Puerto de Navacerrada history

Winter Sports in Puerto de Navacerrada

THE FIRST SKI CLUB IS FOUNDED IN 1903

At the end of the 40s, one of the first ski resorts in Spain was born, Puerto de Navacerrada ski resort. A skiable domain full of history and incredible landscapes. Puerto de Navacerrada ski resort is in the municipal areas of Cercedilla and Navacerrada (in the Community of Madrid) and La Granja de San Ildefonso (in Castilla ‐ León). 1903 can be considered as the start date of the practice of Winter Sports in Puerto de Navacerrada. The first Ski Club was founded in 1907.

The Ski Resort of Puerto de Navacerrada is the precursor in Spain of the teacher training courses and the first machine in Spain that created artificial snow was tested in this ski resort in 1960. Since the 50s, the influx of public was massive, reaching its peak in the 60s and 70s. On some weekends and holidays, up to 130 buses and 7,800 light vehicles came to Navacerrada, with an estimated influx, based on the occupation of the vehicles, of more than 40,000 people.

Victim of its own success

THE DECADE OF THE 80 AND 90

In the early 1970s, Puerto de Navacerrada ski resort had 10 ski lifts and 13 ski slopes, in addition to a cross-country ski circuit and a diving trampoline, in total, more than 12 kilometers of slopes. This ski resort is a victim of its own success, the resort is a pioneer in terms of facilities, but the massive influx of skiers due to the proximity of the resort to Madrid, implies that these facilities end up being out-dated in a short period of time.

The above is aggravated by the multiplicity of administrations that are involved in the development of the Station such as the Community of Madrid, Junta de Castilla y León, Town Halls of Cercedilla, Navacerrada, La Granja de San Ildefonso, Organismo Autónomo de Parques Nacionales, in addition to several individuals.

The result of this crisis situation is the acquisition of TAGSA, which is practically in bankrupt, by the Provincial Council of Madrid in 1981, now it is part of the public sector of the Community of Madrid since 1983, after its creation.

Modernization and improvement of facilities

THE PRIVATIZATION

After a period of indecision regarding the future of the ski resort of Puerto de Navacerrada, in 1992 took place the first actions of management of the Sport and Mountain of the Community of Madrid, SA, the new name of the company.

In 1994, a snow production system was installed, and 2 new ski lifts were inaugurated, replacing previous facilities. Finally, in 1998 the Guarramillas Detachable Chairlift was inaugurated with a capacity of 2,400 people / hour. However, due to different circumstances, the number of ski lifts and slopes decreased until now a days, that the number of ski lifts have increased.

During the 2003‐04 season the resort was open 112 days and was used by 32,000 skiers, in addition to having 20,900 visitors due to the tourism. In the 2005‐06 season, Puerto de Navacerrada ski resort operates under minimum levels and the Community of Madrid finally decides to privatize it.