ok, speaking from several years experience of visiting Andorra.
You'll find it reasonably busy during Presidents week as this clashes with the Brit school holidays. That being said all is not lost. You can ski all the resorts over a 1 week period, all within a 1 hours drive of each other.
Pas de la Casa/Soldeu now share a common lift ticket, this opens up a much larger skiable terrain.
Arinsal and Pal are also linked and once again share a lift ticket.
The hidden gem of Andorra is a resort known as Arcalis, Arcalis is not on the Brit package holiday circuit, much quieter and benefits from North facing slopes.
You will need a car to get yourself around the country, but as previously stated, no 2 resorts are far away.
Costs are very favourable, lift ticket prices are cheaper than the alps and indeed much cheaper than the US.
Equipment, that scores high. Andorra is a tax free country so you;ll find heaps of bargains, this applies to all goods you would wish to buy.
Getting there is ok as well, under 2 hours from Barcelona and a little over 2 hours from Toulouse, although the Toulouse route is often very busy as you approcah the Pic D'Envlira tunnel.
Yes its cheap, yes it can be busy, yes loads of Brits learn to ski there. Sking is not as limited as some people like to make out, if your only visiting, there's more than enough to keep you busy.
Its also a bit of a party town, so dont expect a quiet time, the tourists are up for a good time and they certainly make sure they have one.
In my opinion it offers great value for money.
Accomadation can be difficult to secure, but if your prepared to stay in the Capital (reasonably central to all but Pas De la Casa) you should be able to find a good hotel etc.
check out some of the resources I've come across.http://www.arinsal.comhttp://www.ski-europe.com/resorts/arcalis.htmlhttp://www.andorramania.com/arinsal_pal/index.php
one last thing, Andorrans are not the worlds greatest vegetarians, they are confirmed meat eaters and most dishes are based around meat.
Sure there are bigger and better area's but Andorra is an unpretentious alternative.
Colin[ November 15, 2003, 03:14 AM: Message edited by: Colin-uk ]