Where to go skiing in Madrid

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Are you wondering where to go skiing in Madrid? Even though it hardly ever snows in the city, Madrid has some beautiful mountains to its north, where you can go skiing and enjoy some nature.

There are two options when it comes to going skiing in Madrid. You can either go to la sierra de Madrid or to a moll to an indoor ski slope. Two very different options.

Where to go skiing in Madrid


This mall has one of the biggest indoor slopes in Europe, measuring 820 feet from top to bottom. It’s pretty easy to get to the mall. If you don’t have a car you can take one of the green buses that leave from Principe Pío: 528, 534, 539, 541, 545, 546, 547 y 548. It takes about 1 hour to get to Xanadú.

Depending on the time of the day the price ticket will vary. It starts at 39€ for two hours, and the later you go the cheaper it’ll be. The ticket includes clothing and skis. Check the fees here.

Xanadu is a great option if you miss skiing and you don’t really have the time or the means to go to the mountains.

Indoor Ski Slope Madrid

Sierra de Madrid

It takes longer to get there but, that’s the price you have to pay to enjoy skiing outdoors. You might need a car to get to the ski resorts or you could take the bus. I would recommend taking a day trip so you don’t have to worry about the accommodation.

Here is a list with some of the resorts if you want to go skiing in Madrid.

Ski ResortHow big is it?Bus
Valdesquí22,24 km691 Moncloa – 90 min
La Pinilla15,57 kmAv América – Riaza – 1h 40 min
Navacerrada5,1 km691 Moncloa – 60 min

Madrid is great but it’s still not enough for me. I want to go somewhere else

There are some bigger resorts in Spain but farther away.

If you have the time and the money and you want to know what it feels like to ski in Spain, go for it. There are many ski resorts in Spain, however, we are going to classify them into two groups: the Pyrenees and Sierra Nevada.

Pyrenees – 5 hours drive

The Pyrenees are in the north of Spain. There are various resorts in the Pyrenees, my favorite, Formigal, has more than 105 miles of ski paths. Here you can get the forfait and ski equipment.

If you want to find a place to stay, hurry up, the sooner the better. I use booking.com to find accommodation. Formigal has a great après-ski for those of you that want to party afterwards.

Sierra Nevada – 5 hours drive

Sierra Nevada is another major place to go skiing in Spain. It’s located in southern Spain, in the region of Andalucia. This is the place to go if you want to ski under a clear sky. The temperature is usually warmer and there are lots of things to do around like visiting la Alhambra. You can get to Granada in about 50 minutes.

If you are looking for accommodations try here.

Alhambra Granada Sierra Nevada
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I want to do some research on my own

Another web that’s worth checking is esquiades.com.

On this page, you’ll find a lot of good deals and you can get ski rentals + accommodations + ski passes for a pretty good price.

That sounds great, but I don’t have a car

Don’t worry. There are some companies that arrange trips for the weekend. They usually provide the bus, accommodation and ski rentals—if you don’t have them. The food usually comes at your expense.

Some of the companies that arrange these trips are: unicampus and aleaocio. In addition to that, you could also use blablacar and find a trip.

If you need some ski equipment check out Decathlon.

So now you have all the information you need to go skiing in Madrid. Do some planning and enjoy! I hope you found this post useful.

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