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Grandvalira

Grandvalira Andorra
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Ski Grandvalira
From 1700m to 2640m
193km downhill slopes
110 Pistes
3 Freestyle parks
2 permanent boardercross
5 snow kindergartens

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Resort Ski X
Country
(km)
Ski
Lifts
Ski
Runs
Spa GR10/
GR11
Bars &
Restr's
Canillo12 64 110 N Y 6-10
Pas de la Casa - Grau Roig12 64 110 N N >20
Soldeu-El Tarter12 64 110 Y N 11-20
Encamp0 64 110 N Y >20
Since 1924, when postman Miquel Farré noticed his French counterparts donning long wooden skis to get about their winter post round quicker Andorra has embraced skiing. From such humble beginnings has grown Grandvalira, one of the largest ski domains in Europe with an extensive piste network, first class facilities and a ski school rated as one of the best in the world.

It has been somewhat of a roller coaster ride; the first rudimentary lifts were erected in 1952 followed 5 years later by the opening of Andorra’s first ski resort in Pas de la Casa. The Soldeu ski resort had come into existence by 1964 and the two ski stations gradually spread but a long running feud over communal grazing meant any partnership was impossible. A bizarre stand off followed where skiers would share the same pistes but could not use each other’s lifts until finally in 2004 the communes of Encamp and Canillo buried their differences allowing the creation of Grandvalira.

Grandvalira is now the largest ski area in the Pyrenees with 193km of pistes spread over 110 runs. This is supported by an efficient network of 64 lifts accessible through a hands-free lift pass. They provide a high transport capacity eliminating congestion at the bottom of the slopes.

Constantly evolving Grandvalira has recently developed greater facilities for freestyle riders. The Pas de La Casa snowpark is designed specifically for beginner and intermediate riders, the Grau Roig slope-style track allows riders of all levels to rip, run, and rail down the entire slope, making full use of the many bumps, camel humps, rails and boxes. The El Tarter snowpark is the largest in the Pyrenees and holds a 120m half pipe for intermediate and expert riders.