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The Valdezcaray ski resort is located in Sistema Ibérico, specifically in the Sierra de la Demanda, La Rioja, Spain. It take advantage of the slopes of the San Lorenzo peak, the highest in La Rioja and second highest in the Iberian System, after Moncayo.

History Valdezcaray ski resort

The snowfall that fell two days before the official inauguration of Valdezcaray and the demonstration that the members of the Spanish Ski School put into practice made this day, climatologically radiant, something very particular.

The resort has a medium size among the Spanish resorts. Although it is the largest in the Iberian System, Valdezcaray (300 skiable hectares, with slopes of varying difficulty and slope) is one of the more accessible places to practice skiing ever. Oriented to the north and west, which helps having a good quality and amount of snow. This resort has the usual services in this type of center: cafeteria, equipment rental, ski storage, ski schools, restaurant, shop, fist aids, snowpark, etc.

Valdezcaray ski resort: activities and trails

Its 108 snow cannons ensure adequate snowing of the slopes, practically throughout the season. In total it has 6 green, 6 blue, 10 red and 2 black tracks. The absence of off-piste circuits stands out, despite having 22,6 kilometers of skiable domain.

It has 9 lifts, with a vertical drop between 2125m and 1530m. These are 6 chair lifts, (4 of them four-seaters and 1 six-seater) and 3 ski lifts.

In Valdezcaray we have many other activities that we can do and are available for those people who are learning to ski. And for those who want to be in the snow instead, they have many varied options when they are on vacation in a place like this.

If we talk about the classics activities that we can enjoy in a ski resort, without further a due, the ski park stands out. Here we will be able to enjoy the snow above all. For those people who go with children and who want to do something different and fun. Are you up for it?

Ski school and club

EDIV (Valdezcaray Winter Sports School, VWSS in english) is a school imbued with romanticism that brings the great experience of its teachers and coaches. It has a staff striving day by day to continue being a reference in winter sports training.

EDIV offers a wide range of possibilities thanks to its generous offer (Alpine Skiing, Snowboarding, Telemark, Cross-Country Skiing, Technification, etc.), and a particularly careful customer service. its philosophy of continuous information and especially thanks to the professionalism of its teachers who will make adults and children learn, improve and enjoy.

They have been training winter and mountain sports fans for 30 years. It has 35 qualified professionals, sports technicians, specialized in; alpine skiing, snowboarding, telemark, adapted skiing, mountain skiing and competition. It offered  freestyle, freeride and freeski programs or Camps taught by international renowned riders.

All this, from the quality criterion granted by the Association of Schools, Teachers and Trainers of Winter Sports (AEPEDI).

Surroundings and location of Valdezcaray

Sierra de la Demanda, roof of La Rioja, has two curiosities at a glance. On one hand, it has the highest peak in the region, the majestic 2.260meter San Lorenzo. The Valdezcaray ski resort takes place at its base. On the other hand, at the Gatón peak the Oja river is born. It gives its name to this land and to the OGGA wine. Etymologically, “river covered with leaves”, “cold land” or “land of bread”. Evolved from  the old Romance, and documented since the 11th century, OGGA comes from Rivus (Rio) and Ogia. It designated the region watered by the Oja and Tirón rivers.

Ezcaray is a municipality at the base of the San Lorenzo peak. Picturesque and very touristy, full of porticoed squares and palaces. A perfect place to stay and enjoy winter sports, gastronomy, and the exquisite Rioja wine.

Be sure to visit Ezcaray

Ezcaray is a beautiful town with a long history, located very close to the Valdezcaray ski resort, about 25 kilometers, nestled in the Sierra de la Demanda. It is a busy tourist destination during summer. It barely has about two thousand inhabitants. But it is a village that you  will fall in love quickly; its architecture has been well cared for.

To highlight in the August holidays, Ezcaray is a town that welcomes many visitors from the Basque Country.