By Regina Winkle-Bryan
Granted, fluffy snow is not what most of us think of when we imagine Spain. However, the Northern Spain is separated from France and Andorra by the Pyrenees, and in those mountains snowflakes tend to tumble. I went on my first ever Spanish ‘winter wonderland’ excursion over the New Year. I went with A, and we drove northwest towards Andorra. A tiny Catalan-speaking country in the furthest corner of Northwestern Catalonia, Andorra is famous for cheap shopping (less tax) and ski holidays.
I did not ski, nor did A. We didn’t have the gear, the know-how, or the will. We did see other people skiing though when we took the ‘cable pod’ up to the Grandvalira Ski Station from Encamps. I really recommend doing this little ride, which will only set you back $10.00. Once at the top of the mountain you can either ski or go to the lodge and have drink by the fire and watch other people ski. We did the latter and it was a blast. All the fun of a ski holiday without the bruises and broken bones…
Still not sure? Take a look at the photos below snapped while in Andorra, they’ll give you an idea of what sort of slopes and snow levels are available. While Andorra is a big draw for skiers, similar ski resorts thread the Pyrenees on the French and Spanish sides of the border. Skiing in Spain and Andorra is cheaper than skiing in many northern European countries.
Here go the photos!:
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