Spain Guide

The ski resort of Cerlerski resort of Cerler is located in the Spanish province of Huesca in the Pyrenean Mountains. This is the highest ski resort in the Aragonese Pyrenees, surrounded by the spectacular scenery of the Benasque Valley where majestic pine and snow clad mountains rise to more than3,000 metres. The resort offers some good ski ing for all abilities and because of its inherent charm and lack of commercialism many skiers prefer it to nearby Baqueira Beret, northern Spain's premier ski centre.Zaragoza is the nearest international airport, 228 kilometres south of Cerler, and Barcelona's much bigger airport (serving all the major European capitals with charter and schedule flights) is about 270 kilometres to the south east.The resort has 52 kilometres of slopes consisting of eight green runs, 15 blues, 15 reds and seven blacks. There are 18 lifts capable of transporting 21,440 skiers per hour four two seater chair lifts, four four seater lifts, one six seater lift, seven drag lifts and two rope drags. There's also a half pipe for snowboarders and 25 kilometres of trails for cross country skiers. The resort's 200 cannons help to keep the pistes open even in periods of light snowfall.

If you're visiting with children you'll be able to leave them in the safe hands of the kindergarten which runs a snow garden for children aged three to six years. There's an indoor playroom and dining room and an outdoor play area where educational toys and activities enable youngsters to explore the world of snow in a safe environment. You can either pay by the hour or leave your child in the nursery during the day while you ski. Other resort facilities include a ski school with more than 60 instructors who provide group or individual coaching in Alpine ski ing, snowboarding, telemarking and off piste techniques. There are several bars and cafes offering a range of hot and cold snacks as well as a good quality and very reasonable priced "menu del dia". You can relax over a meal either indoors or on the outside terraces of the various watering holes which you'll find at altitudes of 1,800 metres, 2000 metres or 2,300 metres.

There's a small number of hotels and self catering apartments in the resort itself and many more to choose from in the nearby town of BenasqueBenasque. The thee star Monte Alba is right at the foot of the pistes and has a good range of facilities including a heated swimming pool, nursery, games room and storeroom for ski equipment.

Casa Cornell is a delightful stone built, family run hotel with just 15 rooms, all of which have magnificent views of the ski slopes. The building was once the private home of the illustrious Cornel family whose documented history dates back to the 13th century when Pere Cornel was the personal tutor of King James I the Conqueror.