Situated just down the road from Arinsal in the heart of the Andorran ski scene, La Massana is a family and beginner friendly resort, home to gentle slopes amid the Pyrenees mountains. From the town, which is at an altitude of 1,300m, it’s a seven and a half minute gondola ride to the ski slopes of Pal from where you can ski over to Arinsal. In total, there’s 63km of pistes to explore up to 2,500m, with most being in the beginner and intermediate range. Besides the pistes, another factor making Andorra so popular is the price – which is often a fraction of the cost of ski resorts in the Alps.
The season is officially open from mid December to mid April with the most reliable snow cover somewhere in the middle. Fortunately La Massana is well placed to withstand the variations of winter snow – with many slopes over 2,000m, meaning it’s a snow-sure bet all winter. If you’re governed by price, avoid the usual peak seasons of Christmas, New Year and February holidays and instead think about March and April.
Things to do in La Massana
No trip to Andorra should be complete without a trip to the town of Andorra, the capital of the region and just a 10 minute drive away. Home to duty-free shopping (but check your allowances), a 12th century church, many good restaurants and the Caldea spa and pool complex, it makes for a fun alternative to a day on the slopes. Apart from skiing there’s also hiking with snowshoes, which is great for any non-skiers in the party. As for après, La Massana is not as rowdy as its neighbours but there are still plenty of bars and, thanks to its Spanish influence, lots of tapas restaurants.
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