National Schools Snowsport Week is sponsored by "Visit Andorra"
Nestled on the border between France and Spain, Andorra, the 'Country of the Pyrenees', is an independent state covering an area of 468km², a population of less than 80,000 and more than a thousand years of history. With 65 peaks over 2,000m high and 303 km of ski slopes the Pyrenean country is a pioneer of winter tourism.
Its slopes are perfect for families & beginners to cut their teeth with extensive facilities catering to these markets. Skiing and the snow are the country's main attraction, wherever you stay, access to the ski resorts will always be close by. The distance from the capital to the slopes is only 28 km. The altitude of the ski resorts ranges between 1,500 - 2,640m & snow is guaranteed throughout the season thanks to more than 1,300 snow cannons.
Snapshot of Andorra Resorts
Both the ski resorts of Grandvalira and Vallnord are renowned for some of the best skiing and winter sports in Europe. Grandvalira, with 210 kilometres of slopes is located in the north of the country and is the largest skiable area in the Pyrenees. On the other hand, Vallnord is the family resort of excellence with 93 skiable kilometres.
In winter, Naturlandia is the place to be for lovers of Nordic ski. The area features Tobotronc, the largest alpine toboggan in the world covering 5,300 metres of run. Here children can also learn how to build an igloo or walk through the snow with snowshoes, amongst other activities. Furthermore, Parador Canaro has 3 skiable areas reserved specially for children learning to ski.
In a Nutshell:
* A whole country dedicated to snowsports with 303km of runs over two skiable domains: Grandvalira and Vallnord.
* The highest density of ski lifts in the world.
* Always a ski resort nearby. Wherever you stay, access to the ski resorts will always be close by.
* Guaranteed snow throughout the season.
* A great range of accommodation with over 32,500 beds and excellent value for money.
* Great expertise. All the instructors in the ski schools and the majority of technical operators (ski patrollers, groomers, snow cannon operators…) are fully qualified. Training, whatever the level of responsibilities, is one of the top-priorities in the Andorran ski resorts.
Getting to Andorra
Andorra doesn't have its own airport, the airports are located in Spain and in France. The biggest airport is Barcelona (210 Km) which is served by a large number of flights each day from the UK. Girona (250 Km) and Reus (210 Km) in Spain are two other options.
From France, the main airport is Blagnac airport in Toulouse, (196 Km).
Bus transfers are available from the airports as follows:
- Eurolines, Novatel and Montmantell provide transport from the Barcelona El Prat airport.
- Novatel operates from Girona airport.
- Novatel and Montmantell operate from Toulouse.
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