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Grandvalira

Grandvalira is one of the main ski resorts in Andorra, besides Ordino-Arcalís, and has the largest ski area in the Pyrenees. The ski resort was established in 2003 as a result of the merge of Pas de la Casa - Grau Roig and Soldeu El Tarter, making a 210km ski area. Its location in the heart of the Pyrenees between France and Spain guarantees good snow throughout the season.

ANALYSIS

SIZE
210 km distributed in 19 green, 39 blue, 39 red and 21 black pistes. It does not have freeride routes, instead of marking routes, Grandvalira establishes areas where it is possible to freeride.
DIFFICULTY
It is a medium difficulty ski resort, most of the pistes are blue and red. The difficulty changes between areas, being Soldeu the easiest followed by Grau Roig, while Pas de la Casa and El Tarter are more difficult.
DIVERSITY
There are all kinds of pistes in Grandvalira, long slopes with many meters of altitude difference, short steep downhills, forest areas, peaks with couloirs...
LIFTS
Lifts are in general very good compared to the ski resorts of the Pyrenees (if you are used to the Alps, then they are just fine). With the exception of the Llac del Cubil and Enradort chairlifts, they are quite slow and since they are the connection point between Pas de la Casa - Grau Roig y Soldeu - El Tarter, large queues are usually formed.
QUALITY/PRICE
The daily ticket costs 49€ (+ 4.5€ insurance if you do not have one). It is a little more expensive than we are used to in the Pyrenees, but fair, considering the high level of the ski resort.
ACCESS
In each sector you can park and access to the ski resort. The different accesses to the resort are distributed along the CG-2 road, the bad part is that since it crosses many areas of hotels it is usual to find traffic jams. To get to Pas de la Casa you can cross easily the Tunnel d'Envalira.
FREERIDE
Grandvalira does not have freeride routes, instead, it establishes 12 freeride areas. On the ski resort website there is a description of each area, its difficulty, access and other information of interest. Especially stands out the area of Pic Blanc and for the intense snowy days, the forest in Montmalús.
LANDSCAPE
Despite there are not high peaks nearby, Grandvalira is located in an area of medium height surrounded by mountains wherever you look.
OTROS
Grau Roig, Soldeu and el Tarter are made up of hotels and ski lifts, however, Canillo and especially Pas de la Casa are real villages. If we are going to spend several days and do not mind to pay a bit more, it is recommended to stay in Pas de la Casa, a town with nice life and atmosphere.

The best:

  • Freeride areas, Grandvalira is committed to freeriding, something not very common in the Pyrenees.
  • Huge ski area that allows skiing a whole day without repeating almost any slope.
  • The quality of the snow is the best of the Pyrenees.

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