The country offers three different ski stations, 174 slopes representing a distance of 282 km, 107 skilifts, the services of about 650 instructors and 1,387 snow guns. All this in a territory which measures only 468 sq.km. Grandvalira, the principle ski area in the region, is shooting for a Dec. 1 opening. Snowfall to date has been spotty, but December snowfall is traditionally steady. The scenery, and local atmosphere, has been enough to ensure return visitation by skiers from all over the world.