- 1 Grandvalira grows in ski days sold
- 2 Pal Arinsal decreases in ski day sales
- 3 Ordino Arcalís grows by 26% in skiing days
Despite the low rainfall and the energy and economic crisis during the winter, Grandvalira Resorts have recorded good numbers, thanks in large part to the investments in snow making snow made in recent years. This has made it possible to cover more than 60% of the skiable domains with the snow production network, which has given the resorts a competitive advantage over the rest of the Pyrenees.
During most of the season, Pal Arinsal and Ordino Arcalís have maintained slope opening percentages above 75%, while Grandvalira has offered more than 100 skiable kilometres. The general manager of Grandvalira Resorts, Juan Ramón Moreno, highlights the efforts of the terrain teams to guarantee the best possible conditions, despite the lack of snow.
Grandvalira grows in ski days sold
Grandvalira recorded an increase in ski days with a total of 1,747,333 sold during the 136 days of opening, representing an increase of 1.41% compared to the previous season. The busiest day at the resort coincides with the Carnival festivities, with a total of 24,691 skiers. Proximity markets, including the Spanish and French markets, have performed well, with an increase in international markets.
A winter lacking in precipitation
With 320 centimetres of snow accumulated since November, this season has recorded the lowest amount of snow precipitation in several years, with 33% less snow accumulation compared to last season, which reached 479 cm of snow.
2023 World Cup Finals
During the World Cup Finals, which were held in the Soldeu and El Tarter ski areas from March 13 to 19, the technical teams played a crucial role in the organization, with the world's best skiers, their teams and FIS members praising the success of the event.
With impact figures and positive assessments from all parties involved, the organizing committee continues to work hard on Andorra's bid to host the World Championships in 2029. The final vote will take place in May 2024, a date that has been highlighted in red on the calendar.
Summer season in Grandvalira
Grandvalira has already begun preparations for summer following the closure of the slopes. This year, summer will come with many exciting new features. Starting June 23, the Mon(t) Magic Family Park in Canillo, the golf course in Soldeu and the iconic Llac de Pessons Restaurant in Grau Roig will open.
Pal Arinsal decreases in ski day sales
In its first winter season under the Grandvalira Resorts brand, Pal Arinsal has closed an atypical and complex season due to the lack of snow, with a total of 430,516 ski days sold, 12% less than last season.
The general lack of precipitation in the Pyrenees during the season and above-average temperatures in the last stretch, which led to an early closure of the resort and operational difficulties during Easter, had a negative impact on occupancy figures.
However, the resort has seen a 19% increase in average spending per customer, which has partly offset the adverse effects. In addition, investments made during the season in upgrading the restaurants in the Arinsal ski area have yielded positive results, improving service and contributing to significant business growth.
Half the snowfall compared to last season
The ski resort of La Massana has been the most affected by the lack of snow this season. In particular, the Pal ski area has had a snow accumulation of 176 cm, half the amount recorded last winter, while the Arinsal ski area has had 276 cm of accumulated snow during the whole season, 43% less than last season.
Despite this, Pal Arinsal has been able to offer more than 75% of its skiable area on most days of operation thanks to the great efforts of the terrain team and the production of artificial snow, with a total of 278,581 m3 of water transformed into snow and 7,667 hours of work dedicated by the terrain teams with the snow groomers.
Summer season in Pal Arinsal
The ski resort of La Massana will open summer on June 9, offering all its attractions to enjoy the environment, including the Mountain Park and the prestigious Bike Park of Pal Arinsal, as the main attraction. In addition, from August 22 to 27, a new edition of the UCI MTB World Cup will be held in this same place, which will bring together the best riders in the world. With the new agreement between the UCI and Discovery Channel to broadcast the competition, the event is expected to increase in magnitude.
Ordino Arcalís grows by 26% in skiing days
Thanks to its privileged location, which allows for greater accumulation and conservation of snow, the Ordino Arcalís ski resort has become a haven for skiers seeking snow guarantees. In fact, the resort has experienced its best season since its incorporation to Grandvalira Resorts, with a total of 186,510 ski days sold, representing an increase of 26% over the previous season.
In addition, thanks to good snow conditions at the end of the season, the total number of users accessing the lifts at the Ordino resort reached 199,641, largely thanks to skiers from other Grandvalira Resorts ski areas and resorts who were forced to bring their closures forward.
Ordino Arcalís enjoyed the longest season, keeping its facilities open for the 137 days planned. The busiest day was April 4, during Easter, with 3,402 skiers. Throughout the season, the resort accumulated a total of 375 cm of snow, representing a decrease of 17% compared to the previous year.
Summer season in Ordino Arcalís
This year, the transition between the winter and summer seasons in Ordino Arcalís will be short once again. From June 3, visitors will be able to access the Mirador Solar de Tristaina by using the Creussans chairlift and the Tristaina cable car. These means of transport will facilitate the visit to a place that in just two years has become a point of reference in summer tourism in Andorra.