Tiny Andorra holds not the last position in the ski vacation sector in Europe. The two keys of success are perfectly equipped ski resorts and opportunities for shopping. The country, taking advantage of its geographical location (between France and Spain), is known today as one of the largest free trade zones on the continent.
Andorra and the Pyrenees
Ski Andorra is the Pyrenees. The slopes of these famous mountains allowed the small principality to create one of the best resorts for winter recreation in the region. To date in Andorra there are two ski regions: Grandvalira and VallNord, which offer in total 300 kilometers of prepared tracks, as well as opportunities for the off-piste skiing.
Every year more than 100 000 people come on winter vacations in Andorra. This figure quote well reflects the popularity of Andorra, given that there are only 5 ski resorts in the country: Pas de la Casa, Grau-Roych, Soldeu, Arinsal and Ordino-Arcalis.
Andorra: 10 years of investment in skiing
Due to the fact that in the past 10 years Andorra has much invested in development of skiing infrastructure, on the slopes of Andorra operate one of Europe's best ski lifts and snow-makers. The compactness of Andorra is also among its pros as all resorts are located near each other. Due to the fantastic location in the heart of the Pyrenees Andorra is famous for its near-perfect snow on the slopes combined with comfortable climate.
Where to ski in Andorra?
The two biggest ski resorts of Andorra are located near the border with France. These are Pas de la Casa and Soldeu. Tracks in Pas de la Casa will suit amateur skiers, mainly due to the extraordinary wide tracks. Soldeu tracks with the length of more than 90 kilometers will be remembered for the fact that some of them pass through the picturesque forests.
Arinsal ski resort in Andorra is also mainly resort for the beginners. Here is located one of the best ski schools in Andorra.
Generally, Andorra, despite the abundance of tracks for professionals, is also trying to attract family tourists. Located not far from Soldeu El Tarter ski area is a "gathering station" for the family travelers, who come to vacation in Andorra. After all, El Tarter has a large number of specialized kindergartens.
Andorra offers a wide range of accommodations options. Here you can find cheap hotels, family chalets and luxury hotels, which offer to combine ski and spa vacations.
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