Skiing in Andorra: 3 resorts, 3 styles
Moving to Andorra brings countless benefits and pleasures (living conditions, profitable shopping, culture, etc.), including those of snow when the winter is approaching. The Principality is a mountainous country that has a great area for all possible activities around winter sports. Here is a quick overview of the many assets offered by the 3 ski resorts in Andorra: Grandvalira, Vallnord and La Rabassa.
The Andorran ski resort Grandvalira, the largest area of the Pyrenees
Probably the best known in the Principality, and among the most popular in the Pyrenees, the Andorran ski resort Grandvalira unveils a large ski area with more than 200 km of marked trails of all levels and many lifts, all-inclusive between the altitudes of 1,710 and 2,740 meters!
It is subdivided into several areas: Pas de la Casa / Grau Roig, Soldeu / El Tarter and Encamp / Canillo. The proposed activities offer a wide variety:
- alpine skiing ;
- snow tubing;
Pas de la Casa - Grau Roig
At more than 2,000 meters above sea level, the Pas de la Casa and Grau Roig area is easily accessible from France. It is right after the border and offers around 100 km of snow-covered trails until April.
A trendy and dynamic ski resort in Andorra
Well known for its very advantageous shopping conditions, the village of Pas de la Casa is also famous for its cultural traditions as well as for its lively nightlife (pubs, nightclubs) which seduces tourists, youth of the country and expatriates of Andorra.
On the ski side, the conditions are just perfect! Special mention at the freeride area of Sunset Park Peretol, Grau Roig, which attracts fans of fun and new sensations.
Soldeu - El Tarter
The typical villages Soldeu and El Tarter are often considered the capital of skiing in Andorra. All alpine skiing activities are possible on the 92 km of slopes of the domain. The hotel offers and the dining options are excellent and consistent.
The Soldeu boarder-cross is also very attractive, while the youngest can enjoy the snow garden and Bababoom Circus in El Tarter. An ideal place for families who have made the choice of moving to Andorra.
Encamp - Canillo
The Andorran ski resort Grandvalira is also accessible from the parish Encamp, which is right next to the Principality’s capital, Andorra la Vella.
The Funicamp, an impressive 6 km funicular, one of the longest in Europe, connects the village Encamp with the slopes of the Solanelles spot, whose average altitude above 1,500 meters guarantees good snow conditions. The view of the estate is fantastic.
Fun practices and childcare
Note that the Encamp area and its snowpark are the essential meeting place for snowboarders from all walks of life.
In the area of Canillo, at Mont-Magic, children will be able to learn to ski on a snow circuit adapted to their level.
Vallnord, a change of scenery with family and sumptuous landscapes appreciated by many expats in Andorra
The ski resort Vallnord, located in the North-West of Andorra, is composed of the very famous sectors of Pal-Arinsal and Ordino-Arcalis. They offer more than 100 km of tracks accessible from the very pretty and very quiet parish La Massana, less than 10 km away from Andorra la Vella.
Pal - Arinsal
In Pal-Arinsal, the popular Andorran ski resort, many hobbies and practices related to the snow are possible:
- FIS labeled slalom racing tracks;
- areas dedicated to freestyle;
- DH, XC, Four Cross, Pump Track circuits;
- snow tricycle (trikke ski);
The resort has more than 40 tracks over a vertical drop of more than 1,000 meters (1,550 m to 2,560 m). Strong sensations are guaranteed! The network of lifts, chairlifts and snowguns is at a high level.
The Andorran ski resort Ordino-Arcalis, paradise of freeride
Do you want to go to ski in Andorra in one of the favorite places of locals and regulars? Welcome to Ordino-Arcalis! Alpine skiing occupies a prominent place, as many international competitions take place there.
Above all, the places are very famous for the freeride and off-piste skiing conditions they offer. Going down the sunny slopes in a virgin powder of any trace, in the heart of sumptuous panoramas: Ordino-Arcalis, it’s all at once!
La Rabassa, for cross-country skiing and adventure!
Nature in all its splendor
Our overview of the 3 ski resorts of Andorra ends with La Rabassa, nestled in a preserved and grandiose area in the southern part of the Principality.
Many locals and the expats of Andorra have their sport habits, especially those who enjoy Nordic skiing. On the territory, it is indeed in La Rabassa where you can improve your technique, in classic style or skating, while enjoying beautiful walks in the forest between 1,600 and 2,000 meters above sea level.
Naturlandia: joy for all ages, tourists, locals and expats of Andorra!
The Andorran ski resort of La Rabassa is also inseparable from the famous Naturlandia adventure park (ideal for a successful family day), especially known for its Tobotronc, a slide of more than 5 km long laid on rails. The descent is breathtaking, hang in there!
That is all about 3 ski resorts of Andorra! In addition, if you consider moving to Andorra, do not hesitate to contact Set Up, Private Concierge specialized in expatriation in Andorra. We can also advise you on the search for accommodation or the advantageous status of residents, corporate taxation, etc. See you soon in Andorra!