The second winter season under the aegis of Grandvalira Resorts, which brings together all the resorts in Andorra, ended with a total of 2,230,604 ski days sold, a slightly lower figure than that recorded for the previous season. The lack of precipitation at the start of the season and during key periods had an impact on the overall winter attendance figures, which ended up being 5.5% down on the previous season, when 2,364,359 ski days were sold between the three Grandvalira Resorts.

Despite this slight drop in visitor numbers, Andorra’s ski resorts once again proved themselves to be a safe snow destination, thanks to recent investments in modernising and extending the artificial snow network, providing the most extensive range of skiable terrain in the Pyrenees and southern Europe throughout the winter. What’s more, the three resorts ended the winter without a single day of total closure, from the official opening to the end of the season. “The investments we have made in recent years to improve our artificial snow network have been decisive. Combined with the excellent work of our teams on the ground, who have proved once again that they are the best specialists in the treatment of slopes, especially in difficult conditions, we have managed to compensate for the late arrival of the snowfalls”, explains Juan Ramón Moreno, General Manager of Grandvalira Resorts. It is important to note that this winter’s snowfall was slightly higher than last winter’s, although most of it came late in the season.

Grandvalira Resorts 2023-2024 general review ®Grandvalira Resorts

Juan Ramón Moreno also believes that the overall offering of the Andorran resorts played a positive role in the final results of the season. “Grandvalira Resorts’ integrated management model, which encompasses ski lifts and slopes as well as business areas such as catering, ski schools, activities in the ski areas and alternative offerings such as après-ski, allows us to be more resilient in seasons such as this, where we have continued to see an increase in the average spend per customer,” he says.

Slight fall in ski days at Grandvalira with a total of 1,653,417

Grandvalira recorded a total of 1,653,417 ski days sold, marking a 5.4% drop compared to winter 2022-2023. However, it should be pointed out that this season lasted 125 days at Grandvalira, 11 days less than the previous year.

Average daily visitor numbers to Grandvalira were higher this year, with 13228 skiers per day compared to 12848 last winter.

Monday 12 February was the busiest day with a total of 23,493 people, while the Grandvalira Resorts as a whole counted 32,526 skiers that day.

Local markets once again played a dominant role, as they have in recent years. Visitors from Spain (53.6%) made up the largest contingent of Grandvalira customers, but it is also important to highlight the good performance of the British and Irish markets, which continued to account for a significant share of customers with 12.1%, as well as the French market with 9.4%.

Grandvalira 2023-2024 general review ®Grandvalira Resorts

In addition, growth in strategic markets such as Latin America has been notable, with a particular focus on customers in Brazil, Colombia and Argentina, as well as in North America, mainly the United States. In this respect, the commercial agreement with Ikon Pass, which offers access to more than 50 resorts worldwide and of which Grandvalira Resorts has been a member for the last two winters, has played a key role. This year, more than 3,500 days of skiing were recorded by visitors with this pass from the United States.

In addition, the dynamic pricing strategy has been consolidated, resulting in an increase in sales via Grandvalira’s online channels of 8.51% compared to the previous winter, which had already seen a very significant increase of 34.7%.

Pas de la Casa. @Grandvalira Resorts

Late snowfalls

Grandvalira recorded up to 337cm of snow accumulated this winter, compared to 320cm in the previous season. It is important to note that most of this snow accumulated towards the end of the season, particularly in March, while during the first few months the artificial snow network played a more predominant role.

In total, 1,495,000 m³ of water were transformed into artificial snow

, this ensured that skiing was possible during many key periods throughout the winter, thanks also to the excellent work of the teams on the ground.

Women’s World Cup and 2029 World Championships

The Women’s World Cup, held on 10 and 11 February in Soldeu, was the last major test for Grandvalira before the host city for the 2029 World Championships is chosen. The decision will be taken on 4 June at the annual FIS gala in Reykjavik.

Andorra’s bid is looking good, and one of the major assets in proving that the country is ready to host this event is its experience in high-level competitions: from this year’s World Cup to the two finals organised, via the European Cups and numerous FIS events, with a total of 14 races contested this year in Grandvalira. It is also important to take into account the weather challenges that had to be overcome in this and previous editions. It should be noted that Andorra was the only host of the Copa du Monde able to keep to the programme throughout the month of February.

Grandvalira: music, skiing and après-ski

L’Abarset rounded off another successful season. More than 100,000 people visited this emblematic venue in Grandvalira’s El Tarter sector, confirming its status as the benchmark for après-ski in southern Europe. This success is due to its commitment to offering a comprehensive entertainment and dining experience, as well as a first-class music programme featuring the most renowned international DJs of the moment.

The Abarset has also strengthened its partnerships with major international promoters such as Brunch Electronik, which drew more than 10,000 people over the course of the season to five events, all of which sold out, and the Bresh, described as ‘the most beautiful party in the world’, which was held twice this year. The venue also played host to headliners from top international festivals such as Andrea Oliva, Josep Capriati, John Digweed, DJ Gordo and Paco Osuna. Other emerging talents such as Layla Benitez, Franky Rizardo, Miss Monique and Eli Brown also made their mark this season, bringing a rich musical diversity.

L’Abarset, Grandvalira’s must-see après-ski venue

The Snowrow festival was Grandvalira’s other great musical success. This prestigious immersive festival from the elrow brand celebrated its second edition on the snow, attracting over 6,000 daily attendees with a unique offer combining snow activities, music, games and daytime competitions for all the family, followed by evenings reserved for over-18s under the famous pink tent characteristic of elrow festivals. Snowrow saw the participation of over 40 world-famous artists and up-and-coming talents, featuring Marco Carola, the famous Neapolitan DJ and producer, the Swede Adam Beyer, and Ilario Alicante, DJ and producer from Livorno.

Pal Arinsal, 377,857 ski days sold

Pal Arinsal closed the season with 377,857 ski days sold, a figure that fell short of the targets set at the start of the season and represents a drop of 11.7% on the previous winter. The Massana ski area suffered the effects of late snowfall and other meteorological factors, such as wind, particularly in the Arinsal sector.

Pal Arinsal 2023-2024 general review ®Grandvalira Resorts

However, it is worth noting that the depths of snow accumulated at the end of the season were significantly greater than those of the 2022-2023 season. Specifically, the Pal sector recorded a total of 275 cm of accumulated snow, compared to 176 cm the previous year, and Arinsal received up to 344 cm, compared to 279 cm last season.

Although the main rainfall came at the end of the season, Pal Arinsal managed to keep at least 70% of its slopes open for almost the entire season, thanks in large part to the production of artificial snow, which transformed 388,352 m³ of water into snow, and to the hard work of the teams on the ground, who were particularly crucial this season. The inauguration of the new Port Negre chairlift in Arinsal, a Doppelmayr detachable six-seater, also marks a first step towards the future modernisation of the resort. It’s also worth pointing out that, of the 124 days the resort has been open, the busiest day at Pal Arinsal was Monday 12 February, with a total of 6,250 skiers.

Station de Pal Arinsal. ®Grandvalira Resorts

In terms of the origin of Pal Arinsal’s skiers, the winter season’s loyal clientele, mainly from Spain (47.5%) and Andorra (15.5%), has consolidated. The share of the British and Irish market also increased, representing 20.6% of the total customer base. The dynamic pricing strategy also had a positive impact on Pal Arinsal’s online sales, which grew by 10.54% on the previous season.

Ordino Arcalís beats all-time record with 210,276 visits

The privileged position of Ordino Arcalís, which favours a large accumulation of snow and better conservation of its quality, has once again been a decisive factor in the resort beating its attendance record since becoming part of Grandvalira Resorts. The resort recorded a total of 210,276 visits, largely thanks to skiers from other Grandvalira Resorts who also took advantage of the excellent conditions at Ordino Arcalís. The resort achieved 199,330 ski days sold, an increase of 7.5% on the previous season, which had already set an all-time record.

Ordino Arcalis 2023-2024 general review ®Grandvalira Resorts

The resort offered the longest season in the Pyrenees with a total of 137 days open, the busiest day being Saturday 13 January with 3,565 skiers. Thanks to the rainfall at the end of November, the resort was able to pre-open for a few days in the La Coma sector, being the first in the Pyrenees to do so, and was also able to delay its closure by a week longer than expected.

Ordino Arcalís was also the resort to receive the most snow, with 379 cm accumulated, once again underlining its privileged location and reinforcing its prestige as a destination often blessed with the greatest quantity and quality of snow, making it a benchmark in the world of freeriding. What’s more, artificial snow has also helped to maintain the skiable offer at key times of the season, with at least 80% of pistes open, and often 100%, thanks in part to the 108,000 m³ of water transformed into artificial snow this winter.

Station d’Ordino Arcalis. @Grandvalira Resorts

Like the other Grandvalira Resorts, Ordino Arcalís has also seen a 17.85% increase in online sales. As far as the origin of skiers is concerned, Ordino Arcalís maintains a high level of loyalty among its local customers, with Spaniards accounting for 68.4% of the total, followed by Andorrans at 24.4%.