Yes, you did read the title correctly! You’d never think that in a city which experiences such hot summers (up to 40C+), that you’d be able to find a ski resort within an hour. Heading out to Navacerrada, north of Madrid, you will find ski stations which the king of Spain often frequents. You can get to Navacerrada by Cercanías trains. At weekends, and on public holidays, the roads and ski stations are full of Madrileños taking an opportunity to get out of the city to ski and breath fresh mountain air.
To check weather reports for the area, take a look at one of my previous articles.
There is also a lovely town in this area called Cercedilla, from where you can do some wonderful walks – walking in this area when it is covered in snow is quite breathtaking. You may also want to take a look at the Valdesqui website.
Should you wish to stay closer to the capital, and ski indoors, then you should head off for Parque de Nieve (Snow Park) in the south of the city. This place has a ski slope of 250 metres and is open all year round. You can get there by catching the buses 496, 498, 524, 528 from Príncipe Pío (see Metro).
It is actually situated within a shopping centre complex and there are many shops, bars and restaurants. Here is a list of admission prices and equipment prices. If you don’t understand Spanish, here is a quick guide: botas – boots; chaqueta – jacket; pantalón – trousers; guantes – gloves.
If you would like to book accomodation near the ski slopes, here are two recomendations:
The Hotel La Barranca is a 3-star hotel in Navacerrada.