LATEST: Spain announces opening of ski resorts

LATEST: Spain announces opening of ski resorts
File photo shows the Pradollano's ski runs in the Sierra Nevada mountains in southern Spain. AFP
After a delay to the start of the ski season, resorts across Spain’s mountain areas have now announced when they are opening.

The upmarket resort of Baqueira Beret in the Catalan Pyrenees was due to open on Friday 11but delayed the inaugural weekend because of Covid restrictions.

Instead it will open its pistes on Monday December 14th, the same day as other resorts in the Catalonia region where there are reportedly great snow conditions after several weeks of cold temperatures and precipitation.

The Sierra Nevada slopes are usually open by the end of November and are popular over the December puente but this year the it was delayed and they will now open on Friday December 18th.

Across Spain’s resorts special measures are in place to reduce the risks of coronavirus infections. These include reduced capacity on lifts and in restaurants and bars at resorts as well as the need for advice appointments when hiring winter equipment at ski hire centres to reduce crowding.

The opening of the Sierra Nevada for skiing coincides with the loosening of restrictions designed to bring Covid-19 infections under control although restrictions on movement between regions will still be in place over Christmas.

Other resorts such as those run by Aramon in the Pyrenees, including Formigal, have not yet set a date for opening.

But as the rules currently stand skiing is not on a list of justified reasons to cross regional borders during the period over Christmas when Spain has limited movement.

When it comes to opening ski resorts around Europe countries are not on the same wavelength, with France, Germany and Italy keeping resorts closed over the Christmas period. Read more about it here.

For the latest on Spain's resorts opening and snow levels check out Infonieve.

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