Open: 26 Nov 2016* – 17 Apr 2017*
*Subject to weather conditions. Dates are subject to possible changes.
Grandvalira is 1 resort consisting of 6 different sectors
Grandvalira is a resort located in Andorra which covers the skiable areas of two of Andorra’s seven “parishes” (or provinces). It was founded back in 2003 when two of the Pyrenees’ oldest resorts, Pas de la Casa-Grau Roig (founded in 1956) and Soldeu-El Tarter (founded in 1964), joined together.
This fusion gave rise to the largest resort in the Pyrenees and one of the largest in Europe with 210 km of ski run spread over a total of 128 slopes of all different levels, and the creation of one single forfait to enjoy all of the skiable territory.
Over its years of history, Grandvalira has seen important investment (a total of over €1 bn) spent on increasing the amount of skiable kilometers, renovating and increasing the network of ski lifts (the resort is now capable of handling more than 100,000 skiers/hour, meaning that lines at the lifts are now a thing of the past), improving the network of snow cannons (meaning that over 65% of the entire territory can be covered in artificial snow if required) and on broadening the range of activities the resort has to offer making it the best place to enjoy après-ski.
Its commitment to constant investment has been recognized by international bodies, and it has hosted such events as the 2012 Women’s Skiing World Cup and the trials for the 2012 and 2013 Speed Skiing World Cup – placing Grandvalira firmly as one of the top resorts on an international scale.
The tranquility of nature and the excitement of trying out something new and having fun go hand in hand at this innovative resort that has something to offer all its visitors.
Grandvalira is the best place you can imagine, a paradise for ski in Andorra. Organise your snow holidays, weekends and breaks, and enjoy an unforgettable experience.
Grandvalira-Grau Roig sector Coma III and Piolet zone)
Grandvalira-Pas de la Casa sector
Grandvalira-Encamp sector (Cortals zone)
Grandvalira Adventure Activities
At Grandvalira there are 210 km of slopes to enjoy your favorite sport, and just when you think you’ve seen it all, you’ll realize there’s a lot more to do yet: discover rackets are for more than just playing tennis, try hopping on a snowmobile across white fields and get a bird’s eye view while paragliding, among others. That’s what Grandvalira is: skiing and so much more.
Grandvalira offers crosscountry skiing in order to enjoy the snow in a different way, a terrific experience to share with the family, friends or as a couple.
Explore Grandvalira in a different light, with easy routes and itineraries on snow shoes along snowy trails and over frozen lakes, always accompanied by a guide. The routes are in El Forn (Grandvalira-Canillo sector), in the Adventure Activities Center (Grandvalira-Grau Roig sector) and at Grandvalira-Pas de la Casa sector last 1, 2, 3 or 5 hours.
Grandvalira offers snow lovers the opportunity to build an igloo. This activity, a great deal of fun with kids, and regularly requested for company groups, demonstrates the techniques for building an igloo, and is always supervised by an expert monitor.
Accompany a driver during working hours and see the route that they take in their ratrac.
Snow tubing is an open air activity where you are launched across the snow by toboggans on a circular cushion. It is a monitored activity and guarantees fun for all the family.
The forests in Grandvalira are the perfect route for a snowmobile ride. You can enjoy this activity at Grandvalira-Pas de la Casa sector, at Grandvalira-Grau Roig sector and on the circuit at Grandvalira-Soldeu sector. Activity for over 18s and also for children accompanied by an adult.
Mushing is an ideal activity for dog lovers and to see spectacular landscapes in a breathless setting. Routes on sleds are pulled by dogs along snowy trails among the forests of Grandvalira. The routes are marked on the circuits of Riba Escorxada (Grandvalira-El Tarter sector) and at the Adventure Activities Center (Grandvalira-Grau Roig sector).
The snow is also the perfect setting for the entertaining game of “team paintball”. Participants will have all the necessary equipment (pistols, clothing and protection) to enjoy the battlefield at the Adventure Activities Center.
The zip-line, over 500 meters long and 40 meters high, located in Mon(t) Magic Family Park Canillo, reaches downhill speeds of up to 80 km/h. This activity is performed in sitting position being necessary to weight minimun 40 kg. The zip-line can pull up two people together in parallel, as long as they don’t exceed 100 kg each separately. It’s an opportunity to enjoy the best views over the lake ‘Llac del Forn’ and experience the adrenaline in the heart of nature. The activity will also remain active in winter, being operational and available to visitors and skiers during almost all year long.
At Grandvalira you can paraglide down the highest peaks in the domain, enjoying spectacular views on the way down. Discover Grandvalira by air.
Panoramic helicopter flights
The helicopter flights are ideal to enjoy the spectacular views of the landscape from the air and during its duration of 10 minutes, it will offer you a privileged view of the landscapes. The incredible views invite a reliving of the experience. This activity is minimum for 4 people and it takes place in Grandvalira-Soldeu sector.
Snow group challenge
Orienteering challenge with activities that include: snowmobile skills circuit, assault course in the forest, archery, ARVA, snowshoe race and surprise orienteering points.
Grandvalira opts to increase its skiing hours and boost the area at the foot of the slopes at Pas de la Casa. In this manner, the Solana/Tubs ski slope is illuminated at night-time, above which the chair lift runs two days a week, Thursday and Saturday, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., subject to weather conditions. This area is suitable for all kinds of visitors. Furthermore, the new chocolate cafe Valor located at the foot of the slopes of Pas de la Casa will also be open at night-time, complementing this nocturnal offer.
An experience in snow and ice.
The Igloo Hotel is located 7,700 feet above sea level in the Grau Roig area, Grandvalira. Exclusive accommodation that is unique in southern Europe.
The hotel is made 100% from snow and has a bar, a terrace, a restaurant, a spa area and 5 rooms. Each igloo/room is approx. 20m2 and has everything you’ll need to enjoy an enchanting night.
The hotel offers 5 rooms which may be reserved privately (private room) or for groups (up to 6 people per room).
The Igloo Hotel includes the following activities:
7:00 p.m.: Arrival at the Grau Roig ski school.
7:00 – 7:30 p.m.: Welcome drinks.
7:30 p.m.: Climb with snow groomer to the Igloo Hotel Exit with snow rackets. Dinner. Jacuzzi and sauna session.
9:00 a.m. (following day): Descent from hotel on skis or by chair lift, depending on the option chosen. Breakfast at the Pulka café. *Customers who wish to ski down will have to take up their own equipment.
Customers may book other services during reservation and/or upon arrival at the ski school.
The services offered are:
· Other adventure activities such as mushing, snow rackets, snowmobiles, snow tubing, etc.
· Cross-country ski trips.
· Skiing and snowboarding classes.
· Catering services.
· Delicatessen menu for your igloo stay.
Remember to bring the following:
Clothes for the snow. Clothing must be warm and waterproof. We recommend avoiding jeans, and that you wear warm, comfortable footwear such as après-ski boots (for resting) or Moonboots, a good pair of gloves, sunglasses, spare socks and underwear. (Also advisable are pajamas or trousers and thermal t-shirt), a towel, bathing suits and flip-flops for the jacuzzi, 2 wool hats (in case one gets wet in the jacuzzi), a torch and passport or ID card.
Open: 26 Nov 2016* – 17 Apr 2017*
*Subject to weather conditions. Dates are subject to possible changes.
Your Grandvalira lift pass covers not only Soldeu and El Tarter, but the whole of the largest skiable domain in the Pyrenees. Soldeu is just one of six linked sectors which make up the vast Grandvalira ski area, offering 210km of excellent pistes under one convenient ski pass. The ski domain stretches from the border with France, right across the north east of Andorra to the town of Encamp, which sits just outside the capital Andorra la Vella.
The lift system in Grandvalira is modern and efficient, allowing you easy access across all six sectors with your Grandvalira lift pass. The passes have a tiny chip inside which makes them hands-free, allowing you to leave your ski pass in your pocket and get on with enjoying the mountain.
Lift Pass Discounts (Concessions)
For those of you aged 65 to 69 years, there is a special discounted Grandvalira lift pass which is just €29 per day. Better still, if you have children aged up to 5 years, or if you are 70 years old or more, you can receive a free lift pass! All you need to do is show your child’s passport or your own passport if you are a senior, at one of the lift pass windows to take advantage of these great discounts. These concessionary lift passes are not pre-bookable as you are required to show proof of age (passport or alternative official ID) when purchasing to benefit from the discounts.
Non-Consecutive Lift Passes
You can also pre-book non-consecutive lift passes which are great for those of you who would prefer to take a day off from skiing or snowboarding, you may want to indulge in a day of retail therapy or enjoy some relaxation time in the spa. There are three different types available:
‘3 days from 5’ (to be used within five days of the start date)
‘5 days from 7’ (to be used within seven days of the start date)
‘7 days from 10’ (to be used within 10 days of the start date)
Ski & Snowboard school
The Grandvalira school will show you just how much you can improve and delve even further into the world of the snow. An experience that goes beyond merely choosing between a group or private lesson, learning together or on your own, and considering yourself a beginner or improving your technique.
The Grandvalira’s ski and snowboard school offers six centers and more than 400 real snow ambassadors, people who devote their life to practice ski and snowboard and who will help you learn, go over your tracks and give you tips on how to get better.
The school also offers a video recording service to help you make corrections of your style and improve your technique. Also, for younger children, there are five themed areas such as the Bababoom Circus, the Imaginarium Circuit and the Mon(t) Magic Family Park Canillo.
If you are starting out in this sport, the best option is undoubtedly to go for private lessons. With this service you will have an instructor for yourself, thus getting much more from your first lessons, which are essential for acquiring
the technical knowledge of skiing and assimilating the correct movements and positions.
Group lessons for beginners are an excellent way to consolidate basic, previously acquired skiing concepts, to refresh ideas and to continue learning and improving your technique correctly. At Grandvalira we want group classes to be a high quality service too, which is why the groups are always carefully selected so that all learners have a very similar level and there are never more than 12 people in a group. This ensures that the instructor can correctly monitor the individual progress of each participant.
The Grandvalira Top Class service is the most personalized of all the services offered by the Grandvalira Ski and Snowboarding School. For all levels and for all the forms of skiing, you can enjoy the lessons with an instructor specialised in this product; and you can have the possibility to test the top-of-the-range materials, a video technical correction, after the class and a VIP room, as well as pick-up from the hotel.
The Grandvalira Ski and Snowboarding School has programs and specialized monitors for children up to the age of 12. We offer individual or group classes, depending on the level of the child. It is also possible to have a private instructor to perfect and to improve your level and to ensure progress. The learning areas have inflatable objects and a variety of modules to guarantee fun.
For children from 12 months to 4 years old:
Grandvalira has 4 childcare centers located in Canillo, El Tarter, Soldeu and Grau Roig. The Soldeu, El Tarter and Canillo childcare centers only accept children over 24 months. Children between 12 and 24 months must go to the Grau Roig childcare center. Qualified caregivers will be with them at the facilities that are out of the cold, comfortable and fully equipped so that they can play and have fun whilst you do. The children will be indoors or playing in the snow, they shall not be receiving ski lessons. Prices do not include meals. Remember to provide comfortable clothing for children, as well as a change of clothing and spare nappies when needed.
The Snow Garden course is an introduction to skiing for 3 to 5 years old:
The garden is an area of pistes designed just for them and equipped with games to learn how to slide on “real” skis. You’ll find this service in all of the Grandvalira areas: Encamp, Canillo, El Tarter, Soldeu, Grau Roig and Pas de la Casa. Here the children will discover a new activity with the instructors, who will ensure their safety and well-being, alternating skiing with rest periods and other fun activities.
At the end of the course, the youngest (3 years) will be familiar with the ski material, they will know how to move along the flat on two skis and will be able to go down gentle pistes in a balanced manner.
The 4 to 5 years old will have skied more, they will have discovered the joys of sliding, have better control and be more independent. It is important to be aware that progress depends on each child, there is no rush and each child progresses at his or her own pace. On the last day of the course we organize a party and award a certificate and a gift to each child.
It is necessary to provide ski boots, skis and a helmet. The school does not provide equipment and it is not possible to hire it on the pistes. Please note: small children are more susceptible to the cold and heat, they must be suitably dressed and wear a hat and gloves. Very important: good quality sunglasses or ski goggles.
Ski courses for 6 to 11 years old:
From beginners to advanced skiers, grouped according to their level. You’ll find this service in all of the Grandvalira areas: Encamp, Canillo, El Tarter, Soldeu, Grau Roig and Pas de la Casa. The courses for beginners are given by specialized monitors and the classes are adapted to the needs of each student and each group.
We use different teaching methods, but above all we prioritize games as the ideal form of learning. The young skier will progress, gaining more independence, balance, coordination and confidence, thereby increasing his area of action.
At the end of the course, the children will have had an enriching, sporting experience in a natural environment, shared with other children. On the last day of the course we organize a party and award a certificate and a gift to each child.
Families and children
This children’s area, located is in the Canillo sector, is an experience for parents and children based on Andorran legends and includes the longest children’s theme slope in southern Europe. With 100 hectares and 3 areas (beginners, improvers and high level skiing), Mon(t) Magic offers for children between 3 and 10 years the opportunity to enjoy snow-covered forests with magical characters like fairies and elves. Furthermore, parents have their own areas to rest in while the children play on the circuit.
Grandvalira has 4 Imaginarium circuits: 2 at Grau Roig sector (Coma III and Piolet zones), 1 at Pas de la Casa sector and 1 at Encamp sector(Cortals zone). At Encamp sector (Cortals zone) you can find the Supertunel Route providing an adventure for the little ones, as in one section along the route you can enter a 10 meter long tunnel accompanied by characters from Imaginarium. Also, at Pas de la Casa, you can visit the Enchanted Woods children’s route where they can enjoy a descent surrounded by trees, mushrooms and Imaginarium characters.
At this children’s adventure activities park in the Grau Roig sector. Children can enjoy a route of snowmobiles, zip lines, snow tubbing lanes, jumps and lots of more surprises. Imaginarium Park is an ideal place for children to have fun after have skied or to celebrate a birthday. This park will be monitored by children’s instructors, who will help them at all times and will carry out entertainment along with characters from Imaginarium.
It has different ludic and decorative elements that appear during the whole circuit, thus highlighting its concept and its image for the children. In this way, children will discover the secrets of winter sports surrounded by decorative and amusing elements and will interact with huge balls that produce animal sounds that usually appear in this type of spectacles, among other elements.
With its 210 kilometers of skiable area and 128 slopes catering for all levels of ability, Grandvalira is the largest ski resort in the Pyrenees and the whole of Southern Europe.
Furthermore, the territory also offers a wide range of restaurants and leisure activities and is regularly the stage for top-level international competitions. Grandvalira is located in the northern part of the Principality of Andorra, next to the border with France.
The area covered by the resort forms part of two of the parishes in Andorra (Encamp and Canillo), and is made up of six sectors that joined together to make one territory 13 years ago: Pas de la Casa, Grau Roig, Soldeu, El Tarter, Canillo and Encamp.
For the 2016-2017 season, Grandvalira once more shows its commitment to the highest level sporting events. Returning to Grandvalira in March for the third year running is the Freeride Junior World Championship, with the best young riders on the international stage.
And lastly, also arriving in March, is the Total Fight Masters of Freestyle, with two new trials: one snowboard and another freeski.
Finally, April will see the arrival of the Speed Skiing World Championship which will mark the end of the competitive season at Grandvalira.
Where is Grandvalira ?
Grandvalira is located in the north-east of the Principality of Andorra, in the parishes of Encamp and Canillo. Its six access routes are easy to find, located along the CG2 motorway that links the country’s capital, Andorra la Vella, with France via the mountain pass of Envalira.
Whether you come by car or bus, there are various ways of getting to the Principality of Andorra.
From Spain, travelers should head for Seu d’Urgell and continue on to the Andorran border. You will pass through the municipalities of Sant Julia de Loria and Andorra la Vella, and follow the signs for France along the CG2. The first access route is that of Encamp.
From France, along the RN20: you can get to Grandvalira directly via Pas de la Casa just after crossing the border. Alternatively, you can cross into Andorra via the Envalira tunnel which will leave you close to the Grau Roig access route. Continue down the CG2 to get to the four other access routes leading to Grandvalira.
Grandvalira boasts a total of more than 40 restaurants across the entire area, allowing visitors to choose anything from an open-air terrace with panoramic views of the Andorran Pyrenees to the warmth of a cozy fireplace in a traditional mountain hut. The finest cuisine to suit all tastes, needs and budgets.
Self-service menu: Starter + main course and accompaniments + dessert + water, soft drink or beer. Supplement for other menu options. Payment in the act.
Children’s self-service menu: Child’s meal + dessert + water or soft drink.
Express menu: Choice of sandwich with fries or pasta or pizza + 1 soft drink *Subject to the supply of the restaurant.
Grandvalira-Grau Roig (Cubil)
Grandvalira’s hugely popular burger bar offers a menu of delicious hamburgers with 100% Andorran meat, as well as a wide range of select cuts of meat from the country.
The ﬁnest Italian food can be found at La Trattoria Pizzeria, located on the plaza called “Pla de Riba Escorxada.” A fresh, contemporary menu offering pizzas, fresh pasta, risotto and other Italian specialties will transport you to transalpine Italy without ever leaving the Pyrenees.
The Arrosseria is the perfect setting to enjoy quality mountain cuisine and an extensive menu of excellent dishes of rice, noodles, stews and meats. It also boasts a unique location in the heart of the mountains.
Steak House Gall del Bosc
The choicest of Andorran meats are served in this spectacular Wild West themed restaurant located 7,382 feet above sea level with the most stunning views of the resort.
Refugi del Llac de Pessons
The Refugi del Llac de Pessons is undoubtedly one of the most unique places in Grandvalira. It looks out over a stunning frozen lake, beyond which is a protected nature reserve. The restaurant specializes in the traditional mountain cuisine of the Pyrenees and offers meals in a romantic, rustic setting.
Restaurant 3 Estanys
Grandvalira – Grau Roig
The Tres Estanys restaurant provides customers with table service featuring healthy, fresh Italian produce, including an array of salads, pasta and pizza served both indoors and out.
Restaurant Racó de Solanelles
Grandvalira – Encamp
In the Solanelles building at the top of the chair lift and featuring magniﬁcent views over the valley, the “Racó” is a restaurant that has a traditional mountainside ambiance. Diners can take the opportunity to relax and enjoy the ﬁnest cuisine on off er.
Restaurant Roc de les Bruixes
A family restaurant with rustic decor, where you can enjoy traditional cuisine. Their specialty is stone-grilled meat.
The currency of Andorra is the Euro. There are cash machines in the village where you can easily withdraw money, alternatively you can still exchange money at most hotel receptions, just watch out for the exchange rate in hotels though as they can be quite low. The closest banks can be found a 10-15 minute bus ride away in either Pas de la Casa or in Canillo, both towns are also reachable on your skis as the ski areas are linked.
Duty Free Allowances
Andorra has customs on both the French and Spanish borders with regular vehicle searches carried out. The main duty free allowances, as per the Andorran government in October 2015 are:
Tobacco & Cigarettes – 300 cigarettes or 150 cigars (under 3g each) or 75 cigars (over 3g each)
or 400g of pipe tobacco
Alcohol – 1.5l of liquors over 22% (or 3l of liquors or aperitifs under 22% or sparkling wine) plus 5l of table wine
Perfume – 75g of perfume plus 375 ml of eau de cologne
Other Industrial Products – Up to a value of €900 per person or €450 if aged under 15
For more information please visit the official customs website of Andorra.
Andorra is well known for its duty free shopping opportunities and undoubtedly the best place to take advantage of the bargains on offer is in the capital city of Andorra la Vella. However, if you prefer not to venture out of the resort there are a few places you can indulge in a spot of retail therapy in and around Soldeu itself.
Soldeu is home to a small selection of quality ski and snowboard shops where you can pick up everything you will need for a ski or snowboard trip. Esports Calbo (located within the main gondola building) is one of the larger sports shops in Soldeu with a good selection of clothing, equipment and gift ideas. It is also worth mentioning Slidewayz (great for snowboarders), Pic Negre and Esports Bonell which are all located on the main road running through the village and have an excellent and varied selection of ski and snowboard related goods.
There are a few small supermarkets in Soldeu, where you can pick up everyday groceries, postcards and gifts; these include Supermarket Post and Pirineu Supermarket both located on the main road “Carretera General”.
Shopping in El Tarter is a little limited; however you do not have far to travel to Soldeu, Andorra la Vella or Pas de la Casa. In El Tarter you will be able to stock up on groceries at Supermarket Pirot located near Dylan’s Bar.
On the main road just at the edge of El Tarter you will find Caves Manacor, a never ending store specialising in delicatessen products, cheeses and typical foods from the region which you can sample as you wander around the store, they also stock a large selection of liquors, cigarettes, household items and gifts. Just next door in the car park you will also find a perfumery.
Andorra La Vella
For more extensive shopping opportunities you might want to pay a visit to the capital city of Andorra la Vella. If you want to go, there are a couple of options:
Firstly is public transport, buses depart regularly from the main road through the villages of Soldeu & El Tarter and pick you up on Av. Meritxell in Andorra la Vella for the return. See timetable below for further details.
Second option is a taxi, they work pretty much the same as anywhere else, hotel receptions will usually call one for you, or you can flag one down if you see one. The official price set by the government is €1.12 per km during the daytime (07:00 – 21:00) and additional supplements apply at night, during public holidays, for journeys outside of Andorra and for large items of luggage. Taxis cannot generally be pre-booked in Andorra, therefore you just have to wait for it to come.
If you are driving you will find various (chargeable) car parks in the centre, the main ones being located inside the Illa shopping centre and at Parc Central.
Once you have arrived in Andorra la Vella, you will find a fantastic array of shops selling predominantly electrical goods, jewellery, perfume, alcohol, cigarettes and tobacco, all at duty free prices. There is also a large indoor shopping centre called Illa Carlemany which is home to a number of shops, restaurants and a cinema complex, all spread over four floors. Contrary to popular belief Andorra is not completely tax free, in 2007 a sales tax was introduced and this currently stands at 4.5%, however this is still very low and prices generally remain a fair bit cheaper than most other parts of Western Europe.
Buses to Andorra La Vella
The bus service to Andorra la Vella is operated by two companies – Hispano Andorrana and Cooperativa Interurbana Andorrana. It costs €3.30 one way from Soldeu and El Tarter to Andorra la Vella and the main line number is L3 (although you can also catch the L4 which runs less frequently). Tickets are bought in cash on the bus. The bus stops in Soldeu and El Tarter are on the main road. The bus stop to return is on Av. Mertixell in the centre of Andorra la Vella.
Bus Times To/From Soldeu & Andorra la Vella
Monday to Saturday 08:40 – 21:40 (Every 20 mins) 07:40 – 20:40 (Every 20 mins)
Sunday 08:40 – 21:40 (Every 30 mins) 08:40 – 20:30 (Every 30 mins)
You can also catch the bus on line L4 to & from Pas de la Casa.
Pas de la Casa
An alternative would be to take the 15 minute bus journey over to the neighbouring resort of Pas de la Casa, due to its location on the French border Pas is well known for its large selection of shops specialising in duty free goods such as cigarettes, alcohol, perfumes and clothing.