112 kms from Madrid, La Pinilla is a beautiful small ski resort (compared to the other ones). Slopes are very easy.
There are three ski resorts about one hour’s drive away from Madrid in the Sierra de Guadarrama. They all rent out the necessary equipment and have a ski school where you can sign up for individual or group classes. Snow conditions are often poor (but some years are great). However, dropping your kids at school and being on your skis less than one hour later is one of the best aspects of Madrid life. On weekends, the resorts get really packed and if you want to make sure you get into any of the resorts, you’d better leave Madrid early (7.30 a.m. at the latest).
For those who are fond of cross-country skiing and snowshoes, the ideal place to go is the station of Navacerrada. You can rent out equipment (including sledges) from a small store based there.
Puerto Navacerrada s/n - Cercedilla ( Madrid)
Tel.: 91 852 36 52 – 91 852 14 32