Skiing in La Massana

Country: Andorra

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.

We like:

  • 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.

SKI INFORMATION

  • 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

RESORT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Family friendly
  • Great for beginners
  • Great for intermediates

RESORT DESCRIPTION

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.

Hotel Sucarà

La Massana, Andorra

nights

FROM£0 per person

Resort highlights

  • Family friendly
  • Great for beginners
  • Great for intermediates

Accommodation highlights

  • Bar
  • Free WiFi
  • Restaurant

Hotel Mu

La Massana, Andorra

nights

FROM£0 per person

Resort highlights

  • Family friendly
  • Great for beginners
  • Great for intermediates

Accommodation highlights

  • Bar
  • Free WiFi
  • Restaurant
  • Ski hire on site

Apartamentos Ordino 3000

La Massana, Andorra

nights

FROM£0 per person

Resort highlights

  • Family friendly
  • Great for beginners
  • Great for intermediates

Accommodation highlights

    Hotel Palomé

    La Massana, Andorra
    2020-04-05
    3 nights
    Breakfast included
    FROM£170 per person

    Resort highlights

    • Family friendly
    • Great for beginners
    • Great for intermediates

    Accommodation highlights

    • Bar
    • Free WiFi
    • Restaurant
    • Ski hire on site

    Apartaments Giberga

    La Massana, Andorra
    2020-04-16
    3 nights

    FROM£206 per person

    Resort highlights

    • Family friendly
    • Great for beginners
    • Great for intermediates

    Accommodation highlights

    • Bar
    • Free WiFi
    • Restaurant
    • Ski hire on site
    • Swimming pool

    Hotel Magic La Massana

    La Massana, Andorra
    2020-03-29
    3 nights
    Breakfast included
    FROM£138 per person

    Resort highlights

    • Family friendly
    • Great for beginners
    • Great for intermediates

    Accommodation highlights

    • Bar
    • Free WiFi
    • Restaurant
    • Sauna
    • Ski hire on site
    • Swimming pool
    • Easy walk to slopes / lift
    • Central location
    • Hammam

    Hotel Erts - Adults Only

    La Massana, Andorra

    nights

    FROM£0 per person

    Resort highlights

    • Family friendly
    • Great for beginners
    • Great for intermediates

    Accommodation highlights

    • Bar
    • Free WiFi
    • Restaurant
    • Ski hire on site

    Hotel Font

    La Massana, Andorra
    2020-03-01
    3 nights

    FROM£93 per person

    Resort highlights

    • Family friendly
    • Great for beginners
    • Great for intermediates

    Accommodation highlights

    • Ski hire on site
    • Easy walk to slopes / lift
    • Central location

    Xixerella Park Andorra - Campground

    La Massana, Andorra
    2020-01-24
    3 nights

    FROM£311 per person

    Resort highlights

    • Family friendly
    • Great for beginners
    • Great for intermediates

    Accommodation highlights

    • Bar
    • Free WiFi
    • Restaurant
    • Ski hire on site
    • Mini-market on site

    Hotel Magic Ski

    La Massana, Andorra
    2020-04-05
    3 nights

    FROM£105 per person

    Resort highlights

    • Family friendly
    • Great for beginners
    • Great for intermediates

    Accommodation highlights

    • Bar
    • Free WiFi
    • Restaurant
    • Sauna
    • Ski hire on site
    • Swimming pool
    • Ski in / ski out location
    • Central location
    • Hammam

    Hotel Ordino

    La Massana, Andorra

    nights

    FROM£0 per person

    Resort highlights

    • Family friendly
    • Great for beginners
    • Great for intermediates

    Accommodation highlights

    • Free WiFi
    • Restaurant

    Aparthotel Casa Vella

    La Massana, Andorra
    2020-02-19
    3 nights

    FROM£256 per person

    Resort highlights

    • Family friendly
    • Great for beginners
    • Great for intermediates

    Accommodation highlights

    • Bar
    • Free WiFi

    Hotel Gaspà

    La Massana, Andorra

    nights

    FROM£0 per person

    Resort highlights

    • Family friendly
    • Great for beginners
    • Great for intermediates

    Accommodation highlights

    • Bar
    • Free WiFi
    • Restaurant
    • Ski hire on site

    Hotel la Planada

    La Massana, Andorra
    2020-03-29
    3 nights
    Breakfast included
    FROM£110 per person

    Resort highlights

    • Family friendly
    • Great for beginners
    • Great for intermediates

    Accommodation highlights

      Sucara Hotel

      La Massana, Andorra

      nights

      FROM£0 per person

      Resort highlights

      • Family friendly
      • Great for beginners
      • Great for intermediates

      Accommodation highlights

      • Internet available

      B&B La Lluna

      La Massana, Andorra

      nights

      FROM£0 per person

      Resort highlights

      • Family friendly
      • Great for beginners
      • Great for intermediates

      Accommodation highlights

      • Ski hire on site
      • Internet available

      Hotel Palarine

      La Massana, Andorra

      nights

      FROM£0 per person

      Resort highlights

      • Family friendly
      • Great for beginners
      • Great for intermediates

      Accommodation highlights

        Vitivola Ordino Park Vallnord

        La Massana, Andorra
        2020-01-19
        3 nights

        FROM£387 per person

        Resort highlights

        • Family friendly
        • Great for beginners
        • Great for intermediates

        Accommodation highlights

        • Internet available

        Hotel Arbella

        La Massana, Andorra
        2020-04-15
        3 nights
        Breakfast included
        FROM£176 per person

        Resort highlights

        • Family friendly
        • Great for beginners
        • Great for intermediates

        Accommodation highlights

        • Internet available

        Hotel Babot

        La Massana, Andorra

        nights

        FROM£0 per person

        Resort highlights

        • Family friendly
        • Great for beginners
        • Great for intermediates

        Accommodation highlights

        • Swimming pool
        • Internet available

        Gaspa Hotel

        La Massana, Andorra

        nights

        FROM£0 per person

        Resort highlights

        • Family friendly
        • Great for beginners
        • Great for intermediates

        Accommodation highlights

        • Ski hire on site
        • Internet available

        Ordino Hotel

        La Massana, Andorra

        nights

        FROM£0 per person

        Resort highlights

        • Family friendly
        • Great for beginners
        • Great for intermediates

        Accommodation highlights

        • Internet available
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