Andorra is tiny country high up in the Pyrenees Mountains between France and Spain that is gaining a good reputation for its ski resorts, superb skiing conditions and lively après-ski options. Further, in order to promote their country as a ski vacation destination, most of the resorts are upgrading their lift systems. These resorts are cheaper than their counterparts in the Alps, though there are few cultural pretensions.
The resorts are remarkably similar and lack the character of Alpine resorts, but Andorra is great place to combine hiking and skiing and to pick up duty-free goods. Andorra also has excellent ski schools with English speaking skiing instructors. Furthermore, because Andorra is cheaper than many western European ski resorts it attracts a young, fun loving crowd, so the après-ski is very vibrant.
Snowboarding is very popular here and most resorts have fun-parks and half-pipes. Many resorts are installing more chairs and gondolas which will help attract skiers. Snowmaking facilities ensure good snow all through the season.
Pal and Arinsal are two villages that form a part of a single ski resort. Located is north of the capital, La Vella you will find some of the most varied skiing in Andorra. Ordino – Arcalis, located in a scenic protected area on the southern slopes of the Pyrenees, in the northwestern region of Andorra, has a long winter with high quality snow.
Grau Roig ski resort is great for young people on a tight budget. The resort is nestled in the east, on the French/Andorran border and offers over a hundred kilometers of pistes in the linked areas of Grau Roig and Soldeu. The resort is most popular with snowboarders, as the slopes are perfect for cruising. It is a lively unpretentious little village with an excellent ski school. Soldeu – El-Tarter resort is one of the most popular resorts in the area, catering mainly to beginners and early intermediates.