to the ski area. Wonderful long (2 - 3km) blues, reds and blacks run down parallel in to this valley and there are extensive off-piste opportunities with a guide. At the base there's another high altitude car parking area and a couple of short drags serving another beginners' area with very easy short runs. Experts may also be able to try snowcat and heli-skiing; check with the ski school.

Night skiing is offered on Friday and Saturday evenings. You can test yourself on a timed slalom track which not only gives you a speed read-out but also video records your descent, so that you can analyse your performance at home on the television for the next eleven and a half months and, of course, repeatedly impress your neighbours!

There are a variety of pistes to suit all levels of skier ability, from Beginner to Expert.

Snowboarding in Formigal

For 'boarders the main attractions of Formigal skiing are the wide open pistes and the chair and gondola access to most of the key areas. However, although you can access all points by chair, three quarters of the lifts serving the individual runs are drags. 'Boarders generally regard Formigal as an ideal place to learn or progress with a particularly highly regarded school and lots of space to master early technique, especially in the week, when it's especially uncrowded.

More advanced 'boarders will find wide open powder fields after the snow falls although there are few natural terrain features on these sunny meadows above the tree line. TheAnayet detachable quad accesses blue, red and black runs. The budget prices in resort help make the place still more appealing.

When is Formigal open?

We don't currently have confirmed season dates for Formigal.

Usual opening is late November, and usual closing is Mid April.

NOTE:- Lift and Piste openings are always subject to Snow Conditions in Formigal.

Snow Making

Formigal is able to make snow, on 22km of ski runs, with 381 snow cannons.

Ski Lift Capacity

The 22 ski lifts of Formigal are able to uplift 36,780 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Where is Formigal?

Formigal is in the Spanish Pyrenees in Alto Gállego, Huesca, Spain.

How can I get to Formigal?

 By Air

The nearest airports to Formigal are Huesca, Lourdes and Pau. There are seven airports within three hours drive.

Formigal Webcams

The Webcams in Formigal are not always up-to-date. Please check the date on the image to ensure you are seeing current snow conditions.

Off the Mountain

Formigal Aprés Ski

Although there are only about a dozen bars and restaurants in Formigal, there's still a lively atmosphere, thanks to the reasonable prices and predominantly young clientele. There are several disco bars, but the main late night option is the nightclub in the Hotel Nieve Sol, close to the centre of the resort..

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