Skiing Andorra

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Andorra is a mountainous skiing utopia in the Pyrenees
Andorra is a mountainous skiing utopia in the Pyrenees
Time it right & you may ski delightful powder in Andorra
Time it right & you may ski delightful powder in Andorra
Ordino Arcalis ski resort is the freeride centre of Andorra for good reason
Ordino Arcalis ski resort is the freeride centre of Andorra for good reason
Grandvalira ski resort is the largest in Andorra providing vast, uncrowded skiing
Grandvalira ski resort is the largest in Andorra providing vast, uncrowded skiing
Access to the ski slopes in Andorra is superb from resort villages like Soldeu
Access to the ski slopes in Andorra is superb from resort villages like Soldeu
Early birds will enjoy skiing Andorra
Early birds will enjoy skiing Andorra's deserted slopes
Ski Andorra at the expansive Grandvalira resort
Ski Andorra at the expansive Grandvalira resort
Andorra
Andorra's third ski resort is Pal-Arinsal
Skiing the
Skiing the 'O' at Ordino Arcalis is an Andorran skiers' right of passage
Andorra has numerous wonderful mountain restaurants & bars
Andorra has numerous wonderful mountain restaurants & bars
Lamb shoulder & duck at La Coma restaurant Ordino Arcalis is sublime
Lamb shoulder & duck at La Coma restaurant Ordino Arcalis is sublime
Grau Roig
Grau Roig's 2100m altitude in Grandvalira guarantees premium snow coverage
Pal & Arinsal ski areas are interconnected by cable car
Pal & Arinsal ski areas are interconnected by cable car
Check out the varied ski terrain in Andorra
Check out the varied ski terrain in Andorra
Apres ski can be fun (& cheap!) on the slopes of Andorran resorts like Ordino Arcalis
Apres ski can be fun (& cheap!) on the slopes of Andorran resorts like Ordino Arcalis
Andorra has duty free shopping that must be seen to be believed!
Andorra has duty free shopping that must be seen to be believed!
Getting to Andorran ski resorts is easy via lifts like the Funicamp gondola in Encamp
Getting to Andorran ski resorts is easy via lifts like the Funicamp gondola in Encamp
Winter driving to Andorra from Spain may not be in snow (here overlooking La Massana)
Winter driving to Andorra from Spain may not be in snow (here overlooking La Massana)
Winter driving to Andorra via France & Pas de la Casa will definitely be in snow
Winter driving to Andorra via France & Pas de la Casa will definitely be in snow
Check the conditions & when good, go ski Andorra - a utopian fantasyland
Check the conditions & when good, go ski Andorra - a utopian fantasyland

Skiing Andorra

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Andorra Ski Resorts

Grandvalira
Ordino Arcalis
Pal Arinsal

    Grandvalira Ski Trail & Piste Map
  • Grandvalira Ski Trail Map

  • Vallnord - Pal Arinsal Ski Trail & Piste Map
  • Pal Arinsal Ski Trail Map

  •  Vallnord – Ordino Arcalis Ski Trail & Piste Map
  • Ordino Arcalis Trail Map
  • Vertical (m)
    All Andorra Ski Resorts
    1,550m – 2,640m (1,090m)
  • Average Snow Fall
    5m+
  • Lifts (112)
    7 Gondolas/cable cars/funicular
    46 Chairlifts
  • Opening Dates & Times
    Dec to end April
    8:30am - 4:30pm
  • Terrain Summary
    Runs – 317km
    Longest run – 10km
    Advanced - 18%
    Intermediate - 30%
    Beginner - 52%
  • Lift Pass Price
    Day Ticket 20/21
    Adult - €35.50 to 52
    Child - €30.20 to 35.50
    Child u/6yr - Free

Ski Andorra

Andorra is a duty-free, winter ski haven nestled in the Pyrenees between Spain & France. With an average elevation of 1900m, the small principality relies heavily on its mountains and hence skiing to enable its tourist economy.

Andorra presents as a low key, low cost tourist friendly ski destination with an interesting combination of over 300km of piste trails, modern lifts & extensive freeride terrain spread over 3 different ski resorts.

Andorra Ski Resorts

Andorra has only three ski areas, Grandvalira, Ordino Arcalis & Pal-Arinsal. All are expansive & provide a world class ski experience.

Grandvalira ski resort is the largest in the Pyrenees & combines six base areas to occupy most of the southeast corner of Andorra. With over 210km of trails and a longest run of just under 7km, Grandvalira is a large ski resort by world standards but lacks the diversity of terrain to match its lofty expectations. It is very much a beginner & intermediate ski resort but there are a few quality advanced pistes & off-piste freeride options for the adventurous. The village base areas range in elevation from 1,300 to 2,120m elevation and include Encamp, Canillo, El Tarter, Soldeu, Grau Roig & Pas de la Casa.  Several excellent ski-in ski-out hotels exist in Soldeu, El Tarter & Grau Roig. Pas de la casa will appeal to some for its high alpine location and ease of access to the lifts & entertainment. Grandvalira ski passes are now valid in Ordino Arcalis.

The intriguing Ordino Arcalis is relatively small inbounds, with only 5 chairlifts/gondola & 30km of piste trails on nearly 700m of skiable vertical. However, the ski area is better known for its wide-ranging & fun off-piste, freeride & ski touring terrain than its inbounds offerings. The Powderhounds enjoyed a wonderful, if frenzied, powder day at Ordino Arcalis, plus one of the best on-mountain dining experiences we have ever had!

The ski area Pal Arinsal (a.k.a. Vallnord) comprises two separate sectors connected by a cable car & covering over 63km of piste trails on 1000m of skiable vertical. The closest ski resort to the capital Andorra-la-Vella, Pal Arinsal also sits below the highest peak in Andorra, Pic de Coma Pedrosa (2,943m). Super convenient access to the Pal sector is via a gondola in the centre of Andorra's second largest town, La Massana – much to bemusement of the locals.

Travel to Andorra Ski Resorts?

The Andorran capital, Andorra la Vella, is a 3hr drive (210km) north of Barcelona Spain, and a similar distance south of Toulouse France.

The miniscule size of Andorra creates a perfect ski nation. Access lifts for both major ski resorts are a paltry distance from the centre of Andorra la Vella. The Vallnord resort gondola for the Pal sector leaves from La Massana 5km north of the capital, whilst the lengthy gondola from the town of Encamp to the Grandvalira ski resort is only 7km to the west.

Andorra’s mountain location precludes having an airport, so most visitors come into the country via the closest major airports at Barcelona (BCN) or Toulouse (TLS). Driving to Andorra from France via Ax Les Thermes can be nightmarish when the road is ice covered. We recommend Barcelona as the best flight point of entry to get to Andorra via Spain but note rental cars at Barcelona only come with snow chains on request - they have no AWD, 4WD or winterised vehicles.

Similarly, railway does not penetrate its borders. A railway station at L'Hospitalet-près-l'Andorre in France is only 12km from Andorra via the mountain pass at Pas de la Casa. The village at Pas de la Casa is conveniently the eastern base area of the Grandvalira ski resort. The L'Hospitalet-près-l'Andorre station provides the best rail access to Andorra.

Groups of skiers will probably find a private shuttle transfer better value (cost/time) than a bus when transferring to Andorra from either France or Spain. A range of vehicles can get even the largest groups & their ski gear into Andorra quickly & efficiently.

Search & book all private transfers to Andorra here.

Regular bus services from the airports and railway station connect Andorra to the rest of the Europe. There are some good value bus ticket options particularly from Barcelona, but the reality they are difficult to manage.

Search & book Barcelona to Andorra bus tickets.

Andorra Accommodation

Decisions about where to stay when skiing Andorra largely revolve around two questions, near the ski lifts or in the capital?

The capital Andorra la Vella is midway between both the major ski areas and is a convenient base if intending to do an Andorran ski safari.

Search & book all Andorra la Vella Accommodation.

If deciding against staying in the capital, the ski resorts of Pal Arinsal, Ordino Arcalis & Grandvalira have a feast of hotels & apartment options.

Reasons to Ski Andorra

Andorra provides a diverse ski experience in a compact, tourist friendly area at fabulous prices. The snow in Andorra can be good when the Alps is struggling, but it is always worth checking out the forecast & reports before heading there. If the snow isn't great you can always go shopping tax free and spend all the money you saved on coming to this excellent value skiing destination.

Reviews

The Powderhounds visited Andorra in 2020. We had a confuzzling experience in a place that is an absolute utopian fantasyland. Would you like a complimentary hip flask of vodka with that! Read our reviews of each Andorran ski resort via the relevant overview pages.

See how Andorran ski resorts compare to the rest of the European ski areas on the Europe ski resort ratings page.

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