An Ski Andorra

Welcome to the Ski Andora page, providing a regular round-up of the skiing conditions and current snow reports for five ski resorts in the country. Over recent years some of the best piste conditions in Andorra have been reported at Soldeu and Arcalis although during any given week the best slope conditions may be found at any of the country’s resorts. For off-piste powder there is no particular stand-out resort for consistency so check out the reports below if you are planning a trip at short notice.

Andorra has one of the most interesting modern histories of any major ski nation and perhaps a history and economy more reliant on winter sports than any other.

The small country in the southern European mountain range of the Pyrenees between France and Spain was little known for its skiing up to the 1960s, then half a dozen small Andorra ski resorts were developed across the country, becoming increasingly popular through the 1970s and ‘80s, thanks in part to its good family ski areas but equally its affordable skiing and duty free après skiing.

By the late 1990s skiing in Andorra had developed to such an extent that the ski areas were beginning to border one another and more people were travelling to ski Andorra from the UK to ski than they were Italy or Switzerland.

Once low value rural land had become some of the world’s most valuable real estate.

Over the past decade Andorra has re-invented itself again. The tiny principality has concentrated on upgrading its infrastructure and now has more of a Swiss feel than a bargain-basement one. Unfortunately for skiers and boarders prices have risen too, particularly for lift passes, now among Europe’s most expensive.

The reasons for the change are many. The main one is that it is a kind of natural evolution as Andorra has reached its physical limits after four or five decades of continual growth. Another key factor was the growth of budget skiing in Eastern Europe providing price competitions with Andorra which the local population no longer felt a need to even try to compete with.

On the slopes there have been changes too. Where once there were six ski resorts now there are two. One, Grandvalira, is fully lift and piste inter-connected. The former rival ski areas of Pas de la Casa (Grandvalira-Pas de la Casa) and Soldeu El Tarter (Grandvalira El Tarter) are now one, and have expanded to such an extent they now cover over 200km of piste, including runs over the border in to France – the largest ski region in the Pyrenees and one of the world’s largest too.

The slopes, mostly wide intermediate trails above the tree line, are served by one of the world's most modern lift network with more six-seater high speed chairs than almost any other. Snowmaking covers most of the slopes as well.

The second ski area, VallNord, is a looser conglomeration of the remaining resorts where lift tickets also cost rather less. Arinsal and Pal have connected their pistes by ski lift but a third area, La Massana/Arcalis, is the little known star of the country for powder snow and free-riding.

Although still well known for its apres-ski scene, particularly at the highest resort, Pas de la Casa, Andorra has moved distinctly up market with several four and five star hotels, concentrated on Soldeu and a spectacular spa in capital La Vella.

The country has also started staging World Cup races at Grandvalira and has built a reputation for environmental management. It continues to be one of the world’s best for high quality childcare and ski school with many teachers English-speakers from Australia, New Zealand and the UK.

Although French and Spaniards still drive over the border to fill their cars with duty free petrol and buy cheap alcohol and cigarettes at the border supermarkets, the popular opinion is that skiing in the French Pyrenees is now, overall, the cheaper option.
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Andorra: latest snow conditions round-up


ANDORRA Conditions continue to look fairly good in the Pyrenees after the November snowfalls. There's been very little fresh snowfall and mostly sunny conditions over the past week but base depths are ok for this early in the season and in Andorra, the ski areas are about 50% open. Grandvalira (15/40cm), the biggest, has more than 60 slopes open and Pal Arinsal (30/60cm), in the Vallnord sector, has the deeper base.

There are deeper bases reported on the French and Spanish sides of the mountain with San Isidro (80/170cm) posting the deepest base in Spain and Cauterets (75/140cm), which fully opened last weekend, the deepest on the French side.

Summary of forecast snowfall and ski conditions for resorts in Andorra. Fresh snow is forecast at 9 resorts. Powder is reported at 0 resorts and 0 are reporting good piste conditions.

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Recent Eyeball Snow Reports for Andorra

All resorts

Ski resorts of Andorra, alphabetically

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Resort Webcam Top
snow depth
top and bottom
Good piste
on-piste
Powder
off-piste
Fresh snow depth
Last Snow
Fresh snow depth
Next 9 Days
0–3 | 3–6 | 6–9
snow (cm)
Weather Next 5 days weather forecast.
Freezing level (m)
Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

(1676m — 2591m)

snow report yesterday

Grandvalira El Tarter webcam
19 cm
yesterday
52
2
23
light snow
light snow
heavy snow
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 2134 m
1000m 1200m 1950m 2250m 2700m

(1760m — 2560m)

snow report 2 days ago

Grandvalira-Canillo webcam
40
15
Packed powder or groomed snow 18 cm
yesterday
51
2
22
light snow
light snow
moderate snow
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 2160 m
950m 1200m 1950m 2250m 2650m

(1500m — 2060m)

snow report yesterday

13 cm
yesterday
39
15
light snow
light snow
moderate snow
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1780 m
950m 1200m 1900m 2250m 2550m

(2050m — 2640m)

snow report yesterday

Grandvalira-Grau Roig webcam
19 cm
yesterday
50
2
20
light snow
light snow
heavy snow
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 2345 m
950m 1200m 2000m 2300m 2650m

(2050m — 2640m)

snow report yesterday

20 cm
yesterday
49
2
20
light snow
light snow
heavy snow
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 2345 m
950m 1200m 2000m 2300m 2650m

(1710m — 2560m)

snow report yesterday

Grandvalira-Soldeu webcam
19 cm
yesterday
52
2
23
light snow
light snow
moderate snow
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 2135 m
1000m 1200m 1950m 2250m 2700m

(1941m — 2626m)

snow report 2 days ago

50
30
Packed powder or groomed snow 22 cm
yesterday
63
2
29
light snow
light snow
heavy snow
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 2284 m
1000m 1250m 1900m 2200m 2700m

(1550m — 2560m)

snow report 2 days ago

Vallnord-Arinsal webcam
60
30
Packed powder or groomed snow 17 cm
yesterday
53
2
22
light snow
light snow
moderate snow
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 2055 m
950m 1200m 1850m 2200m 2600m

(1780m — 2365m)

snow report 2 days ago

Vallnord-Pal webcam
150
20
Packed powder or groomed snow 16 cm
yesterday
49
2
19
light snow
light snow
moderate snow
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 2072 m
950m 1200m 1850m 2200m 2550m