December 4, 2021

Skiing In Andorra

snowy glacier

Skiing in Andorra offers excellent ski options away from the more crowded slopes of traditional Alps ski resorts. Andorra is an autonomous principality in the Pyrenees Mountains, sandwiched between France and Spain. Andorra is known for its duty-free shopping, making it an ideal holiday destination for those looking for bargains.

In the Grandvalira ski area, choose from the party resort of Pas de la Casa and the family-friendly resorts of Soldeu and El Tarter, or the smaller and relaxing resort of Arinsal in the Vallnord ski area. Andorra makes a welcome change from skiing in the most exclusive ski resorts in Europe.

Best ski holidays in Andorra
Andorra provides a range of affordable vacations in resorts that will cater to all, including families and groups of friends looking for a fun nightlife experience.

Best for snow-sure slopes
The ski resorts of Pas de la Casa and Soldeu, located at altitudes of over 2,000 metres, are the most snow-sure, with Pas de la Casa being the highest at 2,050 metres.

Lift passes in Andorra
You can pre-book local or area passes and inquire about rates and packages. Area lift passes give you unlimited access to all of the resorts that are connected.

Best for families
Families will enjoy Arinsal, Soldeu, and El Tarter since there are various family-friendly hotels and fun events like dog sledding to keep the entire family entertained!

Best for groups
Soldeu is a perfect all-around resort for groups, with a variety of runs to fit all abilities. Arinsal is also a large resort, but it is not a party town, so if your group wants that, Pas de la Casa is the best choice.

Skiing in Andorra
Andorra has undergone significant transformation in recent years, with millions of euros invested in building the new and expansive ski areas that exist today. It has become popular to the point that it is now the fourth largest British skiers market. Andorra was once known for its “cheap and cheerful” ski vacations. With new hotels, renovated accommodations, improved ski infrastructure, and modern snow-making facilities, the country now provide a higher skiing level.

But Andorra’s tax haven isn’t its only selling point: it’s the first country outside of the Alps to offer comprehensive skiing, with over 200 kilometres of pistes. The ski resorts are primarily built for beginners and intermediates, with significant slopes above the tree line and excellent lift infrastructure.

Snow conditions in Andorra
Andorra’s snow record is excellent; most of the resorts outperform some of our favourite French ski resorts, with the majority of its slopes exceeding 1800 metres.

While there has been a lot of investment in snow-making facilities, we would suggest testing the snow conditions before going. This means snow on more than 60% of the ski area in Grandvalira.

Après-ski in Andorra
If you want a ski vacation with a vibrant après-ski scene but don’t want to pay the prices in an exclusive French resort, look no further. There is a great après ski environment, with Soldeu and Pas de la Casa being the most famous Andorran resorts.

On the slopes, you’ll find a wide range of mountain bars, from pop-up bars playing Balearic music to fast service restaurants where you can grab a quick snack and relax on the terrace before getting back on the slopes. There are various choices for a cocktail after a long day at the casino, as well as a place to party until the wee hours of the morning. Underground and Paddy’s Irish pub, both in the Pas de la Casa, are perfect places for après-ski and nightlife.

Transfer times in Andorra
All resorts in Andorra are accessible through the airports of Lleida Alguaire, Toulouse, and Barcelona. Transfer times range from two to three and a half hours.