Ski Resort Valgrande Pajares in the Cantabrian Mountains: Position on map

Valgrande Pajares Ski Resort

Trail Map Valgrande Pajares

The Ski Resort

The Valgrande Pajares ski resort is one of the oldest ski resorts in Spain. Around the summit of the Cueto Negro in the Asturias region, there are 21.5 kilometres of slopes of all levels of difficulty. The winter sports area is ideally suited for beginners, but also advanced and professional skiers will find suitable slopes here.

Half of the 32 slopes are marked green (very easy) or blue and therefore ideal for newcomers to alpine winter sports. Those who want to practice their first turns in Valgrande Pajares can do so in the valley area, which has several easy slopes. An alternative would be to take the chairlift "Cuito Negro" up to the summit and explore three more green-marked slopes, which also score with a magnificent view. If you don't want to take your first steps on your own, you can get help from the local ski school.

Advanced skiers and snowboarders can waggle down the twelve red-marked slopes, all of which start in the summit area. Experienced skiers can choose from four black-marked runs. While "La Comisa" promises great views as well as some steep passages, the "El Robezu" run even leads down to the valley.

The snow park, which can be reached via the two chairlifts "Hoya de Cueto Negro" and "Cuito Negro", is located in the upper part of the ski area. It is divided into a beginner (Easy Park) and an advanced area (Nitro Park) and offers a variety of rails, boxes, kickers and even some jumps. The difficulty levels of the elements are marked by different colors, so that everyone can find the right obstacles for their moves.

Interesting facts

  • Offering 14 miles of slopes and terrain, Valgrande Pajares is among the 3 largest Ski Resorts in the Cantabrian Mountains.
  • Valgrande Pajares is among the 3 best rated Ski Resorts in the Cantabrian Mountains.
  • The vertical drop from summit to base is 1332 ft. The average difference in altitude between base and summit of Ski Resorts in Spain is 1844 ft. The highest point of the track is 6135 ft above sea level.
  • The day pass at Valgrande Pajares is €29 making it one of the 10 cheapest ski Resorts in Spain.
  • Valgrande Pajares features 7 sunny days on average per season. The average for all ski Resorts in Spain is 9 sunny days. January is the sunniest month with an average of 4 sunny days. This makes the ski resort one of the 10 sunniest in Spain.

Snow Safety & Snowmaking

Snowphone+34 (0)902 300 450

On Mountain Dining

At the summit of Cueto Negro, the only mountain restaurant in the ski area invites you to take a leisurely break. You can enjoy the magnificent view. There is also a cafeteria near the valley station of the chairlift "Cuito Negro", which is ideal for a stop.


Estación Invernal de Esquí y de Montaña Valgrande-Pajares
Valgrande pajares 2019. Estación de ski


Away from the slopes, winter holidaymakers can explore the snow-covered nature on the seven kilometres of cross-country ski trails or go on a snowshoe tour. There is also the possibility of ice climbing.

Infrastructure & Rental


Cross Country Lessons
Carving Lessons
Freestyle Lessons

Number of Ski Rental

Sports Store
Ski Rental
Snowboard Rental
Cross Country Ski Rental

Getting here

By car: From the northern city of Oviedo it is about 60 kilometres to the ski resort. Take the A-66 to exit 64 and then continue on the N-630 in the direction of Campomanes / Puerto de Pajares / Léon. Shortly before Arbas de Puerto turn right to Branillín and after a little less than a kilometre you have reached your destination. Léon, to the south, is also about 60 kilometres from the ski resort. From here, also follow the N-630 and turn off for Branillín at Arbas de Puerto.

By public transport: Asturias airport (Aeropuerto de Asturias) is about 80 kilometres from the ski resort. There is a train station in Busdongo, about five kilometres from Valgrande Pajares.

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last update on Apr 1, 2022
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Estación Invernal y de Montaña Valgrande-Pajares
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Mountain Stats

Elevation4803 ft - 6135 ft
SeasonDecember - March
Opening DayDec 1, 2016
Closing DayMar 13, 2020
Capacity 6280 Persons/Hr.
Hours9:00 AM - 4:00 PM


Total 9

Skiable Terrain

13.4 miles
Overall Slope Length 13.4 miles

Weather (4934 ft)


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1 day adult €29
1 day child €25
All rates & fees