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Grandvalira

Grandvalira

Andorra la Vella, Andorra

Snowboard, Ski

The Grandvalira resort is located in the eastern valley of Andorra, between France and Spain in the beautiful Pyrenees Mountains. Andorra is the perfect place if you love outdoor activities and nature as it has so much to offer, both in the summer and winter, from snow sports to hiking and biking routes, natural parks, amazing landscapes, ecotourism and best of all, it’s great value for money. With a 2.640 metre summit, The Grandvalira area or ‘The Domain of the Snow’ consists of six sectors and was founded in 2003 when two of the oldest resorts in the Pyrenees, Pas de la Casa – Grau Roig and Soldeu – El Tarter, were joined together with Canillo and Encamp to make it one of Europe’s largest resorts where users can ski over 200 kilometres of runs and enjoy the three snowparks and boardercross with just one ski pass and an efficient lift system. Over one billion euros has been invested over the years to increase the amount of runs, renovate the lift systems, increase the amount of snow cannon coverage to over 60% of the terrain and improve the other activities and après-ski in the resort. Grandvalira is known internationally as it has hosted one of the 2012 Women’s Skiing World Cup trials on the Avet slope in Soldeu and the trials for the 2012 and 2013 Speed Skiing World Cup. In 2015 the GrandRide Freeride World Tour will take place at Grandvalira thanks to the riders Joaquin Vena and Seb Michaud who suggested that the Pic Alt (2.883 metres) on the Grau Roig face be used for the race. The Àliga slope in the El Tarter sector has received FIS approval as a downhill slope and will host the Alpine Skiing World Cup in 2016.


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To get to Andorra, you will need to go to either France or Spain. If you fly there, the nearest French airports are; Toulouse, Carcossonne and Perpignan, and the nearest Spanish airports are Barcelona, Girona, Reus and Lleida. All are within 150 – 250 kilometres away. Some of the airports offer bus services, or you could hire a car or arrange a transfer if you have a package deal. Whichever sector you stay in, you’ll find plenty of accommodation, services and activities. Grandvalira has two access points, the first is Encamp which provides access from Spain. It’s the nearest to the towns Andorra la Vella and Escaldes-Engordany and is from where the 6 km long gondola, the Funicamp, will take you to the breath taking panoramic views at the top of the slopes in the Solanelles area. Pas de la Casa is the first access point from France and has perfect snow conditions, long wide runs, excellent accommodation options and a very animated nightlife. Canillo is a quiet town whose slopes are perfect for families and beginners.

El Tarter is great for dynamic skiers and boarders and is home to the patrolled Encamp freeriding area and the El Tarter Snowpark and halfpipe. This snowpark is one of the most comprehensive in southern Europe and has something for every level and every type of rider such as lines of ledges for beginners to high level rails for confident jibbers, lines of various sized jumps, including an 18-20 metre kicker line for pros. If you want some professional help you can visit the Freestyle Academy. The Encamp freeride area is also in the El Tarter area. There are also many activities for families and kids and some of the best après-ski bars. Soldeu is suitable for all, situated in the middle of the resort, it has wide slopes and extreme descents along with lively nightlife and a range of good hotels. Lastly, the Grau Roig sector, which has spectacular virgin landscapes and no urban centre, has runs for all, including the epic Speed Skiing World Cup venue, along with numerous freeride areas such as Pic Blanc and the Xavi Snowpark which is better every year and has lines for beginners and those who are progressing. The lines include snow features with kickers, table tops, rails and boxes. The third snowpark is Sunset Park Peretol, an afterhours park with a pioneering street area which boasts three sets of steps with rails, one L-shaped rail and two boxes acting as walls. In addition, there are two wallride areas, one with drop rails, and an illuminated tunnel. The right-hand side of the slope has a double kicker and a two-face super wallride and there are two cannons to ensure maximum coverage. As well as the three parks, there is a permanent boardercross run in Pas de la Casa.

Freeriders will find ungroomed powder descents filled with challenging obstacles and jumps. There are plenty of marked and patrolled off piste routes, including the Encamp Area and Pic Blanc which are perfect for intermediates and experts along with the bowls, steep narrow chutes and exciting tree runs in Soldeu. Most of which don’t require a long hike. If you want to learn or improve your off piste skiing techniques, you could contact the Freeride Center which is endorsed by the Freeride World Tour lesson program.

Conditions

The season usually runs from the beginning of December until mid-April condition depending, although the resort has been known to extend its season until the end of April with a late snowfall. You will generally find good snowfall and enough off piste coverage from January through to March, but the resort has snow cannons covering more than 60% of the pisted terrain so there is never be a shortage there. The El Tarter Snowpark is open from 10:30am till 4pm, the Xavi Snowpark is open from 9am till 5pm and the Sunset Park Snowpark is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 5pm till 10pm.
Characteristics
  • Vertical Drop
    3.051,2 ft
  • Terrain
    1926 Ha
  • Runs
    133.59 Mi
  • SnowPark
    4
  • Summit
    8.661,4 ft
  • Lifts
    65
  • Base
    5.610,2 ft

Difficulty level of the pistes

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