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Overview

The resorts of Soldeu, El Tarter and Pas de la Casa have merged to create the largest ski area in the country: Grandvalira.

Grandvalira is now one of the world's 30 biggest ski resorts with more than 200km of piste and the first resort outside the Alps to officially offer more than 200km of ski runs, moving it into the global big league. Its 66 lifts, which include 20 high-speed detachable quad and six-seater chairlifts, along with three gondolas, give a combined uplift of more than 100,000 skiers per hour – a combination of speed and capacity matched by less than a dozen resorts worldwide. It is also now one of the planet’s biggest and most modern snow-makers with more than half of its terrain covered by 1,000 snow cannons.

While you can still find low-priced apartments, the range of quality accommodation on offer is a rather new thing. The best of the slope-side hotels is the five-star Hermitage and nearby Sporthotel in central Soldeu.

Grandvalira continues to retain a hardcore party reputation, particularly at the resort of Pas de la Casa. It has a compact centre with a dozen or so small-to-medium sized bars in each. Service by English or Antipodean bar staff is the order of the day, with prices equivalent to those 'back home' or better, so they're lively as soon as the lifts close.

Andorra doesn’t have its own airport. The biggest airport is Barcelona (210 Km) and the nearest is l’Alguaire de Lleida (158 Km). Girona (250 Km) and Reus (210 Km) are two other options. From here you can get to Andorra by car or bus. From France, the main airports are Rivesaltes airport (170 Km) in Perpignan and Blagnac airport in Toulouse, (196 Km).

Altitude

  • 2822m
    Summit
  • 930m
    Vertical Drop
  • 1710m
    Base

Lifts

  • 5
  • 0
  • 10
  • 8
  • 10
  • 0
  • 2
  • 27
  • 62
    Total

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Terrain

  • Beginner Runs

    16%

  • Intermediate Runs

    38%

  • Advanced Runs

    30%

  • Expert Runs

    17%

  • Runs

    128

  • KM Pistes

    210 km

  • Terrain Parks

    3

  • Skiable Terrain

    1926 ha

  • Snow Making

    276 ha

  • KM Snow Making

    126 km

Important Dates

  • Projected Opening Ski SeasonProjected Closing Ski Season01/12/201922/04/2020
  • Days Open Last Year
    140
  • Years Open
    62
  • Average Snowfall
    549cm

Gallery: Grandvalira

Grandvalira Reviews

Sarika Brown
23rd May 20191
The ski school is terrible. We booked my daughter for the 'snow garden' which they describe on their website as 'a gentle...Full review
Ken Williams MD
20th August 20185
I was privileged to spend a late season week at Grandvalira during March of this year. It was my first foray to...Full review
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Hotels in Grandvalira

Ski Plaza Hotel Grandvalira
 
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