La Massana is a village where visitors can enjoy nature to the full, with family or friends. In winter, Alpine skiing is the king of sports here, but others are also available: snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, snowbikes, horseriding. Towering over La Massana, is Mount Comapedrosa, at 2,942 metres the highest peak in the Principality of Andorra. The views from this great rock giant are absolutely spectacular, and Comapedrosa is also the site of the only guarded mountain refuge in the country.
The Gondola running from the town centre takes visitors up to the Pal ski area. There’s not much bite to the runs but Pal isn’t meant to be a haven for those craving adrenalin – the mountains exude calm and civilisation ideal for beginners, families or those who prefer the softer side of the slopes, and at such a leisurely pace is all the better for admiring the scenery.
The lift link straight to Pal-Arinsal gives you 63km of piste to tackle, perfect for beginners and intermediates. There are wide, gentle greens for novice skiers and and lots more advanced slopes over in Pal. And there’s a decent snow park over in Arinsal, if you’re keen on big air, half-pipes and jumps.
La Massana is just 10 minutes (6Km) from Andorra La Vella, a tax free shopping haven, and the famous Caldea Spa for those who like to mix shopping and pampering with skiing.
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