Eight-and-a-half year old Little Angel wants you to know that the snow has been fantastic this year in Cerdanya... and all throughout the Pyrenees! This photo was taken last weekend at Aransa, a lovely Catalan cross-country ski resort located in Lles de Cerdanya.
Featuring 32 km of trails and 5 different levels of runs, Aransa is a fantastic place to spend a long weekend skiing without the crazed hullaballoo of larger local downhill ski resorts! The resort also offers "Raquetes de Neu" (snow-shoeing) ... a very fun way to hike up these gorgeous mountains in the snow!
In fact, Little Angel and I spent two full afternoons exploring a snowy mountain forest in our raquetes while Señor Aventura and the boys enjoyed a lot of vigorous cross-country skiing.
Aransa Ski Resort is located in Pla de Fornell. It's lowest point sits at 1850 meters (6069 ft) and its peak towers at 2150 meters (7053 ft). A lot of its ski and snowshoe trails cross through beautiful black pine forests. Its slopes are great for skiiers of all levels from brand-new beginners to seasoned experts. Ski instructors are at hand to offer private and group lessons at a very reasonable price.
Also on offer at Aransa (in addition to skiing and snowshoeing) are a restaurant, a snack bar, a children's snow park, sledding and great hiking! Little Angel and I greatly enjoyed making snow angels by the side of the trail. She and the boys also built a snowman.
I will write and share a full description of our family ski adventure sometime in the future. This winter has seen a fantastic ski season in the mountains of Southern Europe!
Regular readers of our blog have wondered why it's been so quiet for the past few months... several of you have reached out to ask privately if everything is ok. Here are the three main questions I've been asked:
Did you leave Spain? No. In fact, we have extended our time in Spain for another year. We will be returning home to live in California (definitely) in early August of 2019... just in time for our eldest son to start high school. The dream of living for one year in Europe has now turned into three! What a blessing!
Has your family stopped traveling? No. Since my last posted article we have taken trips throughout Portugal, the United States and Bellver de Cerdanya. Six days from now we will leave to spend 'ski week' in Amsterdam and Paris! The Aventura family continues to travel as much as we can.
Have you stopped writing? Definitely not. I am hard at work completing a novel I have been working on for the last year+. As a busy mother of three kids with lots of activities (and a husband who spends a lot of time in California) there is only so much time for me to devote to writing in a week. I've been putting all of my writing time/energy into finishing the novel... and sending chapters out to interested readers for critique and feedback. Although I've written well over 300 pages, I've recently revised my story arc and so am still hard at work!
Due to this busy novel writing schedule and because readers are missing our posts, I've decided to launch weekly "Taste of Travel" snippets for this travel blog. They'll give you all a glimpse of fun, beautiful or inspiring travel moments around the world... while helping to tide everyone over until the novel is finished and I can get back to writing travel feature articles.
P.S. Years of Adventure Travel Blog readers and friends... thanks so much for the love!!!
It's not too early to begin planning your Spring Break or summer vacations... so we'll keep posting adventure ideas and we hope to inspire you to pack your bags and come see the world!
Life is short. Get out there and choose your own adventure! :)
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