Ski the Pyrenees peaks in Andorra, a small principality between Spain and France. Andorra’s ski resorts are classified as some of Europe’s finest ski teaching resorts. And the diverse slopes, quality housing and great value make it a excellent family choice. Groups flock for the vibrant nightlife here too–which costs much less than in the Alps.
Grandvalira is the largest ski area in the country, linking the Pas de la Casa party hotspot and the luxurious Soldeu with 210 km of piste. From each resort, a central lift goes up to the spread of wide blues and reds, reaching over 2,600 m. Even the beginner areas are up high, so you can ski with great snow and views from the start. You can loop gentle runs on the Arinsal peak in the 93 km Vallnord region and then catch the lift to Pal, a larger tree-lined mountain with slopes.
Skiing in Andorra is a mix of open and tree-lined runs across two areas. Beginners can try out long, wide blues, while intermediates explore steeper reds and blacks around Pas de la Casa and Soldeu.
English-speaking, BASI-approved ski instructors make Andorra one of the best places in Europe to learn to ski or board. And lessons are great value compared to a lot of other countries.
Most people head out after dinner here, hopping from pub to club and keeping the atmosphere buzzing until dawn. Or you can look out for tucked-away bars and relax over wine and tapas.
Where to go in Andorra
Best family ski resorts
Soldeu’s four and five-star hotels tempt in families with kids’ clubs, pools and spas. And the resort’s small size means everything is within easy reach.
Best nightlife ski resorts
Pas de la Casa is Andorra’s party capital. After sunset, make a beeline for Bar Street and dance the night away to the resident DJs.
Best beginner ski resorts
Beginners can ski tame blues in Arinsal and Soldeu. They all lead back to the main gondolas so it’s simple to find your way around.
Best snowboarding resorts
Pas de la Casa has three snow parks and some excellent terrain for freeriding. There aren’t too many drag lifts to contend with either.