Grandvalira - Ski Area Guide

Grandvalira, Andorra

in Andorran Pyrenees - 192km of Piste (1,710m to 2,640m)

Typically lively, high value, friendly Andorran resort with a larger than average ski area. The biggest investor in skiing in the Pyrenees during the 1990s, the resort added a new 8 seater gondola for the 1996/97 season and new hotels. A skiing link with Pas de la Casa and Grau Roig was completed in 1997/98 and has been subsequently improved. The two areas finally issued a joint lift ticket - Grandvalira - for the first time for the 2003-4 season. Investment for 2000 included three new six-seater chairs, immediately placing the resort in the world top five for numbers of this type of lift at the time. Soldeu is a modern, dynamic resort with picturesque scenery surrounding and the only ski area with ISO 9000 quality award status, a lot of competitions are organised each season and there are some first rate mogul/bumps slopes. The second base at El Tarter is more traditional.

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Grandvalira Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats for Grandvalira
25Black Pistes
30Red Pistes
42Blue Pistes
21Green Pistes
286Pistes
192kmDownhill Pistes
13kmCross Country Pistes
66Ski Lifts

Grandvalira Ski Area Height

Max Vertical and Resort Altitude for Grandvalira
2640mHighest Lift
1710mLowest Piste
1710mResort Altitude (Grandvalira)

Grandvalira

The Grandvalira Ski Area includes 4 Andorran Ski Resorts with a combined total of 192km of downhill skiing, with 286 individual pistes, served by 66 ski lifts. The appropriate Lift Pass allows you to ski or snowboard in any of the ski areas of Canillo, Encamp, Pas de la Casa / Grau Roig and Soldeu el Tarter.

The ski resort itself is above 1500m, so skiing or boarding back to the resort is usually possible. With pistes above 2500 metres, skiing and snowboarding is assured throughout the season.

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There is an airport within two hours drive, so ski weekends, snowboard breaks and short ski holidays to Grandvalira are perfectly feasible.

Skiing in Grandvalira

The ski area is accessed by parallel chair and gondola lifts from the two bases at Soldeu and El Tarter, giving at least four choices to get up to the above-treeline terrain first thing in the morning, minimising queues. There are two large ski areas specifically designed for beginners at Els Espiolet in Soldeu and Riba Escorada in El Tarter and more than 160 multi-lingual teachers ready to give advice. Beginners will soon progress on to the gentle slopes of Solana del Forn above the resort. Intermediates will enjoy Soldeu's skiing the most, with predominantly easy and intermediate trails to enjoy.

The lift link to Pas de la Casa and Grau Roig opens up 200km (125 miles) of terrain best suited to intermediates. Expert skiers have eight trails to choose from and a drag lift serving the off piste terrain of Pic d'Encampadana. Here you will find a snowcat operation, unique to the Pyrenées, bringing off-piste powder to those who want it. It may be unique to the world in that the service is offered free of charge to lift pass holders without supplement. The resort announced a huge investment in new lifts and other infrastructure improvements for the millennium season. Soldeu built three new six-seater chairs all located to service the large snowfields above the treeline directly above Soldeu and neighbouring village of El Tarter. The lifts accessed 8 newly created trails (5 blues and three reds) adding 11km (6.5 miles) of terrain. A new quad, Les Solanelles also accessed some of these new trails and creates and also improves the link over to Pas de la Casa and Grau Roig.

An eight seater gondola links a third base village, Canillo, into the system, running from a base at 1500m up to 2100m where a new complex, El Forn, is being developed to include nursery school, ski school and restaurant. A quad then takes you further up to 2465m. A beginners area is also serviced by a short slow quad - North American style. The area also features a new drag lift and two new runs (blue and red). Soldeu's ski school manages heli-skiing excursions, snowcat and off-piste ski lessons if you need them and can also offer telemark and snowboarding tuition.

Snowboarding in Grandvalira

A natural choice for 'boarders, including from an après ski perspective, Grandvalira has great free riding terrain with natural jumps above the treeline and then great fun descents down through the trees. The access to the slopes by chair and gondola is also very 'boarder friendly and the resort's positive attitude to the sport on and off the slopes has been rewarded in hosting several top international events in recent seasons.

There's a half pipe and boarder cross and an additional natural half-pipe. For first timers the separate beginners areas and specialist ski school offer an ideal combination to get you 'boarding.

Pas de la Casa/Grau Roig's snowpark and half pipe Coma III in the Grau Roig area in the main meeting place for boarders and this is also where the new high speed 6-seater has been installed. Andorra is a country which has been welcoming snowboarders since the sport began to take off in the 80s. Consequently, many of the major surf and boarder cross competitions are held here.

Grandvalira Aprés Ski

Soldeu El Tarter's three bases are usually lively from lift closure in to the small hours and its fortunate that the free ski bus runs to 1am. It's particularly busy in the holiday periods. The duty free priced drinks, cheaper than pretty well anywhere else are a major contributing factor to the fun, international young feel of this resort.

The most popular haunts tend to follow an Anglo-American theme with names like the Aspen Bar, Pussycat and Fat Alberts. The El Duc discotheque is one of five helping to keep the action going through the night, with the Piccadilly Bar especially lively with a different theme every night of the week.

With 30 bars in Pas de la Casa holiday makers are spoilt for choice. Something for everyone depending on whether you want to relax over a quiet meal by a log fire or join the non-stop party scene. The Milwaukee bar, Billboard, West End, Pas 83 all have a lively atmosphere with music and dancing. The Underground Bar seems to be one of the most popular but all the bars have very reasonable prices. Most bars have Happy Hours starting as soon as the lifts close.

Grandvalira in brief

Grandvalira Ski Area is:
Good for Expert Skiers.
Excellent for Intermediate Skiers.
Very good for Beginners.
Very good for Snowboarding.

Grandvalira Season Dates

We have no confirmed season dates for Grandvalira.

Usual opening - Late Nov Opening subject to snow cover.

Usual closing - Mid April Occasionally open to early may is lots of snow.

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Grandvalira Snow Making

Snowmaking :- Grandvalira is able to augment natural snow, on 78km of ski runs, with 1008 Snow Cannons.

Grandvalira Ski Lift Capacity

Ski Lift Capacity :- The 66 Ski Lifts of Grandvalira are able to uplift 100,700 skiers / snowboarders per hour.

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