Andorra’s ski resorts sit on the Pyrenees between France and Spain and are divided into two main ski areas: Grandvalira and Vallnord.
Grandvalira is the biggest area at 210km. It was formed when the resorts of Pas de la Casa - Grau Roig and Soldeu - El Tarter were joined together. The highest resort in the country, with the best snow, sunshine and après, Pas de la Casa is easily the most popular place to ski - a magnet for those who like to ski hard and party even harder without paying the prices you’d find in France and Italy. The majority of the resort is only a few minutes from the slopes, which means that wherever you’re staying you’ll be able to ski straight to the bars at the end of the day and potter home in your ski boots afterwards.
Families from all over Europe ski in Andorra for its world-famous tuition as well as excellent beginner and intermediate terrain. Sharing Pas de la Casa’s ski area but offering a more family orientated vibe is Soldeu – a superb option for half term ski holidays as they’re so much cheaper than anywhere in the Alps. The nursery area in Espiolets is huge and the Snowpark in sister village El Tarter is one of the best in the country, which means all ages are well catered for.
With around 100km of piste, Vallnord makes up the rest of Andorra’s skiing and was born after the joining of Arinsal, Pal, and Arcalis. Cosy Arinsal is a Brit favourite, with a lively atmosphere and fantastic intermediate terrain making it ideal for groups and top quality tuition and nursery slopes catering brilliantly for families too. The freeriding at Arcalis is the best in the Pyrenees, and after a decent dump it’s easy to forget that you’re not in the Alps.
Andorra is a tiny country situated on the border between France & Spain. The skiing here all takes place in the Eastern Pyrenees mountain range. Skiing in Andorra is generally more reasonable than resorts in the Alps making it a top choice for a great-value ski trip.
If you’re looking to get away skiing for the first time, then Arinsal in Andorra is the perfect place to go. Over 50% of the 90km+ of runs here are graded blue which is ideal for getting those first turns in. It’s much smaller than other resorts in Andorra, such as Pas de la Casa, so the majority of the clientele are beginner to intermediate skiers or snowboarders.
The ski season in Andorra usually starts in early to mid-December running through to the middle of April (conditions permitting). Andorra is more southern than the resorts across the Alps, meaning the temperature tends to be warmer.
There are two ski areas in Andorra with nine ski resorts within them. There is the Grandvalira ski area – the largest of the areas comprising of Pas de la Casa, Soldeu, El Tarter, Canillo, Encamp and Grau Roig. The other ski area is called Vallnord. This area is made up of Arinsal, Pal and Arcalis. Although Arcalis is technically part of the Vallnord ski area, it is not connected by any ski lifts and takes around an hour by bus to get there.
It depends what you’re looking for, but if you’re after a larger resort with a great atmosphere around the town and plenty of skiing, then Pas de la Casa is the place to go in Andorra. With over 210km of skiing, it is the largest ski area in Andorra with a variety of different terrain for all abilities. Over 50% of the runs are graded as blue with the rest of the runs made up of red and black runs.
Grau Roig, a small village between Soldeu (1800m) and Pas de la Casa (2100m) in the Grandvalira ski area, is the highest altitude ski resort in Andorra at 2120m. Generally, Andorra gets less snowfall than resorts across the Alps, but by heading to Grau Roig or Pas de la Casa will give yourself the best chance of early season skiing in Andorra.
Soldeu is the perfect place to go if you want to get away to Andorra in January. It has an amazing snow history, and there’ll be a great snow base come the new year. Even in dry years, it has fantastic snowmaking facilities to keep pistes in good condition.
Look no further than Arinsal for your February ski holiday in Andorra. Part of the Vallnord ski area, it is smaller and quieter than the resorts within the Grandvalira ski area. It’s the perfect place to go if you’re looking to get away with young kids – it’s very family-friendly, and you won’t find a crazy après ski atmosphere here.
El Tarter is a great resort for spring skiing in Andorra. The resort is in the valley at the height of 1700m, next to Soldeu, and most of the pistes start from 2100m or higher meaning the piste stay firm for most of the day.
Pas de la Casa is the best resort in Andorra if you’re looking to get a last ski trip of the season squeezed in. The resort sits at 2100m – one of the highest in Andorra! The ski lifts go up to 2640m in the Granvalira ski area. It also gets the sunniest days in the principality making it the perfect resort to stop for a drink in the sun after a days skiing
|Property||Resort||Price (per person)|
|Diana Parc & Spa Hotel||Arinsal||£ 769|
|Hotel Euro Ski (El Tarter)||Soldeu and El Tarter||£ 519|
|Hotel Magic||Pas De La Casa||£ 539|
|Apart Hotel Alaska||Pas De La Casa||£ 429|
|Hotel Himalaia||Soldeu and El Tarter||£ 559|
|Hotel Grand Pas||Pas De La Casa||£ 530|
|Hotel Piolets||Soldeu and El Tarter||£ 599|
|Hotel Font D’Argent||Pas De La Casa||£ 609|
|Hotel Princesa Parc & Spa||Arinsal||£ 709|
|Hotel Magic Ski||Arinsal||£ 509|