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Grandvalira

Grandvalira Ski Resort Guide

Grandvalira, Andorra

Rated: 4/5 (from 6 ratings)

Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForExpert Skiers, Intermediates, Beginners, Snowboarders, Snowfall and Apres-Ski!
Highest Lift2,640m8,661ft
Resort Height1,710m5,610ft
 Nearest AirportsPerpignan and Toulouse
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Grandvalira

Grandvalira was created from the previously competitive resorts of Pas de la Casa and Soldeu.

Lively and good value, this friendly Andorran ski resort offers a large and varied ski area.

Summary

The region of Grandvalira comprises the ski slopes of 5 ski areas, including Canillo, Ordino-Arcalís and Pas de la Casa / Grau Roig.

The ski area includes 5 Ski Resorts with a combined total of 216km134 miles of downhill skiing, with 286 marked pistes, served by a total of 66 ski lifts. The appropriate Lift Pass allows you to ski or snowboard in any of the ski areas of Canillo, Encamp, Ordino-Arcalís, Pas de la Casa / Grau Roig and Soldeu / El Tarter.

The ski resort itself is at 1,710m5,610ft, so skiing or boarding back to the resort is usually possible. With ski lifts as high as 2,640m8,661ft, skiing and snowboarding is assured throughout the season.

Snow and Weather

When will it snow in Grandvalira?

The next notable snow forecast is 7cm3in, expected on 4 December, with around 24cm9in forecast over the next 7 days.

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Ski Area Stats

Grandvalira Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
25
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
30
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
42
Green Pistes
Beginner Runs
21
Downhill
Total Length
216km134 miles
Cross Country
Total Length
13km8 miles
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts
66

Altitudes

Grandvalira Ski Area Heights

Lift Heights and Resort Altitude
Highest Lift2,640m8,661ft
Lowest Piste1,710m5,610ft
Resort Altitude (Grandvalira)1,710m5,610ft

Ratings & Suitability

Ratings for Grandvalira
Expert Skiers
Intermediate Skiers
Beginners
Snowboarding
Snow
Apres-Ski

Grandvalira Overview

Grandvalira is now one of the world’s 50 largest ski areas, and the biggest in the Pyrenees; with modern lifts covering much of North Eastern Andorra and even crossing into France.

 Notable Ski Runs

The longest possible descent in Grandvalira is 8km5 miles long and the most difficult run is the 'Avet No Fifteen', which is 2km1 miles in length.

Skiing

The ski area is fed by parallel chair and gondola lifts from the bases at Soldeu and El Tarter, giving multiple options to access the high altitude terrain, minimising queues. Two large ski areas designed for beginners are Els Espiolet in Soldeu and Riba Escorada in El Tarter. Intermediates will likely enjoy the skiing in Soldeu the most, with mostly easy and intermediate pistes to ski.

The ski lift link to Pas de la Casa and Grau Roig opens up over 200km (125 miles) of ski runs best suited to intermediates. Expert skiers have many options, including the off-piste area of Pic d'Encampadana.

An 8-man gondola links Canillo into the system, from the base at 1500m up to 2100m where a quad chair lift goes up to 2465m.

There are a variety of pistes to suit all levels of skier ability, from Beginner to Expert.

Snowboarding

With some great freeride terrain, natural jumps and fun lines down through the trees, Grandvalira is a natural choice for snowboarders. Slope access by chair and gondola is boarder-friendly.

Several snow parks are available and usually include both artificial and natural half pipes and a boarder cross course.

Location and Map

Where is Grandvalira?

This ski resort is in the Andorran Pyrenees in Encamp.

Map

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How to get there

 By Air

The nearest airport to Grandvalira is Toulouse, 130 minutes drive away.

Perpignan, Carcassonne, Barcelona, Lleida-Alguaire and Girona airports are all within three hours drive.

Infrastructure

Ski Lift Capacity

The 66 ski lifts are able to uplift 100,700 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Snow Making

Snow-making is available, on 78km48 miles of ski runs, with 1008 snow cannons.

Season Dates

When is Grandvalira open?

We don't currently have confirmed season dates, but hope to soon.

Usual opening is late November, and usual closing is Mid April (Occasionally open to early May).

NOTE:- Ski area, lift and piste opening is subject to Current Snow Conditions.

COVID-19 / Coronavirus

We don't yet have specific details of the COVID-19 precautions being taken in Grandvalira, but they are likely to include most of the following :-

  • Face masks required on lifts, and in shops.
  • Social distancing in public areas.
  • Reduced lift capacity.
  • Extensive disinfection / sanitization.

French Ski Resort COVID-19 Measures describes further measures that may also be applied.

Visit the Grandvalira Tourist Office for the latest.

Talking about Grandvalira

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Aprés Ski

Soldeu El Tarter's bars and restaurants are popular in to the small hours and particularly busy at peak holiday times. Prices of food and drink are generally cheaper than elsewhere so apres-ski is good value.

Grandvalira