Andorra Teacher Inspection Trip 2015
In conjunction with our 1-2-3 ski offer, school teachers who book a ski trip with ourselves our invited to join us on our annual inspection trip. This year we formed a motley crew of teachers from all parts of the UK to join us on an exciting school ski inspection trip to Andorra.
Located between France and Spain in the Pyrenees Mountains, Andorra has become an attractive option for school ski trips and due to the upsurge in demand for this tiny country, Ski Adaptable decided Andorra would be the ideal destination of choice this year for our teacher’s inspection trip.
With Christmas over and work fast approaching we set off to Barcelona to rid ourselves of the January blues and explore the resorts of Vallnord and Grandvalira. Recent investment in ski infrastructure in mountain cafes, restaurants, chairlifts, gondolas, snow-making machines and hotels has transformed Andorra into one of Europe’s most modern and cost effective countries for skiing. It was therefore our privilege to show-case the excellent skiing available and the good quality hotels that await our teachers this season in Andorra. Over a 4 day period we were able to ski both the resorts of Vallnord and Grandvalira looking closely at the villages of Arinsal, Pas De La Casa and Soldeu where the majority of our groups stay when in Andorra.
Most resorts across Europe this year have experienced mixed snow conditions but I was delighted to say that both Vallnord and Grandvalira offered some great early season skiing with the pistes being superbly groomed and ready for our teachers. On our first day we are able to ski the smaller resort of Vallnord and visit the picturesque mountain village of Arinsal. Comprising of the areas of Arinsal, Pal and Ordino-Arcalis, Vallnord is smaller than Granvalira making it an excellent resort for beginner skiers looking to find their feet on the slopes. This was perfectly explained by our Ski guide Marcus from the award winning Vallnord Ski School who showed our group the different nursery and beginner slopes that students use to gain confidence when first starting out. Vallnord also has some stunning red and black runs that offer a more challenging option, some of which were tested by our teachers on the ski inspection. The group then met back at the Crest Hotel for a tour, followed by a quick drink and tour of the other hotels we use for school ski groups. After our first day, we ventured out for a traditional Andorran restaurant complete with wooden beams and fabulous food.
The second day we spent in the larger resort of Grandvalira which offers over 200km’s of piste making for a large ski area to explore. Having skied here before I took the group over to the Village of Pas De La Casa and what seemed like a few runs on the piste map was very much a testing journey for all. After exploring the village and taking in the local hotels that we use it was time to make our way back as the group had a date with Europe’s largest health Spa, Caldea Thermal Spa. With over 6,000 square metres of lagoons, jacuzzi’s, swimming pools, Indo-Roman baths, steam rooms and sauna’s the Spa was a fitting end to an amazing few days in Andorra. With a short stop in Barcelona on the way home it really was a fantastic experience this year with Andorra surpassing the expectations of all our teachers.
If you are interested in taking a school ski trip to Vallnord or Grandvalira please contact Ski Adaptable today to start organising your school ski trip to Andorra.