Best ski resorts: Andorra
Best ski resorts in Europe: Andorra
Andorra winter resorts – maximum density of ski lifts per square meter in the world with the capacity of 160.000 people per hour.
According to World Ski Awards – european ski resorts of Andorra are at the TOP 10 ski resorts in the world. Andorra holds strong ties with the skiing world. The Principality is one of Europe’s most important destinations and skiing is a basic cornerstone of the country’s economy. This relationship between Andorra and FIS SKI (International SKI Federation) began in 1957 with the inauguration of the Pas de la Casa-Grau Roig ski resort, the first one in the country. Look for details here
Andorra is the sunniest winter ski resort in Europe. The season here starts in December and lasts until mid-April. In winter at night 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 there is snow in the mountains and at the same time blooming flowers in the capital Andorra la Vella, which is located within 10-minute driving distance. Grandvalira and Vallnord (the second of the largest ski resorts in Andorra) have 182 ski slopes at the disposal as well as several zones for other winter sports and extreme activities. Thus, winter holidays in Andorra offer a wide range of skiing options for diversified guests: from beginners to the most experienced skiers.
During the ski season of 2003/2004 Grandvalira Pas de la Casa – Grau Roig and Soldeu – El Tarter resorts signed a commercial agreement on launching a unified ski zone Grandvalira. Thus, besides the fact that Andorra has got the largest skiing area in the Pyrenees, there is also one of the principal ski resorts of Southern Europe on its territory.
Mountain ski resort of Grandvalira is divided into 6 sectors: Pas de la Casa, Grau Roig, Soldeu, El Tarter, Canillo and Encamp, that encompass the area of 1,926 hectares with 112 slopes and with the capacity of 100.700 skiers per hour.
During the ski season of 2004/2005 the resorts Pal – Arinsal and Ordino – Arcalis have merged their commercial interests under the name of Vallnord. With a universal ski pass the visitors have access to the slopes of both resorts. Today the resort VALLNORD encompasses the area with 67 slopes and the capacity of 55.690 skiers per hour.
In 2015 World Ski Awards confirms the title of the best ski resort of Andorra to Vallnord for the second time (top ski resorts of the world).
Naturlandia – La Rabassa. Family ski resort Naturlandia is located in Sant Julia de Loria, its occupies over 100 hectares of area and is divided into two sectors, which are located at an altitude of 1,600 and 2,000 meters respectively. Themed eco park offers 15 km of way marked slopes. Besides, there are zones for family leisure and activities. The choice of activities is extremely wide: highlands tours, several cycling routes, quad biking, pony riding, mushing. A new attraction AIR-TREKK was launched a few years ago. Unifying the emotions and adventure, the construction consists of ten towers and 3 different levels of height, linked rope elements and wire lines. Air-Trekk is the largest and highest attraction in Europe.
The park also has the longest alpine toboggan in Europe (Tobotronc). Its length is more than 5,300 meters with 400 meters of altitude differences. The system has 1,700 ascents and 3,600 descents. The whole descent takes about 30 minutes.
The Animal Park (Annimalier Parc) was created in the Naturlandia to diversify the touristic offer, where visitors may enjoy watching bears, wolves and birds of prey.
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