Thursday, 2 March 2017

SKIING AND SNOW FUN IN ANDORRA


Back from Soldeu in Andorra with Crystal Ski Holidays and all I can think about is those snowy mountains in the Grandvalria! Lots of people love the idea of visiting the mountains in winter time, the crisp bluebird skies, that fresh mountain air, those panoramic views and of course the perfect white snow enticing us in.  Problem is that some people who can't ski or snowboard think they can't go, or they won't enjoy it because they can't do anything - well you are very wrong and after my recent trip I have certainly discovered the perks of all Andorra can offer.... regardless if you can ski or if you can board.
  
Andorra is a little place nuzzled right between France and Spain, I'd never been there before so I have certainly never skied there before. I was about to find out what this resort on the Eastern side of the Pyrenees was like.


I am a very spoilt girl when it comes to skiing, after living in the French alpine city of Val d'Isere I had many bluebird days. I could pick and choose when to ski or snowboard and I became fond of going at a leisurely pace. Fast forward a few years later and now I am a ski time holiday maker, and often we don't get a bluebird ski day, in fact when I went to Andorra we had such a big snow dump I could barely see. 

I didn't ski on the first day because I hate nothing more than going up the mountain in a complete white out, but on the second I was straight up there shoop shooping my way down the piste. Lots of people will plan a ski trip where all they will do is piste bash, I do love a good distance to cover but at the same time I'm on holiday - I need to chill out. 


Spa Anyone?
As I say the first day was a complete whiteout so at my hotel in Soldeu, I indulged in the spa facilities and the gym of the Piolets Park and Spa Hotel. Whilst in their lavish spa facilities I enjoyed a 5k run looking out over the snowy scenes, followed by a swimming dip and long soak in the jacuzzi. Of course there was a steam room and a sauna for those achy muscles after a day on the slopes, along with a wellness centre for the added holiday indulgences. 

Getting about
There is also a huge spa in town you can visit which I heard was the best in town, I didn't get to go because I was very content with the one at my hotel. Although I kept hearing rave reviews about it. There is also an ice skating rink  and a big enclosed shopping centre, again didn't get a chance to visit but if I'd of had more time I would of. There is a handy regular bus service you can use which takes you to El Tartar close by for more shops, but I must admit in the centre of Soldeu (a 2 minute walk from hotel) had plenty to keep you occupied. 


Dog Sledding - can I keep one please? 
I got to go dog sledding. I wanted to go dog sledding for absolutely years. I held back previously because of time and the fact I'd have to restrain myself from wanting to keep them all for my own! Firstly husband wouldn't perhaps be overwhelmed by the idea of 20 doggy additions to the family and secondly skiing always seem to take priority. With the bad weather it made me start to look at how a ski holiday could be enjoyed by those who can't ski. The answer? 20 dogs, lots of snow, a sleigh, a driver and a go pro




Skidooing in style!
Regardless of whether you ski or not I do believe it is always good to break up your trip with some other activities. I took part in both skidding, as well as my dog adventure in the dog sledding experience. It was really refreshing to do something completely different to non-stop piste bashing. I had so much fun skidooing with the rest of the group, we zipped over the crisp white snow and at this point finally got to see the gorgeous blue skies and previously hidden surroundings of Andorra. 

If you're looking for a ski experience but less of the ski and more of the experience? Check out the link on the Grandvalira website about the surrounding activities you can get involved with. 



After a day of frantically checking the Crystal Ski App for all the latest on the local area, luckily the weather got better, (which was a big bonus) meaning I could make my way happily up the mountain. I had a ski lesson with the local ski school for a nice freshen up on my technique, and soon was back into the swing of things. As skiing goes I think this was by far the most relaxing experience I'd encountered. Whilst my heart with always belong to The Espace Killy, I would highly recommend Andorra for a more chilled ski experience or if you have little ones. The only draw back to my experience was the weather and the fact all the higher up slopes were closed so it meant more people were on the easier runs. Tiny little issue in the grand scheme of all the snow related fun! 

Husband and I are already looking at both going back! Looking for a easy start to a ski experience? Then Andorra would be a very good option. You can also get to both France and Spain very easily from here. 



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19 comments

  1. I have never been skiing and I am not very fond of snow. However, I would love to go into a "white location" and be in the spa, while looking at the snow. The dog sledge is definitely a must as well.

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  2. omh im so jealous that whole experience looks amazing x

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  3. That is so fun. I had no idea that you could take your doggy skiing as well. Beautiful photos too x

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  4. This location is so beautiful and that spa is just gorgeous! The dog sledding experience looks like such fun as does the skidooing. It looks like you had a fantastic holiday x

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  5. I've never heard of Andorra, but it looks like a lovely place to ski. I love dogs (I have two large ones) but I think dogsledding would make me so nervous!

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  6. Oh i love your pictures! Makes me feel a little envious about your adventure. This is on my bucket list as well. I love it! - Anosa

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  7. Fantastic photos, looks like you had a great time! I adore a skiing break - never been to Andorra before!

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  8. Dog sledding sounds awesome. I've never been on a skiing holiday before but your location looks pretty perfect x

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  9. I've never done a ski holiday before but would love to - it looks like you had so much fun! x

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  10. Soldeu looks incredible, perfect winter fun! The dog sledding looks great!

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  11. That looks like such an amazing adventure! I'm not sure I wouldn't be able to resist trying to walk off with one of the dogs under my coat though, they're so adorable!

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  12. I have never been skiing but it looks like a lot of fun although i suspect I would enjoy the hot chocolates and swimming more xx

    Miss Kitty Kaos - Adventures Of A Riot Grrrl

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  13. Wow, this looks like an amazing trip! I've never been skiing, I don't think I'd be any food but I'd love to go someday! xo

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  14. oh wow this place looks absolutely incredible! The snow is totally magical. I haven't been skiing on real snow before, only dry ice xxx

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  15. I would absolutely love to go skiing! It's on my to do list! xo

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  16. My folks can't ski and it's reassuring that they don't need to be experts in order to visit a place like this! Looks like a fab adventure x

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  17. I went skiing in Andorra about 15 years ago and it was so much fun, even though I was terrible. I can't wait to go back.

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  18. Looks like you had an awesome day! I love to experience snow and I bet this is so much fun

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  19. My husband really wants to take my kids on holiday skiing!

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