In the early twentieth century, skiing became a popular recreational activity and sport. La Molina has been one of the main protagonists of these hundred years, and as the oldest ski resort in Spain, throughout this time it has committed to renovation, to keep at the forefront of skiing in order to give skiers new and remodeled services, as well as to contribute to the mountain tourism added value.
The first skiers
According to the Catalonia Hiking Center (CEC) bulletin, the first skiers in La Molina were in 1908 and practiced telemark and Stemmbogen. Men were dressed as genuine arctic explorers and women in skirts.
Thanks to the arrival of the first train in 1922, the resort began to gain in popularity and in 1923-1924, became a place frequented by ski lovers.
That same year Fontcanaleta was discovered: "smooth, treeless and snow-filled extents," as described by pioneers who ventured away from the area around the train station and crossed the Perdiu forest. These ski slopes soon became famous and that same year they hosted the X Winter Sports competitions and the Catalonia Championships.
The first accommodation in La Molina resort was the CEC Chalet, opened in 1925. And in 1940, the first medical assistance service for skiing injuries was set.
The first lifts
The first ski lift in Spain was installed on 28 February 1943 on the Fontcanaleta slopes and three years later, during the 1946-47 winter, La Molina pioneered again with the setting up of the Turó de la Perdiu chairlift.
With the arrival of a two-seater gondola, in 1954, La Molina extended its skiable area. Firstly, up to the Puig Alp 2,280 meters and extended, one year later, until the Tosa d'Alp top with a drag lift. At the top of Tosa the well-known Niu de l'Àliga mountain refuge was built. Today it still offers a bar and restaurant service, apart from the sunny terrace.
In the late fifties, the Cerdanya resort counted with ten drag lifts and two chairlifts, as a result of the implementation of two large companies that had equipped different areas of La Molina.
In just fifteen years (1955-1970), La Molina became a benchmark for the world of skiing throughout the country, as it had some of the most modern facilities of that time. The skiable area was also extended towards Puigllançada equipped with drag lifts and chairlifts.
A new boost
In the eighties skiing acquired a remarkable popularity among all population segments. However, the vicissitudes of the companies owning La Molina until then, made the Government of Catalonia buy the ski domain assets of the resort, through the Government of Catalonia Railways (FGC), which has been managing it since then. This new boost pioneered again La Molina is its field and got equipped with the first artificial by means of a high pressure system snow production plant In addition, in 1986, it installed the first four-seater chairlift in Spain. From 1987 and until 1991 three new four-seater chairlifts were built.
Today, you will find in La Molina all the services of a great resort. During the 2008-2009 season, La Molina was the first resort in the Pyrenees to host the Female Alpine skiing World Cup. The Disabled World Cup and the Snowboard World Cup have also been held in this resort. La Molina has made history and will continue to do so!