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Ski resorts coming to end of ‘very good’ season

All but one of Catalonia’s ski resorts will close their slopes on Sunday

 

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06 April 2018 02:43 PM

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ACN | Puigcerdà

The ski season in Catalonia is coming to an end. With just two days to go until all but one of Catalonia’s ski resorts close, aficionados of the slopes need to get their gear together quickly if they want to enjoy the last of the year’s snow.

Despite bad weathers at times, ski resorts agree that it has been a “very good” season.Thousands of skiers have taken to the pistes, and most resorts are hoping that the figures for this season match those of last year, when 2,096,236 people donned their ski attire and headed to the mountains.

Adverse conditions

Although, for some ski resorts, the weather was not always ideal. A fortnight into this season, Espot had to close its slopes due to too much wind and snow. 

“It has snowed a lot, so for many days the weather was not great. It’s been windy and foggy, and conditions have not been on our side,” said Xavier Bigordà, director of Port Ainé and Espot resorts. Despite this, the outlook for the final results of the season remains positive, and the resorts hope to match last year’s total of 180,000 skiers.

Good figures

For La Molina, the second biggest resort in Catalonia, this year’s snowfall came as a gift from the heavens. The resort is hopeful that this year’s figures will surpass 2017’s record number of 330,000 winter sports enthusiasts.

“We got the best gift possible: snow throughout the season that has given the resort exceptional conditions in terms of the quantity and good quality of the snow,” explained Marta Viver, the commercial manager at La Molina.

One Catalan ski resort has decided to buck the trend, and will not be closing its slopes this Sunday. La Masella resort will remain in operation until May 1. As for the rest, this Sunday will be the final day before the ski season ends for another year, and preparations for summer activities get underway.

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  • Skiers on the slopes of La Molina (by ACN)