Snowboarding in Andorra
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Yet another holiday with Russell and Sarah and yet another party the night before, to make the trip to the airport before sunrise all the more challenging.
This time were flying out on a Sunday morning and the night before Michelle and I were hosts to a cocktail party that included Fergus and Helen and Bec and Craig, so there was no chance that we would be allowed to take it easy.
Our driver arrived on time and the 4 of us and all our gear piled into his old station wagon. Not only was it a tight squeeze, the car must have been 20 years old and he had the cheek to charge us £75 for the pleasure!! Snow holiday off to a flying start already!
The rest of the trip to
We were all very glad when the coach ride was over. We checked into the Princessa Parc Hotel and were very impressed with the facilities. The rooms were good and the hotel was vast, with lots of facilities and most importantly, good food, which was inclusive with the deal that we’d booked.
The downside to our arrival was the absence of snow. A serious problem when you are on a snow holiday. Our rep assured us that there was snow on the slopes, which was pretty hard to believe from the village.
After a good nights sleep, all our dreams came true, we awoke to our first morning on the slopes and there was snow everywhere on the ground.
We had to ascend to the piste via a gondola before we were able to pick up our equipment and meet up with our instructors. Surprisingly, Michelle and I were two of the few boarders who had arrived seeking lessions who had any idea what they were doing, so we were thrust into the advanced class. Our instructor, Rodrigo was an Agentinian who has been boarding for 15 years. It took us a while to get used to his manner of instruction (which involved more “follow me!” than step by step instruction) but by weeks end he had won us over, as we’d both learnt a great deal from him.
Unfortunately, the snow that fell on the first night was the only snow that fell for the entire week, so whilst the conditions on day 1 were close to ideal, they got worse and worse during the week.
The nightlife in
Russell set his social sights on the Friday night 70’s party, so most of the evenings in the lead up to that were passed with a few quiet drinks, some cheese toasties and swapping of snowboarding and skiing stories.
The 70’s night was good and bad.