A ski resort with terrain for all levels and closeby lodging, lots of apres ski activities and a good ski school make for great vacations on snow.
Alp 2500: Two Different Resorts, One Big Domain -
Alp 2500 is a marriage of two distinctly different resorts – Masella and La Molina. You'll need to purchase the Alp 2500 ski pass to play on both sets of slopes that are linked by the six-passenger jumbo Tosa de Masella chair and Alp 2500, the Molina cabin lift.
You also can choose to ski or ride at either resort by purchasing lift passes independently. Travel by train between the two by boarding either in La Molina or Alp. You'll need a taxi to Masella on the Alp trip. But it's more fun to connect on skis or boards.
The most skiing and riding, of course, is via use of the Alp 2500 pass. It opens up 111 km of pistes from the western point of Masella at Coma Oriola to the eastern point of La Molina at the Pla d'Anyella.
We all know about unexpected weather in the Alps, or in all ski regions. You won't get stuck at either place, as they are in constant contact with one another and promise to "take care of you and your family" if the weather turns sour.
Beginners will enjoy Pla de Masella. It's very accessible from el Pla and is close to all services. Another good green piste is Coma Oriola, five km away, following the Das road.
Like the blue intermediate pistes? Try the Dues Estacions trail, the longest run in Masella. It begins on the top of La Tosa and goes downhill six kms to the east. More advanced skiers and riders will want to take La Tosa going west to El Tub, with its steep, bumpy challenges.
The Pyrenees are accessible by road, rail and air and you can get to the mountains from almost anywhere in Europe in a matter of hours. There's a good public transport network as well as air access.
The Channel Tunnel has made access by train, bus or easy. You can also use ferry services (Plymouth to Santander and Portsmouth to Bilbao). Driving means having the flexibility to explore the region more widely.