Ski resort sheet
The Candanchú ski resort is the oldest resort in Spain, created in 1928. Located in the Aragonese Pyrenees, next to the Aragon River and 1 km from Port of Somport, in the French border. Neighbor Astún ski resrot, is located 27 km north of the city of Jaca.
”Candanchú” does not have much in common with the area. It comes from the French name Camp d´Anjou – “Camp danyú” -. It was a military camp of the French Anjou dynasty. The ladybug in the logo, is related to the big population of this insect in this area during the summer.
What can offer Candanchú
It has a wide range of trails for all levels and a complete network of ski lifts. The variety of slopes, easy access and complete residential hub make it the ideal place to spend an unforgettable holiday. It has ski lifts with a capacity of 21.300 skiers / hour, nursing, ski school, as well as a school for monitors. Various restoration points throughout the station, rental of equipment, nursery, etc.
Also, it has a complete cross-country ski circuit, and a biathlon route. However, snowboard users have neither Snowpark, freestyle zone nor trails designed for them; One of the great cons of the station is this, not taking care of an increasingly important collective. In Candanchú we should not be surprised if we find military, since the camp of the Spanish Military Mountain School and Special Operations is located near the Pyrenean station, which reaches an altitude of 2400mts. The area of La zapatilla, Tobazo, La Tuca … are trails and areas of the resort that will remind you of the steepest mountains in the Alps.
A small station that brings multitude options to new skiers, but that hides trails suitable only for the most experienced.
Where did the skiing start in Spain?
Controversial issue, and debated when we talk about putting on skis and jumping in the snow. Navacerrada, Nuria, La Molina, Candanchú … Many reports of skiers in the second decade of the 20th century. But where was the first ski lift? There, La Molina is shown as older with the lift of Fontcanaleta in 1943. But Candanchú has shown as older two lifters, from two different owners, which the skiers went up by buying tickets and carrying them on each trip, as in the fairs.
Location of the resort
The history of Candanchú, as well as Astún or the Pyrenees in this area, is a history that goes hand in hand with the creation of the Canfranc Train Station. From this point the region began to grow and develop, with a remarkable development that has been unstoppable to this day, with two of the most important ski resorts in Spain. Canfranc International Railway Station (Spanish: Estación Internacional de Canfranc) is a former international railway station in the village of Canfranc in the Spanish Pyrenees, at one end of the tunnel which carried the Pau to Canfranc line under the Pyrenees. It opened on July 18 1928. Declared Well of Cultural Interest, it is listed as a monument since March 6 2002.
Candanchú in competition
Outstanding station with an aim towards competition, the ski area has competition stages: 8 FIS approved alpine ski slopes. The absolute men’s and women’s Alpine skiing championships, the European Women’s Cup in alpine skiing, the Biathlon Spain Championships, the cross-country Spainish championships, the FIS trophies …
The first competition that was held was March 30 1930. It was the first Franco-Spanish championship. The first ramps and lifts of Candanchú could not be other than the ones in the Tobazo. The inauguration of the first mechanical lift came in 1945. It was a car with wooden bollards.
From 8 years to 11 years classes are taught to discover the competition steep by steep, working free skiing, basic technique, sticks etc. Since it is not only about going to competitions, but discovering that this sport brings many other values and will allow you to know the world of competition in different ski resorts. From 12 to 16 years old, is possible to increase the experience and learn to be better skiers, specializing a little more, with more ski hours and with a calendar of races at regional and national level where the world of competition in different seasons is still known of skiing.
What to visit in Candanchú
Candanchú is, above all, known for the ski resort of the same name. However, this population of the Aragonese Pyrenees has much more to offer the visitor. Monuments, history, routes and excursions, in a truly incomparable natural environment.
Belonging to the village of Aísa, Candanchú is heiress in terms of its location of the Old Monastery Hospital of Santa Cristina de Somport. In fact, the uins of this, occupy the eastern end of the current urban center of Candanchú and are well worth a visit.
The valley is also a privileged place to practice all kinds of sports: paragliding, mountaineering, hiking, skiing or mountain biking, among others. For example, if you are into hiking, in the surroundings of Candanchú, the GR-11 Pyrenean Path and the GR-65.3 Aragonese Camino de Santiago are highly recommended; although we will find endless routes if we extend the radius to the entire Aísa valley.