Imagine an endless layer of white in an incredible setting, with excellent skiing conditions, in which snow sports are found in every nook and cranny. Stop imagining it: Come to Andorra.
Andorra has become a paradise for ski lovers
There are two large domains, Grandvalira and Vallnord, which between them have more than 300 km of skiable slopes. These slopes also offer varied, top-quality services adapted to all preferences and ages, whether aimed at fanatics of snow sports or at those who wish to enjoy the snow and the mountains without having to put on any ski boots.
In recent years, Andorra has taken a qualitative leap ahead in promoting skiing, by successfully organising top-level sporting events. European or World Cups in diverse modalities, both in Vallnord as well as in Grandvalira, with great media repercussion, are a good example of this.
The effort, the dedication and the enthusiasm of the Andorran people has meant that over the last 50 years, we have perfected all the services related to snow and skiing. Today, Andorra is an ideal destination for those looking for their dream holiday in the snow.
Grandvalira: More than 200 km of slopes
Grandvalira is the largest ski resort in the Pyrenees and in the south of Europe, with 118 slopes of all levels, and a total of 210 skiable kilometres. The area also has a far-reaching parallel offer of restaurants and leisure time activities and is the habitual setting for top-class international competitions.
Grandvalira is in the north of the Principality of Andorra, in the border area with France. The space it occupies belongs to two of the seven Andorra parishes (Encamp and Canillo) and is made up of six sectors that were combined into a single resort 10 years ago: Pas de la Casa, GrauRoig, Soldeu, El Tarter, Canillo and Encamp.
In 2016, Grandvalira will once again be a World Cup ski resort and will hold the Ladies Alpine Skiing World Cup on 27th and 28th of February and the Speed Skiing World Championships from the 10th to 13th March. The skiresort also continues to be committed to off-piste skiing by hosting the sixth edition of the intercontinental challenge known as the Skiers Cup that will bring together the best freeride and freestyle riders from Europe and the United States from the 30th January to the 4th February. The Freeride Junior World Championship also returns to Grandvalira for the second year running with the best young riders on the international scene from the28th to 30th January. Grandvalira will also host the Total Fight Snowboard on 25th and 26th March and the Total Fight Freeski on 1st and 2nd April.
Vallnord: Discover new ways of enjoying the snow !
To those who want to find the best snow, to those looking for immense snow-capped forests, to those who demand the very most: the North is now closer to you than ever! Two ski resorts: Ordino-Arcalís and Pal-Arinsal, where you will discover new ways of enjoying the snow.
Arcalís is synonymous to the best snow. The freeride mecca, the home of the Freeride World Tour. The most alpine and sportive ski resort of Andorra. A wonderful area with ideal conditions for gliding down between trees and untamed nature. The incredible changes in level and steep channels, the height and its location make it the most alpine station in Andorra, with spectacular freeride areas and top-level international sports events.
Freeride World Tour stops in Vallnord Arcalís
For the second year running, Vallnord Arcalís will be hosting the FREERIDE WORLD TOUR, the top international category in this modality. Arcalís has been very fortunate to join this prestigious international circuit as there are only five stops on the tour: Chamonix in France, Fieberbrunn in Austria and Verbier in Switzerland, along with Vallnord Arcalís for the European stages. Alaska will be the setting for the only event to take place in America.
Make sure to put 23rd and 24th of January this winter in Andorra down in your diary! Ski Mountaineering World Cup. As is starting to become habitual, Vallnord will host two trials of the SkiMo World Cup this winter. Arcalís will host the traditional “Font Blanca” individual time trials on 16th of January. On 17th of January, Arinsal, with its 1,000 meter difference in height, will be the challenge to be overcome in the Vertical Race.
If you are a beginner, don’t worry, we have the largest green ski slope in the Pyrenees. There is also a snow garden equipped with all the latest trends for the youngest members of the family to learn how to ski, as well as family areas such as Agustina Park.
In Arinsal, you will be able to enjoy the “ski-comfort” concept and the best ambience on the slopes and during après-ski. Enjoy the snow in the best setting. With live music on the slopes. With plenty of life at the resort and in the town of Arinsal. Enjoy the best freestyle, with spaces created by the ASP Snow Parks team. A really great atmosphere with top-class restaurants and services at the foot of the slopes so that you can enjoy an ideal holiday.
Arinsal is aimed at couples and young people, but it is also ideal for families who want the greatest convenience with respect to access, slopes and services. Accesses to the resort’s services are from the centre of Arinsal with the Orriols cable-car or with the latest generation Josep Serra chairlift.
For more information about Andorra and its ski destinations, visit visitandorra.com