Andorra - the first time skiing & my second season repping

Laura Skeats on 01 November 2002

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I landed with a few bumps into Andorra, none of them bad of course; it’s just what happens when you are learning to ski. I can honestly say Andorra was my best season overseas. The whole four months was full of fun and that is what you get when you go on a ski holiday. There is such a passion with this type of holiday that even if you cannot ski the Après will certainly keep you occupied.

Little Andorra is a principality between France and Spain sitting in the mountain range of the Pyrenees and although it is tiny it has a lot to offer. I myself was based in the lively resort of Pas de la Casa. It has been known as San Ann on Snow and what it lacks in beauty, it certainly makes up for in Après.

Pas (for short) is a north facing resort sitting over 2000m above sea level. It is close to the French boarder so the food is fantastic and it has 205km of pistes as it is part of the Grandvalira ski pass which includes Pas de la Casa, Grau Roig, Soldeu, El Tarter, Canillo and Encamp. The area completely covers all abilities and I myself learnt to ski here so I can recommend it to anyone and the same if you are a boarder. There are also husky rides, Skadoo’s, igloos and out in the wild training/ If all of this sounds like a bit too much like hard work, you can try out the duty free shopping in Andorra Le Vella or check yourself into the spa of Caldea.

I think, depending on the resort, this is a great place for anyone from first timer skiers to fun family holidays and with the bonus of not having some of the expense of the popular running European resorts.

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