If you are looking for a skiing holiday in Andorra and you want as much skiing as you can get then what you are after is a skiing holiday in the Grandvalira. There are over 200km of piste in the area (210km to be exact) and there are 6 resorts which are all covered on the one lift pass and all linked by one lift system (Pas de las Casa, Soldeu, El Tarter, Grau Roig, Canillo and Encamp). Gone are the days when Andorra lagged behind the rest of Europe and had dated ski lifts and not much skiing. They have invested millions in the infrastructure in recent years and the jewel in the crown is the Grandvalira. The biggest ski region in the Pyrenees with skiing to rival even the most famous of European ski resorts! The skiing is also very varied so it works well for groups from beginners all the way through to advanced skiers.
A side effect of the huge amounts of money that have been invested in the standards of the accommodation and the infrastructure is that the cost of the holidays and the cost of the lift passes have gone up so a ski holiday in Andorra is no longer the bargain basement that it used to be. However, the benefits are plain to see and not everything has gone up in price. The fact that Andorra is a tax haven means that your in resort prices in the Grandvalira are still very low compared to compared to its cousins in the major European ski countries such as France and Switzerland. The ski extras such as equipment hire and ski lessons are also much better value so the Grandvalira is still agood choice for those who are looking for a ski holiday without breaking the bank.
The main resorts in which you will find ski holiday accommodation in the Grandvalira are Pas de la Casa, Soldeu and El Tarter. All three are very popular with British holiday makers and finding English speaking instructors is never a problem. Solden and El Tarter are only a short distance apart from each other and are both nice little ski village where youwill find some old traditional architecture but Soldeu is much more lively and has much more après ski the El Tarter. Pas de la Casa on the other hand is a bigger resort fully of big hotels and cheap self catered accommodation. There is loads going on and it is really well known for its lively nightlife.
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The Grandvalira is a brilliant ski area for beginners. There is never a shortage of English speaking ski instructors thanks to close ties to the British Association of Snowsports Instructors (BASI). Of the areas 200 or so runs there are over 60 blue runs which are ideal for beginner skiers to practice their new found skills and techniques.
The Grandvalira is an intermediate skiers paradise! 210km of piste and 3 valleys to ski in and out of. There are also most 100 blue and red pistes which intermediates skiers will love and these blue and red runs cover 190km. The fact that the area is so spread out gives it a real sense of being a big ski area and there are plenty of little secrets to be found throughout a weeks holiday.
200km of piste might not be the biggest area that you gave ever skied if you are an expert skier but it is plenty to keep you busy for a week. There are also plenty of off piste routes to be found and there are some great tree lined action to be found. The slopes in the Avet area are host to the FIS Alpine Ski Women’s World Cup so these are a must for anyone looking for a challenge.
The Grandvalira has become steadily more popular with snowboarders and freestyle skiers over the last few years. Has they have invested money in improving the image of the area to skiers so they have for snowboarders as well. In the area they now have 3 snowparks with well maintained kickers, at El Tarter, Grau Roig and Peretol plus 1 permanent boardercross and a half pipe. There is also good off piste snowboarding toe be found as well (see below).
There are some great off piste routes to be found and lovers of off piste tree skiing will not be disappointed by the lower areas around Soldeu and El Tarter. They also have Cat skiing on offer from which you can access some awesome off piste routes after being towed up the mountain behind a piste basher.
The Grandvalira has loads of après ski on offer. Pas de la Casa has always had a reputation for a having a lively après ski scene and loads of nightlife, and it definitely delivers. However, Soldeu also has a busy après ski and nightlife as well. If you want looking for a quieter holiday then El Tarter may be the place for you.
In Pas de la Casa there is a Sports centre with swimming pool, gym and squash and tennis courts. While there are snowmobile excursions on offer as well. Soldeu has a Sport Wellness Spa centre and also has snowmobiling on offer. The FIS Women's World Cup takes place in mid February in Soldeu and there is ice skating and dog sledging as well. Non skiers will also love a shopping trip to Andorra La Vella for a spot of tax free shopping.