"From mountain activities......" Andorra Things to Do Tip by fga

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From mountain activities...
In Andorra, the country of the Pyrenees, mountain and nature lovers can take part in many activities throughout the year. In winter, the depth and quality of its snow and the country's high class equipment makes a visit to Andorra for ski lovers a must.
The Principality encourages all forms of snow sports: motor sledging, snowboarding, Alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, the use of snow shoes, long distance skiing, dog-drawn sleigh racing.
During the rest of the year numerous activities of discovery and adventure may be enjoyed in the Andorran mountains from trout fishing in the lakes, ponds and rivers to rock climbing in the mountains, mountain bike riding, trekking, guided walks or horse riding and white water canoeing.
A visit to Andorra is essential for all those keen on sports. Motor sport has become very popular in recent years with the organization of frequent competitions of various descriptions, such as World Championships trials, driving on ice, etc.
Finally, the Sport and Mountain Training School (EFPEM) was opened in December 1995 to train in theory and practice instructors and trainers, technical and administrative managers of federations and clubs, leisure sports leaders, referees and/or judges, including any one involved in activities to promote the teaching of physical education and sport.
...to the more traditional sports
The great strength of Andorra lies in its ability to provide sports facilities suitable for all the traditional sports in a relatively small country.
Team sports such as football, basketball, ice hockey or underwater hockey, rugby and volleyball, can be played at all levels. A large number of keen tennis, swimming, athletics, dancing, squash and martial arts players/participants are members of clubs and federations in Andorra.
The Principality also has the following state-of-the-art facilities:
- The Serradells Olympic swimming pool (50 x 21 m), which can be divided into two pools of 25 x 21 m each, in a large sports complex in Andorra la Vella.
- The Andorra la Vella Municipal stadium with a football pitch, 6 lane running track and a multipurpose pitch (20 x 40 m) for hockey, figure skating and team sports.
- The Andorra Sports centre in Andorra la Vella, with a capacity for 5,000 spectators, for competitive sports such as basketball, volleyball or indoor football.
- The MICG pitch, also at Andorra la Vella, principally for rugby.
- The Ice palace, in Canillo, with an Olympic-size rink (30 x 60 m), a 25 m swimming pool and multipurpose halls. - The Aixovall Sports field at Sant JuliÓ de Loria, principally for football.
- The Olympic rifle range at Sant JuliÓ de Loria, for room for six competitors and 15 pits for trap shooting.
- The five multipurpose sports centres at Encamp, Escaldes-Engordany, Ordino, l'Aldosa (La Massana) and Sant JuliÓ de Loria with facilities for all sports, e.g. basketball, indoor football, volleyball, judo, karate, gymnastics, swimming and tennis.
- The Pas de la Casa Car ice track at Pas de la Casa (Encamp).
SKIING The Principality of Andorra has the largest skiable area in the Pyrenees. The country offers five Alpine ski resorts and one Nordic ski resort. With a total de 2625 hectares, the resorts offer 277 km of ski runs, 1 cable car, 4 cabin lifts, 41 uncoupleable 2- to 6-seater chair, 50 ski lifts, 15 km of Nordic ski runs and more than 1100 snow canons to guarantee skiing throughout the season, on a territory measuring only 468 sq.km
The ski resorts ORDINO / ARCAL═S
This ski resort is located in the middle of the valleys of ArcalÝs and La Coma, from where you can enjoy the wild, intact scenery of the sector.
The resort goes from an altitude of 1940 m. up to 2620 m. and has 26 km of ski runs, 5 chair lifts, 8 ski lifts, 17 snow canons, a ski school with 40 instructors, a snow garden and creche for the little ones and a snowpark for surfers.

In this, the 2000-2001 season, the resorts of Pal and Arinsal will be joined thanks to the installation of a new cable car, making a area of 63 km of runs. The cable car will link Port Negre and Set˙ria in only 6 minutes with two cabins holding 50 which can transport up to 500 persons per hour.
The PAL sector is located at Pal Wood where you can ski among the trees. It is noted for its gentle runs for the younger ones and more exciting ones for the rest of the family. The ARINSAL sector has a difference of 1050 metres in altitude between the lowest and highest points. It is a resort where the learner skier can make easy progress and is excellent for the medium level skier. PAL and ARINSAL have 63 km of ski runs, 1 cable car, 1 cabin lift, 11 chair lifts, 17 ski lifts, 350 snow canons, 2 ski schools with 140 instructors, 2 snow gardens, 2 creches and 1 snowpark.

La RABASSA, at an altitude of 2,050 m, is a cross-country skiing station with 15 km runs, equipment sale and hire facilities, snow shoe circuits and an area for children where they can toboggan, sledge and build igloos.

The pioneering resort in Andorra located on the watershed of the Pyrenees. Its northerly orientation and high altitude (2050 - 2640 m) practically guarantee the quantity and quality of snow throughout the season, backing this up with 383 snow canons which can cover more than 626 hectares (23 km of ski runs).
The resort has 100 km of ski runs, 1 cabin lift (Funicamp) which links Encamp to the upper altitude at Grau Roig, 14 chair lifts, 13 ski lifts, 3 ski schools with 180 instructors, 2 snow gardens, 1 creche, 1 snowpark and 1 mogul stadium.

The resort can be reached from three different points: from the village of Soldeu by cabin lift, from El Tarter by 2 chair lifts and, starting this season thanks to the new cabin lift, there is direct access from Canillo.
It is a resort offering very varied runs in woodland, red runs, black runs and the possibility of going off-run with a snowtreading machine.
Soldeu el Tarter, located in altitude between 1710 and 2560 metres, has a total of 88 km of ski runs, 2 cabin lifts, 11 chair lifts, 12 ski lifts, 380 snow canons, 3 ski schools with 250 instructors, 3 creches, 3 snow gardens, 1 snowpark and 1 mogul stadium

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  • Written Feb 25, 2003
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