Serra da Estrela 27 April



Patrick Thorne

28 Mar 22

Ski Into May in Portugal

Patrick Thorne

28 Mar 22

Portugal’s only ski area looks like being the only ski centre open in the Iberian peninsular this week, which includes Sunday, May 1st.

Serra da Estrela reported a big snowfall and the “best conditions of the season so far” allowing it to open 14 runs earlier this week, although it was then closed by “extreme weather” midweek.

However the centre says it expects to have five runs open from Friday to Sunday this coming weekend.

Spain’s Masella ski resort announced earlier this month that it would be staying open to May 1st but appears to have changed its mind and announced last Sunday, April 24th, its season end.

The region’s highest ski area and Europe’s most southerly major resort, Sierra Nevada, which often stays open to May and could have this year, instead opted to close on the 24th to allow construction teams time to work on two major lift upgrades before next winter. In a response to disgruntled late-season skiers posting on the resort’s social media feeds, a spokesperson said every week counted when it came to the tight construction schedule.

All other ski areas in Spain, as well as those in Andorra and in the French Pyrenees are believed to now be closed for the season.