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SOLDEU / GRANDVALIRA

Ski & Snowboard Resort Review

The tiny country of Andorra is wedged between France and Spain in the splendid and imposing Pyrenees Mountains. Soldeu is the most popular ski and snowboard resort destination in Andorra. It has breathtaking scenery, reliable snowfalls, a wide variety of challenging terrain to suit all levels and a bustling action packed village.

Ski Grandvilara

Ski Grandvilira

Soldeu is part of the Pyrenees Grandvalira ski area, the largest skiing and snowboarding area in Andorra. The Grandvalira area lift links Soldeu to the neighbouring resorts of El Tarter, Canillo, Encamp, Grau Roig and Pas de la Casa. All areas are supported by an efficient lift system.

Soldeu Skiing and Snowboarding Terrain

The skiing and snowboarding terrain at Soldeu consists of open powder bowls, steep narrow chutes, exciting tree skiing and snowboarding, a lot of long linking groomed trails and gentle beginner areas.

Advanced Skiing and Snowboarding

Soldeu has some great advanced off piste skiing and snowboarding options through natural powder bowls, steep chutes and cliff faces. The off piste terrain is very easy to access with almost no hiking required on any section of the resort.

One of the best off piste challenging areas is the Pic D’Encampadana area where you are free to make your own tracks all the way down to the top of the Tarter Cable Car.

There is a lot of tree skiing and snowboarding available on the lower mountain slopes; the trees along the Aliga run leading down to the neighbouring village of El Tarter a particular challenge.

The Grandvalira Ski and Snowboard School offer Freeride Adventure programs running over 4 hours with maximum groups of six advanced skiers or snowboarders. Instructors lead groups off piste from the peak of the Pedrus summit down the east side before catching a snowcat back up and going down the north side. The vertical drop is 750 meters and 4 kilometres in length. Women's only ski clinics are also available.

Intermediate Skiing and Snowboarding

Intermediate skiers and snowboarders can happily access the entire area on long linking well groomed trails.

For some fast groomed early morning runs turn right at the top of the Soldeu Cable Car and head down the Gall de Bosc trail to access the Tosa Espiolets Chairlift. Once at the top of the chairlift head down the wide Fura trail to practice some speedy GS turns.

The Pla de les Pedres Grau Roig Chairlift gives access to a variety of long exciting and steep groomed runs in the C. De Les Solanelles area.

For a thrilling long tree lined run take the Guineu trail from the top of the Llosada Chairlift which eventually joins with the Esquirol trail leading down into the neighbouring village of El Tarter.

Beginner Skiing and Snowboarding

From the Soldeu village catch the Soldeu Cable Car directly up to the Espiolet area where you will find gentle and wide beginner only slopes.

Once confidence grows head left to the Solana Chairlift to access long wide open trails like the OS trail which then proceeds to wind it’s way down through the trees all the way back down to the village base area.

Soldeu has a very highly rated ski and snowboard school with professional and friendly bilingual instructors taking group, day long and private lessons for all age groups and ability levels. Recently additional snowmaking equipment has been installed throughout the entire resort which guarantees excellent snow coverage over 90 kilometres of trails.

Soldeu Terrain Park and Halfpipe

Grandvilara terrain park

Soldeu Terrain Park

The Terrain Park and halfpipe are located on the upper slopes of the El Tarter area under the Tosa Espiolets Chairlift. The expertly maintained park has jumps, rails and kickers of various different sizes and a well cut halfpipe.

Other Activities at Soldeu

Other activities at Soldeu/Grandvalira include cross country skiing, snowmobiling, ice skating, dog sledding, paragliding and scenic helicopter rides.

Off the slopes visit the tax free shops at Andorra la Vella.

Shopping at Soldeu

Soldeu has ski and snowboard shops stocking the latest equipment and rental gear lining the main street as well as fashion boutiques, gift and souvenir shops and photography galleries. Soldeu also has two well stocked grocery markets, delicatessens, butchers and wine stores.

Hard core shoppers just love Andorra for its tax free shopping. The capital Andorra la Vella is about a 30 minute drive from Soldeu; it has hundreds of tax free clothing shops, sports shops, cigarette shops, liquor stores, electronic equipment, jewellers and perfumeries.

Soldeu Restaurants

Soldeu’s restaurants and cafes are scattered along the main street and throughout the village.

The restaurants serve French, Spanish and Italian cuisine as well as local Pyrenean cuisine which consist of a lot of delicious grilled lamb, beef and game dishes accompanied by local fresh vegetables.

Fat Albert’s restaurant serves a la carte gourmet meals and is one of the most popular restaurants in Soldeu. The fillet steaks and fish dishes are superb as are the many desserts on offer.

The Roc Restaurant serves good value for money local and international cuisine with an ever changing menu.

Small takeaway stores in the main street sell baguettes, toasted sandwiches and pizza by the slice for those on the run.

On mountain restaurants and self serve cafeterias are strewn across the interlinked Grandvalira ski and snowboard area, most with large sundecks covered in deck chairs and small kitchens producing beautiful hot regional dishes.

Soldeu Nightlife

Soldeu has a really active and wild nightlife with many bars, pubs and nightclubs to choose from.

One of the most popular bars in Soldeu is Fat Albert’s opening early everyday for happy hour après ski drinks accompanied by live music and remaining open til very late with DJs and lots of dancing.

The Roc Bar, in the Roc Hotel is a great meeting point, the bar has a wide variety of beers, wines and cocktails and broadcasts live sporting events from throughout Europe on the large screen television.

The Stone Bar plays the latest music mixed with old classics from the 70s and 80s and the friendly staff are experts at mixing killer cocktails that will really numb your aching mountain legs!

The infamous Aspen Bar is a two story English style pub with pool tables upstairs and a dance floor downstairs. The bar has frequent live band performances, theme party nights and resident DJs. Live soccer matches are shown on the large screen downstairs during the winter season.

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Statistics

Elevation
 
ft
m
summit
8,420
2,560
Base
5,624
1,710
Average Snowfall
Lifts
30
Trails
110
86km
Terrain %
advanced
20
intermediate
25
beginner
55
Halfpipe
1
Terrain Park
1
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