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VALLNORD-ARCÁLIS, ANDORRA

Location submitted by Anders Gustavsson, Sports Marketing Manager Ski & Golf

Being our Sports Marketing Manager, Anders Gustavsson knows everything about where to go skiing and when. Anders lives with his family in Åre, Sweden, where they take every chance they get to explore the great outdoors – skiing, hiking the woods or ice skating on a frozen lake nearby. As he is our athletes main contact – he has all the insider tips of all the hidden skiing gems.

The smallest and most remote ski resort in Andorra offers a lot of backcountry terrain served by just a few chair lifts. With easy-access terrain this is the perfect place for anyone switching from slopes to more adventurous skiing.

  • Top station 2625 m
  • Base elevation 1940 m
  • Average snowfall per year 3,5 m
  • Ski lifts 4
  • Vertical drop 405 m
  • When to go January and March are the driest months, so that’s the time to go for sunshine
  • How to go Fly to Barcelona or Toulouse and drive or grab a bus from there

Why should you go

Andorra is a great place to go for a skiing holiday. The climate is quite warm in the valleys but you have great skiing once you reach high altitude. You also have several great ski resorts close to each other and the tax-free shopping in the city of Andorra la Vella are also a great reason to go.

Where to stay

Hotel Coma in Ordino is a small family-run hotel. It’s not fancy and a bit old-fashioned, but the atmosphere and dessert buffet will make you want to stay forever. There are plenty of nice hotels in Andorra and the short distances makes it convenient to stay anywhere.

Where to aprés

Just enjoy the local sparkling wine in the sun on your balcony.

What to eat

The newly renovated Refugi Les Portelles offers an unbeatable view from the top of the mountains and excellent food and drinks. Also, in Andorra, the tax for alcohol is very low, so take the chance to enjoy great wines from both France and Spain.

Where to get the best ride

Take the chairlift Creussans, make a short hike up to your right and put on your skis on the top of the mountain. From here you can access one of the area’s best backbowls that leads back to the bottom of the ski resort.

What else to do

One exceptional experience to do is spending a few nights in the igloo hotel Iglú at an altitude of 2,350 m in the nearby, larger ski resorts of Grandvalira. Also, go shopping! You will find that things here are a lot cheaper than at home.

What to bring

An extra budget for shopping!

Fun fact

This is a Freeride World Tour stop, so take the chance to run the same turns as our freeskiing friends.

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