1. Value – it’s virtually tax free
Andorra has the lowest VAT tax rates in Europe at just 4.5% compared to the UK’s 20%. Even tiny Liechtenstein and savvy Switzerland have VAT rates at nearly double Andorra’s at a whopping 8%!
This makes the value second to none when it comes to the cost of things like lift passes, equipment hire and tuition. For example, a six day adult Grandvalira lift pass costs £270, about the same as St Anton’s.
That may not sound cheap, but you get high-speed access to 210km of world-class pistes and lunch every day including a sandwich, portion of fries and a drink (beer or soft drink). Buy that lunch on the mountain in St Anton and you would need to sell a kidney.
Essentially, everything from a chocolate bar and new gloves to a meal out in a restaurant and 15 hours ski tuition is that bit cheaper as you’re not paying the extra tax on it.