Ski mountaineering has become an essential activity for snow sports enthusiasts. It’s a good alternative for enjoying winter skiing, nature and landscapes. If you’re not yet familiar with ski touring, we encourage you to try it on the circuits available in Grandvalira.
The Mountain Pass
To go ski mountaineering in Andorra you need a different ski pass from the Alpine ski pass. This is the Mountain Pass, which allows you to use the specific circuits for this discipline in Grandvalira, Pal Arinsal, Ordino Arcalís and Naturland. Like the traditional ski pass, you can buy it for a single day or for the whole season. In this case, the Mountain Pass is common to all resorts and is also valid for the snowshoe circuits. It also includes the use of some lifts in each ski resort for one ascent and one descent per day.
Ski mountaineering circuits
There are a total of 27 specific circuits for ski mountaineering and snowshoeing in all the resorts. Grandvalira has 9 areas. Near the hotel, in the El Tarter sector, you will find a circuit where you can practise this modality.
The opening hours are the same as the slopes, but there are some circuits where you can go ski mountaineering at night (from 5.30 pm to 10 pm) or early in the morning before the slopes open (from 7 am to 9 am).
Benefits of ski mountaineering
As we said at the beginning, ski mountaineering is a sport that is gaining more and more followers every day. Although it is more demanding than alpine skiing and you have to have a certain level of skiing, you can also get started and enjoy snow sports in a different way. It is a very complete physical activity ideal for keeping fit during the winter. The fact of practising it in the open air surrounded by incredible landscapes will increase your sense of wellbeing and you will be put to the test with some climbs that are harder than others.
The circuits set up in the resorts will allow you to do it safely.