Skiing in Andorra
Andorra is often overlooked as a ski destination. The tiny landlocked Pyrenean country between France and Spain is compacted into a pocket-sized winter wonderland and winter sports playground. If you’ve been to Andorra, there’s no doubt you love it and if you haven’t been, what are you waiting for?
Andorra was once known as a budget destination, popular amongst the stag and hen party crowds. However, you may (or may not) be happy to know that Andorra has done a brilliant job as reinventing its reputation for having high-quality accommodation, great food and resort infrastructure to match some of the very best resorts in Europe. All this and Andorra is still an absolute bargain, what is not to love?
The party hasn’t left Andorra altogether, if you’re looking for a rowdy ski resort, you can make your way to Pas de la Casa and Arinsal. Andorra’s main resorts include; Soldeu, Pas de la Casa and Canillo, linked together in an area known as Grandvalira.
First and foremost, the skiing…
Grandavalira is without a doubt a haven for piste lovers. This Andorran ski area is home to over 200km of ski runs. If you’re looking for some excellent red and black runs, get yourself up to Coll Blanc and all the way down the Pas de la Casa. Alternatively, you can head to the famous World Championships Skiing Riveral slope down to Grau Roig. Red and blues can be found all over the place, but some recommended runs are from Cortals via the Solanelles Chair to Grau Roig
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Steep chutes and wide-open bowls are what you can look forward to in Andorra’s ski resorts. We’d seriously recommend you try the La Portella Arcalis slope, which was used for the World Freeride Tour Competition. Where to start? Head to the north-facing dedicated freeride zones down to La Coma at 2,200m. If you’re looking for one of the best runs around, get yourself to the top of Creussans quad chair, then ride all the way back off-piste to L’Hortell.
Apres Ski in Andorra…
If you find yourself in Soldeu, then Fat Albert’s is the place to go for live music straight off the slopes, The Harp is brilliant too. If you’re looking for a heavy night and waving a trip up the first lifts the next day goodbye, then get yourself to Pussycats, where good vibes and music trail into the early hours.
Andorra Ski Resort Opening Dates
- Grandvalira – 2nd December 2017 – 8th April 2018
- Ordino – 1st December 2017 – 8th April 2018
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Where to Fly to?
- Andorra La Vella – Barcelona, Toulouse and Girona Airports.
- Canillo – Barcelona, Toulouse and Girona Airports.
- Ordino – Barcelona, Toulouse and Girona Airports.
- Pas de la Casa – Barcelona, Toulouse and Girona Airports.
- Soldeu – Barcelona, Toulouse and Girona Airports.