In winter Arinsal, 10km northwest of Andorra la Vella, has good skiing and snowboarding and a lively après-ski scene. It’s linked with the smaller ski station of Pal, in turn part of the Vallnord complex (www.vallnord.com; 1-day lift pass low season/high season €27/32). They have 63km of pistes with a vertical drop of 1010m.
In summer Pal has a wealth of activities including mountain biking, horse riding, go-karting and archery. From Arinsal, a good departure point for many a mountain walk, a trail leads northwest then west to Estany de les Truites (2260m), a natural lake with a staffed mountain hut that has beds, refreshments and meals.