It is the largest linked ski area in the Pyrenees and Southern Europe. Grandvalira is one of the most underrated ski areas in region, boasting a vast domain of varied terrain linked together by an extensive lift system. Soldeu Ski resorts in Grandvalira The 6 ski villages have something for everyone. Families will enjoy the specially designed kids snow circuit Bababoum circus and other leisure facilities in El Tarter.
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Andorra is a small country entirely situated in the eastern Pyrenees mountains between France and Spain. From Barcelona skiing in Andorra is just a 2. Andorra has two big ski areas called Grandvalira and Vallnord. Grandvalira is the biggest of the two areas. See a map of all the Andorra ski areas. These two massive areas were created by combining many small and previously unconnected ski areas in Andorra.
By creating Grandvalira and Vallnord, Andorra now has one of the biggest combined ski areas in Europe. Andorra has two big skiing areas called Grandvalira and Vallnord and has also invested in modern lifts and new facilities making this tiny country a great alternative to the Alps and a very popular skiing area near Barcelona. A big difference between Grandvalira and many ski resorts in the Alps are short lift queues.
Even at the weekend you can often ski for hours in Andorra without having to queue for more than a few minutes. Grandvalira Andorra will undoubtedly grow in popularity in the coming years and is ready in every way to cater for many more guests.
Of the two large ski areas in Andorra, Grandvalira is the biggest ski area and also one of the largest ski areas in the Pyrenees with kilometers of pistes with 70 lifts servicing ski slopes. Grandvalira also boasts the longest ski trail in the Pyrenees of 9.
The lowest of the five villages is Encamp at m above sea level, and the highest village is Pas de la Casa at m. Most of the mountain peaks in the Grandvalira area reach an altitude of metres, so many runs are long and wide with spectacular mountain views.
Ski resorts at this altitude are almost guaranteed snow from December to Apri and all the Grandvalira ski sections are seamlessly connected by a modern express lift system to give you over kilometres of alpine pistes.
The pistes include 22 black runs and 32 red runs and many wide and inviting blue and green runs. Almost all runs are above the tree line. Many of the slopes have skiable freeride areas near the many prepared pistes, so the off-piste and freeriding possibilities are big and easily accessible, even to beginners. In the Soldeu and El Tarter basins you can enjoy trying or watching Audi 4-wheel drive cars accelarate up a steep mountain car piste, or 4-wheel drive buggies doing tight turns in the snow.
Other activities at Grandvalira include dog-sledging, snow scooters, ice scuba diving, freestyle parks, speed skiing courses, mogul pistes and more. The skiing in the Grandvalira area is comfortably varied. There are relaxed family runs in the Soldau area, and steeper and more challenging slopes over towards Pas de la Casa.
There are red and black runs across the whole area and with fast lifts you can quickly ski to your favourite slopes.
There are five freeride off-piste areas in Grandvalira. In the Grau Roig sector there is a freeride area from the drag lift TK Pic Blanc and in the Canillo sector there are several freeride areas. The lift system is new and fast and offers both express chair lifts and 4 person gondola cabin lifts. The longest gondola lift is an impressive 6. All the restaurants in the Grandvalira area are modern and functional with both fast food and a la carte choices and stunning views.
The quality is good and prices are reasonable. Andorra is not in the EU and has yet to pass any serious smoking laws. But it appears that a number of restaurants and other public areas are starting to impose non-smoking areas — or prohibit smoking indoors altogether.
But this is still on a voluntary basis and you will probably at some stage during your stay see people smoking in places that are now banned in the rest of Europe. Where to stay? The fashionable areas to stay are Soldeu and El Tarter. The biggest village is Pas de la Casa, which is also popular due to the high altitude and many British tourists, whereas smaller villages like Canillo are quieter and perfect for families. Grau Roig only has one hotel so a bit isolated but the hotel is excellent and by the pistes.
The entire Grandvalira area is family friendly, with plenty of activities and ski schools for children and beginners. You can book hotels directly in Grandvalira on the links below via our partners booking. There are no extra commissions. To reserve use your credit card which will not be charged until you check out. Barcelona Ski Tours only offer 1 day ski tours from Barcelona and back. We do not offer multiple day tours with accommodation.
To organise multiple day stays contact your travel agency or organise yourself online. For transfers directly to the Andorra from Barcelona airport by bus visit Novatel bus company Hotels Grandvalira ski resort Andorra.
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