If you’re a first-time skier Andorra is a fantastic option and is great value for money too. The combination of suitable terrain and ski school choices means you can learn in a great relaxed environment. The off-slope activities are fantastic too if you want a break from the slopes or enjoy an after-ski treat. Our ski experts have created a guide to the best Andorra skiing for beginners.
Arinsal has grown in reputation and size along with neighbouring resorts Pal and Ordino-Arcali. In total, you can ski 92km of pistes with 47km of those being easy blue runs that are perfect for beginners. As well as this, there are brilliant nursery slope areas that are dedicated to learning. They are separated from the main runs so you can concentrate on learning in a safe and relaxed setting. These areas are also easy to access from the main village, which means you won’t have to carry your skis too far to the slopes. All this is why Arinsal is a top place for Andorra skiing for beginners.
The Arinsal ski and snowboard schools have a very good reputation for teaching first-time skiers. Its team of ski instructors have the best qualifications and training to give the best tuition on the slopes. In addition, it is the only ski school in the area to offer children’s group ski lessons for as young as four. You can book both private and group lessons depending on your preference. The ski resort attracts a good amount of British instructors, making communication easy during your lesson.
Arinsal’s main village is 1,550m high and has a great selection of bars, restaurants and accommodation to chose from. The virtually tax-free status of Andorra means you get excellent value for money during your stay. Most of the accommodation in Arinsal is conveniently located near the lift centre. Childcare facilities are also located on the mountains, making it easy for families to organise their day.
If you’re a foodie you’re in for a treat because there is a wide variety of delicious international restaurants, including Mexican, Thai, Chinese, British and Argentinian. In addition, the local Catalan cuisine is a must-try. Delicacies such as butifarra which is local sausage and crema Catalana which is a burnt caramel sealed custard pudding are very tasty. We recommend the Pal La Borda restaurant for the best Andorran menu.
We recommend the five-star Diana Parc Hotel to maximise your ski holiday experience in Arinsal. It is ideal for beginners because you’re only a few minutes walk away from the dedicated nursery area. The facilities are top class too. You can enjoy the extensive wellness and spa facilities, including two treatment rooms that can be booked on request, a fitness centre, a sauna, and a seasonal outdoor pool. In addition, there’s also an arcade room, a bowling alley, and a nightclub for younger guests.
The bedrooms are also a great place to unwind after a day on the slopes. All of them are decorated in a traditional alpine style with a modern twist, and all have a private en-suite. From 7:30 am there’s a delicious breakfast buffet for all guests. You can also dine in the à la carte restaurant, which serves a delicious array of Mediterranean and Pyrenean dishes. The hotel also has several bars to enjoy delightful cocktails.
Part of the Grandvalira ski area, Soldeu is an ideal ski resort for first-time skiers. There are 78 green and blue runs and dedicated nursery runs too. You can also head to neighbouring resorts Pas de la Casa, El Tarter and Canillo where there’s more easy terrain too. Soldeu is one of the most picturesque places to go skiing too. It’s easy to admire the beautiful mountain landscape that surrounds the ski area.
There are approximately 450 ski instructors in the ski area with most having top qualifications and experience. The local ski schools all offer group or private lessons depending on your preference to learn. Whether you need lessons for children or adults, there’s something for everyone who wants to learn skiing for the first time. Ideal for Andorra skiing for beginners.
Soldeu has grown as a ski resort in recent years with new modern hotels, apartments restaurants and bars. It was the host ski resort for the 2019 Alpine Ski World Cup Finals which has put it on the map. It’s suited for everyone, whether you’re looking for a family ski holiday or need some group nightlife, it has it all.
On the mountain alone there are 33 restaurants with a range of food choices. There are sit down restaurants and even pit stop services where you can get food from huts without taking your skis off. In town, you can also get delicious food. Xalet Sol I Neu is a great place to get Asian cuisine or you can head to The Villager if you’re looking for classic British dishes.
The Sport Hotel Hermitage is undoubtedly the best place to stay in Soldeu. If you’re looking for the height of luxury then this is your hotel. There are 135 rooms, including junior suite deluxe, junior suite premium, duplex and hermitage suite all with whirlpool or jacuzzi, private balcony, views of the ski resort and free access to the Sport Wellness Mountain Spa.
In addition, there are eight restaurants with some of the best cuisines in the world. Traditional Catalan, Italian and Japanese cuisine are amongst the menus. On top of this, the restaurants have two award-winning renowned chefs who offer creative and delicious dishes. Taste some of the best food you’ll find in any ski resort. A great place for those wanting Andorra skiing for beginners.
To find out more about Andorra skiing for beginners, please call our ski experts on 0207 471 7700.
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