1. Soldeu & El Tarter
Ski area size: 210km
Transfer time: 3 hours
A not-so-well-known gem in the Pyrénées. Soldeu and El Tarter play regular hosts to European and World Cup races as well as offering up some of the best cruisy skiing and boarding around.
Some of the best challenging runs are over towards Pas de la Casa in the Grau Roig area. Head to the Pic Blanc TSD6 chairlift and then head under it for a steepish but wide descent that really opens out at the end.
For something even more challenging, try the Espiolets area above El Tarter. The gradient is over 40 degrees but wide enough for sweeping freeride turns, changes in the slope gradient and even some small rocks to pop off. On a powder day, this is a dream, but get up early for first lifts!
You can always stay in a Neilson chalet or hotel and take advantage of the free Neilson Mountain Experts guiding and coaching service. They’ll help you develop your skills in a fun and safe group.