The resort has the name Torre (Tower) due
to a past king of Portugal (Dom João VI ) insisting a building be
constructed to raise the height of the place to a more impressive 2,000 metres.
The tower still exists and can be seen from the resort.
The resort in comparison to its European neighbours is quite small. The slopes have four ski lifts. Though there are runs set aside specifically for snowboarding, sledging and novice skiers.
SkiParque is a newly installed dry ski slope at
Manteigas in the Serra da Estrela mountains. Open all year round it gives ski-fans the opportunity to hone their skills on the slopes ready for the first fall of snow. Prices start from 10€* an hour in the low season and 14€*
in high season (*prices valid until August 2007).