Long seasons, low prices and lots of sunshine are the magnets of Spain's mountain resorts, which span from the Pyrenees of the north, through the Central Mountains and down towards the Costa del Sol.
Bordering France, the Aragon and Catalan Pyrenees are home to most of Spain's ski offerings. Aragonese Candanchu is one of the country's oldest resorts, while its neighbour Formigal has Spain's biggest ski area, with four well-kept valleys hosting a terrific variety of slopes. Baqueira Beret's the king of Catalonian resorts, with some superbly challenging terrain, lively après ski and tonnes of tapas bars for mountainside lunches. Nearby, another of Spain's skiing veterans La Molina has terrific transport links to Barcelona, making it hugely popular for natives.
Central Spain has its fair share of small but scenic resorts and you can also ski as far south as Sierra Nevada (Europe's southernmost ski resort) where it's possible to soar down the country's highest, most snow sure mountains in the morning then sunbathe on the shores of the Med later on – something you can't do anywhere else in Europe.