Last week we went skiing in Andorra. It was our first time skiing and it was really great to get away and learn a new skill.

We wanted to get out into the mountains and snowshoeing seemed like the perfect way to explore the mountains more. It was dusk when we started our walk at the base of the Coll dels Isards chairlift in Pas de la case, Grandvalira.

We walked straight up over the snowy slopes in a semi circular route within the valley culminating at our destination: the snow-covered Abelletes Lake.

Andorra is a tiny country situated in the Pyranees between France and Spain, with a population of only 81,000 people. The Abelletes Lake is at the head of the Pas de la Casa river basin that forms a natural frontier with France. For this reason, part of the lake is in France and the other part in Andorra. It was here that our guide pulled out his flask full of hot chocolate to share with the group.

It was really nice to get away from the lights and music of the resort. To hear the crunching snow under the snowshoes and see the sun fade with a beautiful sunset. It was quite hard work walking through the snow, but this was only an introductory session so we didn’t go too far.

It was completely dark by the time we made it back to the piste slopes that guided us down to the resort. Overall it was a really lovely experience that has stuck with us since returning home. We loved skiing and hopefully we will have time to do more in the future. Pas de la Case was a great base to start learning to ski, and next time we visit it would be really great to ski the whole of Grandvalira!

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