Surprising as it may seem, Portugal offers a delightful skiing experience, especially for beginners. Set amidst the high Serra da Estrela mountain range, the Serra da Estrela Ski Resort (Estância de Esqui da Serra da Estrela) is the nation's sole ski destination. Located near Torre, mainland Portugal's highest point, this resort sits at an elevation of approximately 2,000 meters (6,500 feet). The charming town of Seia, close to Torre, hosts this winter wonderland, just 20 km away from the nearby city of Covilhã. Accommodations are conveniently found in Penhas da Saúde, a mere 10-minute drive from the resort.
From December to April, the resort is blanketed in natural mountain snow, supplemented by artificial snow cannons, ensuring a consistent winter playground. Equipped with modern chair lifts and winter sports facilities, the resort caters to skiing and snowboarding enthusiasts. Visitors can easily rent equipment on-site. The Serra da Estrela Ski Resort boasts 5.9 km of slopes, catering to various skill levels. The resort offers lessons at affordable rates, allowing beginners to learn the ropes effectively. More information about lessons can be found at https://skiserradaestrela.com/escola-de-ski.
With a total of 9 slopes spanning 6.1 km, the resort provides an ideal environment for novice skiers, though there are challenges for advanced enthusiasts too. The slopes' elevations range from 1,854 meters to 1,984 meters. Owned and managed by Turistrela Hotels & Experiences, this charming ski destination invites visitors to embrace the joy of winter sports. For more details, visit https://skiserradaestrela.com."