The Andorra ski resorts ring in close to the top of the majority of global alpine destinations’ lists. This is well deserved considering that Andorra features a wide range of impressive runs, plenty of modern facilities, and all amenities you may need after donning your ski jacket.
Andorra has reliably snowy slopes and sunny skies. The skiing destination has 300 days of sunshine every year.
If you intend to visit Andorra with your all-mountain skis, you may want to know which Andorra ski resorts offer the best experience. To make skiing in Andorra enjoyable for you, we will show you the ski resorts you should visit after packing your ski gear.
Where to Go Skiing in Andorra
In the heart of the Andorran Pyrenees, sits Canillo, which is part of the Grandvalira ski area. Although the ski resort sits at an altitude of only 1530 meters, one of the 66 lifts serving the Grandvalira ski area can take you to the highest altitude of 2,465 meters.
At Canillo, it is just impossible to get bored. The ski resort gives you access to more than 192 kilometers of downhill skiing and more than 286 pistes.
Looking for an ideal place to ski with your kids in Andorra? No problem, Canillo has got you covered. The ski slopes present on the Canillo sector are not just ideal for adults who are looking for initial contact with the snow, they are also ideal for kids.
Why We Love Canillo
- It has a great ski lift infrastructure.
- The ski resort accommodates family skiing.
- Hectic traffic rush is non-existent.
- The ski slopes are ideal for beginners and intermediate skiers.
2. Soldeu and El Tarter
Soldeu and El Tarter are 2 small villages located in the Pyrenees Mountains. Soldeu is the bigger and livelier of the 2 villages, with El Tarter featuring a more traditional feel. Although just around the corner from the lively Pas de la Casa, a more family-friendly and relaxed vibe exists in both villages.
The resorts present themselves as ideal alternatives to the higher alpine resorts and we find it hard to disagree. Featuring more than 200 kilometers of slopes, a blossoming reputation for freeriding and freestyle, and a wide array of off-slope activities, Soldeu and El Tarter offer more than enough to keep everyone entertained.
If you are a beginning skier, a visit to the villages may be a good idea – 53% of the ski runs are ideal for the less experienced snow hobbyists. 21% and 25% of the ski runs are ideal for the intermediate and advanced skiers respectively.
Why We Love Soldeu and El Tarter
- Efficient lift system.
- Amazing nightlife options.
- No huge crowds.
- Ski schools feature English instructors.
3. Pas de la Casa /Grau Roig
Probably best known for the long sunny days and the après ski culture, Pas de la Casa is the liveliest resort for skiing in Andorra.
The first ski lift was installed back in 1956 and the ski resort has been growing ever since. The Grau Roig village was soon incorporated into the Pas de la Casa ski area. When these ski resorts joined forces with the Soldeu-el Tarter back in 2003, they became the Grandvalira, the biggest ski area you will find in the Pyrenees.
Pas de la Casa has a great selection of ski runs, ideal for everyone. If you visit the ski resort with your ski helmet and ski pants, you will have access to 210 kilometers of ski slopes served by 64 modern lifts. The lifts are capable of whisking 100,700 snow hobbyists up to the slopes each hour.
If you have invested in kids winter safety gear, do not leave your kids behind when heading to Pas de la Casa. Three perfectly maintained snow parks, 3 snow circuits, and a permanent boardercross course should keep the kids entertained.
Why We Love Pas de la Casa / Grau Roig
- State of the art snowmaking.
- Modern ski lifts.
- Good snow quantity and quality for an extended period.
4. La Massana
Part of the 63 kilometers Vallnord ski area, La Massana is one of the most popular Andorra ski resorts, offering a gondola right in the middle of the town. Mount Comapedrosa, the highest mountain in Andorra, looms over the La Massana ski resort from a heady 2942 meters – looking down on the town’s mix of pretty Romanesque churches and modern builds.
The ski resort features a top altitude of 2560 meters and bottom altitude of 1550 meters. Between these altitudes, 21 beginner runs, 17 intermediate runs and 4 advanced runs keep skiers busy.
Holidays in the La Massana ski resort are less lively, compared to Arinsal. This makes the destination ideal for families who want to ski during the day and relax in the evening. This, however, is not to say that nothing goes on in La Massana – you should be able to find a terrific collection of shops and museums. Andorra La Vella, the country’s capital is only 6 kilometers away – you can visit the town for the incredible Caldea spa and duty-free shopping galore.
Why We Love La Massana
- You can get free lift passes for children aged 15 and below.
- The atmosphere is relaxed.
- Fewer crowds than other resorts.
- High-quality accommodations.
- Good selection of amenities and shops.
Shedding the reputation as one of the most cheerful and cheap Andorra ski resorts, Pal-Arinsal is ideal for all types of skiers. Traditionally separate villages, Pal and Arinsal have combined with La Massa (via a gondola), and the nearby Arcalis region to form the larger Vallnord ski area.
52% of the ski runs available in the ski area cater to the needs of beginners, 39% of the runs are ideal for the intermediate skiers, while 9% are perfect for the advanced skiers. The runs lie between 1,550 meters and 2,625 meters above the sea level.
Similar to La Massana, Pal-Arinsal is just up the road from Andorra’s capital. If you fancy a break from the slopes, you can visit the Andorra La Vella cut-price designer boutiques which are just 15 minutes from the resort.
Why We Love Pal-Arinsal
- Arinsal is a ski-in, ski-out resort.
- Numerous snow sports exist in Pal.
- Runs ideal for every skier are available.
6. Vallnord Arcalis
When it comes to skiing in Andorra, Arcalis is a hidden jewel, offering a dizzying variety of both on- and off-piste skiing. With the highest lifts and ski slopes lying at 2,620 meters above the sea level, the resort is always snow sure.
Arcalis takes care of all skiers, irrespective of their level of experience. The resort features 6 green runs, 8 blue runs, 9 black diamond runs, and 2 double-black diamond runs. The slopes ideal for downhill skiing amount to 26 kilometers.
For people who would like to explore unposted runs for the first time, Arcalis is an ideal destination. The ski resort features 2 freeride areas. Being controlled off-piste areas, they are ideal for beginners.
Why We Love Arcalis
- It is home to Mega Verde – an 8-kilometer green run that winds gently from the top of the ski resort to the bottom.
- The resort has a great ski school.
- Arcalis park is ideal for kids.
- Better snow conditions than Arinsal.
Grandvalira is basically what one can call a mountain paradise. It features the biggest area for skiing in Andorra. The area encompasses 4 Andorran Ski Resorts – Soldeu /El Tarter, Pas de la Casa / Grau Roig, Encamp, and Canillo. The 4 resorts feature a combined total of approximately 192 kilometers of downhill skiing.
With the 66 ski lifts serving the ski area going up to a height of 2,640 meters, skiing back to the ski resort, which lies at 1,710 meters, is effortless.
Your skiing experience won’t keep you from having a great time at Grandvalira. 16% of the ski runs are perfect for absolute beginners, 37% for intermediate skiers, 30% for the advanced skier, and 17% for the experts. Although the area features 276 hectares of snowmaking, it has 1926 hectares of skiable terrain.
Why We Love Grandvalira
- The resort is well-equipped.
- The resort gives you access to a wide range of ski areas.
- Family accommodation is available.
- Pistes for all types of skiers are available.
Featuring 29 green pistes, 23 blue pistes, and 11 red pistes, Encamp allows beginning to intermediate skiers to have a time of their life after putting on their ski boots and ski bindings. The absence of black runs makes Encamp less than ideal for advanced and expert skiers.
You won’t have to worry about dealing with huge ski lines at Encamp. The ski area is served by 29 lifts, capable of whisking thousands of skiers to the maximum height of 2,600 meters each hour.
Why We Love Encamp
- It is served by an ideal number of ski lifts.
- Skiing is possible throughout the season.
- The right lift pass should allow you to access other ski areas present in the Grandvalira region.
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If you intend to go skiing in Andorra, you should find the Andorra ski resorts outlined in this article interesting. The ski resorts feature modern infrastructure and great runs for everyone, irrespective of their skiing experience. If you will be taking your family with you, you should be able to find laid back ski resorts where you can spend time with your kids.
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