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Andorra - Soldeu (Grandvalira) Reviews

Monoski Nick
6 Reviews
" Cheap, fun and so much easy skiing for beginners and intermediates " Andorra - Soldeu (Grandvalira) 4 Review date: 20/02/2016 Date of trip: February - 2016 Having never been to Andorra before I was a little...
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Accomodation 5 Town 3 Local facilities 4 (i.e. Restaurants, hire shops) Slope conditions 5 Lift system 5 Skiing / boarding experience 4 Apres ski 3
Having never been to Andorra before I was a little apprehensive, having skied for years in the French Alps and been used to largely perfect skiing conditions every time. However, the prices being far from perfect tempted me to consider Andorra and I was delighted I did.

First of all if you are a black run adrenaline junkie this is not for you. The skiing is very easy and even the few black are more like reds. What this suits is beginners and intermediates looking to progress from blues to reds. The lift system is very good with only a couple of bottlenecks at peak times. Avoid the restaurants and lifts at the top of the El Tarter gondola at lunchtime - mayhem!

Despite lots of recent snow, the cannons were going almost continuously on several slopes to keep the slopes from becoming icy and although some slopes were busy there was not generally huge crowds and this was at half-term.

The best thing about Andorra though is the normal price for hotels, food and drink. Our 4 star spa hotel was £65 for a twin room, the cappuccinos generally about 2 Euros each and a pizza usually around 10 Euros - absolute bargain all round. Lift pass was around £40 per day so that was the only thing that was fairly pricey.

Overall, we are definitely going back and for the right type of group or family this is one to be tried.

LouiseThompson
3 Reviews
" Great Value Grandvalira " Andorra - Soldeu (Grandvalira) 4 Review date: 25/01/2015 Date of trip: January - 2015 Gandvalira is a ski region in Andorra and accordin...
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Accomodation 3 Town 4 Local facilities 4 (i.e. Restaurants, hire shops) Slope conditions 3 Lift system 3 Skiing / boarding experience 3 Apres ski 4
Gandvalira is a ski region in Andorra and according to the piste map it is the largest skiable territory in Southern Europe. The ski area is made up of 6 linked sectors which include Pas de la Casa, Grau Roig, Soldeu, El Tarter, Canillo and Encamp which in total gives you 210 km skiable slopes

We flew into Barcelona then had a 3.5 hour bus transfer up to resort. We stayed in a chalet in a small village on the outskirts Soldeu, right next to one of the three snowparks in the Grandvalira area. This snow park was open 4 till 9 every night and a great area for boarders and skiers to practise tricks!

There was a bit of a shortage of snow during our visit but the snow cannons had been blasting every night so they really did the best they could to keep the pistes open. Only a few were closed and were mostly blacks or the slopes with no cannons. I personally preferred the Grau Roig sector for its wide runs and the snow seemed to hold up best here too.

Our favourite restaurant for lunch was located in the Pas de la Casa Sector at the bottom of the Costa Rodona lift called CBbC Ibiza and really ticked all the boxes! Great food, good value, friendly service, stunning views and a lovely atmosphere! So good in fact a couple of times we relaxed too much too long and it was a race back over to catch the last lift home! We tried a few of the meals during our visits including Sushi, club sandwich, fillet steak and grilled sausages so a fairly varied menu!

The atmosphere in the town of Soldeu was equally friendly as up the mountain. There is a good selection of bars including The Harp, a Irish themed bar with regular live music. A few doors down is the Aspen bar which has pool tables and table football. Just round the corner behind the main street is Fat Alberts which has a bar upstairs and a restaurant downstairs. We ate here when it was the chalet hosts night off and I’ve got to say the food was delicious! The restaurant was full and that was a Monday night so advisable to book in advance.

One very small negative to note is that Andorra isn’t included in the majority of European phone packages so it wasn’t as cheap to make or take calls. However in terms of technology the majority of the mountain was covered by free WiFi access.

We paod $240 for a 6 day lift pass and $125 for 6 day ski hire. Drinks and lunches definitely seemed cheaper than the majority of Austrian reorts I have visited.

All considered I thought Soldeu was a little gem and possibly sometimes overlooked. The risks of course are the snow conditions, given the latitude but if you are prepared to hang on for late deal whilst keeping an eye on the snow then Andorra is a great place to consider.

Nicola Diggins
2 Reviews
" Great for beginners but tame in parts for 'Alps lovers' " Andorra - Soldeu (Grandvalira) 3 Review date: 12/10/2014 Date of trip: February - 2010 Set in the Pyrenees this is a great resort for beg...
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Accomodation 5 Town 3 Local facilities 2 (i.e. Restaurants, hire shops) Slope conditions 2 Lift system 2 Skiing / boarding experience 3 Apres ski 3
Set in the Pyrenees this is a great resort for beginner skiers- the slopes are kind but if you go looking for challenging red/black slopes you can find them- but they don't sneak up on you like they do in the more adventurous Alps.

Soldeu- which literally means 'Sun God' has a lot to offer skiers and the ski schools are excellent- but boarders may find it rather tougher on the legs due to a high number of flat areas- the good thing is that there are lots of ropes around to pull you along but this is much easier for the skier- and on the whole there are much more flat areas than the Alps.

The food and snacks in the Pyrenees /Soldeu area tends to be very 'burger and chips' but its known as a budget resort- and the shops and bars are set off a busy road so it's not quite as pretty off the Pyrenees when you venture onto the après ski.

The après ski goes on late into the night and is lively- live bands and a great atmosphere- the ski schools really get involved and you do have the choice to make lots of friends of all ages.

Overall this is a great resort if you want to ski cheap- and develop your ski legs without the rather daunting experienced crowd on the vast alps.