Skiing in La Massana
In a nutshell: A friendly Andorran town connected to the excellent Pal-Arinsal ski resort which is set up to serve families, beginners and intermediate skiers.
- The town has a relaxed and friendly vibe, with some good high quality of accommodation, restaurants, bars and shops
- The ski-school offers British ski instructors which helps learners progress that bit faster
- The town is very family friendly and the ski schools offers fun kids group lessons from as young as 4
- The high quality of ski instruction plus great beginner slopes, make La Massana a great place to learn to ski
- There is some good skiing for intermediate skiers, such as the run from the top of the resort all the way down to neighbouring Arinsal (the longest vertical drop in Andorra)
We don’t like:
- No ski-in / ski-out accommodation so every ski day finishes with a lift down to the resort in a gondola followed by a short walk or bus ride.
- Limited skiing for advanced skiers. However, the lift pass includes access to Arcalis which is 30 minutes away on the free bus and offers excellent freeride and off piste skiing
- La Massana doesn’t really feel like a ski resort – probably because there aren’t any runs visible from the town.
- Resort altitude: 1,230m
- Highest lift: 2,560m
- Lowest piste: 1,700m
- Transfer time from most convenient airport: Toulouse and Barcelona 2h 45m
- Number of lifts: 30
- Number of runs:
- Green: 7
- Blue: 14
- Red: 17
- Black: 4
- Ski area size: Moderate – 93km of piste
- Family friendly
- Great for beginners
- Great for intermediates
La Massana is a friendly Andorran town set in the valley below the Pal-Arinsal ski resort.
Pal-Arinsal is a compact ski area with a fantastic English speaking ski school. It is very popular with beginners and intermediates who are spoilt for choice when it comes to lovely blue and gentle red tree lined runs. Our favourite run in the whole of Andorra is from the top of the Port Negre chairlift all the way down to the lowest ski point. Almost 1000m of vertical drop in one lovely red run. There are no pistes into La Massana so each day starts and finishes with a ride in the La Massana gondola which is located right in the town centre.
Advanced skiers have some decent red and black runs off the Pic Alt de la Capa and the Pic Negre peaks as well as a decent snow park. However, they are better served at Arcalis which is 30 minutes drive away on the free ski bus and access is included in the same ski pass. Arcalis has become Andorra’s freeride and off-piste magnet and the Freeride World Tour (FWT) has visited twice in recent years. Arcalis does have a few lovely marked pistes that are suitable for beginners and intermediates. However, the resort facilities are limited and unless you’re looking for some great powder and challenging terrain you will be much better served in Pal-Arinsal.
La Massana has a decent collection of budget to 4 star accommodation options and there is a good collection of tax free shops, bars and restaurants. The après-ski scene is not as wild as it is in other Andorran resorts like Pas de la Casa but it’s definitely possible to have a fun evening. Mon Bohemi has a lively atmosphere and is our favourite bar in the town.
For people looking to take a day off from skiing there are plenty of other activities which can be arranged such as dog sledding, paragliding and snowshoeing
The ski area is small in comparison to neighbouring Grandvalira and many alpine resorts but the pistes are excellent and La Massana has a lot going for it.