A quartet of mountain meccas for snow sports - plus one venue where you can ski/snowboard even in August!

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Skiing in Madrid

The mountains of Spain offer great skiing, and those around Madrid are no exception.

Spain boasts some very good skiing, and even here in the mountains near Madrid there's some pretty decent action, both downhill and cross-country. There are four ski stations near the capital which belong to the central mountain system, two of them in the Community of Madrid itself: Puerto de Navacerrada and Valdesquí. A little farther afield, you'll find Segovia's La Pinilla and the Sierra de Béjar-La Covatilla in Salamanca. The largest of these is Valdesquí, with 22.4 kilometres (nearly 14 miles) of pistes, while the most compact is Navacerrada (11.5 km/just over 7 miles). Not visiting in wintertime? No worries - Snowzone Madrid boasts one of Europe's biggest indoor ski slopes. It is located at a shopping centre called Xanadú in the town of Arroyomolinos (exit 22 off the A-5 motorway), it has two slopes, one 250 metres (820 feet) long and the other a 100-metre (328-foot) beginner's slope. It's especially cool for children but also fun for any skier who feels like hitting the slopes even in warm weather.

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