The end and the beginning

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As the title says the end, indeed its the end of another winter season in Andorra.  However the forecast has something different to say.  After a month of beaming sun shine, the weather is about to take a dive in temperature bring in the snow again.

This winter season has be eventful with new music festivals taking over the village of Arinsal for the week, the river turning green, not dirty green toxic looking green.  This was due to some testing they were doing for the bottling plant based in Arinsal, all good though the chemical used was not harmful to humans and animals.  Plenty of snowfall along with some high temperatures.  Time to wax the skis and boards, hang up the boots, until next winter.

The beginning of the summer season is here.  All the summer activities and venues getting ready for the start.  The summer season kicks of the beginning of June.

What you can expect in the summer in Andorra.  Nice warm weather and cool evenings. A much more laid back feel in the resort.  Plenty of hiking trails and wildlife to explore.  Activities such as via ferratas, canyoning, hiking, mountain biking, road biking, segway tours, a unique Cirque du Soleil, tax free shopping, nature parks and toboggans, mountains top BBQs and so much more.

Andorra has a great vibe in the summer months, the perfect place to visit for families looking for adventure, and people who adore the outdoors.

Why not pop along and try out summer in Andorra.

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Bike with us

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It’s the beginning of the mountain biking season in Andorra.  Vallnord has just opened the bike park.  This weekend we are looking forward to seeing the Maxi Avalanche Europe Cup.  Later in the season Vallnord are hosting the UCI Mountain Bike and Trials World Championships from 1st – 6th September, Schedule.  This is your opportunity to come and try out the world class tracks designed by local world class rider Cedric Gracia.

Here at Ski, Bike and Hike we have a great deal for you.

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What we got to offer:

  • 7 nights accommodation in a one bedroom apartment plus sofa bed
  • 6 day lift pass for Vallnord Bike Park
  • Free Shuttle to and from gondela
  • Free WiFi throughout apartments
  • Free welcome gift
  • Onsite parking (charges may apply)
  • Tour desk in reception
  • Shopping lists prior to arrival
  • Breakfast delivery
  • Bike rental at local store

Prices are:

  • 2 people – 380€ per person
  • 3 people – 290€ per person
  • 4 people – 250€ per person

Come and learn English with us.

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This summer we are offering a new and exciting way to learn English.  Our course is for families wanting to learn English together, with native teachers.  Not only will you get high quality lessons, but you will get an action packed week with activities.  from 290€ p.p  Dates are 9th – 16th August 2015

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Included in the price is: accommodation, lessons,and activities. Apartments can been seen on this blog)

The weekly programme is as follows

Programme

Day     9.30 – 12.30        14.00 – 16.30           Evening
Sunday                                                            Arrival day             BBQ
Monday    Lessons               Sport             Quiz
Tuesday        Lessons Active English Practice         Free Evening
Wednesday           Hiking and Picnic to Tristaina Lakes           Movie Night
Thursday    Lessons Active English Practice     Shopping in Andorra
Friday    Lessons     Via Feratta or Sport           Free Evening
Saturday                Naturlandia and Tobotronic        Farewell Party / Disco

Lessons

Classes will be divided between adults and children.

Morning classes will concentrate on Grammar, Vocabulary and Conversations

Active English classes may be done all together, as an activity such as cooking

On arrival day you will be asked to complete a short quiz so we can assess you level.

You will be given feedback and a diploma for completing the week

Sports include:

Tennis, football, Swimming or Basketball

Via Ferrata  (20€)

Excursions:

Hiking to Trisiana Lakes Approx 1.5 up and 1 hour down

Full Day in Naturlandia – Tobotronic, Animal park, Buggys, Trampoline, Zip Wire and rope park, Mini Golf, Archery

Evenings:

BBQ – Weather depending, Quiz in English (battle of the families) for the whole family. A selection of Movies available.  Shuttles to Andorra La Vella for exploring. (Caldea Spa is available at a supp).  Fairwell Party and Disco, Presentation night.

For more infomation or to book your family a place, contact us on +376 665 292 or +376 659241 alternatively drop us an email  to: skibikeandhike@hotmail.com

Climbing Via Ferratas in Andorra

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Other wise known as Iron ways.  Via ferratas are hitting the mountains by storm throughout the Alps and the Pyrenees.  Here in Andorra Via Ferratas are free to use, however it does require some equipment which is easily rented in shops in the area.  What’s required?? Harness, Helmet, Y bungy Lanyard and a good pair of walking shoes.  Andorra hosts 16 in a range of different levels.

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How does it work?? A blank mountain wall covered with ladder rungs, bolts, chains, bridges and cables.  The Y lanyard is attached to your harness, and the other two ends are attached to the cable with lockable carabiners.  As you make your way up the face of the mountain you continue to transfer your safety lanyard one carabiner at a time onto the cable as you pass the anchor bolts which attaches the cable to the mountain side.


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Why do it??  Why not?? leave your fear of heights at home.  Some sections aren’t for the faint hearted.  However, Via ferratas are classified in levels, which are according to the vertical ascent and the complexity of the route.  There are always some in the area for beginner level and some easy enough for children to do.  Once you have reached the top, you have a nice walk back down following a footpath, on occasions the walk down is as steep as the walk up.  There is an option to go with a guide which is highly recommended especially if you are attempting it for the first time or with children. However if you have some or little experience in the outdoors or climbing it is possible to go alone. No matter how many times you do them, there is always a feeling of accomplishment.

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Apartments in Arinsal

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Our modern apartment hosts up to 10 guests.  The apartment has spectacular views either of the Village, the river and mountains of the Coma Pedrosa national park, including the highest peak in Andorra.  There is free Wifi throughout the apartment.

The apartment includes:

  • 4 twin/double bedroom, with closet space and window/terrace. Either with en-suite or a private bathroom.
  • 1 sofa bed.
  • Plasma screen TV box for local channels and a few international stations.
  • Fully fitted kitchen with oven, hob, microwave, kettle, toaster, coffee machine, juicer, pots and pans, and all the necessary utensils required for cooking and meals
  • Dining table for 10 people
  • Living room with large windows to take in the spectacular view, Large balcony, sofa, chairs, a Mezzanine floor with sofa bed and games, and ambient lighting.

Additional services on offer at the apartment (costs may apply):

  • Tour operator services. Transfers, excursions, car hire, ski school lessons, lift passes and much more can be booked here
  • Packed lunches
  • Pre-arrival shopping list
  •  Garage space for bikes and equipment
  • Laundry service
  • Free use of tennis rackets and balls to use at the village tennis court

About us

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Welcome to Ski Bike and Hospitality.  We are based in the heart of the Pyrenees, the mountains of Andorra, in the valley of La Massana, and in the Centre of Arinsal.

We are a new tour operator based in Arinsal with a 4* apartment to offer you.  What can you expect from us?? A great location for both summer and winter holidays.  A warm welcome, and a helping hand to help you decide what activities to take part in while you’re here, and of course, a great, homely, clean, modern apartment to stay in.

Our apartment has four large bedrooms, three of which are en-suites and the fourth bedroom has a private bathroom. Bed can either be twins or doubles, plus a sofa bed on the mezzanine floor.  A spacious living area with spectacular views of the Coma Pedrosa. Three large terraces, a dining area for up to 10 guests. A fully fitted kitchen with everything you need including a dishwasher, oven, stove, coffee maker and so much more.

The apartment has a parking garage, Free WiFi throughout,  facilities for bike storage and cleaning.

What can you do here?

Skiing, Hiking, Biking (cycling or mountain), Via Ferratas, shopping, 4×4 excursions, quad biking, segways, museums and so much more. Arinsal is a mecca for out door activities. Why not come along and we will put together a package of adventure for you.

For more information. you can find us on facebook http://www.facebook.com/skibikeandhike