Europe best ski: Andorra
13 “PROS” for best ski Andorra
1. Andorra is one of the safest countries in the world for tourism and living.
2. Andorra ski infrastructure is included in the top 15 rating in the world.
3. Andorra’s ski system has the maximum percentage of ski lift systems per square meter in the world, with a capacity of about 160 thousand people per hour.
4. Andorra’s ski map contains 182 ski slopes (340 km) in total, as well as several other areas for winter sports and extreme activities. Thus, the area offers ski for both beginners and for the more experienced.
5. Annually, on the slopes of Andorra, the most important international sporting ski events take place : the stages of the World and European Championships in alpine skiing and snowboarding, the World and European Cups in Alpine skiing, Total Fight Masters of Freestyle, the Freeride World Tour, the Cup “Flying kilometer”. According to experts, the Andorran slopes are one of the best in the world for such events.
6. Being the cheapest in Europe, Andorra is one of the most popular too. This is not because of low quality services, but because it has the the lowest VAT in Europe (4.5%). That’s why prices for accommodation, ski equipment, restaurants, services and entertainment in Andorra are 15-20% lower than similar offers in the Alpine resorts. The low rate of VAT makes Andorra a European shopping centre.
7. According to the 2016 International Report on Snow & Mountain Tourism, Grandvalira (Andorra’s largest resort) now takes 15th place among the world’s best resorts. 2 years ago the resort occupied 20th place among 2500 ranked ski countries. It’s also noted in the report that there were only 47 resorts in the world which get more than 1 million skiers per season. Last year Grandvalira had nearly 1.7 million tourists.
8. During the season of 2004/2005 the ski systems of Pal – Arinsal and Ordino – Arcalis merged their commercial interests under the name of Vallnord. With a universal skipass visitors have access to the slopes of both lift systems. Today VALLNORD encompasses an area of 67 slopes and has the capacity to hold 55,690 skiers per hour. In 2014 the World Ski Awards gave the title of the best resort in Andorra to Vallnord for the second time.
9. Andorra is the sunniest winter place in Europe. The season here begins on 1st December (sometimes earlier depending on the snow conditions) and lasts until mid-April. During winter nights the temperature is usually below zero, and in the daytime rises up to + 10C. The depth of snow cover varies from 50 to 300 cm. The peculiarity of the Andorran winter is that you can come across snow in the mountains and at the same time blooming flowers in the capital Andorra la Vella, which is located within a 10-minute drive.
10. Andorra – is the only place in Europe which offers active ski sports with the thermal baths of CALDEA INUU SPA. The complex covers an area of over 30 thousand square meters and is situated at an altitude of 1,100 meters. Caldea is the biggest center of mountain thermal waters in Europe. The temperature of the thermal springs is 70C, and the waters are rich with sulfur, mineral salts, sodium as well with thermal plankton.
11. Unlike other European resorts, all entertainment infrastructures (restaurants, discos, cinemas, concert halls) can be found within a 20 minute drive from the ski lifts, in the capital, Andorra La Vella. Andorra today has ultra – modern tourist infrastructure. The country is visited by over 8 million people annually, while the population of the Principality is about 70 thousand people.
12. More than 30% of the territory of Andorra is a unique natural park under UNESCO protection.
13. There are more than 20 museums and more than 30 monuments of Romanesque and pre-Romanesque architecture in Andorra (within an area of 468 sq. km). The oldest Church of Andorra dates back to the XI-XII centuries and is known for its small size and simplicity. Its only ornament is it’s perfect harmony with nature. Andorra is the 14th oldest country in the world.