That situation is changing dramatically now with Baqueira Beret, the largest of Spain's ski resorts which lies at the head of the beautiful Val d'Aran, on the northern side of the Pyrenees reporting 20 inches of snowfall in the past few days with forecasters predicting a further two to three feet is likely to follow. Developed by Luis Arias, a Spanish National Ski Champion, Baqueira first opened in 1964 and is a favourite with the Spanish Royal family who regularly holiday there. Its location provides a unique Atlantic climate guaranteeing high quality snow, just the right amount of sunshine and, due to its southerly latitude, an hour's more daylight than the Alps. The resort is well laid out, has a modern lift infrastructure and a lively and varied après ski scene with international visitors especially appreciating the relatively reasonable Spanish prices.