If you're after a winter getaway that's a little bit different AND won't cost you the earth, Andorra is ideal. You'll find the landlocked principality high up in the Pyrenees Mountains, with just an hour of driving distance between its two borders.
People have been skiing in Andorra for decades, however, recent modernisation has elevated it to one of Europe's most popular snow sports destinations. Affordable ski resorts are awash with awesome amenities, from thermal spas to authentic Andorran eateries, and it's location between France and Spain gives it a truly unique cuisine and culture. The added bonus of low taxes makes everything - from hotels to shopping - much cheaper than your classic Alpine retreat, too.
Sold already? Hit up our experts on WhatsApp or Messenger to find out more about booking your cheap ski holiday in Andorra.
Andorra’s low taxes makes partying pretty cheap. For the greatest range of bars and clubs, you have to book a ski trip to Pas de la Casa. The largest of the Andorra ski resorts, it tends to draw in a younger crowd due to its pocket-friendly prices and ample late night après options.
Treating the kids to a winter break this year? Book a ski holiday to Andorra’s Arinsal or Soldeu resorts which have numerous family-friendly hotels and some epic off-piste activities. Both are also less than 45 minutes to Naturlandia, a must-visit ecopark in south Andorra where you can try things like dog sledding and snowshoeing for a very reasonable price.
Big group ski breaks call for resorts with an abundance of accommodation and pistes for all skiing levels. You can’t really beat Pas de la Casa as not only is it massively varied when it comes to its runs, but there’s also numerous bars – on and off the slopes – for rowdy or relaxed nights out.
If someone in your group is a newbie to skiing or snowboarding, choosing a resort with great nursery slopes is key. El Tarter is brilliant for beginners as its main ski zone is mostly easy blue runs and a few kids’ areas. Plus, if there are more advanced skiers in your group, it’s only a quick chairlift ride to neighbouring Soldeu with its slightly trickier pistes.
As Andorra is fortunate enough to be perched at a high altitude, almost all of its resorts are snow-sure. Your best chance of seeing perfect powder is at Pas de la Casa and Soldeu in the Grandvalira region. Both have slopes at over 1800m, plus recent investment in hundreds of snow cannons means at least 60% of the region’s runs are always covered in snow.
Andorra’s low prices and flexible hotels means it’s a great spot for a shorter ski weekend. Flights tend to be quite cheap to Barcelona and Toulouse, and transfer times of under three hours means you’ll have plenty of time left to ski.
As it’s so close to some of France and Spain’s coolest cities, why not combine skiing in Andorra with a culture-packed city break?