Andorra the Latest in Europe to Close its Ski Resorts Until January

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Grandvalira. Credit: Resort Facebook

Scheduled to start their season on Friday 4th December 2020, Andorra has decided to postpone the reopening of its ski resorts until early January 2021.

“It is a difficult and painful decision, but from a health point of view, it is better to postpone the opening of ski resorts to January.”

– head of Andorran government Xavier Espot

The government was keen to show its loyalty to the rest of Europe, which ordered the closure of ski resorts through Christmas and into January. France, Germany, and Italy have all closed their ski resorts until January. Austria remains open, but only to nationals, and Switzerland remains open to all. Spain has not ruled out opening resorts for locals, but no final decision has yet been made.

Grandvalira, Ordino-Arcalis, Pal-Arinsal, the three resorts in Andorra had initially planned to open the ski areas on December 4.

Everything will come.

This is difficult news for everyone but we are sure that together it will be easier.

Today Govern d’Andorra and #SkiAndorra announced that the opening of ski resorts will be postponed until early January.

We are working to share with you the alternative activities during these days. We are here and with more desire than ever to start the season. And safely.

Vallnord Par-Arinsal Facebook post

Ski Andorra and authorities in Andorra have agreed to the reopening of the ski season in January if health, mobility, and snow conditions permit it.

Andorra, officially the Principality of Andorra, is a sovereign landlocked microstate on the Iberian Peninsula, in the eastern Pyrenees, bordered by France to the north and Spain to the south. Believed to have been created by Charlemagne, Andorra was ruled by the count of Urgell until 988, when it was transferred to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Urgell. The present principality was formed by a charter in 1278. It is known as a principality as it is a diarchy headed by two princes: the Bishop of Urgell in Catalonia, Spain, and the President of the French Republic.

Andorra is the sixth-smallest nation in Europe, having an area of 468 square kilometers (181 sq mi) and a population of approximately 77,006. The Andorran people are a Romance ethnic group of originally Catalan descent. Andorra is the 16th-smallest country in the world by land and the 11th-smallest by population. Its capital, Andorra la Vella, is the highest capital city in Europe, at an elevation of 1,023-meters (3,356-feet) above sea level. The official language is Catalan, but Spanish, Portuguese, and French are also commonly spoken.

Tourism in Andorra sees an estimated 10.2 million visitors annually. Andorra is not a member of the European Union, but the euro is its official currency. It has been a member of the United Nations since 1993. In 2013, Andorra had the highest life expectancy in the world at 81 years, according to the Global Burden of Disease Study.


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