Vallnord is a friendly and down-to-earth resort village located in the Northwest of Andorra. It is the second largest resort in the country and is known for having the best snowfall record in the area. Its 70km of piste includes lots of pretty treelined slopes that look out across the Pyrenees mountains.
Skiing in Vallnord:
The resort is split into two main areas linked by cable car – Pal and Vallnord. The uppermost slopes on Pic Alt de la Capa offer short red runs and rapid black runs, as well as the expertly maintained Snowpark, whilst lower down there is a focus on long blue pistes. The Pal sector of the resort has greater variety including gentle green runs and mogul fields. Room for progression is key here with excellent nursery slopes set high up the mountain. The whole resort is set in a large bowl which creates lots of wide confidence-boosting runs. All the runs lead back to the main station making for good accessibility for meeting points such as the restaurant which overlooks the slopes. With great off-piste potential, a designated slalom area, and a freestyle area, the resort has a variety of options on where to spend your time on the slopes.
For Schools because:
A huge benefit of Vallnord is the highly regarded English-speaking ski school (one of the first European ski schools to be BASI approved) which helps students learn to master the slopes quickly as the language barrier is removed. Fast and up-to-date ski lifts as well as snow cannon coverage of 62% add to the resort’s benefits.
Other snow activities are available at the resort including ski biking, snowmobiling, orienteering, and snowshoeing. The town has many international-themed restaurants such as the Argentinian steak house and the Mexican restaurant, providing multiple dining options. These restaurants are also often the location of quiz nights for a fun evening activity. Taxis and public transport are available to take you into the capital – Andorra La Vella, where there is extensive shopping, with all products at duty-free prices, as well as Europe’s largest thermal spa.
Vertical Drop 1,010m
No. of Lifts 30
No. of Runs 42
Easy Runs 21
Medium Runs 17
Difficult Runs 4
Kilometres of Piste 63km
Resort Height 1550m
Average Snowfall 378cm
Calais Transfer Time 16hrs 15mins from Calais
Barcelona Airport Transfer time 2hrs 30mins
Hotel Marco Polo ****
Set in Andorra’s La Massana, Marco Polo is just 550 yards from the cable car to Vallnord Ski Resort, during summer months a bike park.
Each functional room includes satellite TV, a safe and private bathroom. In July and August, Hotel Marco Polo offers free access to a heated outdoor swimming pool. This is located less than 200 yards away, and includes a lawn area for sunbathing.
In the evening, guests can enjoy a drink or snack in the café-bar. Marco Polo is a 10-minute drive from the shops of Andorra la Vella. The famous Caldea thermal spa is also less than 2.5 miles away.