Skiing and the Winter sports are the main attraction of the highest area of the Guadarrama Range during winter. In Navacerrada and Valdesquí you can practice skiing, snowboarding, trekking with snowshoes and, in some cases, climb rock or ice.
Speaking about Navacerrada, means speaking also about winter sports, since it hosts the biggest ski resort of the Central System and the closest to Madrid City. The resort of Navacerrada has 17 ski slopes. The largest one is 1250 meters long. Some of them saw Francisco López Ochoa training in the 60's.
10 kilometers away from Navacerrada, we find another ski resort of the Central System: Valdesquí. It is located in the northern side of the Guarramillas Mountain and it is surrounded by the peaks of Valdemartín and the Loma del Noruego. It has 27 ski slopes (most of them are blue or green) and 15 ski lifts (chairlifts, ski lifts and ribbons). The gradient is about 420 meters and it has 220 hectares for skiing. Moreover we can find 23 kilometers of signed tracksand eight snow-blowers on the main track.
The old Valcotos resort is currently use for practising cross-country skiing or trekking with snowshoes in the surroundings of the peak of Peñalara in a sustainable way.
Who said that skiing is practiced only in winter? Madrid Snow Zone, the first indoor ski resort in Europe is located in Madrid. Opened 365 days a year, it has a snow park where practice jumping and varius places for all the skill levels. 250 meters of length and 55 meters wide and a vertical drop of over 25% are the features of the slope. Enjoy the special acivities designed for children or families close to the city of Madrid. Come to Xanadú Mall in Arroyomolinos.
You can also enjoy the ice sports in different places in the Region of Madrid: Leganés, Valdemoro and Majadahonda. Go and have fun!
Release your adrenaline climbing in Madrid. If you are tired of climbing wall, here you will find the best places for climbing outdoors. There are many modalities: classic, sportive or boulder climbing.
La Pedriza: Nature and Climbing
The climbing area par excellence of Madrid is La Pedriza. On its peculiar granite rocks outcrops we can find climbing tracks for everyone (Bouldering, classical, sportive and artificial). The adhesion is a clue factor for this kind of climbing: it requires practice for beginners and it depends on the rock temperature.
Further Away from La Pedriza
The Region of Madrid has some anchor areas for the sportive climbing: San Martín de Valdeiglesias, Patones, El Vellón, Pelayos de la Presa or Cañón de Uceda. Check the map to learn more about the location of these tracks.
In El Escorial there are two climbing areas where you can practise bouldering (modality that is practiced without security systems due to a low high). You can use mattresses to buffer the impact in case of falling.
An advice for everyone
First of all, the security and responsibility should go first. Before practicing climbing we recommend you to take a beginner course in a specialized centre. In the Region of Madrid there are many centers where you can make it. The Federación Madrileña de Montañismo has some courses in climbing wall and sportive climbing.