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ACTION IN ANDORRA - DAY TWO - James Cove, Andorra
Wednesday March 29, 2017 - Email this article to a friend

The tiny principality high up in the Pyrenees is only for intermediates with limited skiing and few challenges. Wrong - PlanetSKI de-bunks the myth. Day Two.


There's nothing quite like riding the first lift with the ski patrol.

There is a special first tracks programme run by Neilson, who I was staying with in El Tartar, where for €15 you get an hour's skiing ahead of everyone else.

With a coffee and croissant thrown in too.

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Sadly we didn't have fresh powder (now that would have been €15 well spent) but we did have freshly groomed slopes and stiff GS skis to play with.

We lapped the same lift safe in the knowledge that the slopes were freshly groomed and there was no-one else around.

We let rip.

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It was a great way to start Day Two in Andorra - see here for my report fro Day One as we hit the World Cup runs and the freeride terrain.

And as we had the aforementioned coffee and croissant the slopes filled and we would have to share.

Only we didn't as we were heading off the beaten track.

To the Rausol Valley to be precise.

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Ski touring is becoming increasingly popular as a way to get away from the crowds, feel  closer to nature, improve fitness and simply experience something different.

It may not be your cup of tea, but if you think this appeals then I cannot recommend it highly enough.

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It can be as tough or easy as you want and it really is like going for a mountain walk and is not as tough as you think.

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Our group opted for a gentle tour of about 1 and a half hours - it was a route I had hiked in the summer and it was interesting to see it in its winter clothes.

And then after the peace and tranquility of the Rausol Valley it was time for something entirely different.

Now I defy most people not have a quick second thought as the harness is attached and legs are swung into the void. 

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But the moment you commit fear evaporates:

And to round off Day Two it was back on snow.

Rather runners to be precise as we went husky dog running.

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First tracks, ski touring, zip wires and husky dogs - now that is what I call a day in the mountains. 

There was only one way to round it off.

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Bring on Day Three - I'm freeriding in my favourite resort in Andorra: Arcalis.


Enjoy a week at the Neilson Hotel Del Clos in El Tarter from £649 per person, travelling on 7th January 2018. 

The price includes return flights from London Stansted, resort transfers, 7 nights at the Neilson Hotel Del Clos on a club board basis (daily breakfast and afternoon tea plus 6 evening meals), plus the free Neilson Mountain Experts guiding and coaching service.
Optional activities:
- Fresh Trax - €15 per person (includes early lift up the mountain, a guide and coffee/pastry at the end)
- Husky sledding - €36.50 per person.
- Zip wire – €15 per person. Available in Canillo sector only. Not an adrenalin junkie experience. More an aerial view over canillo and a gentle glide down.
- Free ride –
Freeride Introduction is 3 hours. €42.20 per person. Includes intro to avalanche safety kit and freeride.
Freeride session is 4 hours. €220 for the session with up to 6 people (cost is split by pax). Includes use of kit and freeride.
Guests can go on to take an ISTA qualification (€110 for the qualification, only available after 7 hours of sessions have been completed, and at a further cost of €110)

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