Ski Andorra: superb skiing in the Pyrenees
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Ski Andorra
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Ski Andorra in brief

 

Visit Andorra for as much skiing as you like, family-friendly resorts, excellent snow in Vallnord and Andorra’s cuisine. 

Resort name:

Andorra (various resorts in Grandvalira and Vallnord)

Location:

Southern Europe

Nearest airport:

Barcelona and Toulouse (Andorra doesn’t have an

international airport)

Transfer time:

Approx. 2 hrs 45 minutes by car, depending on starting point

Altitude:

2,650 m (highest point)

Total ski runs:

303 km

Beginner runs:

28 green and 49 blue

Intermediate runs:

40

Advanced runs:

27

Activities:

Alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, snowboarding,

snowshoeing, heli-skiing, off-piste skiing, speed riding

Did you know?

Grandvalira is the largest ski domain in the Pyrenees and

covers the largest surface area in southern Europe. It also

has the only international alpine ski run in Andorra.

 

Skiing in Andorra

 

Andorra boasts some of the most extensive skiing in Europe thanks to its large skiable terrain offering over 300 km of piste in the Pyrenees. The country has two main skiing areas, Grandvalira and Vallnord, each of which can be broken down into several resorts and sub-areas.

  

Grandvalira

Located in the eastern valley of the country, Grandvalira is the bigger of Andorra’s two ski areas with 210 km of ski runs. It’s also the most popular, especially among more experienced skiers due to its relatively high proportion of red and black runs.

There are three terrain parks for snowboarders to explore - El Tarter, Xavi and Sunset Park Peretol. El Tarter is ideal for experienced snowboarders, while Xavi is mainly for beginners and intermediates and Sunset Park Peretol is for all abilities.

 

  • Soldeu - This is the most popular resort in Grandvalira and is especially ideal for beginners and intermediate skiers. The slopes comprise a mixture of open runs on the mountainside and more sheltered wooded runs which are best for experienced skiers. The Avet slope has previously hosted alpine World Cup races.
  • Pas de la Casa - Located close to the border with France, this large resort is ideal for skiers looking for a lively apres-ski and nightlife. The ski slopes are fairly evenly distributed across green, blue, red and black gradings, ensuring there’s something for everyone.
  • Grau Roig - This is the only area of Grandvalira that doesn’t have a village - it’s all about the skiing here, making for some amazing views of the unspoilt mountainscape. The resort is just as good for families and beginners as it is for more experienced skiers. There are also off-piste opportunities here.
  • El Tarter - This compact village can be found around 1.5 km from Soldeu. The resort isn’t quite as lively as Soldeu or Pas de la Casa, making it perfect for families or anyone simply looking for a peaceful ski holiday in Andorra. However, the presence of the El Tarter snow park means snowboarders will liven up the evenings! A gondola and chairlift offer access to the slopes, and the Encamp freeride area has some off-piste skiing.
  • Encamp - This is another low key resort ideal for a quiet ski trip and is the first resort most people will come to when visiting Grandvalira. It is just 5 km from the shops of Andorra-la-Vella and Escaldes-Engordany and skiers can get to the highest point in the area, Solanelles, by taking the Funicamp cable car.
  • Canillo - Canillo is the perfect place to stay for beginners and families. This small village offers access to a high number of gentle runs and is relatively uncrowded. It’s possible to get to the Forn de Canillo valley, a lovely area of natural beauty, via a gondola.

  

Vallnord

 

Vallnord in Andorra’s northernmost valleys (Ordino and La Massana) has around 93 km of slopes and is particularly suitable for families, beginners and intermediate skiers. It also offers an extensive list of non-ski activities such as speed riding and ice karting.

 

There are two snowparks for snowboarders - Arinsal and Arcalis. Both offer plenty to do for snowboarders of all abilities, with Arcalis providing the best snow overall.

 

  • Arcalis - Arcalis is a north-facing resort within Vallnord, meaning it has excellent snow. There are 30 km of slopes here made up of 7 green, 6 blue, 10 red and 2 black runs. There’s also a freestyle area, a woodpark, a boardercross and a children’s circuit. Highlights include the 8 km Megaverde run for beginners and the themed circuits in the family park.
  • Arinsal - Arinsal shares a ski area (63 km of pistes) with Pal and offers the run with the biggest altitude difference in Andorra, the Marrades, which sees skiers descend more than 1 km. Arinsal is particularly good for freeriders, especially the steep slopes of Capa, and the nightlife is decent.
  • Pal - This family-friendly resort offers some great views and plenty of activities for everyone. The slopes are tree-lined and picturesque. Generally speaking, Pal is worth visiting once you’ve mastered the slopes of Arinsal, although there aren’t as many black runs at Pal as at Arinsal.
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