Andorra Day 7 – Rest Day

This morning my back and my knees were still very sore so I decided not to hit the slopes. It’s a shame as it is my last day here and I would have had the whole day to do what I wanted. Still, I didn’t think it was worth the risk.

Instead, I’ve been doing some work on the laptop, I had a nap, and went for a walk down to the supermarket to buy some booze to bring home and some food for the journey tomorrow.

I stopped to take a couple of photos of the scenery and I also took a short video which relates to something I have been thinking about…

2018 / 2019 Snow Season

I did alright at the start of the week and then as the week went on and the falls started to accumulate and take their toll and I had to stop. The whole “pack as much as possible into a single week” really doesn’t suit me for a couple of reasons.

Firstly I’m just not fit enough to snowboard for 4-6 hours a day. It’s exhausting! And the more tired I get, the less control I have and the more I fall. Secondly, when I do fall hard, and I end up with aches and bruises, I’d much prefer to recuperate for a day or two before boarding again.

I suppose I would just prefer to take it more slowly, spreading it out over a longer period of time. There is a way to do that, but the vast majority of people would never have the opportunity. That is to live here in the Grandvalira area for a whole snow season and buy a season lift pass. With my new lifestyle, that would actually be possible!

I paid 244e for a 6 day lift pass! A season pass is 620e – crazy huh? They know that most people will pay for just one week and charge accordingly! You can rent an apartment here for a month for less than a hotel for a week.

And of course another option is to actually come here in the motorhome. There is a large Aire in Pas de la Casa (part of this same area) and even the car park at El Tarter where I am now has a dedicated motorhome area.

Dedicated motorhome parking at the Gondola station car park

There would be a lot of pro’s and cons to both approaches but the point is, if I wanted to, I could do it. And that would suit me much better. Instead of having to fight through all the early morning crowds, I could work in the morning and then just head up to the slopes for an hour or two after lunch when people are starting to leave the area.

I could board for perhaps 2 hours a day, for 4-5 days a week with rest days when I wanted them. I could also throw in a few days of tuition (that at least is cheap here!) here and there. If I did this for around 3 months I don’t think I could possibly fail to improve!

Of course, as it starts to get cold again later in the year I may decide to stick to the original plan and head to southern Spain to get some sunshine but it’s another option I could explore if I really wanted to get good at snowboarding once and for all.

I love how much my world has just opened up since deciding to leave my house to travel 🙂

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