Andorra is not just skiing ... Although these landscapes attract anyoneI have never been a fan of organized trips. When Estiber Travel -one of the agencies with the greatest presence and experience in the snow tourism sector- decided to invite us to try their Cool experience Weekend in Andorra, I must admit that I started with a certain skepticism.
In Barcelona's Sants station we met those who were going to be our guides for this adventure, Lilian and Alex. From the beginning, the delivery and attitude of these boys, the feeling that they transmitted to you that the important thing was you, they quickly beat me and I began to change my preconceived idea about this type of excursions, where many times they graze a hotel group to Monument, like cattle. Perhaps the secret of these boys is that they enjoy this experience and the snow as much or more than we do.
After a while, the bus started. Crossing the border of Andorra I felt that today a border post in the old community Europe is almost a relic that transports you to times gone by, to Cold War films and childhood images.
Andorra It is a curious Pyrenean country that mixes prints of a medieval past with the modernity of its shops and industrial suburbs. A unique mix of nature and consumption.
We head to our hotel located in La Massana, a town of almost eleven centuries old that, for 60 years -with the opening of the country to tourism-, it has been transformed into a modern mountain tourist complex where some constructions that evoke its remote past still survive.
He hotel Rutllan , a picturesque chalet a few meters from the access cabin to the slopes, has a rustic decor and a warm and comfortable atmosphere. I have no criteria in this regard as most of the accommodations of my trips are precarious backpackers hostels. So I was at ease in this beautiful Pyrenean hotel.
Vallnord station offered a landscape similar to Alaska
After a dinner - perhaps too copious - and a few talks and laughs, I went straight to bed with my fingers crossed so that the weather, the next day, was optimal.
Pal is a small station with gentle slopes that run through deep forests, is a site ideal for all those who want to enjoy their first contact with the ski.
The day did not accompany - rain and snow - but it was fortunate that the station director accompanied us, Martí Rafael, a jovial and friendly guy who enjoyed every descent with the joy of a schoolboy.
Off-piste skiing, through the woods, in the Pyrenees is not easy to find. The luck of having Martí with us, a lot of knowledge of the area, led us to the descent of the day. Sliding through a beautiful and wide forest we forget the cold and the soaked we were going. It is a unique experience capable of transforming any mood into enjoyment, pure and plain enjoyment. The screams and laughter echoed among pine trees and fir trees.
Enjoying the snow