Baqueira-Baret resort has made significant investments in snow production to increase efficiency in electricity and water consumption, reducing its carbon footprint. The slopes have been tweaked and three new runs have been added. The new red Barqueta run is a highlight, descending from the Mirador de Baqueira direct to Arguls, bringing the total length of slopes in the resort to 170 km, including 3 off-piste routes.
Three new pistes and changes to routes
A new red run called Barqueta has been created to access the Arguls zone from Mirador de Baqueira, spanning a length of 770 m and drop of 274 m, allowing a direct descent to the Arguls and Bonaigua zone.
Up at Baqueira 1800, the Bosque piste has been added, starting at the top entrance to the Telecabina Baqueira cable car and connecting to Esquiròs. Meanwhile, the Tamarro piste is taking the spotlight in the central Baqueira zone, merging with the former Isards, totalling 2,297 m in length with a drop of 465 m.
Snow production prioritised
The installation of the powerful 6-seater TSD Dossau lift in 2022 resulted in a 24% increase of skiers to the zone, prompting a significant increase in snow production with 21 new snow machines on the Ticolet piste.
At the Beret base, 14 snow machines have been added to the Audeth and Debutants runs. Next to these at Stadium Fernández-Ochoa, four new snow machines have been set up in the area close to the forest, and the ski lift now has an intermediate station to allow access to the upper part of the stadium or the Snowpark, which now has three new snow machines.
In the Baqueira area, two snow machines have been added to the Tortuga piste, and eight more now bolster various zones in this central part of the resort. The Bonaigua area has also been improved, with the addition of eight snow production machines.
This season the fleet of snow groomers - vital for keeping the slopes in shape - has grown, with three new machines bringing the total to 18, covering the 170 km of slopes.
Digitalisation reduces waiting times
Click & collect systems now operate at several cafés and restaurants, with the new La Choza café leading the way. Orders can be placed online using a QR code, with updated information on waiting times for order collection. This online ordering system aims to streamline customer requests, meaning they can make the most of their time skiing.
The Telecabina cable car parking area at the Ruda Shopping Centre has a new access system to make customers' lives easier. Thanks to ticketless technology, access cards will no longer be required as from this winter. This makes entries and exits quicker and easier before or after a day of skiing. The system uses number plate recognition technology, enabling users to reserve and pay for spaces in advance via the resort website, specifying entry and exit times. The system means there are no processes to manage inside the car park itself. Also in Ruda, Baqueira Store has been modernised with a full refurbishment, optimising the available space for shopping and Ski Service equipment hire.
The resort website has been improved and simplified, making it much quicker to top up your BaqueiraTICKET and BaqueiraPASS, and the BaqueiraPASS private area has also been extensively updated. The system means you no longer need to go via the ticket booth; you can now get your boots on and proceed directly to the lifts.
The Ski Service equipment hire service has been optimised and now offers a host of benefits, along with the means to book younger skiers into Baqueira SNOWCAMP.
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