Soldeu Weather, Snow Reports & Webcams

Here is our Grandvalira Soldeu weather report and snow forecast which we update regularly from here in Andorra. Our team are up on the slopes most days and bring you first hand reports on the weather and conditions direct from the mountain. Here you'll also find weather forecasts and Soldeu webcams with live feeds of Soldeu and El Tarter.

 

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Take a look at our latest Grandvalira snow report here for up-to-date snow conditions and data of the Grandvalira ski resorts:

09
December
2019
Snow Data

Date of last snow

05
December
2019
Depth in village 0cm
Depth at bottom of slopes 15cm
Depth at top of slopes 40cm

Lifts open: Soldeu & El Tarter, 24 of 33 (Grandvalira 51 of 75) - Arcalis 13 of 16

Slopes open: Soldeu & El Tarter, 41 of 62 (Grandvalira 96 of 139) - Arcalis 22 of 29

09
December
2019
Snow Report
Snow Report posted by Ella

Our Snow Report

Plenty of snowfall today in Grandvalira Soldeu! The snow has been coming down steadily all day, with more set to come this week. Did somebody say powder day?

The conditions have been a little difficult today at the top of the mountain (though we can’t complain when there’s fresh snow), high winds and low visibility meant that I got a couple of runs in on the fresh powder before calling it a day.

With snow comes colder temperatures of course, meaning you really need to wrap up if you’re heading out on the mountain. The powder on the slopes is great to play around in though, and my favourite run of the day must be the Os blue run which meanders down gently to the bottom of Soldeu, next to the gondola. The coverage was great, and it was a nice, easy run to navigate, especially when visibility was low like today.

I’m looking forward to heading out tomorrow on the fresh snow… first lifts for me!

Check out my video from today – a little tour of the village and a trip to the top of the mountain: https://www.facebook.com/soldeu.resort/videos/824045761393720/

08
December
2019
Snow Report
Snow Report posted by Ella

Our Snow Report

The gorgeous weather is continuing here in Grandvalira! It’s been another day of clear blue skies, sunshine and low winds. The temperature has varied between 3 and 6 degrees with next to no wind chill, so I was warm enough with just a long-sleeved base layer under my jacket.

It’s easy to forget UV protection when you’re surrounded by snow, but on days like today it’s really important to top up on sun cream throughout the day – no one likes a goggle tan!

It’s been a couple of days since the last snowfall and we’ve had a busy weekend what with the Spanish bank holiday, so the snow is feeling a little loose in some areas and more compact in others. However, there’s still a good layer of snow for an enjoyable ride; I tend to stick to the side of the slopes where coverage is better.

My favourite run of the day is Esquirol, which can be accessed by taking the TSD6 Solana chairlift from Soldeu. It’s a nice, easy blue run that heads down into the après area of El Tarter, which also has a beginner’s slope and children’s area. Esquirol is a particularly long piste and you can continue on the run all the way down to El Tarter village. The snow coverage here was particularly nice today and it made for a really enjoyable ride.

When skiing or snowboarding in El Tarter, I recommend taking the TSD6 Tosa Espiolets chairlift for access to Soldeu. The ride to the top has great views of the El Tarter Snowpark and I loved watching people do impressive tricks on my way up.

Hope to see you on the slopes soon!

06
December
2019
Snow Report
Snow Report posted by Ella

Our Snow Report

We’re almost a week into the season and we’re off to a great start here in Grandvalira Soldeu.

The sun has been shining all day with clear blue skies to match; pair that with minimal wind and we’ve had excellent conditions on the mountain today.

In some places the pistes felt a little harder, particularly as the snow was pushed around throughout the day, however, generally the slopes are maintaining good coverage and there’s still a decent layer of snow on top, providing some nice, easy runs.

With today marking Spain’s Constitution day we can expect slightly busier slopes over the weekend. Although, with nearly 70% of lifts open across the Grandvalira Soldeu and Grandvalira El Tarter sectors, you’re sure to find a slope all to yourself. The Grandvalira area as a whole promises 122km of pistes open this weekend with all sectors connected, so there’s certainly plenty to explore!

My favourite run of the day today was the Obac Solana blue run which comes down from the Pla de les Pedres ridge, into the bowl where the Assaladores and Solanelles chairlifts are. The slope starts off narrow before widening around a bend, merging with the three Obagot red runs which are a great option for an added challenge.

Overall, a great day and some really fun runs to get back into the swing of things! It looks like there may even be some snow on the way too…

30
November
2019
Snow Report
Snow Report posted by Ella

Our Snow Report

Today marks the opening day of the season, and what a day we’ve had for it. The morning started with just a few hazy clouds, whilst later we saw brilliant sunshine and glorious blue skies. The temperature was relatively warm today at 6 degrees, though there were chillier winds when heading up on the chairlifts so be sure to wrap up when ascending to higher altitudes.

The start of the season brought with it lovely quiet slopes – at times I had the slopes completely to myself – which was great to get my ski legs back!

It’s been a week since the last snowfall, but the snow on the slopes today was good with just a few icier, thinner patches that are easy to spot and therefore easily avoidable. The mountain maintenance team have been hard at work and the pistes are well groomed, meaning there are plenty of really enjoyable runs to be had around Soldeu, El Tarter and Canillo.

My favourite run of the day has to be Rossinyol in El Tarter; this blue run is 7km long and meanders through the trees. Gentle sections of the slope really give you the chance to let your skis glide and practice carving your turns. The conditions on Rossinyol were particularly nice, as some areas were sporting a little powder – a nice treat, especially at the beginning of the season.

What a great start to the season!

Want to see the conditions for yourself? Check out our Facebook live video here.

09
November
2019
Snow Report
Snow Report posted by Admin

Our Snow Report

All day yesterday I was watching the snow fall onto Soldeu and El Tarter via our live webcam stream. It’s only November and the excitement levels are already very real.

This weekend’s temperature is set to drop to -8 degrees, and with it we are expecting 29cm of snow in the coming few days. This should stick around ready for the start of the season, creating a good base layer ready for skiing and snowboarding.

If you are a thrill seeker then look no further – The largest freestyle park in Grandvalira can be found in El Tarter, and the only night-time snow park in the Pyrenees is located just outside Soldeu. Even if you are not quite ready to throw yourself into the action, it can be equally as exciting to watch (especially from the lifts which run close by).  To find out other updates and investments to Grandvalira this season, check here

Are you dreaming of spending this winter in Soldeu? It’s not too late to find a great holiday deal or discounts on your ski extras.

We hope to see you on the slopes this winter!

08
September
2019
Snow Report
Snow Report posted by Admin

Our Snow Report

Winter is fast approaching and the weather is starting to turn, in fact this week it looks like we're in for the first snowfall of the season.  This year the scheduled ski season dates are from 30th November 2019 until 13th April 2020.  Our regular snow report will start on opening weekend as soon as we've had a chance to ski!

For those of you looking to book a ski holiday to Soldeu head over to our ski holidays page where you can book all your requirements.  If you're in need of airport transfers and ski extras you can book those here.

Also, we have an early booking offer to save an additional 10% off ski & snowboard rental booked before 19th September - use code EARLYBIRD when checking out.

24
April
2019
Snow Report
Snow Report posted by Admin

Our Snow Report

The ski season 2018-19 has now finished!  A huge thank you to everyone who has visited this winter; we hope you enjoyed your trip, and we'd love to see you on the slopes again next year.

If you're looking to book a ski holiday to Andorra then head over to our travel agency Destination Ski to see the latest deals.  They have holidays from Neilson, Crystal, Inghams and plenty of other tour operators, or they can create a bespoke flexible package for you.

If you want to book ski extras for winter 2019-20, they go on sale with an early booking offer towards the end of August.  If you want to be amongst the first to find out the early booking deals then sign up for updates here.

Our snow report will return in November ready for the next ski season, so until then we hope you have a great summer wherever you are in the world.

20
April
2019
Snow Report
Snow Report posted by Ellen

Our Snow Report

Here it is – the last snow report of winter 2018/19! It’s been a great season which will be long remembered for the success of the high profile events which have taken place in Grandvalira, such as the FIS World Cup Finals in Soldeu & El Tarter (11th-17th March), the Total Fight Masters of Freestyle Competition in El Tarter Snow Park (28th March – 6th April), and finally the FIS Speed Skiing World Cup Finals on the black Riberal slope in Grau Roig (10th – 13th April).

It’s been a genuine honour to be a part of the community of skiers and snowboarders who have turned out to watch these events, especially the prestigious FIS World Cup Finals which will be remembered in the history of Grandvalira for many years to come.

Thanks to snowfall in previous weeks we’ve been able to enjoy the mountain right until the very end of the season. Currently there’s still 107 out of 129 slopes open across the ski domain – that’s 189 kilometres out of a total 210 kilometres!

The conditions today have been typically Spring-like, characterised by soft, slushy snow and mild temperatures. The consistency of the snow was wet but forgiving and fun, rather than sticky or grabby. As the morning progressed the slopes started to get a little choppy and slushier, but the runs at higher altitude were generally a little firmer. Some slopes are starting to get a little patchy as the mild temperatures have begun to melt the snow, but any rocky or unsafe areas have been cordoned off.

Hundreds of people have come to Grandvalira to enjoy their Easter Weekend in the mountains, however there was still plenty of piste to go around and no queues for the chairlifts. Even the Serrat de Pinos run, fondly by locals known as the ‘motorway’ was super quiet, despite this being the main run which connects the Grau Roig and Soldeu sectors.

The temperature is expected to drop below zero tonight, with approximately six centimetres of snow forecast overnight, and another five centimetres on Monday, the last day of the season. Could we be in for a couple more powder days I wonder!? We’ll have to wait and see, but either way we’ll be finishing the season on a high with lots of fond memories to keep us going until we can return to the snowy Pyrenees mountains once again.

From myself and the rest of the in-resort team – thank you, and we hope to see you again next season!

16
April
2019
Snow Report
Snow Report posted by Ellen

Our Snow Report

I wasn’t quite sure what to expect today, but I certainly wasn’t expecting to see fresh snow…

Mild temperatures, grey overcast sky, irregular visibility and the possibility of rain had been forecast and since it had rained in the village last night, the conditions today weren’t seeming overly promising. As I made my way to the gondola station this morning I could feel a few light drops of rain starting to fall lightly, so I prepared myself for slow, sticky snow conditions.

On my first run to El Tarter via the Gall de Bosc rope tow, I was pleasantly surprised to find that the conditions weren’t bad after all. Although it had been raining in the village last night, the mountains had received light snowfall, topping up the slopes with a couple of centimetres of fresh snow and dusting some of the trees with a pretty white powder.

As I took the Llosada chairlift to the top of El Tarter I marvelled at the fresh tracks covering the valley and couldn’t wait to get some turns in. I started off on the blue Gall de Bosc run but veered off the piste to the left where there was some untouched fresh snow waiting with my name on. I was surprised to find that the snow was soft, light, and relatively easy to manoeuvre through – not like the gloopy, heavy snow I was expecting.   

The pistes were feeling pretty good too – I did a few laps of Guineu, Esquirol and Llop runs in El Tarter valley and found the snow here to be fast, fun and forgiving. There were some patches towards the base of the Llosada and Tosa Espiolets chairlift which were super slushy and slow, but these were in the minority.

After midday, I started to notice a change in the snow conditions – the pistes were becoming sticky, slow and a little grabby. It was the type of conditions where it feels like if you put too much of an edge in you’re going to take a tumble, and although this isn’t necessarily the case it definitely makes riding harder work. Generally, the pistes at a higher altitude tend to be in better condition and stay firmer for longer, so I’d recommend opting for the runs from the top of Llosada chairlift which stands at 2560 metres, rather than lower runs like the Bosc Fosc and Os which are lower and more susceptible to changing conditions.

The forecast tomorrow is predicting a milder day, with temperatures around 8 degrees. The good news is that the sun will be shining, providing the perfect weather to enjoy the views from Grandvalira’s many mountain terraces.

13
April
2019
Snow Report
Snow Report posted by Ellen

Our Snow Report

The end of the ski season is rapidly approaching but the conditions in Grandvalira aren’t faltering. The coverage on the slopes is fantastic thanks to the persistent snowfall of recent weeks, and there’s still an impressive 191 kilometres (out of a total 210 kilometres) open across the entire ski domain.

After 14cm of fresh snowfall on Thursday, we had a fantastic day yesterday making fresh tracks and smashing soft, fluffy powder both on and off the pistes. Many off Grandvalira’s off-piste areas have been tracked and the slopes are now smooth and even, having been groomed overnight by the piste-bashers. The snow conditions varied by place and time – this morning the pistes were hard with a soft top layer of powdery snow, but by afternoon the snow on lower altitude runs like Bosc Fosc and Os (Soldeu) had become soft and slushy.

This morning we headed towards Grandvalira Grau Roig where the FIS Speed Skiing World Cup Finals were taking place on the black Riberal run. Riberal is 900 metres long, featuring a tower which is 10 metres high and 18 metres wide, allowing skiers to reach speeds of around 200 kilometres per hour. Yes, that’s right, 200 kilometres per hour! Watching the athletes fly down Riberal was exhilarating, and their ski attire in itself was interesting to see – tight red PVC suits with sharp fins fitted on the back of their boots, and big aerodynamic helmets. It was like being transported to a glam rock festival in the 1970s!

After enjoying the Speed Skiing World Cup it was time to head back towards Soldeu via the Cubil chairlift and the red Serrat Pinos run which takes you to the bottom of the Pla de les Pedres chairlifts in Soldeu (the second lift on your right as you approach the base of the run). The journey time from the bottom of Cubil in Grau Roig to the top of Pla de les Pedres Soldeu chairlift is only around 25 minutes, so it’s not as far as many people often think. The red Serrat Pinos run was the best run of the day, with its fast, grippy snow and fun, steep rollers.

Tomorrow the mild weather is forecast to continue – sunshine and clouds are on the cards, with temperatures of around 5 degrees expected. At the moment, light snowfall is forecast to return on Tuesday but this may change as the predicted temperature is relatively mild at around 2 degrees.

08
April
2019
Snow Report
Snow Report posted by Ellen

Our Snow Report

The conditions in Grandvalira today have been perfect. The coverage on the slopes is excellent thanks to the fresh snowfall we’ve received over the last week or so, and the slopes are likely to get even better as more snow is on its way this week.  

The snow consistency today was soft and forgiving, with a firm, grippy foundation underneath the top layer. Better yet, the mountain is super quiet at the moment which means that the pistes aren’t chopped up or spoilt by moguls.

This morning I headed to Canillo, where I didn’t see anyone else at all on the blue Rossinyol run. If you’ve followed my snow reports throughout the season you’ll know that Rossinyol is one of my favourite runs in Grandvalira due to its variety of terrain, length, seclusion, and fantastic views of the Pyrenees. From Soldeu gondola station, it only takes around 20-30 minutes to get to the top of the Rossinyol run. Simply head to El Tarter via the Gall de Bosc rope tow, take the Llosada chairlift in El Tarter, then take the blue Orenata run to reach the El Clots chairlift where you can then reach the top of Rossinyol.

After working up an appetite riding in El Tarter and Canillo, we headed back to Soldeu village where we stopped at Hotel Bruxxels for lunch. Bruxxels is one of my favourite places for a quick bite to eat due to their wide menu and affordable prices - paninis and sandwiches are on the menu from around €6, or you can treat yourself to their three course ‘menu of the day’ from around €15. We left Bruxxels feeling good after a decent feed, having only spent €45 between four of us.

The great snow conditions and quiet pistes today provided the perfect environment for trying new things so we decided to spend the rest of the afternoon practicing our switch riding on the blue Bosc Fosc run in Soldeu. By this point, the snow had become even softer and more forgiving, which helped me to relax and feel more comfortable with getting out of my comfort zone.

Riding switch is a really strange sensation, like trying to write using your opposite hand. For me, it meant taking a step back to the basics and required determination in spite of initial failure, but the challenge was fun and the feeling of achievement after riding switch top to bottom several times was so rewarding.

If you’re heading to resort this week be prepared for cold temperatures, low visibility and plenty of snowfall. Wear your best thermals to stay warm and, if you have them, I’d recommend using orange-lensed goggles or similar as these will help provide better clarity and definition in flat light and low visibility conditions.

 

06
April
2019
Snow Report
Snow Report posted by Ellen

Our Snow Report

There’s only 16 days left of the ski season, but right now winter isn’t showing any signs of leaving! This week we’ve been treated to some fantastic powder days thanks to the April snow showers which have topped up the coverage on the slopes by around 20-40 centimetres. Needless to say, the slopes are currently in excellent condition, with a healthy coverage of soft snow.

The visibility has varied throughout the day thanks to the low, dense clouds which were making their way across the valleys, shrouding the mountains in a thick white veil. Orange lensed goggles help to improve clarity in low visibility, but even still, at times I could only see as far as the next nearest piste marker!

The visibility improved the closer we got to Grau Roig and Pas de la Casa sectors, but the incoming clouds weren’t that far behind us. We decided to take advantage of the better visibility while it lasted and headed to the ‘Fields of Joy’ which is one of my favourite off-piste areas in Grandvalira. The Fields of Joy is the huge, relatively gentle area flanked by the Port and Pastora blue runs and the winding road to Pas de la Casa. It’s a lesser known off-piste area so we were pleased but not surprised to discover that ours would be the first tracks on the fields of fresh, untouched snow in front of us. The top section of the Fields of Joy is relatively easy due to its wide, expansive area; however the ride becomes technical towards the bottom as you have to manoeuvre around trees in order to reach the road which comes from Grau Roig car park. From there, it’s about a ten minute along the road to Grau Roig sector where you can access the slopes. Trust me, the ride is worth the walk at the end.

Overall, the coverage off-piste is pretty good at the moment, but the consistency of the snow in some off-piste areas was a little heavy and wet which made it harder to manoeuvre and make quick, tight turns through the gaps between the trees.

If you’re riding off-piste, don’t take any unnecessary risks and always be fully aware of your surroundings. Heading off piste in low visibility conditions is never a good idea as the chances of losing your way or failing to see any obstacles in your path are much higher and really not worth the risk. Always read the terrain carefully because although we’ve had fresh snow, some areas may still be a little patchy with hidden rocks just under the surface. Make sure you check the avalanche risk and take avalanche safety gear where necessary, and of course – make sure you’re covered for off-piste on your winter sports travel insurance policy.

The forecast for the rest of the week is… snow, snow, and more snow, so hopefully we’ll be seeing out the season with plenty more powder days! The temperature will remain cold at around -5 degrees with a wind chill of -10 degrees, so pack your neck buff and wear plenty of layers!

 

 

04
April
2019
Snow Report
Snow Report posted by Esther

Our Snow Report

We are in the last few weeks of the season, but it seems that the winter does not want to end and April is surprising us in a big way! Yesterday, it did not stop snowing all day, so today when we woke up and saw the blue sky, we got ready and headed to the slopes of Soldeu-El Tarter.

It was one of the most beautiful days of this season with untouched slopes, white trees, blue skies, and of course, lots of snow! Which it made it an incredible power day!

The insistent snowfall from yesterday, that was intensified at night with the drop of temperatures covered the whole town of Soldeu white and left up to 30 cm of fresh snow in the mountains of Grandvalira. In addition, the lower temperatures helped to maintain the snow perfectly all day long and the powder remained light, so the quality of the snow has been spectacular!

Even with having the sun out all day, the temperatures have been negative throughout the day even reaching the -8 degrees first thing in the morning, that’s why we put on three layers to keep ourselves warm while enjoying the snow. In addition, the tracks are still quiet, without any queues in the sectors of Soldeu-El Tarter.

We went to El Tarter Snow park where the Total Fight freeski training sessions took place throughout the morning. It’s very impressive how the riders fly around the big kickers of the park. Tomorrow it will begin the qualifying sessions and on Saturday, the grand finale.

We have also tried the off piste playing among the trees and making our own lines in the powder snow on the mountains of Grandvalira, do you know the best part? That the snow is not over yet - the forecast says that it will keep snowing throughout the weekend!!

Check out our photos of the day on our social media: Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

01
April
2019
Snow Report
Snow Report posted by Ellen

Our Snow Report

April has arrived and the snow is (hopefully) on its way too! It’s currently sleeting in Soldeu village, however the snow is starting to fall lightly up on the mountain and is forecast to get heavier throughout the week as the temperature drops well below zero.

The last significant snowfall was on 19th March so if the forecast for this week is accurate, the snow will be a welcome break from the non-stop sunshine and mild temperatures we’ve experienced recently. Clear, sunny days are lovely but I’m sure many of you will agree that there’s nothing quite like a powder day – especially in Spring!

The conditions today have been a little strange – the dark, grey clouds have been a promising sign of the impending snow, but the air felt unusually humid and the snow felt soft, slushy and a little slow in places. Soft, slushy snow can be pretty forgiving though, so we decided to use the conditions to our advantage and do a couple of laps of El Tarter snow park, which is accessible via the Tosa Espiolets chairlift. Don’t worry, I’m not talking about the huge kickers built for the Total Fight Masters of Freestyle competition though!...

The great thing about El Tarter snow park is that there’s a variety of features suitable for different abilities whether, like me, you’re new to riding park or you’re a full-on “park rat” wanting to push your freestyle skills to the limit. Everything is optional, so if there’s a feature you’re not sure about, you can simply skip it.

Admittedly, the fear of potential injury has often held me back from riding park, however after a gentle introduction through the snow park with a snowboarding instructor last week I decided it was time to get out of my comfort zone and familiarising myself with riding small kickers and boxes. Like the rest of the mountain, the park was lovely and quiet so it was a great environment for practicing and building confidence.

When trying new things for the first time it’s normal that things don’t always go according to plan. The important thing is that you’re aware of the risks and do your best to limit these wherever possible. If you fancy trying the snow park for the first time I’d recommend booking a private lesson with an instructor who will be able to introduce you to the basics in a safe, friendly environment. There’s every possibility that you might fall, so if you’re worried about injury or a bruised bottom then consider buying impact shorts and padded underlayers can help to soften your fall. Most importantly of all, always make sure you’re aware of your surroundings and stay well clear of the landing areas to avoid injuring yourself or others.

If you’re looking for freestyle inspiration or simply want to watch in awe, don’t forget that the Total Fight Masters of Freestyle competition returns to El Tarter Snow Park this Thursday (4th April), attracting some of the world’s best freestyle skiers. After a warm up day on Thursday, the competitors will battle their way through intense qualifying rounds on Friday, hoping to be crowned the victorious Masters of Freestyle in the Total Fight Finals on Saturday. To find out more info, including the competition schedule, visit the Total Fight Freeski website.

30
March
2019
Snow Report
Snow Report posted by Ellen

Our Snow Report

It’s only been a few weeks since the FIS World Cup took place on the slopes of Avet (Soldeu) and Aliga (El Tarter) but Grandvalira has already become the focus of yet another huge competition in the world of snow-sports.

This week, Grandvalira-El Tarter Snow Park has had the honour of hosting the fifteenth edition of Total Fight Masters of Freestyle - a headline freestyle competition which features some of the world’s best freestyle snowboarders and skiers including big names such as Mark McMorris - one of the most decorated and successful athletes in competitive snowboarding history.  

The Men’s and Women’s snowboarding finals took place today after two days of training and qualifying rounds on the extremely daunting course which included a variety of rails, boxes, and terrifyingly huge kickers.

The mild, sunny weather today provided perfect conditions for the hundreds of spectators who were enjoying the competition from the grandstand and side lines. The atmosphere was intense and excitable as we watched each athlete push their limits as they flew over the rails and kickers, performing incredible tricks and jumps which seem impossible yet were made to look so easy.  

After an intense battle which had the crowd on the edge of their seats throughout the afternoon, Julia Marina (USA) and Michael Schaerar (Switzerland) were crowned the Masters of Freestyle for women’s and men’s freestyle snowboarding disciplines. View the links below to watch a video of their performances:

Julia Marina (USA)

Michael Schaerar (Switzerland)

Full of adrenaline after watching the Total Fight competition, we decided to make the most of our energy and carry on riding this afternoon. By this point, the clouds had started to gather in El Tarter and Soldeu sectors, and although the wind picked up the temperature remained mild at around 6 degrees. The consistency of the snow was soft and slushy, making for a fun, forgiving ride; however in some places the pistes had become chopped up and covered with man-made slushy moguls which were hard work on the knees.

If you missed out on the action today don’t worry - next week the Total Fight competition will return to El Tarter snow park for the men’s and women’s freestyle ski training, trials and finals. To get to the grandstand and spectators area you can either take the Tosa Espiolets chairlift and ride the red Esparver run down to the park (follow the signs to the ‘village’), or you can walk uphill to the stands from the base of the Tosa Espiolets chairlift. As was the case today, the prize-giving ceremony and Total Fight ‘Monster’ after-party will take place in L’Abarset in El Tarter from 4:30pm next Saturday. To see the full schedule, visit the Total Fight Freeski website.

 

25
March
2019
Snow Report
Snow Report posted by Ellen

Our Snow Report

It’s hard not to like Monday’s when you’re in Grandvalira, especially on beautiful days like today. The weather today has been mild, around 8 degrees, and the sun has been shining all day long. At 10am, my sunglasses were getting fogged up from the heat coming off my face, and I’d wished I was wearing a hoody rather than an insulated jacket.

Despite the mild temperature, the conditions on the slopes have been fantastic. First thing this morning the pistes were hard, but beautifully groomed with corduroy lines which made for an enjoyable, grippy ride. By around 11am, the pistes softened up into a lovely light ‘poor man’s powder’ which was fast, forgiving, and great for carving.

My favourite run of the day was the black Cabirol run in Grandvalira Soldeu. It’s a challenging run which starts off with a steep, straight, vertical descent, but about half way down the slope becomes a little less steep and more similar to a red run, with a fun bend at the end which leads you to the TK Escola button drag lift in Soldeu beginner’s area. Much to my surprise, I ended up spraying myself with a face-full of snow as I tackled the steeper top section of the piste, which was hard with a sugary, very cold(!) top layer of snow. Cabirol is accessible via the El Tarter Tosa Espiolets chairlift – turn left when you get off the chairlift, travel along the ridge line for around 100 metres and it’s the second black run on your left. If you’re a good intermediate or advanced rider and fancy a challenge, I’d recommend giving it a go, but make sure you pay attention to the signs at the start of the piste as the snow on Cabirol is quite often hard and compact as it’s out of the sunlight for most of the day.

If you’re in resort this week, make sure you check out the Total Fight Masters of Freestyle Competition taking place in Grandvalira El Tarter snow park from Thursday 28th March. It’s the fifteenth anniversary of this exciting freestyle competition where the world’s best male and female freestyle snowboarders and skiers will compete to be the number one Master of Freestyle in their discipline.

Final preparations are being made for the course which consists of three huge jumps, and a jibbing section with three creative features, for example the Oakley-sponsored prizm rail and thin rainbow box.

You can watch the competition from the huge screen which will be in El Tarter Snow Park, or get a great birds eye view by taking the the Tosa Espiolets chairlift which runs above the Snow Park. The competition will also be broadcast live on Grandvalira’s Facebook.  

Find the competition schedule below, or for more information on the Total Fight Masters of Freestyle competition, see the official website here: https://www.totalfightmasters.com.                                                                 

TOTAL FIGHT - MASTERS OF FREESTYLE 2019 SCHEDULE:

SNOWBOARDING

Thursday 28th March
11.00-13.00: Training

Friday 29th March
09.30am -10.30am: Warm up
10.45am -12.30pm: Women’s qualifiers
12.45pm – 3pm: Men’s qualifiers

Saturday 30th March
10am – 11:30am: Warm up
12pm – 12:40pm: Women’s finals
1pm – 2pm: Men’s finals
4:30pm: Prize giving ceremony at L’Abarset
5pm – 9pm: Total Fight Monster party at L’Abarset

SKIING

Thursday 4th April
11am – 1pm: Training

Friday 5th April
9:30am – 11am: Warm up
11:15am – 1pm: Qualifiers

Saturday 6th April
10am – 11am: Warm up
12pm – 1:30pm: Finals
4:30pm: Prize giving ceremony at L’Abarset
5pm – 9pm: Total Fight Monster party at L’Abarset

23
March
2019
Snow Report
Snow Report posted by Ellen

Our Snow Report

Spring has sprung… again! The bitter cold temperatures and snowfall we experienced earlier this week now seem like a distant memory as the mild, sunny weather has returned to the valleys of Grandvalira.

Eager to take advantage of the beautiful weather, many people spent their afternoon soaking up the sunshine on the mountain terraces. If you’re looking for somewhere with a stylish terrace, relaxed atmosphere, and central location then the IQOS bar in El Tarter is always a good shout. Located just 100 metres or so from the TSD4 El Tarter chairlift, it’s great place to relax and enjoy a drink with your friends after a few runs. There’s also a ‘Smile to Winter’ photobooth which prints two instant photos so that you can capture the moment and make your happy memories last longer.

The slopes are in pristine condition thanks to the snowfall and colder temperatures we experienced earlier this week. The pistes are firm with good, even coverage and a soft top layer of snow – great conditions for practicing carving pencil-thin curves into the mountain. This afternoon the lower parts of the mountain started to get a little slushy, but the conditions remained playful and forgiving rather than slow and sticky.

My favourite run of the day was the black Aliga slope which hosted the FIS World Cup Downhill and Super G Finals last week. It’s a fun, long black run with a variety of terrain with cambered sections, steep vertical drops, and some exciting bends. Aliga is approximately 2700 metres long, 60 metres wide and has a 756-metre vertical descent where some skiers reach speeds of around 120 km/h! Riding down Aliga, I struggled to get my head around the speed at which athletes completed the course last week, in particular, Dominik Paris who won the Men’s Downhill race with an incredible time of 1:26.80!

18
March
2019
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Yesterday the FIS World Cup Finals came to a close in Grandvalira after an exciting week which attracted just under 25,000 spectators. Yesterday alone, 6000 people watched the Men’s Slalom and Women’s Giant Slalom from the grandstands, the sides of the course and from Soldeu’s hotel and bar terraces. The atmosphere in resort has been fantastic, helped by endless days of gorgeous sunshine and mild temperatures. Overall, the World Cup Finals have been a great success - the FIS have praised the ‘excellent’ standards of the Finals and are committed to bring the World Cup back to Andorra.  

Just when we thought Spring had arrived, today the temperature dropped considerably to around -6 degrees with a windchill of -14 degrees. As always, Grandvalira were quick to take advantage of these conditions and wherever possible the snow cannons were blasting soft sugary snow onto the pistes, adding to the light dusting of snow we received overnight last night.

The colder temperatures meant that pistes remained firm throughout most of the day, with the had-compact snow only softening up later on in the afternoon. These conditions stand in stark contrast with the slushy - and sometimes grabby - conditions we’ve experienced in some places over the last few days.

Despite the cold weather the sun’s rays were resilient, so it was important to keep topping up the suncream throughout the day. Every day my face is getting browner, whilst the rest of my body seems to becoming exceedingly pale in comparison to the (slightly embarrassing) glow of my face.

The temperature is forecast to remain below zero this evening and light snowfall is expected overnight and throughout the day tomorrow (around 6 centimetres overall). If you’re heading out for dinner tonight or for a few drinks in the Harp, Aspen, Fatty’s or Barcode, make sure you wrap up warm and wear your winter boots! Tomorrow, a neck buff and decent thermal layers will be essential to protect yourself from the snow and wind, which is forecast to be blowing around 20kmh, causing a wind-chill of around -12 degrees. Eek!

15
March
2019
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What a fantastic week it’s been in Grandvalira! Today is the fifth day of the FIS World Cup Finals which, so far, has been taking place on the black Aliga slope in El Tarter.

The World Cup kicked off on Monday morning with the Men’s & Ladies Downhill training, and on Tuesday night we were left breathless after a phenomenal opening ceremony in Grandvalira Soldeu. Thousands of people turned out to watch the ceremony, filling the grandstands, the area at the base of the World Cup black Avet slope, and Soldeu’s many slope-facing terraces such Barcode, Park Piolets, Sol I Neu and Hotel Bruxxels. The ceremony began with a descent by the ski demo team who were dressed head to toe in colourful LED lights and shortly afterwards the Avet slope was turned into a giant cinema screen depicting Andorra’s history, the participating countries and alpine skiing highlights. Just when we thought the night couldn’t get any better, a fantastic fireworks display lit up the sky above the Avet slope, causing the crowd to cheer loudly and of course, gasp with ‘ooh’s’ and ahh’s. Needless to say, the atmosphere in Soldeu on Tuesday evening was absolutely incredible as everyone came together to celebrate the start of this prestigious event.

The amazing opening ceremony was just the start of the very exciting week that has followed. Here’s a brief roundup of the results and highlights so far:

Downhill Finals (13.03.2019): After two mornings of training at the start of the week, the Men’s and Women’s Downhill finals were held on Aliga slope on Wednesday morning. This was the first time that the Pyrenees have hosted a World Cup men’s downhill race – the ultimate test of all of the Alpine ski disciplines. Dominik Paris (Italy) won the Men’s race with a time of 1:26.80, and Mirjam Puchner (Austria) won the Women’s race with a time of 1:32:91.  Beat Feuz took the Crystal Globe in the World Cup Men’s Downhill category, and Nicole Schmidhofer won her first-ever Crystal Globe in the Women’s Downhill World Cup, despite finishing 11th.  

Super G Finals (14.03.2019): Dominik Paris (Italy) and Viktoria Rebensburg (Germany) won first place for the Men’s & Women’s Super G respectively, with Dominik Paris also bagging the Crystal Globe for Men’s Super G category. Meanwhile, the two-time overall World Cup champion, Mikaela Shiffrin (USA), won the Crystal Globe for the Women’s category; this was the first time Shriffin had won a Crystal Globe in a speed discipline, despite it not being her speciality.

Alpine Team Event (Friday 15.03.2019):  Switzerland narrowly won the Alpine Team Event after a fierce and intense head-to-head final against team Norway. The Alpine Team Event was my favourite race this week – I loved the heightened sense of competitiveness caused by the head-on, team nature of the event. Plus, it’s been sunny and mild today – perfect weather for soaking up the sunshine on Snack Bar-El Clos terrace whilst watching the races.

After watching the Alpine Team Event we decided to make the most of the day by hitting the slopes ourselves. By the afternoon the slopes had become soft and slushy – in some places this meant the snow was soft and forgiving, but on other runs, like the blue Bosc Fosc run into Soldeu, the snow had become choppy and grabby. The best conditions were found in Soldeu valley – in particular, the blue Solana and Marmot runs were fantastic despite having been in the sunshine for most the day. These runs were soft but grippy, making for a fast, enjoyable ride past the semi-frozen reservoir.  

Tomorrow, Andorra’s attention will turn to the black Avet slope in Grandvalira-Soldeu where the Men’s Giant Slalom will take place  from 9:30am to 12pm, and the Women’s Slalom will takes place between 10:30am and 1:15pm. Head to the grandstands or Soldeu’s many slope-facing terraces to watch the action!

15
March
2019
Snow Report
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What a fantastic week it’s been in Grandvalira! Today is the fifth day of the FIS World Cup Finals which, so far, has been taking place on the black Aliga slope in El Tarter.

The World Cup kicked off on Monday morning with the Men’s & Ladies Downhill training, and on Tuesday night we were left breathless after a phenomenal opening ceremony in Grandvalira Soldeu. Thousands of people turned out to watch the ceremony, filling the grandstands, the area at the base of the World Cup black Avet slope, and Soldeu’s many slope-facing terraces such Barcode, Park Piolets, Sol I Neu and Hotel Bruxxels. The ceremony began with a descent by the ski demo team who were dressed head to toe in colourful LED lights and shortly afterwards the Avet slope was turned into a giant cinema screen depicting Andorra’s history, the participating countries and alpine skiing highlights. Just when we thought the night couldn’t get any better, a fantastic fireworks display lit up the sky above the Avet slope, causing the crowd to cheer loudly and of course, gasp with ‘ooh’s’ and ahh’s. Needless to say, the atmosphere in Soldeu on Tuesday evening was absolutely incredible as everyone came together to celebrate the start of this prestigious event.

The amazing opening ceremony was just the start of the very exciting week that has followed. Here’s a brief roundup of the results and highlights so far:

Downhill Finals (13.03.2019): After two mornings of training at the start of the week, the Men’s and Women’s Downhill finals were held on Aliga slope on Wednesday morning. This was the first time that the Pyrenees have hosted a World Cup men’s downhill race – the ultimate test of all of the Alpine ski disciplines. Dominik Paris (Italy) won the Men’s race with a time of 1:26.80, and Mirjam Puchner (Austria) won the Women’s race with a time of 1:32:91.  Beat Feuz took the Crystal Globe in the World Cup Men’s Downhill category, and Nicole Schmidhofer won her first-ever Crystal Globe in the Women’s Downhill World Cup, despite finishing 11th.  

Super G Finals (14.03.2019): Dominik Paris (Italy) and Viktoria Rebensburg (Germany) won first place for the Men’s & Women’s Super G respectively, with Dominik Paris also bagging the Crystal Globe for Men’s Super G category. Meanwhile, the two-time overall World Cup champion, Mikaela Shiffrin (USA), won the Crystal Globe for the Women’s category; this was the first time Shriffin had won a Crystal Globe in a speed discipline, despite it not being her speciality.

Alpine Team Event (Friday 15.03.2019):  Switzerland narrowly won the Alpine Team Event after a fierce and intense head-to-head final against team Norway. The Alpine Team Event was my favourite race this week – I loved the heightened sense of competitiveness caused by the head-on, team nature of the event. Plus, it’s been sunny and mild today – perfect weather for soaking up the sunshine on Snack Bar-El Clos terrace whilst watching the races.

After watching the Alpine Team Event we decided to make the most of the day by hitting the slopes ourselves. By the afternoon the slopes had become soft and slushy – in some places this meant the snow was soft and forgiving, but on other runs, like the blue Bosc Fosc run into Soldeu, the snow had become choppy and grabby. The best conditions were found in Soldeu valley – in particular, the blue Solana and Marmot runs were fantastic despite having been in the sunshine for most the day. These runs were soft but grippy, making for a fast, enjoyable ride past the semi-frozen reservoir.  

Tomorrow, Andorra’s attention will turn to the black Avet slope in Grandvalira-Soldeu where the Men’s Giant Slalom will take place  from 9:30am to 12pm, and the Women’s Slalom will takes place between 10:30am and 1:15pm. Head to the grandstands or Soldeu’s many slope-facing terraces to watch the action!

15
March
2019
Snow Report
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What a fantastic week it’s been in Grandvalira! Today is the fifth day of the FIS World Cup Finals which, so far, has been taking place on the black Aliga slope in El Tarter.

The World Cup kicked off on Monday morning with the Men’s & Ladies Downhill training, and on Tuesday night we were left breathless after a phenomenal opening ceremony in Grandvalira Soldeu. Thousands of people turned out to watch the ceremony, filling the grandstands, the area at the base of the World Cup black Avet slope, and Soldeu’s many slope-facing terraces such Barcode, Park Piolets, Sol I Neu and Hotel Bruxxels. The ceremony began with a descent by the ski demo team who were dressed head to toe in colourful LED lights and shortly afterwards the Avet slope was turned into a giant cinema screen depicting Andorra’s history, the participating countries and alpine skiing highlights. Just when we thought the night couldn’t get any better, a fantastic fireworks display lit up the sky above the Avet slope, causing the crowd to cheer loudly and of course, gasp with ‘ooh’s’ and ahh’s. Needless to say, the atmosphere in Soldeu on Tuesday evening was absolutely incredible as everyone came together to celebrate the start of this prestigious event.

The amazing opening ceremony was just the start of the very exciting week that has followed. Here’s a brief roundup of the results and highlights so far:

Downhill Finals (13.03.2019): After two mornings of training at the start of the week, the Men’s and Women’s Downhill finals were held on Aliga slope on Wednesday morning. This was the first time that the Pyrenees have hosted a World Cup men’s downhill race – the ultimate test of all of the Alpine ski disciplines. Dominik Paris (Italy) won the Men’s race with a time of 1:26.80, and Mirjam Puchner (Austria) won the Women’s race with a time of 1:32:91.  Beat Feuz took the Crystal Globe in the World Cup Men’s Downhill category, and Nicole Schmidhofer won her first-ever Crystal Globe in the Women’s Downhill World Cup, despite finishing 11th.  

Super G Finals (14.03.2019): Dominik Paris (Italy) and Viktoria Rebensburg (Germany) won first place for the Men’s & Women’s Super G respectively, with Dominik Paris also bagging the Crystal Globe for Men’s Super G category. Meanwhile, the two-time overall World Cup champion, Mikaela Shiffrin (USA), won the Crystal Globe for the Women’s category; this was the first time Shriffin had won a Crystal Globe in a speed discipline, despite it not being her speciality.

Alpine Team Event (Friday 15.03.2019):  Switzerland narrowly won the Alpine Team Event after a fierce and intense head-to-head final against team Norway. The Alpine Team Event was my favourite race this week – I loved the heightened sense of competitiveness caused by the head-on, team nature of the event. Plus, it’s been sunny and mild today – perfect weather for soaking up the sunshine on Snack Bar-El Clos terrace whilst watching the races.

After watching the Alpine Team Event we decided to make the most of the day by hitting the slopes ourselves. By the afternoon the slopes had become soft and slushy – in some places this meant the snow was soft and forgiving, but on other runs, like the blue Bosc Fosc run into Soldeu, the snow had become choppy and grabby. The best conditions were found in Soldeu valley – in particular, the blue Solana and Marmot runs were fantastic despite having been in the sunshine for most the day. These runs were soft but grippy, making for a fast, enjoyable ride past the semi-frozen reservoir.  

Tomorrow, Andorra’s attention will turn to the black Avet slope in Grandvalira-Soldeu where the Men’s Giant Slalom will take place  from 9:30am to 12pm, and the Women’s Slalom will takes place between 10:30am and 1:15pm. Head to the grandstands or Soldeu’s many slope-facing terraces to watch the action!

11
March
2019
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Today’s the day we’ve been looking forward to all season – the start of the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Finals! This is the first time Andorra has hosted this prestigious event, which is considered by many to be the most important competition on the pro ski tour after the Olympic Games and World Championships. The World Cup welcomes the top 25 skiers in each category for both men and women: slalom (SL) and giant slalom (GS) which will be held on the black Avet slope in Soldeu, and downhill (DH) and super-G (SG) which will be held on the black Aliga slope in EL Tarter.

Excited to get a load of the action, this morning I headed to the base of the slopes in El Tarter to watch the Men’s and Women’s Downhill speed trials training take place on the black Aliga slope. To get a good view I rode the blue Esquirol run to the bottom of El Tarter where the viewing stands and large screen are located. There was a great atmosphere in the stands as visitors watched the athletes flying down the course via the live TV link and cheered them on as they cross the finish line just metres away. The sun was shining all morning and upbeat music was pumping from the sound system, adding to the buzz and great atmosphere.

But what does the Downhill course involve? How did the first day of training go?

The Downhill course is 2598 metres long with a vertical drop of 710 metres, and the speed at which the athletes shredded down the mountain today was phenomenal! - Finishing first place in the Women’s category today was Sofia Goggia from Italy with a time of 1:32:65, meanwhile Kjetil Jansrud from Norway took number one spot for the Men’s category with a time of 1:28:36. Incredible!

To see today’s full official Downhill training results, see here:
Men’s Downhill training results (11.03.2019),
Women’s Downhill training results (11.03.2019).

The FIS World Cup Programme

Today was of course just training for the official Downhill competition which will happen on Wednesday between 10:30am and 12:30pm, so with another training session tomorrow, who knows what will happen! You can find the full FIS World Cup Finals programme here: www.andorraresorts.com/worldcup.

Opening Ceremony

If you’re in resort, make sure you don’t miss the FIS World Cup opening ceremony on Soldeu’s black Avet slope tomorrow evening (Tuesday 12th March). Prepare to be mesmerised by a fantastic fireworks display, laser visuals show, and enjoy watching the ski demo team descend Avet in LED suits. Wondering where to watch the ceremony? We’ll be heading to Barcode in Soldeu, where their slope-side terrace offers a great view of Avet and the atmosphere is guaranteed to be amazing! Entry is €5 per person but includes one free drink. See you there!

09
March
2019
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On Wednesday evening we were treated to 5cm of light snowfall in Grandvalira. Of course, this isn’t the most significant snowfall we’ve received this season, but even this light dusting of powder helped to improve the coverage and conditions on the mountain over the last couple of days.

It’s been a milder day today at around 3 degrees, so as the day progressed the snow became slushy and even a little grabby in places - particularly on runs at a lower altitude. As a result, we headed towards Grau Roig and Pas de la Casa sectors where the snow is usually a little firmer and grippier due to the higher altitude. In particular, the red Directa run in Pas de la Casa was a great piste to ride today as the snow here was soft but not slushy, providing great conditions to practice some carving and pick up speed.

There’s a secret track which runs parallel to the Serrat Pinos red run in Grandvalira Grau Roig, and at 1:30pm we were pleased to discover that unspoilt corduroy lines laid in wait - indicating that the track had been completely untouched.

The weather has been variable today – this morning started off cloudy and cool, but by the afternoon the sunshine started to burn through the clouds, revealing sections of bright blue sky. The weather is expected to remain mild tomorrow between 3 and 6 degrees, but by mid-week the temperature is forecast to drop dramatically to around -6 degrees, bringing with it fresh snow showers.

04
March
2019
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It looks like winter might be making a return to Grandvalira. Today, the temperature dropped to lows of -1 degrees with a wind chill of -4 degrees as the wind picked up to around 25km/h, and the sky has varied between a milky pale blue and light grey throughout the day. Having checked the forecast this morning I’d swapped my sports vest for a long-sleeved base layer instead, and for the first time in a couple of weeks it was actually necessary to wear my neck buff.

Overall the slopes are maintaining decent coverage - there are some pistes which are starting to get a little patchy in places, but Grandvalira have been doing a good job grooming the pistes and moving snow from elsewhere on the mountain to ensure enjoyable conditions.

As the afternoon progressed, the snow became soft, slushy and forgiving, although in some places such as the blue Bosc Fosc run the snow felt a little slow and grabby - like trying to ride through rice pudding. It’s interesting how conditions can sometimes vary even on just one piste – for example, on the blue Esquirol run (El Tarter) the shaded parts felt firm with a nice sugary top coverage, meanwhile the sun-lit sections were soft and slushy.

The slopes were still relatively busy today due to the Carnival bank holiday weekend, so we decided to stick to the Solana, Solanelles, and Assaladores chairlifts in Soldeu valley which were much quieter, with plenty of options from the top.

My favourite run of the day was the new Yokai children’s circuit, which is located at the intersection of the blue Astoret and Os runs, i.e. the bend before you turn to go down to the base of the Solana chairlift. The circuit is 640 metres long and takes you on a journey through the trees with lots of twists, turns, and obstacles to ride through. Inspired by the forest rooster which inhabits the forests in the area, the course is designed for all ages and is a great way to help you get used to planning your turns in advance as you weave your way around obstacles along the way. The circuit comes out just by the TSF4 Planell de la Font, making it really convenient to lap the circuit to your heart’s content.

Light snowfall is forecast for this evening, and snow showers are expected on Wednesday and Thursday. The weather can change quickly but I’m remaining optimistic with my fingers and toes tightly crossed.

02
March
2019
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Today marked a break in the mild bluebird weather we’ve been experiencing over the last couple of weeks. Although this morning started off relatively clear and sunny, by afternoon the clouds had gathered, blocking the sunshine and turning the sky grey. The temperature was a little cooler today, with a wind chill of -7 degrees thanks to the 20km/h winds which were especially noticeable on the chairlifts.

Although the UK half term school holidays are over, it felt quite busy on the slopes today as visitors from Andorra, France and Spain have come to spend their Carnival bank holiday weekend enjoying the slopes of Grandvalira. And who can blame them? With 201 kilometres of pistes currently open, there’s plenty to keep you entertained no matter what your age or ability. There’s also some great activities to try off the slopes too - you can find out about our top five here.

It’s been nearly a month since the last significant snowfall, but the snow is holding up well – partly due to the sheer volume of snow we received at the start of February, but also thanks to the hard work of the mountain maintenance team who have been doing a great job grooming the pistes each night and shifting snow from elsewhere on the mountain where required.  

Over the last week or so, the mild temperatures have meant that the snow has become soft and slushy by the afternoons, however today the consistency stayed relatively firm throughout the day with only some areas feeling slushier. In some areas the slopes are feeling hard compact, particularly as the top layer of snow gets pushed around throughout the day, however overall the conditions are enjoyable with decent, enjoyable coverage.

My favourite run of the day was the blue Obaga run – it’s a really pretty, flat track which takes you on a journey from the base of the Solanelles chairlift, through the tree-covered valley to the bottom TK Solana rope tow. Surrounded by trees, Obaga is well protected from the elements on windier days, and it’s and great for beginners due to its gentle descent and even terrain.

 

25
February
2019
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The sunshine has been relentless in Grandvalira and visitors have been going home this weekend with goggle tans after just a few days on the slopes. The temperature has been mild again today with lows of 5 degrees and highs of 8 degrees which is pretty unusual for this time in the season. Today I was wearing a thin long sleeved sports top under my ski jacket, but even this felt too warm as there was hardly any wind. In this sort of weather I’d recommend a soft-shell, lightweight jacket instead of a fully insulated ski jacket, and it’s always handy to carry a rucksack so you can discard of any unwanted layers.

Despite the mild temperature, the pistes are still enjoyable to ride. True, the conditions are variable throughout the day, with some slopes feeling hard and grippy whilst others feel soft and slushy later on; however the slopes are maintaining good coverage and there’s still 207 kilometres of pisted runs open across the whole ski domain. The key is being able to adjust your technique to suit the terrain and consistency of the snow.

After such a great day riding in El Tarter and Canillo yesterday, I decided to head back to Canillo for another couple of laps of the much loved Rossinyol blue run. For me, the best runs are the ones which take you on a journey, with fantastic views, a variety of terrain, and barely anyone else around. These just some of the reasons why Rossinyol is easily my favourite blue run in all of Grandvalira. It’s a relatively long run which starts you off along an exposed, flat ridge before descending into multiple twists and turns surrounded by trees. From the top, the views of the Pyrenees are truly breathtaking as the silhouttes of blue mountains fade into the horizon.  If you haven’t seen it already, check out the photos on Facebook, or watch the video I made of my day in El Tarter and Canillo yesterday.

At the moment, the forecast for this week is set to remain clear and sunny with mild temperatures. If you’re packing your bags for your upcoming trip, make sure you bring plenty of suncream, sunglasses and lightweight layers.

23
February
2019
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The UK half-term holidays have nearly come to an end, but the good times are continuing here in Grandvalira. The sun has been shining non-stop all week, and the temperature has been mild - around 5 degrees. Sun cream, sunglasses and lightweight layers have been essential this week, and of course – plenty of drink stops to stay hydrated.

Today, we made our lunch stop at El Clos snack bar which is located directly opposite the TSD4 El Tarter chairlift at the base of the slopes. El Clos has a lovely terrace which overlooks the black Aliga and blue Esquirol slopes and catches the sun pretty much all day. For this reason it’s a perfect pit stop for evening out the goggle tan and a spot of people-watching. In less than a month time, it’s likely to be one of the most popular places to eat in Grandvalira due to the FIS World Cup Finals which will take place on the black Aliga slope from 11th -17th March. The viewing stands are already up and waiting to be filled, and as I looked at them today I thought - will they be witness to some new records, I wonder? You can find more information on the FIS World Cup Finals at our website here: www.andorraresorts.com/world-cup.  

Despite the milder temperatures this week, the slopes are maintaining good coverage with 207 kilometres of pistes open across the Grandvalira ski domain. The consistency of the snow has varied throughout the day – whilst some runs were hard and grippy, others felt soft and slushy, particularly by the afternoon as the warmth of the sun beat down.

The blue L’Avi run in Grandvalira Encamp was an absolute dream to ride – although it was around midday, the track had been virtually untouched judging by the corduroy patterns which were still intact. L’Avi stood in contrast to the blue Esquirol run in El Tarter which was soft, slushy, and a little grabby at times; however, this was nonetheless an enjoyable, forgiving run with plenty of twists and turns.

My favourite run of the day was the red Llop run which comes down from the top of Assaldores chairlift into the El Tarter valley. It’s a fun, yet challenging run due to the variety of terrain on offer – from the top it’s a pretty steep descent before hitting the high rolling hills and joining the end of the more gentle, Guineu blue run. The snow on Llop was grippy, allowing for a fast, fun ride.

 

19
February
2019
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Half-term has arrived and it’s great to see so many people enjoying the beautiful weather here in Grandvalira Soldeu. The sun has been shining and the temperature has been relatively mild (around 1 degrees), so naturally, people have taken to the mountain terraces this afternoon to catch some rays and even out their goggle tans.

Unsurprisingly the slopes have busier than usual - particularly on runs like the Gall de Bosc and Os blue runs which are popular choices for advanced beginners wanting to improve their technique and build confidence. For this reason, I headed slightly further afield towards the top of the Pla de Pedres ridge in Grandvalira Soldeu. From here, there’s a variety of runs to choose from – you can either go back down into the Soldeu valley via the blue Obac Solana or red Obagot runs, or you can ride into the next valley via the blue Xicola and Solanella runs, or the more challenging red Riu Solanelles or Pla de les Pedres runs.

The queues for the of Pla de les Pedres chairlifts vary throughout the day during peak weeks but today it wasn’t too bad with only around 5-10 minutes waiting time. If you’re like me and don’t like waiting in queues, you can take the walking track to the right of Pla de les Pedres red run. It’s around a 5 minute walk uphill, but before you know it you’ll find yourself at the bottom of the Serrat de la Posa red run. From here, all you need to do is take the TLC Solana rope tow to the base of the Solana chairlift and voila – you’ve made it back into the Soldeu sector.  

The conditions on the slopes are pretty good considering it’s been a couple of weeks since the last heavy snowfall. The best part of the day is definitely the morning though when the pistes are lovely and groomed with a grippy, corduroy texture. Over the last couple of days, by the afternoon the pistes become quite choppy in places due to the volume of people on the slopes – this can be quite hard work on the knees and also means that some sections of the piste become exposed to the harder, more compact snow underneath.

My favourite run of the day was the blue Marmota run in Soldeu valley – the rolling hills are so much fun to ride, and the piste was pretty quiet considering it’s the busiest week of the season. The snow coverage here was even and grippy – a great combination for boosting confidence and gaining speed.

If you’re in resort you can look forward to more beautiful bluebird days like today as the weather is forecast to remain clear and sunny for the rest of the week. Don’t forget to top up the sun cream though – whilst goggle tans are the norm here in Grandvalira, I’m not sure they’ll go down too well in the office or back at school!

16
February
2019
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Half term holidays are nearly here and there’s a heightened atmosphere in resort as more and more families arrive, ready and excited to spend their well-deserved break skiing the slopes of Grandvalira. The gorgeous weather has certainly helped increase the ‘feel good’ vibe – the sun hasn’t stopped shining all day, and the sky has been completely void of any clouds.

On sunny days like today, Hotel Bruxxels terrace is the perfect place to treat yourself to a spot of affordable lunch whilst enjoying views of the slopes, and later in the day you can soak up the last rays of sunshine on Barcode’s terrace whilst enjoying their live music or DJ sets (day depending). On Thursday afternoon, Barcode decided to take advantage of the beautiful weather and put on a BBQ for their customers, so if you’re in resort this week, keep an eye on the blackboard outside for events like this.

It’s been just under two weeks since the last significant snowfall, but despite this the slopes are still looking great, with a total of 207 kilometres (out of 210 kilometres) of pisted runs open today across the Grandvalira ski domain. The slopes are feeling a little harder in some places as the snow gets pushed around or chopped up as people tend to make the same turns, however the coverage across Grandvalira overall is pretty good and relatively forgiving.

My favourite run of the day was Solana - an interesting blue run with stunning views of the Soldeu bowl and a variety of terrain suitable for advanced beginners, intermediates and beyond. The run starts at the top of the blue Gall de Bosc run, and veers off to the right along a small cat track which leads you into Soldeu valley. As the track widens out, you can turn the bend to the left and ride the rollers underneath the Assaladores chairlift – this is always a lot of fun, especially for the speed junkies amongst you!

If you’re one of the lucky people spending half term in Grandvalira this week, don’t forget to read our guide to half term blog to make sure you’ve got everything you need for a great trip!

12
February
2019
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The gorgeous weather continues here in Grandvalira! It’s been another day of clear blue sky, sunshine and low winds (around 5 km/h). The temperature has been around 0 degrees with a windchill of -3 degrees so just a long-sleeved base layer under my jacket was plenty to keep me warm.

When you’re surrounded by snowy mountains it can be easy to forget that you’re more susceptible to the sun’s UV rays at altitude, but trust me - on days like today it’s so important to make sure you keep topping up the sun cream to avoid sun damage to your skin, or a dodgy goggle tan!

It’s been a week since the last snowfall so the slopes are starting to feel a little harder than before, but there’s still a decent layer of snow on top for an enjoyable ride. As the day goes on the snow in middle of some pistes becomes a little hard-compact, but in these places I tend to stick to the side where there’s plenty of coverage. The maximum snow depth remains at 130cm in Soldeu and El Tarter sectors, and 165cm in Pas de la Casa and Grau Roig sectors, with 204 kilometres of pistes open and ready for you to explore.

It’s always hard to choose a favourite run of the day as there’s so much variety in Grandvalira. If I had to choose though, today I’d pick the red Tamarro run in Grandvalira El Tarter. You can access this run via the Assaladores (Soldeu) or Llosada chairlift), but it technically starts from the base of the TSF4 Els Clots lift which takes you towards Canillo. Tamarro is a nice steep run which starts off nice and wide at the top, and narrows into a smaller track after the first couple of hundred metres. As the track narrows, you have to keep up speed and make fewer turns to try make it up the steep incline ahead of you – but this is all part of the fun. Just to the right of Tamarro is a natural gully which is great fun to ride on powder days, but today, riding Tamarro was plenty to satisfy my desire for adrenaline, or anyone with a need for speed.

Grandvalira felt so peaceful today as the slopes were so quiet and devoid of people, however this is likely to change at the weekend as families from all across the UK come to Grandvalira to spend their well-deserved half term school holidays. If you’re coming out, check out our step by step guide to half term to make sure you’re prepared and have everything you need for an amazing holiday! Get in touch if you have any questions - we look forward to seeing you soon!

09
February
2019
Snow Report
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If you’re a fair-weather rider you would have loved the conditions in Grandvalira Soldeu today. It’s been another beautiful bluebird day, characterised by clear blue sky, sunshine and very little wind. The temperature has been around 1 degrees, and at times I had to undo the zips and vents on my jacket to cool myself down.  

As I write this I can feel my cheeks getting a little warm and rosy, so I’m starting to wonder if I topped up the suncream enough times today or whether I’ll look in the mirror later and find myself styling a sexy goggle tan. I’m not the only one though – the majority of instructors in Soldeu are already walking around with reverse panda eyes thanks to all the time they spend on the mountain. I’m sure there’ll even be some holidaymakers going home with tan lines as the clear, sunny days are forecast to continue throughout next week.

Thanks to the heavy snowfall we’ve received over recent weeks the mountains are looking fantastic. The slopes are maintaining great coverage – there’s a good, even layer of snow across the majority of pistes and the consistency is pretty soft and forgiving, providing ideal conditions for gaining speed with confidence and practicing some carving.

The conditions have been so favourable that Grandvalira have been able to open 204 kilometres of pistes across the ski domain (out of a total of 210km!) Currently, there’s only one run closed across all of Grandvalira, and that’s the black Gaig run in Canillo. The conditions on Gaig can be variable due to its steep, rocky terrain, so it’s not concerning that this run is currently closed.

Some corners did get a little ‘polished’ as the day went on due to people making the same turns, and some runs such as the Bosc Fosc blue run down to Soldeu village felt a little hard in places; however, the trick is to read the terrain ahead of you and ride to the sides of the pistes where the snow has been pushed to. Most of all, if you’re feeling a little out of your comfort zone just take it easy and forget about the people behind you.

The best run of the day was the red Pla de les Pedres run which can be accessed via the ridge from the Pla de les Pedres-Soldeu chairlift in Grandvalira Soldeu. Instead of carrying along this ridge to the red Serret de la Solanelles run, veer to the right and you’ll see the sign for this piste. The top section of Pla de les Pedres was a little scratchy at first, however beyond that, the ride was beautiful. The piste is essentially a wide, natural gully so it was a lot of fun making some nice turns and riding the walls. Better yet, this run was completely empty except for my friend and myself despite it being a busy day on the mountain. As often is the case, it pays to venture a little further afield and take the path less travelled.

 

 

04
February
2019
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Soldeu snow report 04.02.2019

Today’s been the bluebird day we’ve been waiting for! After a couple of days of heavy snowfall, low visibility and strong winds, it was great to see the sun and clear blue sky finally reappear. There’s a lot of red faces in resort today after forgetting to top up on the sun cream, so I expect there will be a few people going home with goggle tans!

The temperature has been slightly warmer today at around -1 degrees and it’s been much calmer on the slopes now that the winds have died down a little. Yesterday, the winds reached up to 60km/h at times creating white-out, slightly blizzardy conditions, so today was a nice break from these harsh winter elements we’ve been experiencing. The visibility was perfect, and you could see the snow-capped mountains of the Pyrenees for miles around.

The snow conditions today were great, with a maximum depth of 135cm and good, even coverage across the majority of slopes. The consistency of the snow was soft and forgiving,  although in some places, popular pistes like the blue Tortuga run became a little polished later on in the day where everybody makes the same turns around the cruisy bends.

One of my favourite runs today was the red Serrat Pinos run, fondly known by locals as ‘the motorway’ for two reasons – firstly because it’s a key piste linking the sectors of Grandvalira Grau Roig and Grandvalira Soldeu, but also because it can get pretty busy. Today though, the piste was virtually empty, giving us total freedom.

Tomorrow I’ll be missing the blue skies and clear visibility in Grandvalira as the clouds come rolling in; however I won’t complain as more snowfall is forecast throughout the day and the sun is due to return on Wednesday! Perhaps we will have another gorgeous bluebird day like today?

02
February
2019
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The weather today has been characterised by snowfall, irregular visibility and increasingly strong gusts of winds. The temperature has been bitterly cold, with lows of -9 degrees and a wind chill of -21 degrees, so it’s safe to say I was very glad I’d decided to wrap up extra warm this morning! A thermal vest, long sleeved base-layer, down jacket and my ski jacket may sound excessive, but it was enough to keep me feeling warm.

As the day progressed, the wind picked up so I decided to stick to the lower parts of the mountain where the pistes are well-sheltered and the visibility is better. One of my preferred routes on days like today is the red Salvans run which joins onto the latter section of the Os run as both of these runs are well sheltered by the trees. On clearer days, there’s good off-piste riding to be found either through the trees or just to the side of the runs.

The best snow conditions today were found a little further afield on the red Serrat de les Solanelles run (Soldeu) and the red Serrat Pinos runs (Soldeu/Grau Roig) where there was at least 20cm -30cm of fresh powder sitting softly on top of the pistes.

The snow showers are forecast to continue tomorrow with high winds of 50km/h. Like with today, I’d recommend sticking to the lower pistes and tree-sheltered areas such as the lower sections of the blue Gall de Bosc (Soldeu) and blue Esquirol (El Tarter) runs. I’m hopeful that the visibility will improve as sunny spells are forecast throughout the day, so bring your sunglasses just in case, and of course – enjoy the snow!

28
January
2019
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On Saturday we saw the sun and clear blue sky return for the day, but the snow returned yesterday afternoon and has been dumping down on us ever since!

The weatherman predicted 50cm of fresh snow fall today, and I’d say that was a pretty accurate forecast so far. The resort is absolutely covered with another layer of thick fresh snow, making the depth in the village around 30cm in places. The village looks stunning as ever painted in white, but I feel sorry for the owners of the snowed-in parked cars along the street. 

Needless to say, the coverage on the pistes is awesome with a maximum depth of 120cn in Soldeu and El Tarter sectors and 135cm slightly further afield in Grau Roig and Pas de la Casa. 

The visibility has been low today due to the heavy snowfall and high winds which have been blowing around 45km/h. In these sorts of conditions it’s generally best to stick to the lower part of the mountain, such as the blue Gall de Bosc, Os, and Bosc Fosc runs. If you have them, orange lense goggles are a great choice in low visibility and flat light like today. 

Riding in low visibility can feel a little scary, but just relax and let your legs do the work. Bend your knees and trust your skis! 

If you’re coming to resort this week you’ll be pleased to hear that the snow is forecast to continue all week. Tomorrow the high winds will die down and the snow will ease off a little so expect better visibility and  lots of soft, fluffy, dreamy POWDER!!! Enjoy! 

26
January
2019
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The blue sky is back. After several days of heavy snowfall, low visibility and high winds, today the weather returned to a calmer state, characterised by clear blue sky, sunshine, and very little wind. The temperature was milder today (around 2 to 3 degrees) so I soon felt warm with two layers on underneath my ski jacket.

Up until today the snow has been absolutely dumping down on us since Wednesday, and we’ve gratefully received around one metre of fresh snow throughout the week! As I’m sure you’ve probably seen on Facebook and Instagram, the conditions on the slopes are brilliant! The maximum depth on the mountain has increased to 120cm, and there’s now 181km of pistes available to ride across the Grandvalira ski domain (out of a total of 210km). Overall, the coverage on the slopes is excellent, and the piste-bashers have been doing a fantastic job expertly grooming the slopes each night, ready for a day of adventures ahead. The consistency of the snow is soft, and

It was a busy day on the slopes today with lots of French and Spanish tourists deciding to spend their weekend taking advantage of the recent snowfall. When it’s busy, I like to head towards Grandvalira Grau Roig, as it can only be accessed via the slopes or by driving, so it’s normally a little quieter in this sector.

My favourite run of the day was the blue Entradort run which connects Grandvalira Soldeu to Grandvalira Grau Roig via the Llac de Cubil chairlift at the end of this run. Entradort is a nice cruisy blue with a couple of small rollers, but today it was extra fun due to the soft powdery snow on the left-hand side of the piste. Top tip if you’re riding Entradort: to avoid coming to an early stop, keep your speed up and put in fewer turns as you approach towards the end of the run as the piste flattens out quite a lot as you come under the TSD4 Entradort chairlift.

If you’ve been up the mountain today I hope you’ve enjoyed the sunshine, because tomorrow moderate to heavy snowfall is expected to return again! The snow is set to continue all week, with 48cm of snow forecast over tomorrow and Monday alone! Wrap up warm and enjoy the powder days ahead.  

21
January
2019
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The snow has returned to Grandvalira! Since yesterday evening, the snow has been dumping down on us, plastering the mountains with a thick, fluffy covering of fresh powder. As I walked to the gondola station this morning there was around 15cm of fresh snow sitting comfortably on top of the parked cars, and the pavements were coated in a fluffy layer of snow too.

Needless to say, the snow coverage on the slopes today was fantastic, with a maximum depth of 55cm and plenty of powder hits to be found just to the side of the runs. For most of the day, my snowboard hardly made a sound as it glided and turned through the soft powder, and even by the afternoon, there was still thick, powdery snow along well-ridden runs such as Os, which comes under the Solana chairlift in Grandvalira Soldeu. In some places the snow was a little choppy to ride, for example, on the Torralladona run by Espiolets; however by morning, these pistes will have been expertly groomed by Grandvalira’s finest piste-bashers.

My favourite run of the day was the red Serrat Pinos run in Grandvalira Soldeu. It was a little slower going on the big rollers due to the fresh snowfall, however the snow to the right-hand side of the lower section was a dream. Here there’s a few bushes and trees to weave around, but they’re relatively spaced out so riding through here isn’t too technical. Similarly, the red Serra de les Solanelles in Grandvalira Soldeu had plenty of powder hits to offer and is a great place to dabble on and off the piste to get used to the floaty feeling.

Unsurprisingly, the temperature was pretty cold today (around -8 degrees); however I’d layered up with a good base layer, fleece and ski jacket so it wasn’t so bad. Besides, you always warm up by the time you get to the bottom of the slopes!

The visibility was irregular due to the low cloud and flat white light, so I decided to stick to the lower parts of the mountain where the visibility was noticeably better. In these sorts of conditions, orange lensed goggles are definitely a handy companion!

Currently, there’s 100 out of 129 pistes open across Grandvalira (that’s 78%!), and we can hope this will increase as the snow continues to fall throughout this week (on Wednesday alone there’s 48cm of snow forecast!). Are you ready for a GrandSnowday?

19
January
2019
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Despite the sunshine and clear blue sky, it’s been another bitterly cold day on the mountain today, with lows of -8 degrees – although this felt more like -11 degrees due to the windchill. Back in the UK, these sorts of temperatures would be the cause of lots of mumbling and grumbling, but here, in Grandvalira-Soldeu the cold temperature receives a warm welcome.

In some places the pistes felt a little harder today, particularly as the snow was pushed around throughout the day, however overall the slopes are maintaining good coverage and there’s still a decent layer of snow on top, providing good grip. In fact, there’s nearly 75% of pistes open within the Grandvalira Soldeu and Grandvalira El Tarter sectors, and over 70% of pistes open across the whole Grandvalira ski domain. If you’re currently in resort, why not take advantage of these conditions by exploring further afield and discovering the wide variety of terrain on offer?

My favourite run of the day today was the Obac Solana blue run which comes down from the Pla de les Pedres ridge, into the bowl where the Assaladores and Solanelles chairlifts are. It’s a short run but it allows direct access to El Tarter sector via the Assaladores chairlift. The first section of Obac Solana is a narrow track which is great for practicing short, quick turns. The piste then widens out as you go around the bend, merging with the three Obagot red runs which are a great option for those looking for a more challenging ride.

Light snowfall is forecast from tomorrow and temperatures are set to remain well below zero. By mid-week we can expect to see moderate to heavy snowfall with up to 32cm of snow forecast for Tuesday and Wednesday alone, and temperatures dropping as low as -14 degrees!

14
January
2019
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This morning I woke up to find Grandvalira surrounded by a gloomy grey sky and low cloud which hung over the snowy mountain peaks. By early afternoon though, the clouds had disappeared, revealing a bright blue sky and improving the visibility on the mountain.

Despite the change in the weather, the temperature remained cold - around -1 degrees with a wind chill of -8 degrees. It was only really on the chairlifts and on the higher parts of the mountain that it felt chilly though, and besides, I’d come prepared with a couple of layers to keep me warm.

The wind was blowing up to 30km/h an hour, so I decided to stick to the ‘Soldeu bowl’– the area of slopes between the Solana, Solanelles and Assaladors chairlift. Here, the slopes were well protected from the wind by the surrounding mountains, with good coverage on the pistes. Better yet, the red ‘Cutcut’ run from the Solana chairlift to the base of the Solanelles chairlift is currently open, providing more of a direct route towards Grandvalira Grau Roig.

Overall, the slopes are maintaining good coverage across Grandvalira. Thanks to the recent snowfall and hard work by the piste-bashers, there’s still a decent, even layer of natural snow which made for a really enjoyable ride today. As the day progressed, in some places the snow had been pushed around a bit, exposing harder, compact snow underneath, however these patches are in the minority, and are easy to spot and avoid.

The best run of the day was the blue Os run which leads you back to Soldeu village, across the new platform which has been built ready for the FIS Skiing World Cup Finals which are taking place here in March this year. Os is a cruisy blue run with lots of fun bends and even a tunnel to ride through! It’s a popular piste for instructors to take beginners, so to get the most out of this run I’d recommend riding it outside of peak group lessons times (10am – 1pm). If you’re wanting to explore more of Grandvalira, instead of turning right to go towards Soldeu you can continue straight on to Grandvalira El Tarter sector via the blue Gall de Bosc run.

12
January
2019
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“Now, that was a great day!” – these are the words I heard just before stepping off Soldeu platform this afternoon into the gondola station. And you know what? I absolutely agree – it has been a great day.

Thanks to the snowfall which arrived on Wednesday and Thursday, the conditions on the mountain have improved significantly. The maximum snow depth has increased to 50cm, and there’s good, even coverage on most slopes across the ski domain, with up to 75% of slopes open in Soldeu and El Tarter sectors.

The consistency of the snow is soft and forgiving – perfect conditions for practicing some carving. The ridge at the top of the Pla de le Pedres-Soldeu chairlift leading to the red Serra de les Solanelles run is a great place for practicing some carving as the piste is relatively wide, and the slope is nice and gentle, allowing you to get into a nice cruisy rhythm.

The best snow today was found a little further afield in Grandvalira-Encamp. The blue L’Avi run which comes from the top of Cubil chairlift to the base of Llac de Cubil chairlift had fantastic coverage, and even though the last snowfall was a couple of days ago, there was still fresh powder to be found just a few metres away from the piste.

The temperature today has remained cold – around -3 degrees with a windchill of -9 degrees. Having experienced cold conditions on the mountain yesterday I played it safe and wrapped up in three decent layers to keep myself warm – a merino wool base layer, a down-feather jacket, and my ski jacket. Take my word for it, having an effective layering system is key to having an enjoyable day on the mountain on days like today! Of course, you can pick up decent snow sports clothing relatively cheap, however I do believe it's worth spending a little extra for better quality fabrics.

According the forecast, the temperature will remain below zero degrees overnight, and we may expect to see more snow showers later this evening and first thing tomorrow morning. Mid-week the weather will become milder, but the temperature is expected to drop below zero by Thursday, when more snow showers have been forecast.

 

07
January
2019
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It’s been a fantastic day in Grandvalira today. The sun has been shining all day long, and the mountain has been noticeably quieter now that the festive period and the Three Kings Day celebrations are over.

Grandvalira are doing a fantastic job maintaining and improving conditions on the slopes. The temperature has been around -3 degrees, so the snow cannons have been blasting throughout the day, adding to the base and providing decent, even coverage.

With less people on the mountain, the slopes are retaining the manufactured snow well. The piste bashers have been doing great work overnight to ensure that the coverage remains consistent, and although some sections became harder and more exposed as the day progressed, overall the snow has been pleasantly grippy and enjoyable to ride.

Better yet, you can now ski all the way down to the new Soldeu platform via the blue Gall de Bosc run, and also to the bottom of El Tarter! However, the TSD6 Soldeu chairlift and TSD4 El Tarter chairlifts at the base of the villages remain closed, so if you want to return to the top then you need to take the gondola.

The best run of the day was the red Esparver run which comes from the top of the TSD4 Tosa Espiolets chairlift in Grandvalira-El Tarter, back down to the chairlift gates. Although steep in places, Esparver is relatively wide so it’s a comfortable red run to try out. Today the piste was virtually deserted and there was good coverage the whole way so it was great fun to ride and gain speed without worrying about irregular conditions or human obstacles.

Temperatures are set to remain below zero for the rest of the week, and currently snow showers are expected from tomorrow evening through until Thursday, with heavier snowfall predicted on Saturday evening (around 7cm). Keep an eye on the forecast and keep your fingers crossed!

05
January
2019
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Today has been characterised by low temperatures (around -3 degrees) and high winds of 20-30km/h, making for some chilly chairlift rides. Thankfully, having checked the forecast this morning I was prepared for the cold conditions and had gone up the mountain wrapped up in layers and my fleecy neck-buff.

Yesterday the conditions had noticeably improved thanks to the snow cannons which were blasting all throughout the day and overnight; however today the slopes were a little windblown in places, exposing a harder, scratchier surface below the sugary cannon snow.

In irregular conditions like today I prefer to stick to gentler runs, such as the blue Gall de Bosc and Duc. These slopes are protected from the wind by the surrounding mountains so the coverage here was decent and enjoyable to ride.

As the festive period is coming to an end so the slopes felt much quieter today than in recent days – there were no queues for the lifts, and at times I had the piste all to myself.

If you’re coming to resort soon, make sure you pack plenty of layers as the weather is forecast to remain around -3 degrees during the daytime with 20-35km/h winds. As the temperatures stay cold, Grandvalira will continue to blast the snow cannons, and snow showers are predicted towards the end of this week. Watch this space and keep your fingers crossed!

30
December
2018
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Over the last few days there’s been an influx of tourists arriving in Grandvalira ready for New Years Eve and the Three Kings celebrations (6th January). As a result, the slopes and lift queues were busier than usual today - especially the Tosa Espiolets and Llosada chairlifts in Grandvalira El Tarter.

The last snowfall was on 16th December, but Grandvalira continue to do a good job maintaining the slopes, with 147km of piste open across the ski domain, and Soldeu, El Tarter, Encamp, Grau Roig and Pas de la Casa all linked.

It’s been unusually mild for December over the last week or so, but as the temperature drops overnight Grandvalira have been blasting the snow cannons, allowing for a sugary layer of snow on the slopes. In some places, the conditions are a little irregular as the snow gets pushed around throughout the day, revealing harder, more compact snow underneath.

With more people on the slopes at the moment, it’s important to take it easy and pay extra attention to what’s going on ahead of you. Be courteous in the lift queues and keep your patience with beginners – we’ve all been there!  

If you’re an intermediate skier, on busy days like today it’s worth heading towards Grandvalira Grau Roig – this sector is generally quieter as there isn’t a residential area nearby, and the snow conditions are generally the most favourable across all of Grandvalira as the slopes are protected by the surrounding mountains. From Soldeu, you can usually ski to Grau Roig in around 30-40 minutes depending on the lift queues and which slopes/links are open.

 

24
December
2018
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It’s Christmas Eve, and whilst Santa and his helpers have been making the final preparations for the big day tomorrow, we’ve spent the afternoon enjoying the slopes and sunshine in Grandvalira. 

The sun has been shining all day and there’s been a happy, relaxed atmosphere on the mountain as people enjoy their festive break. Outside ski school in Grandvalira Soldeu the terrace was full of people soaking up the sunshine and enjoying a few cervezas (beers). For sure, some people are starting their Christmas celebrations early - after all, why not!? 

The snow conditions on the slopes are currently irregular - whilst some areas are firm with decent coverage, other sections are unexpectedly scratchy so take care and if you’re a beginner then stick to the slopes you feel most comfortable on. If you have your own gear, sharpen up those edges! 

Although the slopes are a little irregular in places, there’s still plenty of variety to choose from, with 147km of pistes available across the ski domain.

The best run of the day was the blue Solana run which veers off from the top of the blue Cortalets in Grandvalira El Tarter, down to the bottom of the Assaldores lifts. The piste is nice and wide with some steeper sections and fun rollers. The run flattens out at the bottom and you can choose to take the Assaladores lift towards Grandvalira El Tarter or the Solanelles chairlift towards Grandvalira Encamp. 

If you’re in resort today then look out for Santa who will be arriving in Soldeu in his dog-led sleigh around 7pm! But wherever you are celebrating Christmas this year, we hope it’s a good one! 

Merry Christmas!

Ellen 

22
December
2018
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It’s been a great day on the mountain today, with up to 137km of pistes open and ready to explore. 

 
The morning started off a little grey and overcast; however by midday the sunshine broke through the clouds, creating the perfect weather for enjoying lunch on Hotel Bruxxels terrace in Soldeu resort. 
 
Like the weather, the snow conditions have been variable. The slopes were nice and firm this morning, allowing for some faster riding and carving. As it’s been a few days since the last snowfall, some small sections on the pistes are a little patchy in places; however these are clearly marked and cordoned off for your safety. Having said that, the open slopes are maintaining good coverage overall and Grandvalira are continuing to do a great job looking after the pistes. 
By afternoon the snow began to turn a little soft and sticky in places making for a slower ride, but you can hardly complain when the views in Grandvalira are so stunning! 
 
The best run of the day was the blue Fura in Grandvalira Soldeu - the rolling hills are a lot of fun to ride, just remember to keep you speed up! 
 
If you’re coming to Soldeu over the next few days and you’re unsure how to celebrate Christmas, check out the blog here: https://www.andorraresorts.com/blog/2018/festive-fun-in-andorra-this-december/
 
 

 

 

17
December
2018
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Today has been the best day of the season so far! Thanks to the snowfall we’ve had over the last few days, the conditions right now are fantastic. There’s great coverage on the open slopes and the consistency of the snow is light and soft in many places, making for a great ride.

In some places, you can dabble on and off of the piste into glorious white fluffy powder – (watch the video of Grandvalira Encamp here!). Don’t stray too far from the piste though and don’t ignore the ‘pista tancat’ (piste closed) signs! – they’re there for your safety.  

Not only has the snow been good, but we’ve also experienced beautiful weather all day, characterised by clear blue skies and sunshine. The cold air has been pretty biting though, and temperatures have been at a low of -4 degrees.

The best run of the day was the blue Xiocia piste which comes down from Funicamp to the base of the Pla de les Pedres Soldeu chairlift. It’s a nice, wide, easy going run which slopes gently down the hill and flattens out towards the bottom. For this reason, it’s a great slope for beginners but also good for intermediates who want to play around and try new things like riding switch or jibbing. Not to mention, there’s currently lots of fresh powder to the side of the piste!

Although Grandvalira remains only partially open, there’s still 107km of piste to ride, so there’s plenty of opportunity for exploring! As the temperature remains low, Grandvalira have been blasting the snow cannons all afternoon, and through into the night. As always, Grandvalira are working hard to maintain and improve conditions, ready for you to enjoy this winter! You can book your ski extras and transfers here: https://booking.soldeu.com.

15
December
2018
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Thanks to a fresh dump of snowfall on Thursday and Grandvalira’s hard work, Soldeu and El Tarter sectors are partially open! 

There’s now 106 kilometres of piste available to ride across the ski domain, with Pas de la Casa, Grau Roig, Encamp, Soldeu and El Tarter sectors all linked. 

The weather conditions have been variable today - this morning we experienced low visibility and light rain, but by around 2pm the weather cleared up and the sun began to break through the clouds, improving the visibility. 

The wind has been blowing around 20km/h, so I hid my face behind my goggles and buff to keep the bitter chill away. At this time of year, it’s also worth wearing a pair of glove liners under your mitts or ski gloves for extra warmth and protection from the cold. 

The snow conditions on the slopes are a little irregular as it’s still early on in the season, but any patchy areas are cordoned off with piste markers, and closed pistes are marked with signs that say ‘piste tancat’ (piste closed).

In some places the snow felt a little sticky and slow due to the light rainfall today, however another 10cm of snow is forecast tomorrow so it’s likely that conditions will continue to improve. 

The best snow in Grandvalira Soldeu and El Tarter can currently be found on the blue Guineu run which comes down from Refugi Llosada cafe to the bottom of the TSD6 Llosada chairlift. The snow here was soft, and fluffy, making for a fast, easy ride. The slope is pretty gentle and the piste is nice and wide, so it’s a good run for beginners or those wanting to develop confidence before going onto steeper, or longer runs.

If you’re coming out soon, wrap up warm as more snow is forecast from Wednesday onwards too, with wind chill dropping temperatures to around -14 degrees. 

11
December
2018
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Currently there’s 52km of piste available to ride in Grandvalira, with Pas de la Casa, Grau Roig and Encamp sectors partially open; however for now, Soldeu, El Tarter and Canillo sectors remain closed.

The temperature is continuing to drop though, meaning Grandvalira have turned the snow cannons back on and are hard at work preparing the slopes. With moderate snowfall forecast on Thursday, we’re expecting that conditions will start to improve, however it’s still uncertain when exactly the remaining sectors will be opened.

In the meantime, Grandvalira are providing a free bus service to enable customers to access the slopes from Grau Roig. The bus leaves from Canillo every half hour from 08:30am until 17:30pm, and stops in every sector until Grau Roig.

The conditions in the open sectors are promising, with decent coverage and grippy snow. A few areas are a little harder due to the recent irregular conditions, however any patchy or icy areas are generally cordoned off with piste markers or netting.

Pas de la Casa, Grau Roig and Encamp sectors are all linked, giving you the opportunity to explore different parts of Grandvalira. For more info about current conditions in these sectors, see the latest snow report here: www.pasdelacasa.com/weather

03
December
2018
Snow Report
Snow Report posted by Ian

Our Snow Report

Currently the resorts of Grandvalira Soldeu and El Tarter remain closed due to the unusually high temperatures that are being experienced in resort.

Grandvalira are currently providing transport to the open sectors of Pas de la Casa and Grau Roig which is free with a lift pass.

Temperatures are due to drop over the weekend and we'll continue to keep you updated on the current conditions.

15
November
2018
Snow Report
Snow Report posted by Rebecca

Our Snow Report

Winter has almost arrived, with only 16 days until opening day we are all getting excited for this year’s ski season to start!

In these few weeks leading up to opening day, there has been a few warmer days (which is normal for this time of year) however there is a cold break on the way this weekend going into next week and the 25cm of snowfall predicted which should stick around, creating a good based layer for opening day.

Its not just the snow that we are looking forward to, the construction of a new platform and car park is coming along nicely and will be ready to open on 1st December - check out the development in our album here!

There is another new addition to Grandvalira this season – 51 new 8-seater gondola cabins with unique transparent bases have been installed in Soldeu, making it feel as though you are ‘flying’ up the mountain.

Keep this page handy during the winter, to have access on up-to-date information in and around Soldeu.

Not booked your ski holiday yet? It’s not too late to book all your transfers, ski extras, discounted equipment and lessons on our website here.

10
October
2018
Snow Report
Snow Report posted by Ian

Our Snow Report

It seems a little crazy to be writing our first snow report of the season in October, but here it is.  On the 7th of October we saw snowfall on the Pas de la Casa secor of Grandvalira, how exciting!

Any snow that falls this early won't be staying around for long as the temperatures during the day are too high, but it's a good sign that winter is well on it's way.  We'll certainly be paying closer attention to the snow forecast as the start of the season gets closer and closer.

During the season we write weekly reports of the conditions from our local experts, so make sure you keep this page handy.

If you are planning your next holiday to Soldeu, then why not check out our special offers, private or shared transfers, lift passes, discounted equipment and lessons here.

09
April
2018
Snow Report
Snow Report posted by Steve

Our Snow Report

Sadly the time has come to say goodbye to skiing in Grandvalira for another winter as the season has now come to an end.  The provisional season dates for next winter are 1st December 2018 to 22nd April 2019, so that's only 236 days to wait!  If you've already booked then you can start your coutdown here >>

Myself and the team here at Andorra Resorts would like to thank you all for coming to our website to learn about Soldeu and Grandvalira, to plan your trip, and for those of you who booked with us an extra special thank you.  We appreciate your bookings and your support, and we hope you enjoyed your holiday.

The snow this year has been incredible, but next year Easter is later and so we get an extra few weeks to enjoy the mountain, and we hope to see you on the slopes.

To book airport transfers & ski extras for winter 2018-19... all the prices will go online towards the end of August, and as always we'll have an early booking discount.  Watch out on our Facebook page for details.

To book a package holiday for winter 2018-19... please head to our sister company Destination Andorra as they have package holidays available to book now from Crystal, Inghams and Neilson, or they can create a tailormade holiday for you.

07
April
2018
Snow Report
Snow Report posted by Ellen

Our Snow Report

Can you believe this is the final snow report of winter 2017/18?! The last few months have passed so quickly, and we end yet another season with smiles on our faces and fond memories of the good times we’ve had in Grandvalira this winter. The European Cup Finals and Total Fight Masters Freestyle competitions which were held in Grandvalira Soldeu and Grandvalira El Tarter in March were definitely highlights of the season, and we are so excited for the FIS World Cup Finals to take place in Grandvalira next March (2019). You can find out more information about the World Cup here: http://bit.ly/FIS-World-Cup-2018

The conditions have been absolutely fantastic all throughout the season - We’ve been spoilt with regular, heavy snowfall right from the start of December, and we’ve enjoyed plenty of powder days since then too. Of course though, all good things come to an end eventually, so tomorrow (Sunday 8th April) we will be saying goodbye to Grandvalira until next winter.

The weather today stands in contrast to the glorious blue skies, sunshine and calm days that we’ve been spoiled with recently – Instead, today’s weather can be characterised by grey clouds, mild temperatures around 8 degrees, and high winds of 40 km/h. In order to avoid the high winds we decided to stay local and and to stick to the lower, more sheltered pistes, such as the red Salvans run in Grandvalira Soldeu and the blue Gall de Bosc run which leads to Grandvalira El Tarter. Although it’s the UK Easter holidays, these pistes were relatively quiet, making for a nice peaceful ride and time to reflect on another season’s worth of memories.  

Due to the milder temperatures of recent days the snow has become soft and slushy. At times the snow was therefore pretty playful and forgiving, however in some sections of the pistes it felt a little sticky and slow. For the first time, today I noticed some small patches of snow starting to turn a light shade of brown, however the snow coverage on the slopes has remained brilliant all throughout the season, and it’s only with the milder temperatures of recent days that the colour has begun to change a little.

If the forecast for tomorrow prevails, we will certainly be ending the season on a high as 20 centimetres of snow is expected to fall throughout the afternoon and evening! We’re keeping our fingers crossed for one more epic powder day to finish up what has been an incredible season. If you’re heading up the mountain tomorrow then enjoy every moment and make the most of it! Have a great summer, and we look forward to seeing you next winter!

 

02
April
2018
Snow Report
Snow Report posted by Ellen

Our Snow Report

The countdown until the end of the season is well and truly on its way, as there’s now just six days until we have to pack away our skis, snowboards and boots until next winter. Although we are gutted that the season is coming to an end, we are absolutely buzzing after what has been another  fantastic day on the mountain.

The conditions today have been typical of Springtime in Grandvalira – sunshine and blue skies, perfect visibility, and mild temperatures around 3 degrees. Although we’re right at the end of the season now the snow coverage on the slopes continues to be brilliant, and it’s only on some small sections of off-piste areas that you can see rocks and earth starting to peek through the thick white snow. The milder temperatures today caused the snow to become soft, a little slushy, and best of all – playful and forgiving.

Although it’s been a few days since the last heavy snowfall there’s still some good off-piste opportunities to be found. Riding the walls of the gully under the Solana chairlift in Grandvalira Soldeu, for example, was a lot of fun, as was the gully that veers off from the red Tammarro run in Grandvalira El Tarter.

My favourite run of the day was the blue Riu Cubil track which comes down from the Funicamp gondola in Grandvalira Encamp all the way to the Pla de les Pedres chairlift in Grandvalira Soldeu. It’s a really nice cruisey blue run which is perfect for beginners as the terrain is relatively flat for the most part; however we still managed to get up some great speed and had a lot of fun turning the piste into a playground by practicing some carving and freestyle tricks.

It’s forecast to be another mild day tomorrow with temperatures around 4 degrees and sunshine throughout most of the day. By afternoon we can expect to see a little rainfall, however snowfall is expected on Wednesday so we don’t need to worry about the piste conditions changing too much. If you’re heading up the mountain tomorrow make sure you top up on the suncream throughout the day and wear a neckbuff to cover your face as the winds are forecast to be around 25-30 km/h.

31
March
2018
Snow Report
Snow Report posted by Ellen

Our Snow Report

Today started off as any good Saturday should – with a freshly cooked bacon sandwich and mug of hot tea from Café del Bosc in Soldeu! It was snowing heavily this morning and the visibility on the mountain looked pretty low even from down in the village, so we took our time to enjoy breakfast before braving the cold.

The temperature today was forecast to be around -9 degrees, but at the top of the Solanelles chairlift in Grandvalira Soldeu it certainly felt much colder due to the 20 km/h winds which blew snow across the ridge, numbing our faces. The high winds influenced our decision to stick to the lower, more sheltered parts of the mountain, so we took the red Obagot run and the blue Obaga runs to escape the bitter conditions.

Strong winds continued throughout the day, but mother nature couldn’t quite make up its mind what she wanted to do as the weather fluctuated between heavy snowfall and dark clouds, to blue skies and sunshine. With these unstable conditions I was definitely glad I had decided to layer up with a vest and two long sleeved thermals underneath my jacket this morning.

Whilst the slopes are retaining great coverage, the snow conditions are currently pretty varied – on some parts of the pistes the snow is thick, soft and plentiful due to the combination of recent snowfall and the wind which has blown snow onto the slopes from elsewhere on the mountain; meanwhile, the more exposed spots, such as at the top of the Solana and Sollanes chairlifts, are a little hard compact and windblown. The snow was a soft and a little wet lower down the mountain such as on the Esquirol blue run in El Tarter and the blue Os and Gall de Bosc runs in Soldeu, so today really was a day of riding mixed conditions.

My favourite run of the day was the final ride back to the gondola station via the red Torrallardona piste in Grandvalira Soldeu. The run was virtually empty meaning that I could take advantage of the entire piste and as the the slope is relatively steep in places so it was great fun gaining speed without having to weave around other skiiers or snowboarders.

The forecast for tomorrow is showing sunshine and clouds, with mild temperatures of around 3 degrees and low winds of 5 km/h. If the forecast prevails, tomorrow will be a great day for relaxing on the terraces of Grandvalira and soaking up some sunshine. Whether you choose to have a lazy Sunday in the mountains or ride all day like there’s no tomorrow, I hope you have a brilliant time!

26
March
2018
Snow Report
Snow Report posted by Ellen

Our Snow Report

There’s just 13 days left of the season and the snow is still falling here in Grandvalira! Currently the upper snow depth level on the mountain is approximately 210 centimetres, and it’s not uncommon to see piste markers, signs and fence lines half-buried in snow.

The consistency of the snow today was a little heavy and wet in places, so it wasn’t quite the soft, fluffy powder conditions that we enjoy most, however the coverage on the slopes is brilliant and there’s still plenty of off-piste opportunities to be found.

My favourite off-piste run today was to the sides of the red Serrat Pinos run which links Grandvalira Grau Roig and Grandvalira Soldeu. On the left hand side of the run you can ride through thick deep snow which is relatively open apart from a few trees and bushes which are well-spaced apart, or if you’re up for a challenge you can veer off to the right of the piste and ride through the trees back onto the piste by the Pla de les Pedres chairlift.

The visibility today was reduced by snowfall, clouds and a flat white light, although it did improve a little in the afternoon when the sun started to break through the clouds. If you aren’t confident riding in low-light conditions then I would recommend remaining low. You can easily lap the TSD6 Soldeu chairlift which comes to the top of the gondola, and still be spoiled for choice of runs, such as the blue Gall de Bosc, Os, Bosc Fosc piste, in addition to the red Salvans and Torralladona runs which come down from behind Ski School.

It’s remained pretty cold throughout the day – the temperature has been around -9 degrees, with winds of 20 kilometres an hour. Wearing a neck-buff was definitely a good idea as the combination of wind and snow can really numb your face and leave you wind-burnt.

Tomorrow the weather is expected to ease up a little, with sunshine and some clouds forecast in the morning and milder temperatures of around 3 degrees. In the afternoon there may be some light rain, however by evening the temperature is meant to drop, and we can expect to see heavier snow showers which should layer the piste with at least an extra 10 centimetres of powder.

24
March
2018
Snow Report
Snow Report posted by Ellen

Our Snow Report

With the amount of snow that has been falling today you would be forgiven for thinking that we are currently in December or January - Around 34 centimetres of snow has been expected to fall just today, which will add to the current upper snow level of 210 centimetres. The coverage on the slopes is absolutely brilliant as the pistes are covered with a generous thick layer of soft, fluffy, fresh powder which makes you feel like you are gliding effortlessly on a cloud. My favourite run of the day was the blue Duc run which comes down from the Solana chairlift in Soldeu as the snow coverage here was particularly fantastic, and the piste was virtually empty, despite it being a popular run.

The visibility on the mountain was reduced today by the snow, clouds, and flat light so for safety reasons we stuck mostly to the pistes today; however with the snow conditions currently so good it’s likely there will be some plenty of opportunities to carve some fresh tracks off the pistes over the next few days.

There was a buzz of excitement in the atmosphere today thanks to the Total Fight Masters Freestyle competition which is currently taking place in Grandvalira El Tarter Snowpark. The Total Fight Masters Freestyle Competition is the most important freestyle event in the Pyrenees, with the best snowboarders and skier from the world of freestyle; and this year a Women’s snowboarding category has been added to the competition for the first time in its fourteen year history. Wanting to get a slice of the action, I lapped the Tosa Espiolets chairlift several times to watch the snowboarders riding the rails and hitting the huge kickers. You can watch a short clip of the warm up here:  https://www.facebook.com/soldeu.resort/videos/2396984760327575/

If you’re in Grandvalira this weekend then make sure you don’t miss the Snowboarding finals between 10:40am and 11:35am, with the awards ceremony taking place at 12:30pm.

Another 13cm of snow is forecast tomorrow, along with 10 km/h winds and temperatures around -6 degrees. Low visibility is expected, so orange or yellow lensed goggles are recommended. With the amount of snow that has already fallen it’s bound to be another cracking day, so get up there and enjoy the fresh powder!

 

19
March
2018
Snow Report
Snow Report posted by Ellen

Our Snow Report

If you love quiet slopes, brilliant snow conditions and a warm, welcoming atmosphere then you better get to Grandvalira Soldeu fast because there’s only 20 days left to enjoy what has been an awesome season! Grandvalira closes on Sunday 8th April, so we’ve been hitting the slopes hard making the most of every single snowflake that has fallen on the slopes this winter.

Although its March the snow gods are still being good to us and there’s no sign of the snow disappearing anytime soon – in fact, the forecast is predicting snow showers for the next five days at least, and tomorrow morning we can expect to wake up to another 30 centimetres of fresh snow on the slopes. As you might imagine, the snow coverage on the mountain is currently fantastic and the soft, powder-like consistency of the snow today was so enjoyable to ride.

Today started off as a beautiful bluebird day characterised by brilliant blue skies and sunshine, but by mid-afternoon the snow clouds enveloped Grandvalira, and it has been dumping down with snow all afternoon. With the arrival of the snow and the clouds came a flat white light which made it difficult to distinguish changes in the slopes. Riding in low light can be challenging but if you stick with it you’ll find that your skiing or snowboarding will improve as you learn to feel and respond to the mountain more effectively. If you’re not very confident in conditions like today when its snowing hard and there’s low visibility, stick to the lower, more sheltered parts of the mountain such as the blue Bosc Fosc and Gall de Bosc runs

My favourite run of the day was the red Serra de les Solanelles run, leading onto the red Serrat de la Posa. These runs were virtually deserted, and the snow conditions were fantastic. If you’d like to dabble in a little off-piste riding then you can veer off to the side of the piste – the snow here is deep and powdery, and although there are a few trees there’s plenty of space between them so you don’t have to have an advanced level of technical skill or ability to weave around them.

Tomorrow’s forecast is showing snow showers throughout the day and bitter temperatures of around -9 degrees – but this will be even colder when taking into account the 35 km/h winds. If you’re heading up the mountain wrap up warm and wear low light (orange lensed) goggles to improve your visibility!

 

 

17
March
2018
Snow Report
Snow Report posted by Ellen

Our Snow Report

Happy St Patrick’s day from Soldeu! Strangely, here in Andorra St Patrick’s day is highly anticipated and enthusiastically celebrated – and it was great to see people on the mountain getting in the festive spirit wearing iconic green leprechaun hats, Irish flags and four leaf clover themed clothing. In resort, the bars are all decorated with Irish paraphernalia and there’s a buzz of excitement for the celebrations tonight.

This morning started off with blue skies and sunshine, but around midday dark clouds began to gather, and the snow has been dumping down all afternoon. The visibility has varied throughout the day due to the clouds and snowfall, and at times the light became a little flat. The low light influenced our decision to stick to the lower, gentle pistes such as the blue Gall de Bosc in Grandvalira Soldeu and Esquirol run in Grandvalira El Tarter as they are well sheltered and generally have better visibility due to their lower altitude.

The snow coverage on the slopes is looking great and is expected to get even better thanks to the snowfall which is forecast over the next few days. The quality of the snow today was mostly soft and sugary, although some corners of the runs Gall de Bosc, Bosc Fosc and Esquirol runs were a little polished in places.

Although it was snowing in the afternoon, the temperature on the slopes didn’t feel too cold, and the thermometer at the bottom of the Solanelles and Assaladors lift was reading 2 degrees at around 3:30pm this afternoon. A vest top and long sleeved thermal kept me warm all day, and I was grateful for my neck buff which kept the snow from numbing my face whilst on the chairlifts.

My favourite run of the day was the blue Duc run that comes down from the Tosa Espiolets and Solana chairlifts. The small rolling hills are a lot of fun to ride and you can often get up good speed, especially if there’s fresh snow and your skis or snowboard has recently been waxed. Duc is a popular run often used for practice during ski school lessons, but today the piste was nice and quiet.

I end this snow report with a big smile on my face as, having just looked at the forecast, we can expect to see snow showers every day for the next five days at least. If you’re heading to Soldeu this week make sure you pack plenty of warm layers and a pair of low light goggles if you have them! And keep your fingers crossed for some awesome powder days ahead!  

 

 

12
March
2018
Snow Report
Snow Report posted by Ellen

Our Snow Report

Today marked the start of the highly anticipated FIS European Cup competition which will last until Sunday 18th March. The Grandvalira mountain team have been prepping hard over the last couple of weeks to make sure that the Avet (Grandvalira Soldeu) and Aliga (Grandvalira El Tarter) slopes are in prime condition for this prestigious event, which is the precursor to the World Cup Finals that will be held in Grandvalira in March 2019. The Avet and Aliga slopes are currently closed for the public to allow for training and the trials to take place, and today you could see the women’s Downhill training take place on the Aliga run.

The weather today started off with blue skies, sunshine and relatively mild temperatures, but by the afternoon the sky clouded over, the wind picked up, and there was a noticeable drop in the temperature. Throughout the afternoon we were blessed with snowfall which, although inconsistent, gradually became heavier – and by 3:30pm the visibility had dropped significantly nearly to the point of a white-out.

The slopes are currently maintaining good coverage, and whilst this morning the consistency of the snow felt soft and slushy, by afternoon it had become a little firmer due to the change in weather and colder temperature.

My favourite run of the day was the lower section of the blue Esquirol run which winds its way from the bottom of the Llosada chairlift down to the bottom of the TSD4 El Tarter chairlift at the base of the slopes. At midday the snow on the run was soft and a little slushy, but not sticky, providing good conditions to practice a little carving. Wanting to make the most of the sun while it lasted, we stopped for a break on the terrace of the Els Clos Snack-Bar in Grandvalira El Tarter and enjoyed some cake and a coffee to keep our energy levels up. Even after just 40 minutes in the sunshine I could feel my face getting a little warm and rosy so I made sure to top up on the sun screen.

Tomorrow is set to be a beautiful day characterised by sunshine, blue skies and low winds of 5km/h, and if the forecast proves to be true then the temperature will feel around -8 degrees. If you are in Grandvalira and want to spectate some of the European Cup then you can watch women’s downhill training continue at 10am tomorrow, and the best place to watch this is from the base of the TSD4 El Tarter chairlift, or from Els Clos Snack-Bar which is just opposite.

 

10
March
2018
Snow Report
Snow Report posted by Ellen

Our Snow Report

Soldeu Snow Report 10.03.2018

As you may have seen from our recent Facebook videos and posts, we’ve been enjoying absolutely fantastic weather here in Grandvalira throughout this week – blue skies, sunshine, mild temperatures and great snow.

When I reached the top of Soldeu gondola around midday today it looked as though it was going to be another beautiful day with blue skies and sunshine, however by 1pm the conditions had changed dramatically - The sky had turned grey with thick heavy clouds, the wind had picked up to around 35 kilometres an hour, and rain began to fall on the slopes.  The rainfall and mild temperatures of recent days made the consistency of the snow turn heavy, wet and slushy, and this made my board feel a little slow and sluggish as times. The change in weather also heavily reduced the visibility, as the clouds rolled into the valleys and raindrops formed on my goggles.  

The Grandvalira mountain team are currently making the final preparations for the FIS European Cup Finals which will take place on Monday (12th March) until Sunday 18th March. The European Cup Finals will see 190 skiiers from 25 countries compete in the eight trials for their place in next year’s FIS World Cup, hosted in Grandvalira in March 2019.

The competitions will be held on the black Avet and Aliga runs in Grandvalira Soldeu and Grandvalira El Tarter, and the preparation work on these slopes so far has been incredible –it’s estimated that Grandvalira have spent 900 hours in grooming machines to ensure that the slopes remain at an optimal surface, and a total of 15 kilometres of protective netting has been installed along these two slopes.

During the European Cup Finals, the slopes that are to be used for these competitions will be temporarily closed to the public. The slopes affected are listed below:

  • Àliga slope (El Tarter) -Closed from 11 to 18 March for the 2018 FIS European Cup Finals.
  • Esparver slope (El Tarter) - Partially closed until 10.00 a.m. from 11 to 17 March in order to allow practice for the 2018 FIS European Cup Finals.
  • Avet slope (Soldeu) - Closed from 12 to 17 March for the 2018 FIS European Cup Finals.
  • Slalom slope (Soldeu) - Partially closed until 2.00 p.m. from 12 to 17 March in order to allow practice for the 2018 FIS European Cup Finals.
  • El Tarter snow park (El Tarter) - Partially closed from 12 to 25 March for the 2018 Total Fight Masters of Freestyle.
  • Riberal slope (Grau Roig) - Closed from 30 March to 7 April for the 2018 Speed Skiing World Cup Finals.

Tomorrow we can expect to see the blue skies and sunshine return, but the 35 km/h winds which have been forecast mean it will still feel pretty chilly at around -12 degrees. If you’re headed up the mountain then wrap up warm and keep topping up on the suncream!

 

 

05
March
2018
Snow Report
Snow Report posted by Ellen

Our Snow Report

Last week the UK went into shutdown as the so-called “beast from the East” covered the country with snow, however, here in Andorra thick, fresh snowfall is just another day in the office for us. That’s not to say we take it for granted though - Unlike in the UK, we just can’t get enough of the stuff, and rather than moan about it, we wake up every morning with high hopes and fingers crossed for an awesome powder day!

At the moment the upper snow depth on the mountain is just over two metres, so as you can imagine – we’re pretty happy right now! The snow is so deep in some places a few of the piste signs on the side of the slopes are becoming partially buried, and in Canillo yesterday, a hole had to be dug around one of the Mont Magic statues so that she didn’t become buried in the snow! (See image here: http://bit.ly/deepsnow-montmagic-canillo ).

The coverage on the pistes is looking pretty good thanks to the snowfall we’ve been having recently, but the consistency of the snow is a little wet and heavy at the moment, so it doesn’t quite have the powdery consistency that we dream of. However, the snow is still nice and soft, and the pistes are well painted in our favourite colour of the season: white.

It’s been snowing intermittently throughout the day today, and the visibility on the mountain was reduced by low clouds and a flat white light which made it difficult to judge the terrain at times. As always in these sorts of conditions, orange or yellow lensed goggles are recommended, and where possible it’s best to stick to pistes which are at a lower altitude as the clouds are less likely to obstruct your vision here. I would recommend taking the blue Os run leading onto the blue Gall de Bosc towards El Tarter or Bosc Fosc run into Soldeu; or if you like the steeper runs then the red Salvans and Torralladonna runs are usually a good option.

My favourite run of the day though was the red Serrat Pinos piste which connects the Grau Roig sector (Cubil chairlift) to Grandvalira Soldeu (Pla de les Pedres chairlifts). The rolling hills are great fun to ride, particularly as some of them can be quite steep, but the piste is nice and wide so you can get lots of turns in and control your speed well. For those of you who have been to Soldeu before, the Serrat Pinos run is essentially a steeper, longer version of the blue Gall de , Os and Duc runs which come down from the TSD6 Solana chairlift in Grandvalira Soldeu.

More snowfall is forecast for tomorrow, but there’s also a chance of storms with perhaps a little bit of rain. The temperature is expected to be around -6 degrees and the wind will be relatively low at just 8 kilometres an hour. The forecasted weather conditions suggest that it will be another day of low visibility, so take care, stick to the lower pistes on the mountain and wear suitable goggles!

03
March
2018
Snow Report
Snow Report posted by Ellen

Our Snow Report

Today is the first Saturday of March, and the conditions on the slopes are looking very promising for the rest of the season which, much to our dismay, is going way too quickly! In fact, there is only 36 days left now, and we’ve been having so much fun that we really don’t want the season to end.

Thanks to the heavy snowfall we received on Wednesday and Thursday this week there’s good snow coverage on the slopes; although in the higher, more exposed places (such as the top of the Tosa Espiolets and Llosada chairlifts) it’s a little wind-blown and hard compact due to the high winds we’ve also been experiencing lately.

When I looked out my window this morning it deceivingly looked like it was bound to be a typical “Spring Conditions” day which is usually characterised by blue skies, sunshine and mild temperatures, and slushy snow; however when I reached the top of the gondola it actually felt a little chilly, and this was mostly down to the 25 kilometre winds that stung our skin and chilled our bones. I was definitely glad I had my neckbuff on to protect my face from the harsh conditions, and I was also grateful for the two layers under my jacket which helped to keep me warm.

As the winds felt particularly strong when riding into El Tarter from Soldeu via the Gall de Bosc (take the rope-tow to the right of ski school), we decided to head across to the neighbouring valley, where Soldeu, Encamp and Grau Roig are linked by the Pla de les Pedres chairlifts. To get here, we took the Tosa Espiolets chairlift in El Tarter, and then rode down to the Solanelles chairlift in Soldeu.  

Just after midday low clouds had started to roll into the mountains, meaning that the top of the Tosa Espiolets and the Solanelles chairlifts kept disappearing from view. As soon as the sunshine disappeared behind the clouds there was a noticeable drop in the temperature, but luckily the clouds were very fast-moving today, so within five to ten minutes the blue skies would reappear and the return of the sun instantly warmed us up. In fact, by the time we were at Pla de les Pedres, the sun was shining once again, the temperature felt milder, and it felt like a completely different day to just half an hour before.

Surrounded by mountains, the runs within this section were much more sheltered from the wind and the visibility wasn’t obstructed by clouds as the runs in this area are at a slightly lower altitude. As you may have read in my previous snow report on Monday, riding the walls of the gully that forms part of the red Riu Solanelles run is a lot of fun and highly recommended. Although it’s technically classified as a red, it’s a pretty cruisey run and suitable for advanced beginners too.

Tomorrow we can expect to see the weather change once again, as up to 27cm of snow is expected to fall in Grandvalira Soldeu over the course of the day. The temperature will be around -5 degrees with winds of 23 kilometres an hour, so layer up and take regular breaks so you can defrost and get warm!  

26
February
2018
Snow Report
Snow Report posted by Ellen

Our Snow Report

When you’re in Grandvalira, Monday’s aren’t something you dread or struggle to get through - especially not when the weather conditions are as great as they have been today. Blue skies and sunshine have got our week off to a brilliant start, and we’re already looking forward to another day on the mountain today.

It’s felt a little chillier today with temperatures of -10 degrees and winds around 23 kilometres an hour, but the sunshine has kept us warm and smiling throughout the day. The combination of bright sunshine and moderately high winds meant that wearing sun cream was essential to prevent a windburn-induced glow or an awkward goggle tan. Although, for some people goggle tans are worn like a badge of honour - displayed proudly to celebrate their many hours spent on the mountain.

The visibility on the slopes was great due to the clear weather conditions, and the sun was so bright and powerful that it hurt my eyes to even momentarily switch form sunglasses and goggles between getting off the lift and starting the run. In bright light conditions it’s best to wear a category 2 or 3 lensed goggles as these will provide the best protection for your eyes.  

My favourite run of the day was the red Riu Solanelles that comes down from the the Pla de les Pedres chairlifts. I really love this run mainly because of the varied terrain - the first section of Riu Solanelles is a gully which has a few bends and turns, and it’s a lot of fun to ride up and down the walls; meanwhile the latter section of the run flattens and widens out a bit which is great for practicing some carving – especially with the great snow conditions!

The slopes are maintaining great snow coverage several days after the last heavy snowfall, and we can expect to see more powdery conditions soon as more snowfall has been forecast for Wednesday and Thursday next week. More sunshine and blue skies are forecasted for tomorrow, however the temperature is expected to drop to around -15 degrees with winds of 15 kilometres an hour so it’s worth wearing an extra layer and keeping your face nice and snug in a neck buff!

 

24
February
2018
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It’s been such a beautiful start to the weekend today - Blue skies and sunshine throughout with very low low winds around 5 km/h. The good weather conditions has meant it’s actually felt pretty warm despite the forecast saying it would be around -8 degrees. Just a tank top under my jacket was enough to keep me warm, although it did get a little chilly on the chairlifts. Days like today where it’s hard to predict what the conditions might be like I tend to bring a rucksack with me so I can pack in extra layers and also some snacks and water to keep my energy levels up. And with such great powder conditions, extra energy was definitely needed!

The visibility on the mountain was perfect thanks to the great weather conditions. You could see the surrounding mountains so clearly for miles around, and the views from the top of the Solanelles chairlift were particularly spectacular. In bright light conditions like today it’s a good idea to wear category 2-3 lenses to protect your eyes, and if you want to avoid getting a goggle tan then I would recommend slipping a pair of sunglasses in your pocket to wear on the chairlifts and terraces.

Thanks to the heavy snowfall over recent days the snow coverage on the slopes is fantastic. The consistency of the snow is soft and fluffy, and my board hardly made a sound when riding down the slopes.

With such good weather conditions I decided to venture a little further afield towards Grau Roig which is known for its exceptional snow coverage and quiet slopes as there isn’t really a residential area for this sector. Grau Roig can be accessed from Soldeu via a number of routes and chairlifts, with the Solana and Solanelles chairlifts being the fastest options. From the top of the Soldeu gondola, it takes around 30 minutes to reach the bottom of the Llac de Cubil lift which takes you into Grau Roig.

My favourite run of the day was the Serrat Pinos which comes down from the top of the Cubil chairlift towards the Pla de les Pedres lifts in Soldeu. The majority of this run is formed of large rolling hills which are a lot of fun to ride as you can really get your speed up if you want to. It’s a red run and is a little steep in places but it’s nice and wide so you don’t need to worry about fellow skiers or snowboarders around you.

The forecast for tomorrow is looking very similar today - clear blue skies and sunshine, low winds around 7 km/h and temperatures around -5 degrees. If you’re heading up the mountain don’t forget to slap on the suncream! Enjoy the brilliant snow conditions and catch some rays on one of Grandvalira’s many restaurant terraces!

20
February
2018
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30kmh winds, snowfall and white-grey skies have meant that it’s been a particularly cold day on the mountain today, with a wind chill of around -12 degrees . For most of the day I had my neck buff doubled up over my face and slipped under the rim of my goggles to protect my skin from the harsh conditions. The lively weather conditions reduced the visibility as the wind blew snow into the air, and a flat white light made it hard to gauge the lay of the land ahead. With these sorts of conditions you need to rely more on your legs and instincts, so keep your knees soft and flexible, and stay looking ahead in the direction you want to travel.

On days like today it’s best to stick to the lower, more sheltered parts of the mountain where possible and not venture too far. Gall de Bosc, Os and the Bosc Fosc blue runs in particular are usually a good choice as they are well-sheltered and don’t require you to venture too high up on a chairlift to reach them.

Having said that, my favourite run of the day was the red Serra de les Solanelles run which starts under the Pla de les Pedres lift. It was really windy on the flat section of the ridge at the top of the chairlift, however it was worth braving for a couple of minutes because as I started to descend down the slope, it soon became more sheltered and relatively calm. Better yet, besides me and my friends, the piste was virtually empty the whole way down to the Solana rope tow. If you’re a bit of an adrenaline junky and like to challenge yourself, there’s also loads of trees just to the side of Serra de les Solanelles which make for a really fun ride if you’re feeling up to it.

Although the weather was bitterly cold, the conditions of the snow on the mountain are fantastic at the moment. There’s plenty of coverage both on and off piste, and this is likely to improve even more thanks to further snowfall which is forecasted over the next couple of days through till Friday. As the temperature has been milder in recent days, the snow consistency is currently quite thick and heavy so if you’re going off piste beware that you need to keep your speed up to avoid having to dig yourself out of powder!

Tomorrow we can expect to see a mixed bag of conditions – light to moderate snow showers, mixed with sunshine, 20-40kmh winds and a wind chill of around -20 degrees. If you’re heading up the mountain wrap up warm, wear a neck buff, waterproof gloves and a nice thick pair of socks!

17
February
2018
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It’s been a peculiar day in Grandvalira Soldeu and El Tarter today – although the temperature has felt relatively mild we've nonetheless experienced some light snowfall and even intermittent hailstones whilst on the mountain.

The visibility has been low due to the clouds that have covered the surrounding mountain peaks -painting the sky a shade of white which offered little contrast from the snow-covered slopes. The sunlight behind the clouds created a flat-white light on the mountain which meant that at times it was difficult to judge the terrain ahead. Top tip for riding in flat white conditions (especially for snowboarders) – bend your knees! By bending your knees and keeping them soft and flexible, you can absorb any unexpected bumps or changes in the terrain without falling off-balance.

On days like today where the visibility is low and varied it’s generally better to stick to the lower parts of the mountain. For this reason, I spent most of my time lapping the Os and Duc blue runs that come down from the Tosa Espiolets and Solana chairlifts. The Gall de Bosc and Bosc Fosc runs were also good choices to ride today, and surprisingly the slopes weren’t too busy even though it’s the weekend and the UK Half-Term School holidays.

The cloudy, white skies made it feel as though it should be a cold winter’s day today, however I actually felt a little too warm with two thin base layers and a fleece on under my jacket. The pistes are still maintaining good snow coverage all round, and due to the mild temperatures of recent days the consistency of the snow is soft and little wet in places reminding us of the “Spring Conditions” that are typical of March and April.

Light snow is continuing to fall in Soldeu as I write this, however tomorrow we will see blue skies and sunshine return in the afternoon. The temperature is expected to drop to -6 degrees, but 20 kilometre winds means that there will be a wind chill of around -12 degrees. If you’re heading up the mountain then make sure you wear sun cream and a decent neck buff to protect your face from the sunshine and wind. The visibility is expected to improve, so all-round category 2 or 3 lenses should do the job nicely.

For those of you coming to Soldeu next week, I'm sure you'll be pleased to hear that moderate snowfall is on it's way on Monday and Tuesday, so if all goes according to plan we may have another powder day on the horizon!

For those of you heading home tomorrow, I hope you’ve had a fantastic Half Term break. Have a safe journey home, and I hope to see you again next season!

 

12
February
2018
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Today marks the first day of the UK Half Term holidays and the conditions have been brilliant! Although it’s been cold with temperatures around -7 degrees, it’s been a relatively calm day with low winds around 10kilometres an hour. The sun has been shining throughout most of the day which, along with a few layers under my jacket, helped to keep me warm.

Heading up on the TSD4 Soldeu chairlift just after 9am this morning I was lucky enough to watch the sun slowly rising above the mountains and the snow covered trees. Adding to this already beautiful scene was the sight of the snow that was beginning to fall – As they fell, the perfect shaped snowflakes caught the sunlight making it look as though glitter was falling from the sky, and making me feel as though I was in a Christmas snow globe.

The empty seats next to me were covered with an icy frosting, but as this is the busiest week of the season I knew it wouldn’t be long before those seats would be warmed up and filled with people excited to explore the 210 kilometres of pistes that Grandvalira has to offer.

The snow coverage on the slopes is excellent thanks to the snow we’ve had over the last week or so, and the pistes have been well groomed and were a joy to ride. Due to the school holidays, the slopes and lift queues are busier than usual, however on some of the most popular blue runs such as the Gall de Bosc, Os and Duc, the pistes are nice and wide meaning there’s plenty of room for everyone to enjoy. A tip for those of you in small groups of two or three wanting to beat longer lift queues –make use of the ‘Reserved Individual’ lift queue line which allows you to hop onto a chairlift with spare seats. You may not get to sit next to your friend for the chairlift, but why not chat and make friends with the person sat next to you!

My favourite run of the day was the blue Riu Cubil run which comes from the Funicamp down towards the Pla de les Pedres chairlift in Grandvalira Soldeu. Riu Cubil is a nice gentle run which is perfect for beginner skiiers. Riu Cubil is a little flat in places which means you might have to unstrap one foot if you’re a snowboarder, however this just means that you can practice your skating skills, and this can be a lot of fun! Set away from the main pistes, Riu Cubil was almost completely deserted today, and we were able to enjoy the beautiful sight of smooth, untouched snow on the right hand side of the valley.

The forecast tomorrow is showing clear skies and sunshine, so if you’re headed up the mountain then make sure you wear suncream and wear a pair of sunglasses on the lift if you want to avoid getting a goggle tan! Don’t be fooled though, the temperatures are still expected to be pretty cold at around -9 degrees with winds of 18 kilometres an hour. Layer up and take regular breaks indoors to stay warm and keep the blood flowing!

 

 

05
February
2018
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Ever heard of “Monday Blues”? Well, in Grandvalira-Soldeu there’s no such thing – especially not when the snow has been falling thick, fast and heavy for the last four days and the mountain is absolutely covered with beautiful fresh white powder. Soldeu village has been painted our favourite colour – white; and in some places the pavements have been completely buried under 30-40cm of fresh snow. Walking to the gondola this morning I was quite literally shaking with excitement and completely in awe of all of the snow that had fallen.

The visibility varied throughout the day, but for the most part we were riding in a flat-white light, so orange lensed goggles which are designed for low-light conditions were hugely beneficial to help us navigate on the mountain. On the higher more exposed parts of the mountain, such as the top of the Solana and Tosa Espiolets chairlifts, our visibility was pretty restricted due to the heavy snowfall and 45 kilometre winds, so eventually we decided to head to the lower, more sheltered parts of Grandvalira Soldeu and El Tarter.

In particular, the lower section of Esquirol leading towards El Tarter, the blue Bosc de Fosc and the red Salvans and Toralladonna runs in Soldeu offered the most pleasant yet fun rides of the day. - These runs are relatively well-sheltered from the wind by surrounding trees, and on days like today the visibility is generally better as they are lower down the mountain and better protected.

My favourite ride of the day though had to be the red Salvans run, primarily due to the sheer volume of snow that had settled on the piste. Within moments of strapping up my bindings, I was riding through soft knee-deep snow, and the smile on my face couldn’t have been any bigger. My board was soundless as it glided through the deep, fresh snow, but it was hard not to shout a big ‘woohoo’ in response to the incredible sensation of riding in soft, fluffy powder.

As the snow is so plentiful, it’s also very thick and heavy in some places which means you need plenty of momentum to keep yourself riding all the way through. It wasn’t an unusual sight today to see people digging themselves out of the snow surrounding their body, but taking a few tumbles just feels like falling onto a cloud thanks to the fresh, fluffy quality of the snow right now.

The snow is forecast to continue throughout this week and temperatures are expected to remain around -12 degrees, so if you’re coming to Grandvalira soon then make sure you pack plenty of layers, a good pair of low-light goggles, warm waterproof gloves, and a nice thick neck buff! Wrap up warm and enjoy the snow! – There’s plenty to go around for everyone!

03
February
2018
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For the last three days the snow has been falling pretty much non-stop in Grandvalira Soldeu, painting the town and mountains a beautiful crisp white. The snow coverage on the slopes is absolutely fantastic, and my board hardly made a sound gliding over the pistes.

It’s been bitter cold today with temperatures of -10 degrees and winds around 30 kilometres an hour. Extra layers are essential in these harsh conditions, and for most of the day I kept my face fully covered with my goggles and a good thick neck buff.

Despite the wind and snow the visibility has been reasonable, particularly around 2pm when the clouds began to clear and the snow eased off a little; however for the most part of the day the sky has been covered by grey clouds and the light has been relatively low. On days like today orange or yellow lense goggles are highly recommended as they enable greater visibility in low light conditions.

Thanks to all the fresh snow you don’t need to look far to find amazing off piste opportunities. One of the best places for making fresh tracks on a powder day is under the Pla de les Pedres chairlift in Grandvalira Soldeu. Here the snow was so deep, but the descent from the ridge isn’t too steep so it’s great for those who are new to off piste riding. You have the option of riding through the trees, but if you’d rather prefer you can choose your own line across this wide face which leads down towards the gully of the Serra de les Solanelles red run.

While riding off piste is I an amazing experience, you can enjoy the sensation of riding through soft fluffy powder simply by veering slightly to the side of the pistes where the snow is thicker, and often less tracked.

My favourite run of the day was the red Tamarro in Grandvalira El Tarter. Although it was windy up top, as soon as you start riding down the piste you’re sheltered by the surrounding mountains and the snow conditions are incredible. The piste is so soft and cruisey thanks to the excellent snow coverage which made it the perfect playground for practicing some carving.

The snow is set to continue through till Tuesday so we’re pretty confident that the snow conditions will only get even better than they already are. Temperatures are forecasted to remain cold at around -9 degrees, although the wind tomorrow is expected to die down to around 5kmh. In any case additional layers are highly recommended, so wrap up warm and enjoy the fresh snow!

30
January
2018
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The weather conditions in Grandvalira Soldeu today have been absolutely incredible - the sun has been shining all day, there’s been virtually zero clouds in the sky and the temperature has been pretty mild around 4 degrees.

I’ve been topping up the suncream throughout the day because although it’s January and we’re surrounded by snow it’s surprisingly easy to catch the sun.

Its been great to see so many people taking advantage of the beautiful weather conditions, and the ski school terrace was packed with people soaking up the sunshine and enjoying the great tunes pumping through the speakers.

The slopes are maintaining excellent coverage, and even though the heavy snowfall was four days ago there’s still some great off piste opportunities to be found. Locally known as “The Land of Giants”, the off piste tree run that connects between the blue Os and Bosc de Fosc runs was a lot of fun to ride, although it can be narrow in places so you’ve got to be able to make some tight turns at times.

My favourite run of the day was the blue Duc run that comes down from the Solana chairlift. The snow was nice and grippy, the rolling hills are always great to get lots of speed up on.

The beautiful weather conditions are set to continue tomorrow, and more snowfall has been forecast towards the end of the week. Fingers crossed for another weekend of powder!

27
January
2018
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It’s Saturday and what better way to spend the weekend than riding fresh powder in Grandvalira Soldeu! After the heavy snowfall yesterday the snow coverage on the mountain is excellent with so much snow to be enjoyed both on and off-piste. For me, there’s no better feeling than the sensation of my snowboard soundlessly gliding over beautiful white powdery snow so I knew that today was definitely going to be a great day.  

The weather conditions on the mountain today felt a lot less lively compared to yesterday as the wind had died down a little and by afternoon the snowfall had eased off. Although it still felt cold at -6 degrees, the temperature did not feel anywhere near as bitter as yesterday, and at times I felt a little warm with three layers on – but then again riding in powder always tends to require a bit more work!

The visibility had also improved today and later in the afternoon blue skies started to appear; however higher up the mountain it was more difficult to see due to the wind which was blowing snow around. For this reason we decided to stick to the lower parts of the mountain where the visibility was much clearer, such as the blue Bosc Fosc run, and the red Salvans and Torralladona runs which lead onto the cruisey blue Gall de Bosc.

My favourite run of the day was the red Salvans run which comes down under the TC8 Soldeu Gondola and TSD6 Soldeu six man chair lift. The Salvans run is generally relatively empty as it’s slightly hidden from view, but you can find it easiest by riding behind the back of the Soldeu Ski School building. The snow conditions on Salvans were awesome which made riding this steep run even more fun than usual.

For all those visiting Soldeu this weekend and the coming week - Stay safe, and enjoy the powder!

26
January
2018
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Waking up this morning to see fresh snow has fallen thick and heavy overnight was even better than the feeling of waking up on Christmas day and seeing the Christmas tree laden with presents. Excited for the day that lay ahead, I grabbed my board and headed to the gondola station in Soldeu.

Noticing on the weather forecast that the wind was predicted to be around 37 kilometres per hour I decided it was best to stick to the more sheltered, less exposed runs within the Grandvalira-Soldeu sector such as the blue Gall de Bosc, Duc and Os runs that come down from the top of the TSD4 Solana lift. Although these runs are a popular route to get back towards the ski school and gondola in Grandvalira-Soldeu, the slopes were really quiet today meaning that even after midday there was so much fresh snow which was still untouched.  

The visibility on the mountain was low due to the snowfall, wind, white clouds and flat white light, so at times it was quite a challenging ride which required much more concentration than usual. On days like today when the visibility is low it’s especially important to listen to the wise words “bend your knees” as this will help you to absorb any unexpected bumps in the snow that you’re unable to see, and it will also help you to avoid going flying out of control through the air!

With conditions like today, it’s best to avoid the lifts and slopes that are more exposed to the elements – in particular, the top of the Llosada/ Assaladors lifts, and also Solanelles as there is really very little shelter from the wind and snow, and within minutes it’s likely you’ll even find that your hair frozen into mini dreadlocks! (Yes, I’m speaking from experience.)

My favourite run of the day was the red Josef Torralladona run that is no more than 50 metres past Soldeu Ski-School, and just before the rope tow that leads you towards El Tarter. Torralladona was well sheltered from the winds, and the visibility here was also better than other slopes as it is a little lower down the mountain – not to mention the snow coverage was absolutely epic!  

The snow continued to fall throughout the day and is set to continue tomorrow, although it will be a little lighter. The forecast is predicting a slightly warmer day at -4 degrees, and winds of 15 kilometres an hour, however if you’re going up the mountain you’ll still want to make sure you wear plenty of layers and wear a decent neckbuff that will protect your face from the cold!

 

22
January
2018
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It’s been a clear, sunny day in Grandvalira Soldeu today with brilliant blue skies and very little cloud. The temperatures have been around 3 degrees and - although it felt a little colder due to the 30kmh winds, just a long sleeved thermal and a good fleecey neck buff was enough to keep the chill off.  

The snow conditions on the slopes is a little varied, with some areas being harder compact due to the high winds of recent days which has spread the snow a little thin; however, the fact that all 60 marked pistes within Grandvalira Soldeu and Grandvalira El Tarter were open today is testament that the overall snow coverage in these sectors remain in a good condition.

By afternoon, the warm sun had softened the snow, so we decided to hit El Tarter Snow Park for a few laps. The snow on the red Esparva run that leads down towards the lower part of the park was nice and grippy, meanwhile the softer snow on the kickers made for a nicer landing (or crash-landing in my case!).
If you're new to riding park, then Grau Roig Snow Park is your best option as it has lots of variety for beginners; however in the lower section of El Tarter Snow Park there's also a few smaller kickers that you can practice on to build confidence and familiarise yourself with riding jumps and getting a little air.

My favourite run of the day was the red Llebre run which heads back towards Soldeu Gondola and the Ski School from the top of El Tarter’s Tosa Espiolets lift. The Llebre run was virtually empty, and on a clear day like today the views of the surrounding mountains are absolutely beautiful. The snow coverage on Llebre was good, so riding down this steep slope was a lot of fun and not too slippery.

Tomorrow is expected to be a very similar day as today with sunshine, clear skies and winds of 26 kilometers per hour forecast, so don’t forget to wear sunscreen to protect your face, and a neckbuff to keep the bitter wind chill off!

 

20
January
2018
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Today marked a change in the blue skies, sunshine and mild temperatures that we’ve experienced over the last couple of days, we woke up this morning to grey skies and light snowfall coming down in the town.

Up on the mountain, the temperature was around -3 degrees however it felt much colder due to the wind which was blowing at around 25km per hour, so I was definitely grateful for the additional layers I put on this morning.

The bitter cold winds could be felt most strongly at the top of the TSD6 Llosada and TS** Els Clots lifts which head towards the Grandvalira-Canillo, however once on the blue Rossinyol run we were well sheltered from the elements thanks to the trees that line the slopes and the surrounding mountains. Hoping to stay sheltered from the wind, we headed back towards Grandvalira El Tarter via the Tamarro and Guineau blue runs, and after a few laps on the Tosa Espiolets chairlift we headed back to Soldeu to warm up.

The combination of bright sunlight and grey clouds filling the sky cast a flat white light onto the slopes, meaning visibility was low and varied throughout the day. On days like today it’s a good idea to wear goggles which have an orange or yellow lens as these are better suited for low-light conditions, however the majority of category 2 goggles are generally okay for most light conditions too.

There’s still good snow coverage on the slopes, and the snow conditions are likely to get even better thanks to the moderate-heavy snowfall which is forecast for this evening and throughout the day tomorrow. For now though, the snowfall is light and inconsistent, but we still have our fingers crossed for an epic powder day tomorrow!

16
January
2018
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It’s been another beautiful day in Soldeu today which has been characterised by blue skies and sunshine all day long. The forecast predicted temperatures of -3 degrees, although it certainly felt much warmer than this when snowboarding down the slopes.

High winds of 50 kilometres per hour meant that the Llac de Cubil chairlift which links Grandvalira Soldeu and Grandvalira Grau Roig had to be temporarily closed for safety reasons this morning, however by 1pm this had re-opened allowing us to venture a little further afield to Granvalira Grau Roig. Granvalira Grau Roig is personally one of my favourite places to go snowboarding as it generally retains great snow coverage, offers a variety of runs and, is often quieter than other sectors in Grandvalira as there is no residential area to access it directly from.

The snow coverage on the slopes also remains good in both Grandvalira Soldeu and Grandvalira El Tarter, with a nice soft layer of fluffy snow covering the majority of pistes. Although some parts of the blue Gall de Bosc run leading to El Tarter felt a little hard compact this morning, by afternoon the sunshine had softened this up.

On windy days such as today it’s a good idea to stick to the runs which are sheltered by the surrounding mountains, such as the blue Os, Duc and Gall de Bosc runs that come down from the Tosa Espiolets chairlift in Grandvalira El Tarter. Depending on the direction of the wind, another great run on windy days is the red Torrallardona run which faces the resort and can be admired from Hotel Bruxxels terrace on a nice sunny day like today.

The temperature is forecast to remain cold at around -7 degrees tomorrow, and high winds will prevail again tomorrow at around 60 kilometers an hour. The temperature is expected to drop throughout the rest of the week with -12 degrees and heavy snowfall forecasted for the weekend...

...Did somebody say Powder Day???

13
January
2018
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This morning I woke up to see a beautiful sunrise of fiery reds and oranges painting the sky above the mountains in Grandvalira-Soldeu. Instantly, I had a feeling that today was going to be another good one, and when I saw that all lifts and marked pistes in Grandvalira Soldeu and Grandvalira El Tarter were open I couldn’t wait to get my board and go explore.

The snow coverage was excellent across on the slopes, and even though the last heavy snowfall was nearly a week ago there was still plenty of great off-piste opportunities to be found. My favourite off piste experience today was to the left of the Serra de les Solanelles red run – the snow here was relatively tracked but is still deep, soft and fluffy for the most part, and it was a lot of fun attempting to weave in and out of the trees which lead down towards the blue Obaga run. For those of you who are relatively new to riding off-piste this run may prove a little challenging due to the steep descent and narrow gaps between the trees, so you need to make sure you’re comfortable making lots of tight, small turns in steep powdery conditions. If you do decide to try this off-piste ride for yourself, make sure you watch out to the left for any traffic when joining Obaga, as those on this piste will not be expecting you to jump through the trees onto the run!

The visibility throughout the day was varied, with a flat white light being casted on the slopes thanks to the grey white clouds that surrounded the mountains for most of the day. Despite the flat white light, you could still see the surrounding mountains really clearly, and in the afternoon the clouds had begun to break a little, colouring the sky with beautiful hues of lilac and pale blues.

Although the winds were relatively low at 10kmh an hour, a bitter wind chill could be felt in higher up, more exposed parts of the mountain such as on the TSD6 Llosada and TSD6 Tosa Espiolets lifts, but I soon warmed up when heading back down the mountain via the Corb red run thanks to the shelter provided by the surrounding mountains.  

The atmosphere in Grandvalira El Tarter today was brilliant, with lots of people enjoying their weekends sat on the terraces of the Iqos Bar and Riba Escorxada restaurant which were playing lively, up-beat songs through their sound systems.

Temperatures are forecasted to remain cold at around -5 degrees over the next few days, and light to moderate snowfall is expected overnight this evening and throughout the day tomorrow. We are keeping our fingers crossed and hoping for yet another week filled with fresh snow and awesome powder days!

08
January
2018
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What an epic day in Grandvalira Soldeu and El Tarter today! Since Saturday afternoon the snow has been dumping down heavily on Soldeu in resort and on the mountain, so when I woke up this morning and looked out my window to see the rooftops and slopes covered with fresh snow I knew it was bound be another awesome powder day.

The weather conditions today were calm with very little wind, although the temperature had dropped to around -5 degrees so it felt colder compared to recent days.

The snow coverage on the pistes was absolutely incredible with plenty of thick snow to be found on pretty much every single run. However, we hardly touched the pistes today thanks to all of the thick, deep fresh snow that could be found off piste instead.

By far my favourite runs were off piste under the Pla de les Pedres Soldeu lift where we did a few laps weaving in and out of the trees and making the most of the amazing powder conditions that we had been blessed with today. Here the snow was so deep and soft that my board didn’t make a sound when gliding over the white cloud-like snow. The only sounds that could be heard was the “whoop whoops” of other skiers and snowboarders as they rode their way through the dreamlike substance. Even at 3pm there was still plenty of untouched snow meaning that you could still create your own fresh tracks to be admired on the chairlift back up to the top. 

More snowfall is expected over the next few days and we are so incredibly excited to get back up the mountain and experience yet another amazing day full of fresh, white powdery snow and all the happiness that comes with it!

06
January
2018
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The temperature over the last few days in Grandvalira has been relatively mild thanks to the low winds, blue skies and sunshine we have been enjoying on the mountain. Today, however, the temperature dropped by a few degrees, the wind picked up and low grey snow clouds began rolling into the mountains, getting thicker and darker throughout the day.

Although the recent sunshine has softened the snow during the daytime some pistes have become harder compact overnight due to the below-freezing evening temperatures, meaning that the snow conditions are a little varied in places. Having said that, many runs still have maintained good snow coverage such as the blue Rossinyol run in Grandvalira-Canillo, the red Tamarro run in Grandvalira-El Tarter and the blue Bosc de Fosc run in Grandvalira-Soldeu where there is a nice coating of soft snow which makes for a fun, care-free ride.

My favourite run of the day was Rossinyol, not only because of the good snow coverage but also because of the variation that this run offers – the piste is wide with lots of bends meaning it’s great for getting in lots of turns, and there’s some rolling mini hills which are a lot of fun to ride. Lined by trees, the lower section of the run is well sheltered from the wind, meanwhile the mountain views at the top of the Portella chairlift are absolutely incredible!

Snow has just started to fall lightly in the town and is forecasted to fall heavier this evening and throughout the daytime tomorrow which can only mean one thing: Powder day tomorrow! We can’t wait!

If you’re heading up the mountain then be sure to wrap up warm with plenty of layers and a decent neck buff – with a chill of -12 degrees and winds of up to 30kmh an hour it’s going to be a cold one tomorrow!   

01
January
2018
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Our Snow Report

Happy New Year from Soldeu!! Yesterday afternoon we enjoyed the last sunset of 2017 from the Pla de les Pedres chairlift in Grandvalira-Soldeu – the views were stunning as ever as the final rays of sunshine cast a beautiful warm yellow glow over the slopes.

At 6:30pm, we watched the incredible torchlit descent of around 300 Grandvalira ski and snowboard instructors as they weaved their way down the mountain from Pla d’Espiolets at the top of the gondola to Soldeu village in celebration of New Year. The descent looked absolutely amazing, and you can see it for yourself here: http://bit.ly/soldeu-torchlit-descent-video

Today, we started 2018 in the best way possible – by hitting the slopes of Grandvalira! Lucky for us, the conditions today have been absolutely brilliant – blue skies, sunshine, and low winds.  Surrounded by snowy mountains it’s sometimes easy to forget that you can still catch the sun, but in these weather conditions it’s a good idea to wear sunscreen on your face to prevent getting burnt or going home with embarrassing goggle tan lines!

Despite it being one of the busiest periods of the winter season, the slopes felt relatively quiet this morning – quite possibly because people tend to stay in bed a little longer than usual to nurse their hangovers and recover from last night’s celebrations!

All lifts in Grandvalira-Soldeu and Grandvalira-El Tarter were open today so there was plenty of opportunity for exploring. At the top of the TSD6 Solana lift I headed down towards El Tarter via Esquirol – a nice, easy-going blue run that’s great for beginners and snakes its way down from the top of Tosa Espiolets lift all the way down into the resort.

My favourite run of the day though was Obaga in Grandvalira-Soldeu. Lined by trees on the right-hand side and surrounded with beautiful mountain views on the left, Obaga makes for a beautiful, gentle ride back towards Soldeu. At the end of the run the piste flattens out a little before going uphill, so it’s a good idea to keep up your speed on the final section so that you can make the moving rope lift without having to use too much energy pushing or skating.

Snow showers are forecasted over the next couple of days so wrap up warm and keep your fingers crossed for more powder!

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30
December
2017
Snow Report
Snow Report posted by Ellen

Our Snow Report

Over the last few days the snow has been falling heavily over Soldeu and the surrounding mountains of Grandvalira, increasing the maximum snow-depth on the mountain to around 80cm and turning the resort into a beautiful white winter wonderland once again.

Accompanying the snow came high winds, grey clouds, and a flat white light which has made navigating the mountain challenging at times; but we’re certainly not ones to complain about fresh snow, and we’ve still had a lot of fun up on the slopes!

Today stood in stark contrast to the conditions of recent days as we have been blessed with blue skies, sunshine, and low winds all throughout the day. The temperature has felt relatively mild, and I was comfortable wearing just a thin base layer and fleece under my jacket. The slopes have maintained good snow coverage all round, and have been well groomed

There was a greater presence of people on the slopes and at the lifts across Soldeu and El Tarter today due to it being the Christmas holidays, but for me it was simply great to see so many people getting up on the mountain and making the most of the beautiful weather conditions. There were queues for some lifts such as TSD6 Tosa Espiolets and TSD6 Llosada in El Tarter, and TSD6 Solana and TSD6 Pla de les Pedres in Soldeu; however the maximum wait time to hop on was only around five minutes – if that.

On busy days like today, I prefer to head to the slopes which tend to be a little quieter, such as the Josep Tarrallardorra red run which joins onto the beautiful Gall de Bosc blue run towards El Tarter. Riding down Tarralladorra there were very few other people around which was great for practicing my turns on a steeper slope.

Perhaps my favourite run of the day though was the red Pla de les Pedres run. Although the run starts off quite narrow and steep at the top, it soon opens out making for a more comfortable ride. The snow coverage on this run was possibly the best I’d experienced all day with lots of thick snow lining the side off the piste. Not to mention, on a clear day the mountain views looking across to Grau Roig from Pla de les Pedres are absolutely stunning!

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23
December
2017
Snow Report
Snow Report posted by Ellen

Our Snow Report

Wow, what a glorious day in Soldeu and El Tarter this morning! The sun has been shining and the skies have remained a beautiful bright blue throughout the day so far. All lifts in Soldeu and El Tarter were open today, offering the perfect opportunity to grab my board and check out the conditions across these sectors.

At three degrees, the temperature has been relatively mild compared to recent days and I found myself a little too hot with two long sleeved thermals and a fleece on! But as conditions can change very quickly on the mountain I’m a firm believer that it’s always better to layer up just in case. 

With Christmas just two days away it was no surprise to find the Tosa Espiolets and Llosada chair lifts in El Tarter the busiest they’ve been this season; however the wait time to shuffle onto these lifts was no longer than a minute or two and the slopes don’t feel very busy at all.

Thanks to the brilliant blue skies and calm, clear conditions there were plenty of people sat on the terrace of Refugi Llosada enjoying the sunshine and refuelling with a drink and snacks. Inspired by the nice weather, a few people had even decided to crack open a beer before midday!

Just opposite the Refugi Llosada stands one of the most scenic toilet stops I’ve ever known. With one way glass you can go to the loo whilst enjoying the mountain views - amazing! There’s also another toilet like this at the top of the TSF4 Solanelles lift for those of you who fancy checking it out.

As the weather was so good I decided to head a little further afield to Canillo. On the blue Rossignol run there were a couple of small patches where the conditions of the snow was a little irregular, however these had been cordoned off so that the the rest of the piste could be enjoyed.

On the whole the snow on the pistes in Soldeu and El Tarter is packed but still soft, smooth and well groomed so there were no nasty bumps or surprises to knock me off balance.

The snow park in El Tarter is looking exceptionally good at the moment, and it was a lot of fun watching skiers and snowboarders from above on the Tosa Espiolets lift as they practiced their freestyling and tricks.

The forecast for tomorrow is showing more blue skies, subshine, mild temperatures (4 degrees) and little wind so it’s bound to be another great day on the mountain and the perfect way to spend Christmas Eve!

Enjoy, and have a very Merry Christmas!

18
December
2017
Snow Report
Snow Report posted by Ellen

Our Snow Report

This morning I looked out of my apartment window and saw beautiful shades of pink and red colouring the sky above the snow covered slopes of Soldeu. By around 9am the skies had darkened to grey, and the snow had begun falling lightly. Although it’s a few degrees warmer today than the last couple of days it still felt notably cold as I stepped outside - and even in the town I could feel the chill from the wind.

Up on the mountain it was even colder of course, and the wind was particularly strong at the top of TSD6 Solana lift due to it being quite an exposed spot. However the runs that come down from the Solana lift (such as Os and Duc) are within a bowl so they provide good protection from the wind and tend to retain the snow well.

Overall the slopes are maintaining good snow coverage thanks to the snowfall we’ve been having over the last few days, however my favourite run of the day was easily Sorrra de les Solanelles because of the amount of thick, knee-deep powder that lays literally just off to the sides of the pistes and through the trees. It was a lot of fun weaving on and off piste here, although you need to be careful not to go too far off-piste as there are still some areas where there could be parts of rocks or trees poking up.

The visibility on the mountain was irregular and relatively low due to the flat light and snowfall but improved on the lower parts of the mountain, especially when heading back to Soldeu via the Bosc Fosc run.

The snow is continuing to fall throughout the afternoon here in Soldeu, and although clear skies and sunshine have been forecasted for the next few days the temperature is expected to be around -6 degrees with a wind chill of -11 degrees – so if you’re headed up the mountain then make sure you layer up! It's also a good idea to wear a neck buff to protect your neck and face from the cold conditions, and using chapstick will help to keep your lips from getting dry and cracked.

 

16
December
2017
Snow Report
Snow Report posted by Ellen

Our Snow Report

The temperature has dropped considerably here in Soldeu and it’s been snowing moderately on and off all day. Around midday the snow had eased off a little and the sky had turned blue, so I took this as my cue to grab my board and head up the mountain to check out the conditions.

I started off my ride by taking the Josep Torrallardona run towards the intersection of Gall de Bosc and Os, where I continued down to the four-man chair lift at the base of El Tarter. I love the Gall de Bosc run when there’s been recent snowfall because the trees that line this piste look so magical dusted with lots of white fluffy snow and it truly feels like you’re in a winter wonderland.

Around 1:30pm the snow clouds began to gather around the Soldeu and El Tarter sectors, and just as I reached the top of the Tosa Espiolets chairlift the snow began to fall again, this time a little heavier. It felt as though the temperature had dropped several degrees within a matter of minutes and it felt even colder as the wind picked up, so I was glad that I’d decided to put on a few extra layers today.

The quality of the snow on the mountain was soft, fresh, and fun to ride, with thick powder to be enjoyed just to the side of some of the pistes. The snow cannons are helping to keep the conditions on the slopes nice and enjoyable, and the snow is continuing to fall throughout this afternoon.

With Christmas just around the corner there are more people starting to hit the slopes, although there is no wait time for the lifts and the runs are still relatively quiet.

To see what the conditions were like for yourself, have a look at the live Facebook video I recorded on my final run this afternoon: https://www.facebook.com/soldeu.resort/videos/2242729575753095/

 

09
December
2017
Snow Report
Snow Report posted by Ellen

Our Snow Report

It’s been a week today since Grandvalira opened and we’ve jumped into the season head first by getting up on the mountain every day to check out the conditions and make the most of the good weather.

Opening week started off with heavy snowfall, high winds and varying visibility, but the last few days have mainly been characterised by blue skies, cool temperatures and great visibility. We were excited to wake up to more snowfall yesterday morning, and although this had stopped by afternoon there was still good coverage on the slopes thanks to a little extra help from the snow cannons. There are still some areas on the pistes which are a little hard compact, but with such good visibility and relatively quiet slopes it’s been easy to see these and navigate around them.  

The links between Soldeu and Pas de la Casa are not yet open, however there are still plenty of runs open to keep all abilities entertained within the Soldeu and El Tarter sectors. With more slopes opening in Grandvalira every day combined with the snowfall which is expected on Monday and towards the end of next week we are hopeful that it won’t be too long until we are able to ride all 210km that Grandvalira has to offer.

For me, personally, snowboarding one of the largest resorts in the Pyrenees and Europe – whether in sunshine or snowfall - has to be one of the best ways to spend a weekend, and I’m confident that those who visit Grandvalira this winter will go home feeling exactly the same way.

 

07
December
2017
Snow Report
Snow Report posted by Ellen

Our Snow Report

The buzz of anticiptation and excitement that is often felt at the start of winter season is definitely beginning to kick in here in Soldeu - bars and restaurants on the mountain have opened and can be heard playing music whilst families and groups sit on the outside terraces enjoying their lunch under blue skies. This great atmosphere has also been enjoyed down in Soldeu village with places such as Hotel Bruxelles playing music whilst people treat themselves to apres beers, crepes, and pizzas in the sunshine after spending a few hours on the mountain. Yesterday marked the start of two public holidays in Spain this week, so already the slopes are getting a little more populated as Spanish tourists arrived in Andorra and ski school gets underway.

The conditions on the mountain have been relatively calm over the last few days, with good, clear visibility and very little wind, meaning that not so many layers are required compared to opening day in Grandvalira last weekend.

After the heavy snowfall we had on Saturday the slopes still have good snow coverage in most places, however there are some areas (such as the Gall de Bosc run down towards El Tarter) that are a little hard packed or bumpy - so take care or you may end up with a couple of bruises like me!

More snow is forecast over the weekend and we are hopeful for another powder day, so keep an eye on our snow data and watch this space for an updated snow report on Saturday. In the meantime, get up the mountain and take advantage of the blue skies, clear conditions and great atmosphere!

02
December
2017
Snow Report
Snow Report posted by Esther

Our Snow Report

Today it was Opening Day in Grandvalira and, of course, we didn't want to miss it!

It has been snowing in the last few days all around Andorra, so we took our snowboards and hit the slopes of Soldeu to see how the resort is looking in its first day of the season and it turned out to be an amazing powder day.

The quality of the snow was exceptional, you could find powder all around, but we had to watch out for some of the snow bumbs that had been formed on the edges of the runs. In the morning grey clouds covered the sky and it was snowing heavily, but by early afternoon the sun was breaking through the clouds and the El Tarter sector even saw blue skies! 

As the season has just started the resort still very quiet, so we were lucky enough to have the slopes nearly to ourselves. Our favourite run was without a doubt Gall de Bosc; we snowboarded around the forest of this easy blue run that had plenty of the snow. This slope took us to El Tarter sector, where the clouds and snow was much lighter than in Soldeu. 

It was a wonderful day to start the season, have a look at our pictures here. We hope to see you this 2017-2018 season!

 

07
November
2017
Snow Report
Snow Report posted by Ian

Our Snow Report

How does the song go... "Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!".  Well, Monday's aren't so bad when you wake up to snow covered slopes of Soldeu and Grandvalira.  With the sudden temperature drop that we've even felt here in the U.K, the mountains have transformed over the weekend in to the winter wonderland that we know and love.  There is low temperatures and more snow forecast over the next week so we should see their conditions slowly preparing for the opening on the 2nd December.  You can keep up with the forecast and webcams here.

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23
September
2017
Snow Report
Snow Report posted by Ian

Our Snow Report

It feels awfully strange to be writing a snow report at the end of September, but a couple of times over the recent weeks we have seen snow falling in the higher parts of the Grandvalira domain.  The snow unfortunately won't stay around for long as the temperatures fluctuate, but it has signified that summer is truly over and we are getting ever closer to the winter season.

Grandvalira is due to open (conditions permitting) on the 2nd of December this year, and from then our team will be providing you with regular snow reports keeping you updated on the condition of the slopes.  Make sure that you keep this page bookmarked so you can easily get the latest information, and with the various webcams you can even see for yourself!

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14
April
2017
Snow Report
Snow Report posted by Ian

Our Snow Report

So as there are only a few remaining days of the 2016/2017 season this will be our last snow report until later in the year.  Even as we enter the middle of April there is still fantastic coverage in the Grandvalira domain.  The snow is soft, even from first lifts, except where you find runs partially or fully in the shade where it remains hard packed until later in the day.  It's best to head up as early as possible, because after lunch as the sun continues to soften the snow it does mean you have to work really hard with the legs.

We advise sticking to the higher areas as much as possible in the morning, then taking a leisurely lunch to soak up the sunshine and enjoying the temperatures in the early 20s.  Make sure you are wearing appropriate sun protection as you can feel the effects on your skin even after a short time, and dress light so you can be as comfortable as possible.

As another season comes to a close in Andorra, we hope you have enjoyed keeping up to date with our snow reports and we look forward to helping you plan, book and ski with us next season.

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05
April
2017
Snow Report
Snow Report posted by Sofia

Our Snow Report

Over the last few days it has been snowing very lightly, leaving a thin layer of snow overnight which lead to powder days in the early hours of the day especially in the higher areas, becoming spring snow in the afternoon, which for snowboarders is a delight.

Temperatures during the week have been slightly higher and yesterday there were overcast skies that have dropped some snowflakes, although there have been no significant winds so all links between resorts are operational as well as 118 pistes open throughout the domain.

As the weather has been so variable, if you are coming to visit we do recommend that you pack for all eventualities, from clear bluebird days where it’s fine to ski in a jumper to overcast, colder days where you will need more layers and your flat-light lenses.  Conditions can even change from one hour to the next, so make sure you are keeping up-to-date with the weather forecast.

The resort is still very quiet with hardly any crowded slopes, and this week because the Total Fight Masters of Freestyle has taken place we have been hitting the park quite a few days! And also our favourite runs have been Miquel (red run in El Tarter) Slalom (black run in Soldeu) and Llop (red run in El Tarter)

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24
March
2017
Snow Report
Snow Report posted by Ella

Our Snow Report

It definitely doesn’t feel like late March in resort as the snow just won’t stop coming down! The snow started Wednesday night and continued Thursday morning. After briefly stopping in the afternoon yesterday, it is chucking it down again with the biggest dump (48cm!) due this evening.

Yesterday we had to watch out for the odd icy patch where the powder had been blown around on more exposed runs (like the top of Aliga) but with the extra today it is officially a powder day/weekend! With the snowstorm comes reduced visibility so we have been enjoying the powder on the lower runs – mainly lapping the Soldeu chairlift and enjoying Salvans and Torrallardona.  We have also headed over to El Tarter and loved doing the bottom section of Aliga.

The runs have been quiet all week and we were able to enjoy these without seeing another person on the runs!

There is still 3 and a half weeks left of the season and with this fresh dump of snow it looks like we are set up for a brilliant finish! What better time to book a spring ski trip?

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21
March
2017
Snow Report
Snow Report posted by Sofia

Our Snow Report

Today we write a snow report of the past week but with a view towards the weekend, as there is up to 60cm of snow on the forecast due to start tonight.

 During the week temperatures have been fairly high, which has made the snow become a little bit more heavy as the day passes by so it is worth getting up for first lifts. It has been a week of blue skies with not a cloud to be seen, therefore visibility it has been very good, and as per previous weeks we would recommend  dark googles and sunglasses for when you stop on the terraces. There has been hardly any wind making you feel that temperatures were higher as well.  The clouds have started to come in today (hopefully with the snow on the forecast!) so if you are coming out in the next week you will need ot be prepared for varied conditions.

 At the moment the resort is becoming quieter now we are in mid-March, especially on weekdays, so skiing on the slopes becomes a real pleasure. The quiet slopes helps the snow remain in great conditions and coverage is still very good with 204km of runs open, however you will find some darker patches on the lower slopes. Our best runs of the week were Red Run in Soldeu Torrallardona, Teixo and Guineu in El Tarter and the Black Run Avet.

 In addition this week the workers at the snowpark in El Tarter are preparing a spectacular for the snowboarding events from 24 to 26 March and freeski from 31 March to 1 April. Total Fight is a must-see event if you want to see of the best snowboarders and freeskiers around the world! You can look out for British freestyle skiing James Woods who has been collecting medals all year at the X Games and World Championships.

14
March
2017
Snow Report
Snow Report posted by Sofia

Our Snow Report

We are already in the month of March and the weather in Andorra is beautiful at the moment. Sometimes sunny days, with temperatures more appropriate for the month of March, and some other days with light snow that has brought about 4cm of snow.

Generally, visibility in the resort has been very good during the week, although we have had some days in which it has been reduced due to the snow.  There is hardly any wind so the temperatures are warmer, and for anyone about to come to Andorra or for those who are already here, it is very important not to forget suncream and good sunglasses, or dark goggles as the sun is bright and can burn. 

The general condition of snow is good and the coverage continues to be maintained in perfect condition thanks to the pisters working hard.  The best skiing is to be had first thing in the morning when the runs are freshly pisted as they can get a bit lumpier towards the end of the day as we move to spring conditions. 

This week Soldeu has been much quieter so skiing on the slopes is pure pleasure, whether blues, reds or blacks. Our favourite run this week is Isaard In El Tarter, a fairly narrow and half-pipe red run that delights skiers and snowboarders who are a little more advanced.

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04
March
2017
Snow Report
Snow Report posted by Ella

Our Snow Report

What a difference 24 hours can make! This week has seen bluebird skies and warm termperatures but last night the skies opened and we woke up to 40cm of fresh snow.

With snow still coming down this morning, we weren't expecting as much sun as we got today which made the visibility surprisingly good but you had to be ready for the sun to go back in again.

It was all about first tracks today, with lots of people heading up the mountain first thing. We made it up for 10am and still found some fresh lines to enjoy lapping the Soldeu chairlift.  With such deep powder, we found the steepest runs the best so enjoyed black run Eslalom and red runs Fagina and Torrallardona.  By lunchtime, some runs were getting a bit choppy but the cool temperatures kept the powder in great condition all day.  While red runs and black runs were unpisted, blue runs had lovely freshly pisted powdery snow for beginners and intermediates to enjoy.

Thanks to some high winds today, the link between Soldeu and Grau Roig was shut but all of the runs in Soldeu and El Tarter were open to enjoy.  Despite it being a Saturday, we were pleasantly surprised with the lack of queues and saw few other people on the red and black runs.

There has been more snow throughout the day, with another 12cm forecast by tomorrow morning so we can't wait to enjoy another powder day!

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28
February
2017
Snow Report
Snow Report posted by Sofia

Our Snow Report

During the week the skies have been completely clear, allowing us to enjoy another sunny week with warmer temperatures. Since yesterday, the temperatures have dropped to -1 and it has been snowing today with more on the forecast for Saturday!  During the week, although we have had days in which the temperatures have been high, the moderate winds have made thermal clothing necessary, otherwise you can get cold on the chairlifts.

Until today, the visibility has been very good, so dark lenses have been needed for googles and it is also worth remembering sunglasses for stopping at the restaurants for a snack or a cold drink so you can enjoy the sun on the terraces.

Early in the morning is when you can find the best snow conditions, as throughout the day it can becomes stickier due to the warm temperatures.  This mainly occurs on the busiest blue tracks while the red and black runs maintain better conditions throughout the day. With Carnaval this weekend, the blue slopes have been busier and we have waited in some lift queues, but this has quietened down again today.

Our favorite run has undoubtedly been red run: Isard, a narrow track with great conditions and it is rare to see anyone else while you are skiing down!

Grandvalira still has 100% of pistes open giving you 210km to explore, with a good base of up to 150cm at the highest points.

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21
February
2017
Snow Report
Snow Report posted by Sofia

Our Snow Report

What a fantastic week we have had! If two weeks ago, it was all about snow this week it has been all about bluebird skies, mild temperatures and great conditions.

 

The temperatures have risen this week making it warm enough to ski in just a t-shirt and jacket, or for those who feel the cold (like me!) with just thermals and a ski jacket it’s been more than enough.  Due to the great conditions, the terraces and restaurants were always full and sunglasses were more than needed when stopping for a coffee or a cold drink, so if you are heading over soon do not forget to pack them! Don’t forget your sun cream as well, the sun is shining bright and it can burn you if you spend the whole day on the slopes.

The best snow is to be found in the mornings when the runs are freshly pisted, with some of the busier runs forming moguls towards the end of the day and the snow getting a little bit stickier.

This week is the half term for Portugal and France so runs can be a little bit busier but we have found the blue runs El Tarter quieter than Soldeu.  If you are a confident skier, head to the red and black runs in Soldeu as they are still almost empty. We would recommend red run Salvans and black run Eslalom down in to the main village of Soldeu.  If you are a beginner/intermediate blue runs are busier, especially if you going down right after ski school has started but around 11am – 13pm and then from 14:30 – 17.00pm runs are quieter.

Also going on in Andorra is Carnival week, so do not miss out on all the things going on such as parades along the main road in Soldeu and lots of fancy dress on the slopes.

14
February
2017
Snow Report
Snow Report posted by Sofia

Our Snow Report

This week has seen similar weather to last week, with more snow falling with another 25cm of fresh snowfall last night.  All of the runs and links remain open as of today, but some high winds with the snowstorm did cause these to temporarily close yesterday. Today, and also Sunday, was absolutely beautiful with the sun shining and middle temperatures allowing us to enjoy the skiing wearing just a few layers. There was some low lying clouds coming in and out, but visibility would just decrease for short periods before the sun would make its way out again. 

Temperatures over the past week have been very variable, with yesterday having a cold wind chill but today significantly warmer which is due to carry on for the rest of the week.  The best snow is to be found in the mornings when the runs are freshly pisted, with some of the busier runs forming moguls towards the end of the day. There is some nice powder to be found off the side of the pistes as well.

This week is the British Half Term so there are a lot of people in resort, but we were pleasantly surprised by the short lift queues today and we were never waiting longer than 5 minutes.  Overall, the slopes are not too busy, but the blue and green runs are busier so we enjoyed mainly red and black runs today.  **what was the red run we did towards grau while juan went off piste? Run of the day?

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07
February
2017
Snow Report
Snow Report posted by Sofia

Our Snow Report

It has been another snowy week in Soldeu, with almost 40cm falling overnight on Sunday keeping the snow in great condition. Grandvalira currently has 123/128 runs open with 209km of slopes to enjoy. Monday’s storm saw high winds in resort which cause the links to Pas de la Casa and Canillo to be shut but there were still the lower slopes to enjoy and there are no more strong winds on the forecast.  The sun came out yesterday about midday so we got to enjoy the powder with great visibility but the clouds are coming in and out as the weather changes rapidly again today.

Temperatures have remained low so the snow is lasting very well. If you are coming over to Grandvalira this week we would recommend packing good thermals as well as goggles for low light and sunny days with the changing conditions. During the last week, the visibility has made the runs slightly more difficult at higher points but remained good on the lower and beginners slopes so we made the most of Tarter and Soldeu enjoying the Bosc Fosc, Gall de Bosc and Os runs. The best snow is to be found first thing in the morning when the runs are freshly pisted, as moguls start to form on busier runs towards the end of the day.

We have been making the most of the sunny spells that have been lasting a good few hours to enjoy the runs and the fresh snow of the past week. At the moment, the base is up to 100cm at low points and 160cm at the top. We have taken advantage of the fresh powder to enjoy some off piste in safe places, as the avalanche risk has gone up to 4/5.

The weekend saw some impressive young talent come to Grandvalira to compete in the Freeride Junior World Championship in the Encamp sector, and L’Abarset in El Tarter hosted the prize giving.

Overall, it’s been a great week in Soldeu with lots going on and lots of snow!

31
January
2017
Snow Report
Snow Report posted by Sofia

Our Snow Report

What better way is there to start this snow report than to announce that Grandvalira now has its full 210km of slopes open including all links - Great news!

Over the week, the conditions have remained very good as it has been snowing very lightly on and off after the big dump on Friday! Over the week we have had few windy and cloudy days with lower visibility that have brought more snow and some bluebird days that have brought up the temperatures and let us enjoyed the runs and restaurant terraces. We are expecting more snow this weekend – with 20cm forecast for Sunday night! The snow is in great condition at the moment with powdery mornings but it does get slightly stickier towards the end of the day. The best snow is to be found on the red and black runs as less people have skied over them.

Since Grandvalira has opened all the runs, this week it has also been about going off piste after taking part in the Mountain Safety and freeride course given by the ski school (keep an eye out for the full blog shortly) and also newly opened black runs, and we have to say that we enjoyed it a lot! Our team have skied two of the world cup runs: Áliga in El Tarter and Avet in Soldeu, amongst many others, but those are definitely the ones that we have enjoyed the most. Grandvalira has a lot to offer for all levels of skiers, and the vast amount of piste means there’s plenty to keep us busy for the season!

Check out the pictures from the past week in our website

25
January
2017
Snow Report
Snow Report posted by Steve

Our Snow Report

After the huge dump of powder we received last week, this week has been a mix of beautiful bluebird days to enjoy the superb snow, and cloudy days which have brought even more, with 10cm falling on Monday, and probably around the same again today as it changed rapidly to a cold and very snowy day, with heavy snowflakes that made us look like snowmen while going up the chairlifts.  In just over an hour it snowed around 10cm, so we decided to make the most of it. There was some wind but that did not stop us from enjoying the slopes and some of the powder off piste.

Thursday and Friday our team hit the slopes of Soldeu and El Tarter, and Saturday was a great day skiing across to Pas de la Casa.  There are currently 126 of the 128 slopes open throughout Grandvalira, so a huge 206km of pistes to explore.

This week has definitely been all about the powder, and amongst our team the vote goes to Mirador in Grandvalira Grau Roig for run of the week.  It's one of the runs you can take skiing from Soldeu across to Pas de la Casa - it's generally quite wide and provides stunning views for you to enjoy.

Looking at the forecast there's more snow due on Friday and Saturday, so if you're coming out to visit Soldeu or El Tarter soon it's looking like some great snow conditions for you.  Don't forget you can pre-book your ski extras and save money by doing so on our booking site here.

18
January
2017
Snow Report
Snow Report posted by Sofia

Our Snow Report

As you might have seen, we have received a massive dump of snow in Grandvalira with over 180cm of fresh snow in the last week. We couldn't wait to hit the slopes and it was absolutely fantastic with loads of powder to enjoy every centimetre of each run.

Today the visibility was very good as the sun was shining and we finally got to enjoy a beautiful bluebird day with no wind after a stormy week.  Temperatures remain very low, especially when you are in the shade so we would recommend layering up. Those on the slopes were making the most of the sun and enjoying the terraces around the restaurants.

It's very hard to pick a favourite run of the day as every single run was delighful with barely another skier to be seen. If we had to pick one, it would be the Marmota run, a wide and easy blue run located in the Grandvalira Soldeu sector, heading towards Grau Roig or Encamp. 

All the blue and some of the red ones are well groomed and with such a heavy snowfall the resort is currently working hard to ensure that they can open more runs, at the moment 91/128 are open across Grandvalira. 

For freeriders, there are specific areas open but adequate safety measures are required.

Check out the pictures from today in our facebook page and do not miss out anything going on the resort. 

 

 

10
January
2017
Snow Report
Snow Report posted by Ella

Our Snow Report

It's looking to be a powder week in Soldeu!

The snow started late last night and has barely stopped all day. There is plenty more on the forecast, with up to 88cm predicted this week!  There is currently 156km of piste open but with all of this fresh snow, that is likely to change this week with more runs opening up. 

The runs were in beautiful condition, with fresh powdery snow. It wasn't too deep on the main runs - so easily accessible for any levels.  The best snow is to be found on the quieter runs, so head away from the beginner areas by the gondola to find the untouched snow!  We really enjoyed blue run Bosc Fosc which takes you all the way down to the bottom of the gondola today.

All the snow coming in has made for low visibility so we would recommend wearing low light lenses if you have them. It's also a week to use buffs as the snow can be slightly uncomfortable on your face when picking up speed! There is a light wind in resort today but it wasn't too noticeable. It is set to get really cold at the weekend (lows of -17!) so if you are coming out soon, make sure you pack lots of layers!

You can see all of our pictures and videos from the day on our Facebook page here.

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03
January
2017
Snow Report
Snow Report posted by Sofia

Our Snow Report

Happy New Year!  It´s another week in to the season here in Soldeu so we are bringing you our latest snow report. Today we explored El Tarter and Canillo as well as Soldeu itself.

The weather was beautiful and the sun was shining so visibility was very good. However, it was a little windy and since temperatures have dropped down, more layers were necessary. Temperatures are expected to keep going down and there is snow on the long range forecast, so if you are coming soon make sure you pack both sun cream and thermal layers.

The snow coverage in Soldeu and El Tarter remains good; the snow cannons have been working hard throughout the night. In Canillo, the runs were a little more hard-packed but we really enjoyed the skiing as the slopes were empty. Our favourite run over in Canillo is Rossinyol with its stunning views across the mountains, plus it is a particularly long slope winding right around the Canillo mountain and down to the base; we even stopped to enjoy the swings (the Canillo sector is well geared up for families). There were some icier patches around the busiest slopes, with the snow on the runs at its best first thing when they are freshly groomed.

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27
December
2016
Snow Report
Snow Report posted by Sofia

Our Snow Report

Today we took the snowboards up and spent some time checking out the slopes around the Grandvalira Soldeu and El Tarter sectors, it was another sunny and mild day so no extra layers were needed.

The runs have good coverage, especially in the morning, although there are a few icy patches dotted around particularly on the lower sections of the mountain. Today we enjoyed great visibility with blue skies and no wind making it easy to get around and explore as much of the mountain as you wanted, all the links were open right across Grandvalira and 152km of slopes are groomed and available to all.

The slopes around Soldeu and El Tarter were busier due to it being New Year week, you will find it is a little quieter as you head further out towards the Grau Roig sector.

If you are going to spend New Year's Eve in Soldeu don't miss the torchlight descent that will be taking place on the Solana blue run coming into Soldeu on the evening of the 31st.

The forecast is currently showing temperatures dropping from the weekend onwards so looks like some colder weather is on the way...

Check out our latest video skiing from Soldeu to Grau Roig on Boxing Day.

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20
December
2016
Snow Report
Snow Report posted by Ella

Our Snow Report

The sun was shining this morning in Soldeu so we explored both the Soldeu and El Tarter ski areas.

As of today, there is 136km of piste open, including the links to Grau Roig, and the runs have good coverage with generally grippy snow but there is the odd patch of ice to look out for. However, with the good visibility today it was easy to see and navigate around it. Our favourite run today was blue run Solana which takes you back in to Soldeu from El Tarter which is nice and wide with packed powder to ski on.

It was a warm day with low winds so we stopped to enjoy the sun with a drink at the bar outside Steak House (next to the Soldeu ski school at the top of the gondola).

The clouds started to come in this afternoon and it has just started to snow and it's due to carry on all night!

Don't forget to keep up with our latest pictures from resort on Facebook and Instagram.

With Christmas fast approaching, the resort is getting busier with lots going on for apres as well including live music.

 

10
December
2016
Snow Report
Snow Report posted by Sofia

Our Snow Report

We've been up skiing this morning across Grandvalira Soldeu and El Tarter. It was a beautiful, sunny bluebird day with mild temperatures, hence few layers were needed and we definitely took the suncream up. Overall there is good coverage across the ski area with some irregular conditions on lower slopes, the snow was at it's best first thing in the morning and the slopes less busy then also. 

Visibility was brilliant and there wasn't any wind therefore the links bewteen Soldeu, El Tarter, Grau Roig and Encamp were all open. With conditions like this, it's perfect to stop and enjoy the sun on the terrace of the Red Bar (or any of the other terraces on the mountain) and enjoy a cold drink to relax and refresh.

For those who love freestyle, the snow parks in Grau Roig (Xavi snow park) and El Tarter are now partially open, as well as Sunset Park Peretol.

If you are around Soldeu tonight, there is plenty of live music going on in various bars so pop out and enjoy a few drinks (although make sure you keep your ski legs for the morning!).

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03
December
2016
Snow Report
Snow Report posted by Ella

Our Snow Report

It's opening weekend for Soldeu, and we are having absolutely beautiful weather for it! With the sun shining, we explored some of the 147km of piste open today. All of the links are open, so we headed over to Grau Roig from Soldeu, with my personal favourite run of the day being red run enradort.

The slopes were nice and quiet and we found ourselves the only skiers on some of the runs! The best snow was to be found at the highest points with some powder off the sides of the piste and some irregular terrain further down.

More and more of the bars in the village are opening, with apres ski bar L'Aberset opening in El Tarter today.

There are more bluebird days on the forecast for this week so make sure you are putting on suncream!

 

30
November
2016
Snow Report
Snow Report posted by Steve

Our Snow Report

Grandvalira Pas de la Casa opened on Saturday with limited runs, however cold temperatures throughout this week combined with lots of snow making throughout the ski area mean Grandvalira now expect to open 70% of slopes this coming Friday.

Lower down coverage is still needing some work, but with 147km of slopes set to open from Friday onwards we're looking forward to hitting the slopes of Soldeu very soon.

14
November
2016
Snow Report
Snow Report posted by Steve

Our Snow Report

We're less than two weeks away from the start of the ski season and the slopes of Soldeu are turning white.  The temperature has remained very low for well over a week and we've seen regular snowfall combined with the snow cannons starting to operate too.  The mountain is scheduled to open on 26th November, subject to weather conditions.

If you're looking to organise your winter 2016-17 ski holiday to Soldeu or El Tarter then head over to our holidays page where you can plan and book a fully flexible trip, or just the things you need.

Our regular snow report will start once the mountain opens.

11
April
2016
Snow Report
Snow Report posted by Steve

Our Snow Report

That's all folks!

Sadly the winter 2015-16 ski season has come to an end.  Thank you for all your support this year and we hope you enjoyed your holidays.

We'd love to see you return next winter and we'll confirm season dates and prices as soon as everything is finalised, you'll be able to book online from around the end of August.

Stay in touch on our Facebook page for updates during the summer.

09
April
2016
Snow Report
Snow Report posted by Admin

Our Snow Report

09 April 2016

We've arrived at the final weekend of the season here in Soldeu, as the rest of Andorra, and have been treated to 20cm of fresh powder on the mountain!  It's a lot colder than the last few days, so looking forward to hitting the slopes shortly as the snow should be in great condition.

08
April
2016
Snow Report
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Our Snow Report

06 April 2016

We went skiing today from El Tarter to Grau Roig, early morning (around 10:30) the snow was powdery and coverage was fantastic, over 30cm of fresh snow on the highest points and all fluffy. We headed for home around 15:30 and by then the snow was getting very soft and sticky, especially in the busiest slopes where skiing became a little harder as the snow conditions were holding us back.

The weather was warm and very sunny so no thermal clothes were needed, and in fact towards the end of the day we ended up skiing just with a t-shirt. There wasn't any wind so that let us enjoy the slopes even more, and the chairlifts were perfect for sunbathing! Visibility was very good, no clouds in the sky, and a good pair of black screen googles or sunglasses were highly needed.

At the moment we have 191km of slopes open, and the skiable area remains in very good condition, with plenty of slopes to explore that at the moment aren't as busy as it has been throughout the season, so the skiing was easy as you could enjoy the whole slope for yourself, to fly down or to enjoy the views and good company. Towards Grau Roig the runs were empty and we did a whole run without bumping into anyone.

The weather for the rest of the week is due to remain the same as today, and with some chances of snowing on Saturday.

If you have plenty time, we recommend skiing from Soldeu or El Tarter over to Pas de la Casa and stop in Pessons for a beautiful picture and a cold drink while relaxing on the loungers.

07
April
2016
Snow Report
Snow Report posted by Admin

Our Snow Report

06 April 2016

We went skiing today from El Tarter to Grau Roig, early morning (around 10:30) the snow was powdery and coverage was fantastic, over 30cm of fresh snow on the highest points and all fluffy. We headed for home around 15:30 and by then the snow was getting very soft and sticky, especially in the busiest slopes where skiing became a little harder as the snow conditions were holding us back.

The weather was warm and very sunny so no thermal clothes were needed, and in fact towards the end of the day we ended up skiing just with a t-shirt. There wasn't any wind so that let us enjoy the slopes even more, and the chairlifts were perfect for sunbathing! Visibility was very good, no clouds in the sky, and a good pair of black screen googles or sunglasses were highly needed.

At the moment we have 191km of slopes open, and the skiable area remains in very good condition, with plenty of slopes to explore that at the moment aren't as busy as it has been throughout the season, so the skiing was easy as you could enjoy the whole slope for yourself, to fly down or to enjoy the views and good company. Towards Grau Roig the runs were empty and we did a whole run without bumping into anyone.

The weather for the rest of the week is due to remain the same as today, and with some chances of snowing on Saturday.

If you have plenty time, we recommend skiing from Soldeu or El Tarter over to Pas de la Casa and stop in Pessons for a beautiful picture and a cold drink while relaxing on the loungers.

06
April
2016
Snow Report
Snow Report posted by Admin

Our Snow Report

06 April 2016

We went skiing today from El Tarter to Grau Roig, early morning (around 10:30) the snow was powdery and coverage was fantastic, over 30cm of fresh snow on the highest points and all fluffy. We headed for home around 15:30 and by then the snow was getting very soft and sticky, especially in the busiest slopes where skiing became a little harder as the snow conditions were holding us back.

The weather was warm and very sunny so no thermal clothes were needed, and in fact towards the end of the day we ended up skiing just with a t-shirt. There wasn't any wind so that let us enjoy the slopes even more, and the chairlifts were perfect for sunbathing! Visibility was very good, no clouds in the sky, and a good pair of black screen googles or sunglasses were highly needed.

At the moment we have 191km of slopes open, and the skiable area remains in very good condition, with plenty of slopes to explore that at the moment aren't as busy as it has been throughout the season, so the skiing was easy as you could enjoy the whole slope for yourself, to fly down or to enjoy the views and good company. Towards Grau Roig the runs were empty and we did a whole run without bumping into anyone.

The weather for the rest of the week is due to remain the same as today, and with some chances of snowing on Saturday.

If you have plenty time, we recommend skiing from Soldeu or El Tarter over to Pas de la Casa and stop in Pessons for a beautiful picture and a cold drink while relaxing on the loungers.

05
April
2016
Snow Report
Snow Report posted by Admin

Our Snow Report

28 March 2016

We went skiing in Soldeu early this morning and the snow was compact powder, so very nice and easy, however in the afternoon due to warm weather the snow started to get quite soft, but still enjoyable.

The weather today was warm and sunny so we skied just in a t-shirt and no gloves or hat was needed, but definitely sun scren!  Th temperature up in the mountain was around 15 degrees so instead of a coffee as it has been usual lately, we enjoyed a cold drink while sunbathing in the restaurant beside the ski school.

Visibility was fabulous as the sun was shining high and due to this all the links were open and despite warm weather pretty much all the slopes remains open with 207km of skiable terrain.

Today, as it is Monday, was busier than usual due to ski school starting and people try to find their instructor but only took us 15 minutes to get on the gondola.  The busiest slopes today were obviously the blue and green ones as the learners were practicing their lessons.

The forecast for the rest of the week is expected to remain as today, warm and sunny.

04
April
2016
Snow Report
Snow Report posted by Admin

Our Snow Report

28 March 2016

We went skiing in Soldeu early this morning and the snow was compact powder, so very nice and easy, however in the afternoon due to warm weather the snow started to get quite soft, but still enjoyable.

The weather today was warm and sunny so we skied just in a t-shirt and no gloves or hat was needed, but definitely sun scren!  Th temperature up in the mountain was around 15 degrees so instead of a coffee as it has been usual lately, we enjoyed a cold drink while sunbathing in the restaurant beside the ski school.

Visibility was fabulous as the sun was shining high and due to this all the links were open and despite warm weather pretty much all the slopes remains open with 207km of skiable terrain.

Today, as it is Monday, was busier than usual due to ski school starting and people try to find their instructor but only took us 15 minutes to get on the gondola.  The busiest slopes today were obviously the blue and green ones as the learners were practicing their lessons.

The forecast for the rest of the week is expected to remain as today, warm and sunny.

03
April
2016
Snow Report
Snow Report posted by Admin

Our Snow Report

28 March 2016

We went skiing in Soldeu early this morning and the snow was compact powder, so very nice and easy, however in the afternoon due to warm weather the snow started to get quite soft, but still enjoyable.

The weather today was warm and sunny so we skied just in a t-shirt and no gloves or hat was needed, but definitely sun scren!  Th temperature up in the mountain was around 15 degrees so instead of a coffee as it has been usual lately, we enjoyed a cold drink while sunbathing in the restaurant beside the ski school.

Visibility was fabulous as the sun was shining high and due to this all the links were open and despite warm weather pretty much all the slopes remains open with 207km of skiable terrain.

Today, as it is Monday, was busier than usual due to ski school starting and people try to find their instructor but only took us 15 minutes to get on the gondola.  The busiest slopes today were obviously the blue and green ones as the learners were practicing their lessons.

The forecast for the rest of the week is expected to remain as today, warm and sunny.

02
April
2016
Snow Report
Snow Report posted by Admin

Our Snow Report

28 March 2016

We went skiing in Soldeu early this morning and the snow was compact powder, so very nice and easy, however in the afternoon due to warm weather the snow started to get quite soft, but still enjoyable.

The weather today was warm and sunny so we skied just in a t-shirt and no gloves or hat was needed, but definitely sun scren!  Th temperature up in the mountain was around 15 degrees so instead of a coffee as it has been usual lately, we enjoyed a cold drink while sunbathing in the restaurant beside the ski school.

Visibility was fabulous as the sun was shining high and due to this all the links were open and despite warm weather pretty much all the slopes remains open with 207km of skiable terrain.

Today, as it is Monday, was busier than usual due to ski school starting and people try to find their instructor but only took us 15 minutes to get on the gondola.  The busiest slopes today were obviously the blue and green ones as the learners were practicing their lessons.

The forecast for the rest of the week is expected to remain as today, warm and sunny.

02
April
2016
Snow Report
Snow Report posted by Admin

Our Snow Report

28 March 2016

We went skiing in Soldeu early this morning and the snow was compact powder, so very nice and easy, however in the afternoon due to warm weather the snow started to get quite soft, but still enjoyable.

The weather today was warm and sunny so we skied just in a t-shirt and no gloves or hat was needed, but definitely sun scren!  Th temperature up in the mountain was around 15 degrees so instead of a coffee as it has been usual lately, we enjoyed a cold drink while sunbathing in the restaurant beside the ski school.

Visibility was fabulous as the sun was shining high and due to this all the links were open and despite warm weather pretty much all the slopes remains open with 207km of skiable terrain.

Today, as it is Monday, was busier than usual due to ski school starting and people try to find their instructor but only took us 15 minutes to get on the gondola.  The busiest slopes today were obviously the blue and green ones as the learners were practicing their lessons.

The forecast for the rest of the week is expected to remain as today, warm and sunny.

31
March
2016
Snow Report
Snow Report posted by Admin

Our Snow Report

28 March 2016

We went skiing in Soldeu early this morning and the snow was compact powder, so very nice and easy, however in the afternoon due to warm weather the snow started to get quite soft, but still enjoyable.

The weather today was warm and sunny so we skied just in a t-shirt and no gloves or hat was needed, but definitely sun scren!  Th temperature up in the mountain was around 15 degrees so instead of a coffee as it has been usual lately, we enjoyed a cold drink while sunbathing in the restaurant beside the ski school.

Visibility was fabulous as the sun was shining high and due to this all the links were open and despite warm weather pretty much all the slopes remains open with 207km of skiable terrain.

Today, as it is Monday, was busier than usual due to ski school starting and people try to find their instructor but only took us 15 minutes to get on the gondola.  The busiest slopes today were obviously the blue and green ones as the learners were practicing their lessons.

The forecast for the rest of the week is expected to remain as today, warm and sunny.

29
March
2016
Snow Report
Snow Report posted by Admin

Our Snow Report

28 March 2016

We went skiing in Soldeu early this morning and the snow was compact powder, so very nice and easy, however in the afternoon due to warm weather the snow started to get quite soft, but still enjoyable.

The weather today was warm and sunny so we skied just in a t-shirt and no gloves or hat was needed, but definitely sun scren!  Th temperature up in the mountain was around 15 degrees so instead of a coffee as it has been usual lately, we enjoyed a cold drink while sunbathing in the restaurant beside the ski school.

Visibility was fabulous as the sun was shining high and due to this all the links were open and despite warm weather pretty much all the slopes remains open with 207km of skiable terrain.

Today, as it is Monday, was busier than usual due to ski school starting and people try to find their instructor but only took us 15 minutes to get on the gondola.  The busiest slopes today were obviously the blue and green ones as the learners were practicing their lessons.

The forecast for the rest of the week is expected to remain as today, warm and sunny.

29
March
2016
Snow Report
Snow Report posted by Admin

Our Snow Report

28 March 2016

We went skiing in Soldeu early this morning and the snow was compact powder, so very nice and easy, however in the afternoon due to warm weather the snow started to get quite soft, but still enjoyable.

The weather today was warm and sunny so we skied just in a t-shirt and no gloves or hat was needed, but definitely sun scren!  Th temperature up in the mountain was around 15 degrees so instead of a coffee as it has been usual lately, we enjoyed a cold drink while sunbathing in the restaurant beside the ski school.

Visibility was fabulous as the sun was shining high and due to this all the links were open and despite warm weather pretty much all the slopes remains open with 207km of skiable terrain.

Today, as it is Monday, was busier than usual due to ski school starting and people try to find their instructor but only took us 15 minutes to get on the gondola.  The busiest slopes today were obviously the blue and green ones as the learners were practicing their lessons.

The forecast for the rest of the week is expected to remain as today, warm and sunny.

27
March
2016
Snow Report
Snow Report posted by Admin

Our Snow Report

21 March 2016

Skiing between Soldeu and El Tarter today we found the snow still in very good condition; we now have a great base from the recent heavy snowfall and a further very light top up last night freshened up the slopes nicely.

Temperatures have started to pick up a little (as expected for end of March), even though there wasn’t much sun around today it still felt pleasant enough to ski without the usual thermal layers. The pleasant conditions were further added to by the lack of wind, making the skiing smooth and easy in general.

All links open and only two runs closed across the whole of Grandvalira today, leaving us with 120 slopes to enjoy (that’s 208km of skiable terrain!)

It is a little busier than usual on the slopes at the moment due to it being Spanish and Portuguese half term, so queues are a little longer than normal at times but still very easy to make your way around.

The outlook for the rest of the week is much the same, a mixture of sunshine and clouds with temperatures remaining pleasant and maybe the odd light snow shower.

Head over to our Facebook page for some photos from recent days here.

If you are coming out soon then don’t forget to visit our online shop by clicking here, where you can take advantage of some excellent discounts on your ski extras.

26
March
2016
Snow Report
Snow Report posted by Admin

Our Snow Report

21 March 2016

Skiing between Soldeu and El Tarter today we found the snow still in very good condition; we now have a great base from the recent heavy snowfall and a further very light top up last night freshened up the slopes nicely.

Temperatures have started to pick up a little (as expected for end of March), even though there wasn’t much sun around today it still felt pleasant enough to ski without the usual thermal layers. The pleasant conditions were further added to by the lack of wind, making the skiing smooth and easy in general.

All links open and only two runs closed across the whole of Grandvalira today, leaving us with 120 slopes to enjoy (that’s 208km of skiable terrain!)

It is a little busier than usual on the slopes at the moment due to it being Spanish and Portuguese half term, so queues are a little longer than normal at times but still very easy to make your way around.

The outlook for the rest of the week is much the same, a mixture of sunshine and clouds with temperatures remaining pleasant and maybe the odd light snow shower.

Head over to our Facebook page for some photos from recent days here.

If you are coming out soon then don’t forget to visit our online shop by clicking here, where you can take advantage of some excellent discounts on your ski extras.

25
March
2016
Snow Report
Snow Report posted by Admin

Our Snow Report

21 March 2016

Skiing between Soldeu and El Tarter today we found the snow still in very good condition; we now have a great base from the recent heavy snowfall and a further very light top up last night freshened up the slopes nicely.

Temperatures have started to pick up a little (as expected for end of March), even though there wasn’t much sun around today it still felt pleasant enough to ski without the usual thermal layers. The pleasant conditions were further added to by the lack of wind, making the skiing smooth and easy in general.

All links open and only two runs closed across the whole of Grandvalira today, leaving us with 120 slopes to enjoy (that’s 208km of skiable terrain!)

It is a little busier than usual on the slopes at the moment due to it being Spanish and Portuguese half term, so queues are a little longer than normal at times but still very easy to make your way around.

The outlook for the rest of the week is much the same, a mixture of sunshine and clouds with temperatures remaining pleasant and maybe the odd light snow shower.

Head over to our Facebook page for some photos from recent days here.

If you are coming out soon then don’t forget to visit our online shop by clicking here, where you can take advantage of some excellent discounts on your ski extras.

24
March
2016
Snow Report
Snow Report posted by Admin

Our Snow Report

21 March 2016

Skiing between Soldeu and El Tarter today we found the snow still in very good condition; we now have a great base from the recent heavy snowfall and a further very light top up last night freshened up the slopes nicely.

Temperatures have started to pick up a little (as expected for end of March), even though there wasn’t much sun around today it still felt pleasant enough to ski without the usual thermal layers. The pleasant conditions were further added to by the lack of wind, making the skiing smooth and easy in general.

All links open and only two runs closed across the whole of Grandvalira today, leaving us with 120 slopes to enjoy (that’s 208km of skiable terrain!)

It is a little busier than usual on the slopes at the moment due to it being Spanish and Portuguese half term, so queues are a little longer than normal at times but still very easy to make your way around.

The outlook for the rest of the week is much the same, a mixture of sunshine and clouds with temperatures remaining pleasant and maybe the odd light snow shower.

Head over to our Facebook page for some photos from recent days here.

If you are coming out soon then don’t forget to visit our online shop by clicking here, where you can take advantage of some excellent discounts on your ski extras.

22
March
2016
Snow Report
Snow Report posted by Admin

Our Snow Report

21 March 2016

Skiing between Soldeu and El Tarter today we found the snow still in very good condition; we now have a great base from the recent heavy snowfall and a further very light top up last night freshened up the slopes nicely.

Temperatures have started to pick up a little (as expected for end of March), even though there wasn’t much sun around today it still felt pleasant enough to ski without the usual thermal layers. The pleasant conditions were further added to by the lack of wind, making the skiing smooth and easy in general.

All links open and only two runs closed across the whole of Grandvalira today, leaving us with 120 slopes to enjoy (that’s 208km of skiable terrain!)

It is a little busier than usual on the slopes at the moment due to it being Spanish and Portuguese half term, so queues are a little longer than normal at times but still very easy to make your way around.

The outlook for the rest of the week is much the same, a mixture of sunshine and clouds with temperatures remaining pleasant and maybe the odd light snow shower.

Head over to our Facebook page for some photos from recent days here.

If you are coming out soon then don’t forget to visit our online shop by clicking here, where you can take advantage of some excellent discounts on your ski extras.

21
March
2016
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21 March 2016

We are going skiing so keep an eye on the snow report and facebook page to see what the snow conditions are like.

17 March 2016

Today was a POWDER DAY! We have received around 40cm of fresh snow over the last 24-48hrs; base levels are now at around 130cm at the top. We had a great time playing around in the fresh powder, we found that the snow got quite tracked out on the busier slopes, especially towards the end of the day so took the opportunity to explore off piste where the best conditions were to be found, with the snow nice and soft, easier going on the legs than the tracked powder on the slopes.

Beautiful sunshine and a slightly warmer day than we have been having over the last week or so, hardly any wind for most of the day and great visibility made for excellent conditions, although later in the day a few more clouds and a colder wind did show up.

All links open across Grandvalira and around 207km of skiable terrain open.  The slopes were a little busier today, particularly the easier blue runs, quieter on some of the lesser known reds and blacks.

It’s been a fantastic March so far, we hope you will join us for the end of season!!

Head over to our Facebook page for some photos from recent days here.

If you are coming out soon then don’t forget to visit our online shop by clicking here, where you can take advantage of some excellent discounts on your ski extras.

20
March
2016
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17 March 2016

Today was a POWDER DAY! We have received around 40cm of fresh snow over the last 24-48hrs; base levels are now at around 130cm at the top. We had a great time playing around in the fresh powder, we found that the snow got quite tracked out on the busier slopes, especially towards the end of the day so took the opportunity to explore off piste where the best conditions were to be found, with the snow nice and soft, easier going on the legs than the tracked powder on the slopes.

Beautiful sunshine and a slightly warmer day than we have been having over the last week or so, hardly any wind for most of the day and great visibility made for excellent conditions, although later in the day a few more clouds and a colder wind did show up.

All links open across Grandvalira and around 207km of skiable terrain open.  The slopes were a little busier today, particularly the easier blue runs, quieter on some of the lesser known reds and blacks.

It’s been a fantastic March so far, we hope you will join us for the end of season!!

Head over to our Facebook page for some photos from recent days here.

If you are coming out soon then don’t forget to visit our online shop by clicking here, where you can take advantage of some excellent discounts on your ski extras.

19
March
2016
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17 March 2016

Today was a POWDER DAY! We have received around 40cm of fresh snow over the last 24-48hrs; base levels are now at around 130cm at the top. We had a great time playing around in the fresh powder, we found that the snow got quite tracked out on the busier slopes, especially towards the end of the day so took the opportunity to explore off piste where the best conditions were to be found, with the snow nice and soft, easier going on the legs than the tracked powder on the slopes.

Beautiful sunshine and a slightly warmer day than we have been having over the last week or so, hardly any wind for most of the day and great visibility made for excellent conditions, although later in the day a few more clouds and a colder wind did show up.

All links open across Grandvalira and around 207km of skiable terrain open.  The slopes were a little busier today, particularly the easier blue runs, quieter on some of the lesser known reds and blacks.

It’s been a fantastic March so far, we hope you will join us for the end of season!!

Head over to our Facebook page for some photos from recent days here.

If you are coming out soon then don’t forget to visit our online shop by clicking here, where you can take advantage of some excellent discounts on your ski extras.

18
March
2016
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17 March 2016

Today was a POWDER DAY! We have received around 40cm of fresh snow over the last 24-48hrs; base levels are now at around 130cm at the top. We had a great time playing around in the fresh powder, we found that the snow got quite tracked out on the busier slopes, especially towards the end of the day so took the opportunity to explore off piste where the best conditions were to be found, with the snow nice and soft, easier going on the legs than the tracked powder on the slopes.

Beautiful sunshine and a slightly warmer day than we have been having over the last week or so, hardly any wind for most of the day and great visibility made for excellent conditions, although later in the day a few more clouds and a colder wind did show up.

All links open across Grandvalira and around 207km of skiable terrain open.  The slopes were a little busier today, particularly the easier blue runs, quieter on some of the lesser known reds and blacks.

It’s been a fantastic March so far, we hope you will join us for the end of season!!

Head over to our Facebook page for some photos from recent days here.

If you are coming out soon then don’t forget to visit our online shop by clicking here, where you can take advantage of some excellent discounts on your ski extras.

17
March
2016
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Today we headed up the mountain at around 11:00 and were initially greeted by fantastic weather with blue skies and sunshine, however as the day passed a few clouds started to move in in readiness for the forecasted snow, with it the temperatures dropped and the wind started to pick up towards the end of the day, holding us back on our skis a little at times.

We skied from Soldeu over to Pas de la Casa and despite the clouds later on visibility was pretty good right across Grandvalira. Snow coverage in general is great, we found the odd icy patch on some of the busier slops but easily avoidable. The best skiing is to be had on the quieter slopes where the snow is less disturbed and offering up some really enjoyable conditions, in particular we found a lot of the black slopes quiet and in great condition today, these included Aliga (El Tarter), Avet (Soldeu) and Mirador (Grau Roig), great for challenging the ski legs.

We arrived in Pas at around 12:30 for a pit stop, it was just starting to snow very lightly as per the forecast, we are expecting light snow showers for the next couple of days before a heavier band of snow is due to arrive with us on Wednesday / Thursday.

120 (out of 122) slopes open today, 100% of lifts and links open so a great day to cover a lot of kms and explore the whole area.  The snowparks are still looking good, with plenty of beginners having a go on the smaller jumps over in Xavi Snowpark (Grau Roig), we stopped and watched for a little while today and even spotted some brave youngsters (around 5 or 6 yrs) having a go and enjoying themselves, it’s a great fun park for anyone looking to have a go at freestyle for the first time.

Head over to our Facebook page for some photos from recent days here.

If you are coming out soon then don’t forget to visit our online shop by clicking here, where you can take advantage of some excellent discounts on your ski extras.

16
March
2016
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14 March 2016

Today we headed up the mountain at around 11:00 and were initially greeted by fantastic weather with blue skies and sunshine, however as the day passed a few clouds started to move in in readiness for the forecasted snow, with it the temperatures dropped and the wind started to pick up towards the end of the day, holding us back on our skis a little at times.

We skied from Soldeu over to Pas de la Casa and despite the clouds later on visibility was pretty good right across Grandvalira. Snow coverage in general is great, we found the odd icy patch on some of the busier slops but easily avoidable. The best skiing is to be had on the quieter slopes where the snow is less disturbed and offering up some really enjoyable conditions, in particular we found a lot of the black slopes quiet and in great condition today, these included Aliga (El Tarter), Avet (Soldeu) and Mirador (Grau Roig), great for challenging the ski legs.

We arrived in Pas at around 12:30 for a pit stop, it was just starting to snow very lightly as per the forecast, we are expecting light snow showers for the next couple of days before a heavier band of snow is due to arrive with us on Wednesday / Thursday.

120 (out of 122) slopes open today, 100% of lifts and links open so a great day to cover a lot of kms and explore the whole area.  The snowparks are still looking good, with plenty of beginners having a go on the smaller jumps over in Xavi Snowpark (Grau Roig), we stopped and watched for a little while today and even spotted some brave youngsters (around 5 or 6 yrs) having a go and enjoying themselves, it’s a great fun park for anyone looking to have a go at freestyle for the first time.

Head over to our Facebook page for some photos from recent days here.

If you are coming out soon then don’t forget to visit our online shop by clicking here, where you can take advantage of some excellent discounts on your ski extras.

15
March
2016
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14 March 2016

Today we headed up the mountain at around 11:00 and were initially greeted by fantastic weather with blue skies and sunshine, however as the day passed a few clouds started to move in in readiness for the forecasted snow, with it the temperatures dropped and the wind started to pick up towards the end of the day, holding us back on our skis a little at times.

We skied from Soldeu over to Pas de la Casa and despite the clouds later on visibility was pretty good right across Grandvalira. Snow coverage in general is great, we found the odd icy patch on some of the busier slops but easily avoidable. The best skiing is to be had on the quieter slopes where the snow is less disturbed and offering up some really enjoyable conditions, in particular we found a lot of the black slopes quiet and in great condition today, these included Aliga (El Tarter), Avet (Soldeu) and Mirador (Grau Roig), great for challenging the ski legs.

We arrived in Pas at around 12:30 for a pit stop, it was just starting to snow very lightly as per the forecast, we are expecting light snow showers for the next couple of days before a heavier band of snow is due to arrive with us on Wednesday / Thursday.

120 (out of 122) slopes open today, 100% of lifts and links open so a great day to cover a lot of kms and explore the whole area.  The snowparks are still looking good, with plenty of beginners having a go on the smaller jumps over in Xavi Snowpark (Grau Roig), we stopped and watched for a little while today and even spotted some brave youngsters (around 5 or 6 yrs) having a go and enjoying themselves, it’s a great fun park for anyone looking to have a go at freestyle for the first time.

Head over to our Facebook page for some photos from recent days here.

If you are coming out soon then don’t forget to visit our online shop by clicking here, where you can take advantage of some excellent discounts on your ski extras.

13
March
2016
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9 March 2016

Upon waking this morning we were greeted with the wonderful sight of the snow falling very heavily, of course we can’t miss a POWDER DAY, so got wrapped up to the max - yes it’s freezing! (The car was showing -7 this morning but it feels much colder) and headed off up the mountain.

We hopped on the gondola in Soldeu and made our way up to the base where we found the visibility was ok, not the best, but good enough to head off and explore, however when we reached the highest points (as we attempted to head over towards Grau Roig) visibility became very poor so we decided to stay local and remain on the lower slopes. All of the links were open today and there was little wind, so it was possible to ski the while area if you wanted, however this was of course hindered by the low snow clouds.

The snow itself was amazing, soft fresh powder and plenty more falling as the day went on. The slopes were not particularly busy, allowing us the freedom to enjoy the conditions and really make the most of the snow. Coverage is fantastic and with 207km (of 210km) open there is a vast amount of good skiing to be had at the moment.

UPDATE: 10 March 2016

WOW…today the snow clouds left us and we enjoyed an amazing bluebird day with clear blue skies and a load of fresh powder, the holy grail of ski days! Over the last few days Grandvalira has received around 30cm of fresh snowfall and conditions are pretty much perfect.

It’s still pretty quiet on the slopes and Grandvalira have hinted that they hope to open 100% (all 210km) of the area this weekend; they have been pretty close for a while now, just missing out on a handful of runs, but with this recent heavy snowfall it’s looking positive.

It’s a great time to come and join us, and if you are considering heading out over Easter you’ll be pleased to know that the slopes are in tip top shape!

Head over to our Facebook page for some photos from recent days here.

If you are coming out soon then don’t forget to visit our online shop by clicking here, where you can take advantage of some excellent discounts on your ski extras.

12
March
2016
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9 March 2016

Upon waking this morning we were greeted with the wonderful sight of the snow falling very heavily, of course we can’t miss a POWDER DAY, so got wrapped up to the max - yes it’s freezing! (The car was showing -7 this morning but it feels much colder) and headed off up the mountain.

We hopped on the gondola in Soldeu and made our way up to the base where we found the visibility was ok, not the best, but good enough to head off and explore, however when we reached the highest points (as we attempted to head over towards Grau Roig) visibility became very poor so we decided to stay local and remain on the lower slopes. All of the links were open today and there was little wind, so it was possible to ski the while area if you wanted, however this was of course hindered by the low snow clouds.

The snow itself was amazing, soft fresh powder and plenty more falling as the day went on. The slopes were not particularly busy, allowing us the freedom to enjoy the conditions and really make the most of the snow. Coverage is fantastic and with 207km (of 210km) open there is a vast amount of good skiing to be had at the moment.

UPDATE: 10 March 2016

WOW…today the snow clouds left us and we enjoyed an amazing bluebird day with clear blue skies and a load of fresh powder, the holy grail of ski days! Over the last few days Grandvalira has received around 30cm of fresh snowfall and conditions are pretty much perfect.

It’s still pretty quiet on the slopes and Grandvalira have hinted that they hope to open 100% (all 210km) of the area this weekend; they have been pretty close for a while now, just missing out on a handful of runs, but with this recent heavy snowfall it’s looking positive.

It’s a great time to come and join us, and if you are considering heading out over Easter you’ll be pleased to know that the slopes are in tip top shape!

Head over to our Facebook page for some photos from recent days here.

If you are coming out soon then don’t forget to visit our online shop by clicking here, where you can take advantage of some excellent discounts on your ski extras.

11
March
2016
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9 March 2016

Upon waking this morning we were greeted with the wonderful sight of the snow falling very heavily, of course we can’t miss a POWDER DAY, so got wrapped up to the max - yes it’s freezing! (The car was showing -7 this morning but it feels much colder) and headed off up the mountain.

We hopped on the gondola in Soldeu and made our way up to the base where we found the visibility was ok, not the best, but good enough to head off and explore, however when we reached the highest points (as we attempted to head over towards Grau Roig) visibility became very poor so we decided to stay local and remain on the lower slopes. All of the links were open today and there was little wind, so it was possible to ski the while area if you wanted, however this was of course hindered by the low snow clouds.

The snow itself was amazing, soft fresh powder and plenty more falling as the day went on. The slopes were not particularly busy, allowing us the freedom to enjoy the conditions and really make the most of the snow. Coverage is fantastic and with 207km (of 210km) open there is a vast amount of good skiing to be had at the moment.

UPDATE: 10 March 2016

WOW…today the snow clouds left us and we enjoyed an amazing bluebird day with clear blue skies and a load of fresh powder, the holy grail of ski days! Over the last few days Grandvalira has received around 30cm of fresh snowfall and conditions are pretty much perfect.

It’s still pretty quiet on the slopes and Grandvalira have hinted that they hope to open 100% (all 210km) of the area this weekend; they have been pretty close for a while now, just missing out on a handful of runs, but with this recent heavy snowfall it’s looking positive.

It’s a great time to come and join us, and if you are considering heading out over Easter you’ll be pleased to know that the slopes are in tip top shape!

Head over to our Facebook page for some photos from recent days here.

If you are coming out soon then don’t forget to visit our online shop by clicking here, where you can take advantage of some excellent discounts on your ski extras.

 

10
March
2016
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7 March 2016

Today we skied from Canillo right across to Pas de la Casa and are happy to report that the conditions remain fantastic on the slopes, we are really enjoying the skiing at the moment!

It has been snowing yet again overnight providing a further top up of fresh powder snow. Temperatures remain cold, barely reaching above freezing so wrap up warm and you’ll be glad of a scarf and a warm hat / helmet.

The slopes are pretty empty right now, ideal for some relaxed skiing enjoying the odd sunny spells, plus visibility was good today making it so much easier to enjoy the lovely fresh powder.

All the links are open right across Grandvalira and 207km (out of 210km) of slopes are groomed and available to enjoy.

We took a little ski through the Mont Magic children’s area whilst in Canillo which is great fun for the little ones, before heading across the valley towards the other side of Grandvalira; once we arrived in Pas / Grau we particularly enjoyed Menera (red) and Taupes (black) which is was in amazing condition today. We also checked out the Xavi snowpark in Grau Roig on our way and attempted a couple of (small!) tricks, very enjoyable and much like the rest of the area at the moment in great condition.

Outlook remains good with continued snowfall over the next week or so, Wednesday being the heaviest day with around 20cm expected.

Don't forget you can pre-book your discounted ski extras on our online shop by clicking here.

We look forward to seeing you on the slopes soon!!

09
March
2016
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7 March 2016

Today we skied from Canillo right across to Pas de la Casa and are happy to report that the conditions remain fantastic on the slopes, we are really enjoying the skiing at the moment!

It has been snowing yet again overnight providing a further top up of fresh powder snow. Temperatures remain cold, barely reaching above freezing so wrap up warm and you’ll be glad of a scarf and a warm hat / helmet.

The slopes are pretty empty right now, ideal for some relaxed skiing enjoying the odd sunny spells, plus visibility was good today making it so much easier to enjoy the lovely fresh powder.

All the links are open right across Grandvalira and 207km (out of 210km) of slopes are groomed and available to enjoy.

We took a little ski through the Mont Magic children’s area whilst in Canillo which is great fun for the little ones, before heading across the valley towards the other side of Grandvalira; once we arrived in Pas / Grau we particularly enjoyed Menera (red) and Taupes (black) which is was in amazing condition today. We also checked out the Xavi snowpark in Grau Roig on our way and attempted a couple of (small!) tricks, very enjoyable and much like the rest of the area at the moment in great condition.

Outlook remains good with continued snowfall over the next week or so, Wednesday being the heaviest day with around 20cm expected.

Don't forget you can pre-book your discounted ski extras on our online shop by clicking here.

We look forward to seeing you on the slopes soon!!

08
March
2016
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7 March 2016

Today we skied from Canillo right across to Pas de la Casa and are happy to report that the conditions remain fantastic on the slopes, we are really enjoying the skiing at the moment!

It has been snowing yet again overnight providing a further top up of fresh powder snow. Temperatures remain cold, barely reaching above freezing so wrap up warm and you’ll be glad of a scarf and a warm hat / helmet.

The slopes are pretty empty right now, ideal for some relaxed skiing enjoying the odd sunny spells, plus visibility was good today making it so much easier to enjoy the lovely fresh powder.

All the links are open right across Grandvalira and 207km (out of 210km) of slopes are groomed and available to enjoy.

We took a little ski through the Mont Magic children’s area whilst in Canillo which is great fun for the little ones, before heading across the valley towards the other side of Grandvalira; once we arrived in Pas / Grau we particularly enjoyed Menera (red) and Taupes (black) which is was in amazing condition today. We also checked out the Xavi snowpark in Grau Roig on our way and attempted a couple of (small!) tricks, very enjoyable and much like the rest of the area at the moment in great condition.

Outlook remains good with continued snowfall over the next week or so, Wednesday being the heaviest day with around 20cm expected.

Don't forget you can pre-book your discounted ski extras on our online shop by clicking here.

We look forward to seeing you on the slopes soon!!

07
March
2016
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6 March 2016

Powder snow conditions today as it has been snowing for the past 3 days, the snowfall has been light to moderate but consistent, resulting in a nice accumulation of fresh powder across the slopes.

If you are heading out today make sure you wrap up warm; thermal clothing and a hot chocolate stop will serve you well as temps are due to sit between -4 and -9 degrees Celsius, winds not too bad at around 20km /hour but may bring an extra wind chill feeling even colder.

Visibility in Soldeu is good in general with a few sunny spells in between the cloud and snow, however if you are heading over to Pas de la Casa expect the visibility to worsen a little bit as the clouds are very low.

All links are open across Grandvalira today with up to 205km of skiable terrain on offer; the slopes are pretty quiet at the moment and providing some great conditions for those arriving this week.

Next week's forecast shows further snow to come with the heaviest fall due on Wednesday, we are enjoying some fantastic consistent snowfall so far this month, and temperatures are set to remain very cold!  

The freestyle areas are all open for anyone looking to practice their tricks, and for the real adrenaline junkies don´t forget that From March 10 to 13 Grandvalira will once again host two trials of the Speed Skiing World Cup (in the Grau Roig sector).

Don't forget you can pre-book your discounted ski extras on our online shop by clicking here.

We look forward to seeing you on the slopes soon!!

06
March
2016
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6 March 2016

Powder snow conditions today as it has been snowing for the past 3 days, the snowfall has been light to moderate but consistent, resulting in a nice accumulation of fresh powder across the slopes.

If you are heading out today make sure you wrap up warm; thermal clothing and a hot chocolate stop will serve you well as temps are due to sit between -4 and -9 degrees Celsius, winds not too bad at around 20km /hour but may bring an extra wind chill feeling even colder.

Visibility in Soldeu is good in general with a few sunny spells in between the cloud and snow, however if you are heading over to Pas de la Casa expect the visibility to worsen a little bit as the clouds are very low.

All links are open across Grandvalira today with up to 205km of skiable terrain on offer; the slopes are pretty quiet at the moment and providing some great conditions for those arriving this week.

Next week's forecast shows further snow to come with the heaviest fall due on Wednesday, we are enjoying some fantastic consistent snowfall so far this month, and temperatures are set to remain very cold!  

The freestyle areas are all open for anyone looking to practice their tricks, and for the real adrenaline junkies don´t forget that From March 10 to 13 Grandvalira will once again host two trials of the Speed Skiing World Cup (in the Grau Roig sector).

Don't forget you can pre-book your discounted ski extras on our online shop by clicking here.

We look forward to seeing you on the slopes soon!!

05
March
2016
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2 March 2016

A nice amount of sunshine today with temperatures reaching up to 6 degrees Celsius in places, there was some occasional low cloud and high winds higher up this morning but by midday this had passed. The snow conditions on piste are still very enjoyable, the new snow in recent days brought some fresh powder, however this has now been mostly packed down into firmer conditions.

Run of the day: Today we enjoyed skiing Tamarro which is a red slope from the bottom of the Els Clots chairlift running down into El Tarter. It’s a nice wide open run with a great view running along the side of the mountain. To reach it from El Tarter just take the Llosada chairlift up to the top and then follow Oreneta (blue run) down, around half way down you’ll see a turn off for Tamarro. It’s a nice alternative to get back down to El Tarter from the top, for those at intermediate level it will allow you to challenge your ski legs a little.

The weather does seem to be getting colder despite the sun shining most days, the local forecast is showing snow again and continued cold temperatures from Saturday onwards. Keep checking back and we will keep you updated!

If you would like to see some photos from recent days, then pop across to our Facebook page here, where we have uploaded some images and videos.

Don't forget you can pre-book your discounted ski extras on our online shop by clicking here.

03
March
2016
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2 March 2016

A nice amount of sunshine today with temperatures reaching up to 6 degrees Celsius in places, there was some occasional low cloud and high winds higher up this morning but by midday this had passed. The snow conditions on piste are still very enjoyable, the new snow in recent days brought some fresh powder, however this has now been mostly packed down into firmer conditions.

Run of the day: Today we enjoyed skiing Tamarro which is a red slope from the bottom of the Els Clots chairlift running down into El Tarter. It’s a nice wide open run with a great view running along the side of the mountain. To reach it from El Tarter just take the Llosada chairlift up to the top and then follow Oreneta (blue run) down, around half way down you’ll see a turn off for Tamarro. It’s a nice alternative to get back down to El Tarter from the top, for those at intermediate level it will allow you to challenge your ski legs a little.

The weather does seem to be getting colder despite the sun shining most days, the local forecast is showing snow again and continued cold temperatures from Saturday onwards. Keep checking back and we will keep you updated!

If you would like to see some photos from recent days, then pop across to our Facebook page here, where we have uploaded some images and videos.

Don't forget you can pre-book your discounted ski extras on our online shop by clicking here.

02
March
2016
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29 February 2016

This weekend brought the World Cup and heavy snow for Soldeu and El Tarter, the World Cup events are now over, however the snow remains with us and more forecast later this week. Conditions on the slopes were freezing today and winds were strong, making the skiing a little hard going at times. Temperatures are predicted to drop further in the days to come, plenty of layers and good cover for your face and ears will be particularly useful on the higher slopes and lifts. On the other hand, the lower slopes offered much more timid conditions and a more pleasant skiing experience, with winds staying lower and visibility good.

We have spent a lot of time at the side and bottom of the slopes this weekend enjoying the World Cup racing, much of which took place amidst heavy snowfall. One of the stand out moments was provided by Lindsey Vonn, world number one and crowd favourite, after a dramatic crash on the last corner of Aliga during the super G. on day one (where she suffered a hairline fracture in her knee), she managed to come back in spectacular form the next day where she raced again, and despite her injury finished in first place, much to the delight of the excitable crowd; it was a fantastic show of determination and professionalism. The weekend events were extremely successful for Grandvalira and a compliment to the quality of skiing and snowboarding available.

The forecast is for further snow in Soldeu / El Tarter, mixed with sunshine and cloud, although it may still remain blustery for the next couple of days. We saw 179km (out of 210km) of skiable terrain open today, some lifts / slopes were impacted by the wind and unable to open.

If you would like to see some photos of the events in recent days, then pop across to our Facebook page here, where we have uploaded some images and videos.

Don't forget you can pre-book your discounted ski extras on our online shop by clicking here.

01
March
2016
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29 February 2016

This weekend brought the World Cup and heavy snow for Soldeu and El Tarter, the World Cup events are now over, however the snow remains with us and more forecast later this week. Conditions on the slopes were freezing today and winds were strong, making the skiing a little hard going at times. Temperatures are predicted to drop further in the days to come, plenty of layers and good cover for your face and ears will be particularly useful on the higher slopes and lifts. On the other hand, the lower slopes offered much more timid conditions and a more pleasant skiing experience, with winds staying lower and visibility good.

We have spent a lot of time at the side and bottom of the slopes this weekend enjoying the World Cup racing, much of which took place amidst heavy snowfall. One of the stand out moments was provided by Lindsey Vonn, world number one and crowd favourite, after a dramatic crash on the last corner of Aliga during the super G. on day one (where she suffered a hairline fracture in her knee), she managed to come back in spectacular form the next day where she raced again, and despite her injury finished in first place, much to the delight of the excitable crowd; it was a fantastic show of determination and professionalism. The weekend events were extremely successful for Grandvalira and a compliment to the quality of skiing and snowboarding available.

The forecast is for further snow in Soldeu / El Tarter, mixed with sunshine and cloud, although it may still remain blustery for the next couple of days. We saw 179km (out of 210km) of skiable terrain open today, some lifts / slopes were impacted by the wind and unable to open.

If you would like to see some photos of the events in recent days, then pop across to our Facebook page here, where we have uploaded some images and videos.

Don't forget you can pre-book your discounted ski extras on our online shop by clicking here.

29
February
2016
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26 February 2016

Today’s chairlift journey to the top of Soldeu was a very cold one as -7 degrees Celsius left a crisp chill in the air, today was not a day to forget your gloves! Some low fog and clouds did make visibility hard at times but it only lasted briefly allowing for a pleasantly sunny day.

Cortales (blue) in Soldeu was closed for unknown reasons today, so if you usually use that as a link to Grau Roig, the best solution is to keep following Solana (blue) down to the bottom of the TSF4 Solanelles chairlift and at the top take Enllac (blue) down to the TK Llac del Cubil chairlift which will take you to Grau Roig.

Still plenty of snow on the slopes with the tightly packed natural snow being topped up with artificial snow from the cannons, the cannons have been working hard to make the most of the cold temperatures we are having at the moment. Occasional icy patches can be found but are few and far between, therefore easily avoidable. The forecast is showing heavy snow fall is due to sweep through Grandvalira this weekend, so keep an eye out for our updates.

Meanwhile in El Tarter, the course has been set up, the giant screens have been built and spectator stands have been erected, all in preparation for the Women’s World Cup Ski Racing this weekend. The racing will take place on the FIS approved Aliga black run, this slope starts from the top of El Tarter just to the left of the Tosa Dels Espiolets chairlift and ends at the bottom of the TSD4 El Tarter chairlift. The first half of the run is wide open and steep in places but surprisingly easy going, the second half of the course on the other hand is more for the skilled skier/snowboarder being narrower and very steep in parts.

Fresh snow is forecast for the weekend, as well as plenty of festivities surrounding the World Cup events, making it a perfect time to join us in Soldeu and El Tarter!

Update: 28 February 2016 AM

The last two days have seen the forecasted snow materialise with consistent (and at times heavy) snowfall throughout the day on Saturday, the snow clouds remain with us on Sunday morning and it’s looking like another snowy day. We will post a further update on conditions once we have had a chance to hit the slopes and check out the conditions for ourselves.

If you would like to see some photos of the events in recent days, then pop across to our Facebook page here, where we have uploaded some images and videos.

Don't forget you can pre-book your discounted ski extras on our online shop by clicking here.

28
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26 February 2016

Today’s chairlift journey to the top of Soldeu was a very cold one as -7 degrees Celsius left a crisp chill in the air, today was not a day to forget your gloves! Some low fog and clouds did make visibility hard at times but it only lasted briefly allowing for a pleasantly sunny day.

Cortales (blue) in Soldeu was closed for unknown reasons today, so if you usually use that as a link to Grau Roig, the best solution is to keep following Solana (blue) down to the bottom of the TSF4 Solanelles chairlift and at the top take Enllac (blue) down to the TK Llac del Cubil chairlift which will take you to Grau Roig.

Still plenty of snow on the slopes with the tightly packed natural snow being topped up with artificial snow from the cannons, the cannons have been working hard to make the most of the cold temperatures we are having at the moment. Occasional icy patches can be found but are few and far between, therefore easily avoidable. The forecast is showing heavy snow fall is due to sweep through Grandvalira this weekend, so keep an eye out for our updates.

Meanwhile in El Tarter, the course has been set up, the giant screens have been built and spectator stands have been erected, all in preparation for the Women’s World Cup Ski Racing this weekend. The racing will take place on the FIS approved Aliga black run, this slope starts from the top of El Tarter just to the left of the Tosa Dels Espiolets chairlift and ends at the bottom of the TSD4 El Tarter chairlift. The first half of the run is wide open and steep in places but surprisingly easy going, the second half of the course on the other hand is more for the skilled skier/snowboarder being narrower and very steep in parts.

Fresh snow is forecast for the weekend, as well as plenty of festivities surrounding the World Cup events, making it a perfect time to join us in Soldeu and El Tarter!

Update: 28 February 2016 AM

The last two days have seen the forecasted snow materialise with consistent (and at times heavy) snowfall throughout the day on Saturday, the snow clouds remain with us on Sunday morning and it’s looking like another snowy day. We will post a further update on conditions once we have had a chance to hit the slopes and check out the conditions for ourselves.

If you would like to see some photos of the events in recent days, then pop across to our Facebook page here, where we have uploaded some images and videos.

Don't forget you can pre-book your discounted ski extras on our online shop by clicking here.

27
February
2016
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20 February 2016

The beautiful blue skies continued in Soldeu / El Tarter today and much like the last few days the snow remains in excellent condition, the fresh snowfall received during the last week or so has now been compacted down offering packed powder conditions and some very enjoyable skiing.

Temperatures having been hovering between -4 and 2 degrees Celsius today, the sunny skies meant it was a perfect day to soak up some rays and enjoy a beer on the terrace in the sunshine, although still a little chilly in the shade and higher up on the mountain.

All links across Grandvalira were open today, meaning you could ski across all six sectors with ease, enjoying 206km of slopes (out of the maximum 210km available).

Don't forget you can pre-book your discounted ski extras on our online shop by clicking here.

26
February
2016
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20 February 2016

The beautiful blue skies continued in Soldeu / El Tarter today and much like the last few days the snow remains in excellent condition, the fresh snowfall received during the last week or so has now been compacted down offering packed powder conditions and some very enjoyable skiing.

Temperatures having been hovering between -4 and 2 degrees Celsius today, the sunny skies meant it was a perfect day to soak up some rays and enjoy a beer on the terrace in the sunshine, although still a little chilly in the shade and higher up on the mountain.

All links across Grandvalira were open today, meaning you could ski across all six sectors with ease, enjoying 206km of slopes (out of the maximum 210km available).

Don't forget you can pre-book your discounted ski extras on our online shop by clicking here.

25
February
2016
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20 February 2016

The beautiful blue skies continued in Soldeu / El Tarter today and much like the last few days the snow remains in excellent condition, the fresh snowfall received during the last week or so has now been compacted down offering packed powder conditions and some very enjoyable skiing.

Temperatures having been hovering between -4 and 2 degrees Celsius today, the sunny skies meant it was a perfect day to soak up some rays and enjoy a beer on the terrace in the sunshine, although still a little chilly in the shade and higher up on the mountain.

All links across Grandvalira were open today, meaning you could ski across all six sectors with ease, enjoying 206km of slopes (out of the maximum 210km available).

Don't forget you can pre-book your discounted ski extras on our online shop by clicking here.

24
February
2016
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20 February 2016

The beautiful blue skies continued in Soldeu / El Tarter today and much like the last few days the snow remains in excellent condition, the fresh snowfall received during the last week or so has now been compacted down offering packed powder conditions and some very enjoyable skiing.

Temperatures having been hovering between -4 and 2 degrees Celsius today, the sunny skies meant it was a perfect day to soak up some rays and enjoy a beer on the terrace in the sunshine, although still a little chilly in the shade and higher up on the mountain.

All links across Grandvalira were open today, meaning you could ski across all six sectors with ease, enjoying 206km of slopes (out of the maximum 210km available).

Don't forget you can pre-book your discounted ski extras on our online shop by clicking here.

23
February
2016
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20 February 2016

The beautiful blue skies continued in Soldeu / El Tarter today and much like the last few days the snow remains in excellent condition, the fresh snowfall received during the last week or so has now been compacted down offering packed powder conditions and some very enjoyable skiing.

Temperatures having been hovering between -4 and 2 degrees Celsius today, the sunny skies meant it was a perfect day to soak up some rays and enjoy a beer on the terrace in the sunshine, although still a little chilly in the shade and higher up on the mountain.

All links across Grandvalira were open today, meaning you could ski across all six sectors with ease, enjoying 206km of slopes (out of the maximum 210km available).

Don't forget you can pre-book your discounted ski extras on our online shop by clicking here.

22
February
2016
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20 February 2016

The beautiful blue skies continued in Soldeu / El Tarter today and much like the last few days the snow remains in excellent condition, the fresh snowfall received during the last week or so has now been compacted down offering packed powder conditions and some very enjoyable skiing.

Temperatures having been hovering between -4 and 2 degrees Celsius today, the sunny skies meant it was a perfect day to soak up some rays and enjoy a beer on the terrace in the sunshine, although still a little chilly in the shade and higher up on the mountain.

All links across Grandvalira were open today, meaning you could ski across all six sectors with ease, enjoying 206km of slopes (out of the maximum 210km available).

Don't forget you can pre-book your discounted ski extras on our online shop by clicking here.

21
February
2016
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20 February 2016

The beautiful blue skies continued in Soldeu / El Tarter today and much like the last few days the snow remains in excellent condition, the fresh snowfall received during the last week or so has now been compacted down offering packed powder conditions and some very enjoyable skiing.

Temperatures having been hovering between -4 and 2 degrees Celsius today, the sunny skies meant it was a perfect day to soak up some rays and enjoy a beer on the terrace in the sunshine, although still a little chilly in the shade and higher up on the mountain.

All links across Grandvalira were open today, meaning you could ski across all six sectors with ease, enjoying 206km of slopes (out of the maximum 210km available).

Don't forget you can pre-book your discounted ski extras on our online shop by clicking here.

20
February
2016
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17 February 2016

Great weather and perfect snow is becoming a regular thing in Soldeu and El Tarter at the moment, today yet again was a bluebird day with the sun shining down onto some beautiful snow conditions. Several days of natural snowfall coupled with top ups from the snow cannons have seen snow depths gradually improving; coverage on the slopes is very good, with conditions alternating between powder and packed powder where the groomers have been in action.

Grandvalira are edging ever closer to opening 100% of slopes, today we were able to enjoy 206km out of the full 210km, with the technical team working hard to prepare 100% of the area.

Conditions have been very kind to us this week in the busiest part of the season, and are looking promising for the upcoming World Cup ski racing in El Tarter next weekend too. With excellent conditions and some exciting events coming up it’s a great time to think about joining us.

Don't forget you can pre-book your discounted ski extras on our online shop by clicking here.

19
February
2016
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17 February 2016

Great weather and perfect snow is becoming a regular thing in Soldeu and El Tarter at the moment, today yet again was a bluebird day with the sun shining down onto some beautiful snow conditions. Several days of natural snowfall coupled with top ups from the snow cannons have seen snow depths gradually improving; coverage on the slopes is very good, with conditions alternating between powder and packed powder where the groomers have been in action.

Grandvalira are edging ever closer to opening 100% of slopes, today we were able to enjoy 206km out of the full 210km, with the technical team working hard to prepare 100% of the area.

Conditions have been very kind to us this week in the busiest part of the season, and are looking promising for the upcoming World Cup ski racing in El Tarter next weekend too. With excellent conditions and some exciting events coming up it’s a great time to think about joining us.

Don't forget you can pre-book your discounted ski extras on our online shop by clicking here.

18
February
2016
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17 February 2016

Great weather and perfect snow is becoming a regular thing in Soldeu and El Tarter at the moment, today yet again was a bluebird day with the sun shining down onto some beautiful snow conditions. Several days of natural snowfall coupled with top ups from the snow cannons have seen snow depths gradually improving; coverage on the slopes is very good, with conditions alternating between powder and packed powder where the groomers have been in action.

Grandvalira are edging ever closer to opening 100% of slopes, today we were able to enjoy 206km out of the full 210km, with the technical team working hard to prepare 100% of the area.

Conditions have been very kind to us this week in the busiest part of the season, and are looking promising for the upcoming World Cup ski racing in El Tarter next weekend too. With excellent conditions and some exciting events coming up it’s a great time to think about joining us.

Don't forget you can pre-book your discounted ski extras on our online shop by clicking here.

17
February
2016
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14 February 2016

The sun was yet again shining on Soldeu and El Tarter today, though temperatures were low (highs of 2 degrees celsius and lows of -6) it was not noticeable especially with the clear blue skies and warm sun. The snow on piste is still nicely groomed allowing very good skiing conditions. We are expecting further snow in the coming days starting this evening; this should give the slopes a nice top up of fresh powder, adding even more enjoyment to the 203km of skiable terrain now open across Grandvalira.

One of our recommended runs today is Riu Solanelles (red) which runs alongside the Solanella (blue), starting from the top of Soldeu and ending up at the bottom of Pla de les Pedres Grau Roig/Soldeu chairlifts. The run is slightly more challenging in places, therefore is often a little quieter allowing you to fully enjoy; it is similar to a large half pipe and is perfect for practicing your short turns or maybe even some tricks. Eventually this slope joins back up with the end of Solanella (blue), but is a very good alternative if you require something more exciting. 

We expect to see the ski area looking a lot busier this next week as we are now into half term, but we couldn't really ask for better conditions to start the week off with.

Don't forget you can pre-book your discounted ski extras on our online shop by clicking here.

16
February
2016
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14 February 2016

The sun was yet again shining on Soldeu and El Tarter today, though temperatures were low (highs of 2 degrees celsius and lows of -6) it was not noticeable especially with the clear blue skies and warm sun. The snow on piste is still nicely groomed allowing very good skiing conditions. We are expecting further snow in the coming days starting this evening; this should give the slopes a nice top up of fresh powder, adding even more enjoyment to the 203km of skiable terrain now open across Grandvalira.

One of our recommended runs today is Riu Solanelles (red) which runs alongside the Solanella (blue), starting from the top of Soldeu and ending up at the bottom of Pla de les Pedres Grau Roig/Soldeu chairlifts. The run is slightly more challenging in places, therefore is often a little quieter allowing you to fully enjoy; it is similar to a large half pipe and is perfect for practicing your short turns or maybe even some tricks. Eventually this slope joins back up with the end of Solanella (blue), but is a very good alternative if you require something more exciting. 

We expect to see the ski area looking a lot busier this next week as we are now into half term, but we couldn't really ask for better conditions to start the week off with.

Don't forget you can pre-book your discounted ski extras on our online shop by clicking here.

15
February
2016
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14 February 2016

The sun was yet again shining on Soldeu and El Tarter today, though temperatures were low (highs of 2 degrees celsius and lows of -6) it was not noticeable especially with the clear blue skies and warm sun. The snow on piste is still nicely groomed allowing very good skiing conditions. We are expecting further snow in the coming days starting this evening; this should give the slopes a nice top up of fresh powder, adding even more enjoyment to the 203km of skiable terrain now open across Grandvalira.

One of our recommended runs today is Riu Solanelles (red) which runs alongside the Solanella (blue), starting from the top of Soldeu and ending up at the bottom of Pla de les Pedres Grau Roig/Soldeu chairlifts. The run is slightly more challenging in places, therefore is often a little quieter allowing you to fully enjoy; it is similar to a large half pipe and is perfect for practicing your short turns or maybe even some tricks. Eventually this slope joins back up with the end of Solanella (blue), but is a very good alternative if you require something more exciting. 

We expect to see the ski area looking a lot busier this next week as we are now into half term, but we couldn't really ask for better conditions to start the week off with.

Don't forget you can pre-book your discounted ski extras on our online shop by clicking here.

14
February
2016
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14 February 2016

The sun was yet again shining on Soldeu and El Tarter today, though temperatures were low (highs of 2 degrees celsius and lows of -6) it was not noticeable especially with the clear blue skies and warm sun. The snow on piste is still nicely groomed allowing very good skiing conditions. We are expecting further snow in the coming days starting this evening; this should give the slopes a nice top up of fresh powder, adding even more enjoyment to the 203km of skiable terrain now open across Grandvalira.

One of our recommended runs today is Riu Solanelles (red) which runs alongside the Solanella (blue), starting from the top of Soldeu and ending up at the bottom of Pla de les Pedres Grau Roig/Soldeu chairlifts. The run is slightly more challenging in places, therefore is often a little quieter allowing you to fully enjoy; it is similar to a large half pipe and is perfect for practicing your short turns or maybe even some tricks. Eventually this slope joins back up with the end of Solanella (blue), but is a very good alternative if you require something more exciting. 

We expect to see the ski area looking a lot busier this next week as we are now into half term, but we couldn't really ask for better conditions to start the week off with.

Don't forget you can pre-book your discounted ski extras on our online shop by clicking here.

13
February
2016
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12 February 2016

A lot of new snow in Soldeu and El Tarter today!  Snow conditions were near perfect as the heavy snow that lasted from early morning into the afternoon left some lovely fresh powder on the slopes.  Low cloud has made visibility difficult at times as to be expected with the heavy snowfall, however the clouds soon parted leaving blue skies and sunshine for the latter part of the afternoon.

Today we noticed that lifts were rather quiet for this time of year with relatively no queues (this is set to change for the busy half term next week of course), making the trip up the mountain very enjoyable and hassle free, with plenty of chance to enjoy the 195km of skiable terrain now open in Grandvalira. 

Today's snowfall coupled with the snowy forecast for the coming week bodes well for snow conditions. Grandvalira announced today that it hopes to open 100% of the ski area this weekend, all we need now is a little sunshine thrown into the mix and next week could be just perfect!

Don't forget you can pre-book your discounted ski extras on our online shop by clicking here.

12
February
2016
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12 February 2016

A lot of new snow in Soldeu and El Tarter today!  Snow conditions were near perfect as the heavy snow that lasted from early morning into the afternoon left some lovely fresh powder on the slopes.  Low cloud has made visibility difficult at times as to be expected with the heavy snowfall, however the clouds soon parted leaving blue skies and sunshine for the latter part of the afternoon.

Today we noticed that lifts were rather quiet for this time of year with relatively no queues (this is set to change for the busy half term next week of course), making the trip up the mountain very enjoyable and hassle free, with plenty of chance to enjoy the 195km of skiable terrain now open in Grandvalira. 

Today's snowfall coupled with the snowy forecast for the coming week bodes well for snow conditions. Grandvalira announced today that it hopes to open 100% of the ski area this weekend, all we need now is a little sunshine thrown into the mix and next week could be just perfect!

Don't forget you can pre-book your discounted ski extras on our online shop by clicking here.

11
February
2016
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10 February 2016

Yesterday was a strange day with a complete mix of weather and changing visibility culminating with heavy snow throughout the night and 25cm of fresh snow on the slopes for this morning.  It's stayed really cold today, below freezing, and cloudy too with some snow in the air.  The forecast is showing snow for most of the next few days.

Plenty of fresh snow on the mountain for you to enjoy today, and we're back up to 194km of slopes open, so looking in great shape for half term next week.

10
February
2016
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10 February 2016

Yesterday was a strange day with a complete mix of weather and changing visibility culminating with heavy snow throughout the night and 25cm of fresh snow on the slopes for this morning.  It's stayed really cold today, below freezing, and cloudy too with some snow in the air.  The forecast is showing snow for most of the next few days.

Plenty of fresh snow on the mountain for you to enjoy today, and we're back up to 194km of slopes open, so looking in great shape for half term next week.

09
February
2016
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8 February 2016

A sunny but cold start to the day in Soldeu / El Tarter making for a great day to hit the slopes.  After receiving around 15cm of fresh snowfall yesterday and a tiny bit more overnight the pistes have freshened up very nicely (the snow cannons have also been blasting topping up the natural snowfall). Yesterday offered us some nice fresh powder to enjoy, whereas today we would expect conditions to offer up packed powder across the main bulk of the slopes with some lovely easy skiing to be had.

All links are open across Grandvalira this morning with 189km of skiable terrain available.

The forecast for the week ahead is for plenty more snow with conditions remaining on the chilly side, conditions are shaping up nicely for the busy half term holiday next week.

If you're coming out soon and are yet to book your ski extras then don't leave it too last minute - online bookings close three days in advance so make sure you book early to benefit from the pre-booking discounts and offers on our online shop >>

08
February
2016
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8 February 2016

A sunny but cold start to the day in Soldeu / El Tarter making for a great day to hit the slopes.  After receiving around 15cm of fresh snowfall yesterday and a tiny bit more overnight the pistes have freshened up very nicely (the snow cannons have also been blasting topping up the natural snowfall). Yesterday offered us some nice fresh powder to enjoy, whereas today we would expect conditions to offer up packed powder across the main bulk of the slopes with some lovely easy skiing to be had.

All links are open across Grandvalira this morning with 189km of skiable terrain available.

The forecast for the week ahead is for plenty more snow with conditions remaining on the chilly side, conditions are shaping up nicely for the busy half term holiday next week.

If you're coming out soon and are yet to book your ski extras then don't leave it too last minute - online bookings close three days in advance so make sure you book early to benefit from the pre-booking discounts and offers on our online shop >>

06
February
2016
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6 February 2016

A sunny but chilly day in Soldeu, with the temperature set to fall further over the weekend and into next week.  The local forecast is predicting between 10 and 15 cm of fresh snow tonight and further snow set to fall later in the week, so things are looking a little better as we get closer to half term.

Conditions on the slopes were helped with the snow earlier in the week, but remain hard packed, although we anticipate improvement in the coming days with the temperature cold enough for snow cannons plus the natural snow on the forecast.  At the moment there are 171km of slopes open, so plenty for you to enjoy.

If you're coming out soon and are yet to book your ski extras then don't leave it too last minute - online bookings close three days in advance so make sure you book early to benefit from the pre-booking discounts and offers on our online shop >>

05
February
2016
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1 February 2016

Clear blue skies over Soldeu and El Tarter today! A few days of bitter cold gave way to warmer temperatures with Soldeu and El Tarter averaging temps of around 7 degrees celsius. The technical team have been working hard to keep the slopes in tip top shape and despite the warmer temperatures and non-ideal weather conditions this week, have done a great job at maintaining nicely groomed slopes still with good snow coverage.

Grandvalira has 189km of slopes open today, so there remains plenty of skiing to be had, make the most of the current sunny weather whilst you can, temperatures are forecast to drop a little later this week with some more snow possibly on the way.

If you haven't booked your holiday to Soldeu/El Tarter yet, you can plan your trip and save money on your ski extras on our website here >>     

04
February
2016
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1 February 2016

Clear blue skies over Soldeu and El Tarter today! A few days of bitter cold gave way to warmer temperatures with Soldeu and El Tarter averaging temps of around 7 degrees celsius. The technical team have been working hard to keep the slopes in tip top shape and despite the warmer temperatures and non-ideal weather conditions this week, have done a great job at maintaining nicely groomed slopes still with good snow coverage.

Grandvalira has 189km of slopes open today, so there remains plenty of skiing to be had, make the most of the current sunny weather whilst you can, temperatures are forecast to drop a little later this week with some more snow possibly on the way.

If you haven't booked your holiday to Soldeu/El Tarter yet, you can plan your trip and save money on your ski extras on our website here >>     

03
February
2016
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1 February 2016

Clear blue skies over Soldeu and El Tarter today! A few days of bitter cold gave way to warmer temperatures with Soldeu and El Tarter averaging temps of around 7 degrees celsius. The technical team have been working hard to keep the slopes in tip top shape and despite the warmer temperatures and non-ideal weather conditions this week, have done a great job at maintaining nicely groomed slopes still with good snow coverage.

Grandvalira has 189km of slopes open today, so there remains plenty of skiing to be had, make the most of the current sunny weather whilst you can, temperatures are forecast to drop a little later this week with some more snow possibly on the way.

If you haven't booked your holiday to Soldeu/El Tarter yet, you can plan your trip and save money on your ski extras on our website here >>     

02
February
2016
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1 February 2016

Clear blue skies over Soldeu and El Tarter today! A few days of bitter cold gave way to warmer temperatures with Soldeu and El Tarter averaging temps of around 7 degrees celsius. The technical team have been working hard to keep the slopes in tip top shape and despite the warmer temperatures and non-ideal weather conditions this week, have done a great job at maintaining nicely groomed slopes still with good snow coverage.

Grandvalira has 189km of slopes open today, so there remains plenty of skiing to be had, make the most of the current sunny weather whilst you can, temperatures are forecast to drop a little later this week with some more snow possibly on the way.

If you haven't booked your holiday to Soldeu/El Tarter yet, you can plan your trip and save money on your ski extras on our website here >>     

01
February
2016
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1 February 2016

Clear blue skies over Soldeu and El Tarter today! A few days of bitter cold gave way to warmer temperatures with Soldeu and El Tarter averaging temps of around 7 degrees celsius. The technical team have been working hard to keep the slopes in tip top shape and despite the warmer temperatures and non-ideal weather conditions this week, have done a great job at maintaining nicely groomed slopes still with good snow coverage.

Grandvalira has 189km of slopes open today, so there remains plenty of skiing to be had, make the most of the current sunny weather whilst you can, temperatures are forecast to drop a little later this week with some more snow possibly on the way.

If you haven't booked your holiday to Soldeu/El Tarter yet, you can plan your trip and save money on your ski extras on our website here >>     

31
January
2016
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30 January 2016

Lows of -4 degrees celsius in Soldeu and El Tarter today made it a day to wear an extra layer. Though cold the sun was still shining and there maintains good snow coverage across the pistes.

Enradort was the stand out run today and one you'll need to take if you are going from the top of Soldeu / Encamp across to Grau Roig, it's a lovely wide open and at times steep run, and due to its high location a perfect place to overlook just some of the 195 km skiable terrain now open in Grandvalira.

If you haven't booked your holiday to Soldeu/El Tarter yet, you can plan your trip and save money on your ski extras on our website here >>     

30
January
2016
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30 January 2016

Lows of -4 degrees celsius in Soldeu and El Tarter today made it a day to wear an extra layer. Though cold the sun was still shining and there maintains good snow coverage across the pistes.

Enradort was the stand out run today and one you'll need to take if you are going from the top of Soldeu / Encamp across to Grau Roig, it's a lovely wide open and at times steep run, and due to its high location a perfect place to overlook just some of the 195 km skiable terrain now open in Grandvalira.

If you haven't booked your holiday to Soldeu/El Tarter yet, you can plan your trip and save money on your ski extras on our website here >>     

29
January
2016
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29 January 2016

Beautiful conditions in Soldeu today! A little colder than the last few days with highs of 3 degrees celsius and lows of -2, the icy mountain air really nipped at your nose, yet the sun was still shining beautifully.

We gave the skis a little run out on the lower slopes today around the Espiolets area and particularly enjoyed taking the long Bosc button lift up through the trees alongside Torrallardona (red run) - a nice relaxing trip to the top of the Soldeu slopes. With 195km open today there is still plenty to go at and the weather is great for exploring.

If you haven't booked your holiday to Soldeu/El Tarter yet, you can plan your trip and save money on your ski extras on our website here >>     

28
January
2016
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27 January 2016

Today we took one of the more scenic routes in Grandvalira to take advantage of the perfect weather. Taking the Llosada lift to the highest point in Soldeu/El Tarter, we took a short blue called Oreneta down towards the Els Clots lift, 2,560m up is the best place to enjoy the sun, and today there was plenty of it with highs of 7 degrees celsius across the Grandvalira area.

After taking the Els Clots lift towards Canillo we reached the long, picturesque blue run Rossiynol, which due to it's high location is one of the best runs for a view of the mountains. If you haven't tried Rossyniol then we highly reccomend you do, the views are great and the run has some more challenging sections (by beginner / intermediate standards) for a bit of excitment.

Be sure to make the most of the full ski area in these lovely sunny conditions, with 201km of skiable terrain now open you have plenty of options!

If you haven't booked your holiday to Soldeu/El Tarter yet, you can plan your trip and save money on your ski extras on our website here >>     

27
January
2016
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27 January 2016

Today we took one of the more scenic routes in Grandvalira to take advantage of the perfect weather. Taking the Llosada lift to the highest point in Soldeu/El Tarter, we took a short blue called Oreneta down towards the Els Clots lift, 2,560m up is the best place to enjoy the sun, and today there was plenty of it with highs of 7 degrees celsius across the Grandvalira area.

After taking the Els Clots lift towards Canillo we reached the long, picturesque blue run Rossiynol, which due to it's high location is one of the best runs for a view of the mountains. If you haven't tried Rossyniol then we highly reccomend you do, the views are great and the run has some more challenging sections (by beginner / intermediate standards) for a bit of excitment.

Be sure to make the most of the full ski area in these lovely sunny conditions, with 201km of skiable terrain now open you have plenty of options!

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23 January 2016

Three words to describe today - glorious, glorious and glorious! The sun is shining and the slopes are looking good, with 201km of skiable terrain open for all to enjoy. Temperatures are set to hover around 6-8 degrees today, but may feel a bit warmer in those sunny spots.

Today we took the Tosa Dels Espiolets chair lift from El Tarter up to 2,467m and we enjoyed spending time on the nice easy blues back down into Soldeu including Os and Gall de Bosc, nice simple runs with great views and few more challenging spots to practice your turns. Perfect easy skiing for a nice sunny day.

With approximately 114/123 runs open across Grandvalira there is plenty to go at, the snow coverage remains good and the sunny skies make for perfect visibility.

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23
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22 January 2016

We woke up this morning to the glaring sun peaking through white clouds that are dotted around the sky, weather reports in Soldeu forecast alot of sun with the clouds clearing further into the afternoon helping temperatures reach highs of 5 Celsius.

Make sure to bring a pair of sunglasses to wear while you soak up the rays as you enjoy that well deserved beer after a long day skiing! You'll need a rest with a massive 195km of skiable terrain now open.

We will be skiing most of the terrain daily (we'll try to cover it all!) so for updates on different pistes and paths on the Soldeu mountain make sure to check this report every day. 

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22
January
2016
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22 January 2016

We woke up this morning to the glaring sun peaking through white clouds that are dotted around the sky, but do not worry as weather reports in Soldeu forecast alot of sun with the clouds clearing further into the afternoon helping temperatures reach highs of 5 Celsius.

Make sure to bring a pair of sunglasses to wear while you soak up the rays as you enjoy that well deserved beer after a long day skiing! You'll need a rest with a massive 195km of skiable terrain now open.

We will be skiing most of the terrain daily (we'll try to cover it all!) so for updates on different pistes and paths on the Soldeu mountain make sure to check this report every day. 

If you haven't booked your Soldeu adventure yet then you can find ski holidays and ski extra on our holidays page here >>

19
January
2016
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19 January 2016

Good morning snow!!  It started yesterday afternoon with light snow and became heavier into the evening and over night, with around 20cm at village level.  It feels very cold this morning, but only showing around zero, so wrap up for the slopes and it should be an amazing day up on the mountain.

The total slopes open has increased again, now with 194km open, and with more snow on the forecast for later today conditions are some of the best we've had this season.  We'll keep you posted with the latest conditions, and if you're here this week we hope you enjoy it.

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17
January
2016
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17 January 2016

It has been snowing heavily for last couple of days, but today the clouds have cleared and its a beautiful sunny day. The trees are covered in snow and the temperatures are down to -10 degrees, so plenty of extras layers required. The cannons are still on all across Grandvalira and there are still some very strong winds in the exposed areas on the top of the mountains. There is now a massive 184km of slopes open made up of 105 runs.

5pm - We are back from skiing today and the conditions are incredable up there at the moment. The pistes are groomed but with a lovley thin layer of fresh on top. We skied from El Tarter to Canillo down the Rossinyol and lunching in El Forn in Canillo. Skiing back we played on Isard, and Esquirol with some great conditions!

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16
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2016
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15 January 2016

It has been snowing heavily for most of the day. The sun has tried to break through a couple of times which has lightened the visability whilst skiing. It is very cold up the mountain with temperatures of around -8 degrees, and then in the wind feels like about -15 degrees. The cannons are on all across Grandvalira and there are some very strong winds in the exposed areas on the top of the mountains. There is a massive 169km of slopes open today made up of 102 runs. We've been out skiing this afternoon skiing runs such as Bosc Fosc which was in great conditions and we put a video on our facebook of it. We had great fun playing on the Eslálom and Salvans runs coming down into Soldeu and cutting in and out of the trees which are more sheltered from the wind and the snow is soft and powdery in places.

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15
January
2016
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15 January 2016

It has been snowing heavily for most of the day. The sun has tried to break through a couple of times which has lightened the visability whilst skiing. It is very cold up the mountain with temperatures of around -8 degrees, and then in the wind feels like about -15 degrees. The cannons are on all across Grandvalira and there are some very strong winds in the exposed areas on the top of the mountains. There is a massive 169km of slopes open today made up of 102 runs. We've been out skiing this afternoon skiing runs such as Bosc Fosc which was in great conditions and we put a video on our facebook of it. We had great fun playing on the Eslálom and Salvans runs coming down into Soldeu and cutting in and out of the trees which are more sheltered from the wind and the snow is soft and powdery in places.

If you've not booked your ski trip yet then head to our holidays page where you can plan and book everything you need for your Soldeu ski holiday.

14
January
2016
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13 January 2016

It has snowed slightly overnight and been a lovely sunny day today but with very cold temperatures of around -6 degrees. The cannons are on all across Grandvalira and there is some strong winds in the exposed areas on the top of the mountains.  There is a massive 164km of slopes open with a whopping 98 runs available to ski on today. The team have been out skiing today and they are loving Bosc Fosc run from the top to the bottom. The tree lined parts are more sheltered from the wind and the snow is in great condition.

You can keep up to date with all things snowy in Soldeu on our facebook page. If you've not booked your ski trip yet then head to our holidays page where you can plan and book everything you need for your Soldeu ski holiday.

13
January
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13 January 2016

It has snowed slightly overnight and been a lovely sunny day today but with very cold temperatures of around -6 degrees. The cannons are on all across Grandvalira and there is some strong winds in the exposed areas on the top of the mountains.  There is a massive 164km of slopes open with a whopping 98 runs available to ski on today. The team have been out skiing today and they are loving Bosc Fosc run from the top to the bottom. The tree lined parts are more sheltered from the wind and the snow is in great condition.

You can keep up to date with all things snowy in Soldeu on our facebook page. If you've not booked your ski trip yet then head to our holidays page where you can plan and book everything you need for your Soldeu ski holiday.

12
January
2016
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11 January 2016

Today after the strong winds and heavy precipitation over night you can see the snow line across the trees. It was a sunny morning with a generally cloudy afternoon, and snow on the forecast for this evening. Temperatures are still a little chilly at 0 degrees and the forescast is for snow much of the week.Today there is slightly less open due to the wind overnight but there is a massive 153km of slopes open with a whopping 82 runs available to ski.

You can keep up to date with all things snowy in Soldeu on our facebook page. If you've not booked your ski trip yet then head to our holidays page where you can plan and book everything you need for your Soldeu ski holiday.

11
January
2016
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11 January 2016

Today after the strong winds and heavy precipitation over night you can see the snow line across the trees. It was a sunny morning with a generally cloudy afternoon, and snow on the forecast for this evening. Temperatures are still a little chilly at 0 degrees and the forescast is for snow much of the week.Today there is slightly less open due to the wind overnight but there is a massive 153km of slopes open with a whopping 82 runs available to ski.

You can keep up to date with all things snowy in Soldeu on our facebook page. If you've not booked your ski trip yet then head to our holidays page where you can plan and book everything you need for your Soldeu ski holiday.

10
January
2016
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9 January 2016

Today the clouds have been very low hanging over the mountains with visability being poor on the slopes. Temperatures today have been a little chilly at 1 degree and the forescast is for snow most of next week, with temperatures dipping again. Thre is a massive 175km of slopes open from the fresh snow recieved last week with a whopping 92 runs available to ski. The team have been enjoying the runs over towards Canillo, in particular Rossinyol run is a team favourite at the moment, with the recent fresh snow bringing a new lease of life to the slopes.

You can keep up to date with all things snowy in Soldeu on our facebook page. If you've not booked your ski trip yet then head to our holidays page where you can plan and book everything you need for your Soldeu ski holiday.

09
January
2016
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9 January 2016

Today the clouds have been very low hanging over the mountains with visability being poor on the slopes. Temperatures today have been a little chilly at 1 degree and the forescast is for snow most of next week, with temperatures dipping again. Thre is a massive 175km of slopes open from the fresh snow recieved last week with a whopping 92 runs available to ski. The team have been enjoying the runs over towards Canillo, in particular Rossinyol run is a team favourite at the moment, with the recent fresh snow bringing a new lease of life to the slopes.

You can keep up to date with all things snowy in Soldeu on our facebook page. If you've not booked your ski trip yet then head to our holidays page where you can plan and book everything you need for your Soldeu ski holiday.

08
January
2016
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6 January 2016

Hip hip hooray the snow just keeps falling, with over 15cm last night, and still much more on the forecast. The temperatures are getting colder, down to -6 degrees today so lots more layers are required. The snow clouds have closed in and visability up the mountain is a little poor. There is fresh powder on top of all the pistes this morning and everyone who is here this week will be enjoying the best conditions of the season so far. 120km of slopes are open and there will be many more to open very soon.

You can keep up to date with all things snowy in Soldeu on our facebook page. If you've not booked your ski trip yet then head to our holidays page where you can plan and book everything you need for your Soldeu ski holiday.

07
January
2016
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6 January 2016

Hip hip hooray the snow just keeps falling, with over 15cm last night, and still much more on the forecast. The temperatures are getting colder, down to -6 degrees today so lots more layers are required. The snow clouds have closed in and visability up the mountain is a little poor. There is fresh powder on top of all the pistes this morning and everyone who is here this week will be enjoying the best conditions of the season so far. 120km of slopes are open and there will be many more to open very soon.

You can keep up to date with all things snowy in Soldeu on our facebook page. If you've not booked your ski trip yet then head to our holidays page where you can plan and book everything you need for your Soldeu ski holiday.

06
January
2016
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6 January 2016

Hip hip hooray the snow just keeps falling, with over 15cm last night, and still much more on the forecast. The temperatures are getting colder, down to -6 degrees today so lots more layers are required. The snow clouds have closed in and visability up the mountain is a little poor. There is fresh powder on top of all the pistes this morning and everyone who is here this week will be enjoying the best conditions of the season so far. 120km of slopes are open and there will be many more to open very soon.

You can keep up to date with all things snowy in Soldeu on our facebook page. If you've not booked your ski trip yet then head to our holidays page where you can plan and book everything you need for your Soldeu ski holiday.

05
January
2016
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5 January 2016

The snow has stopped briefly and the clouds cleared a little to reveal the beautiful snow lined trees, but there is a lot more snow on the forecast for the next few days. The temperatures are dipping to -4 degrees today so more layers are required. The team are heading up skiing this afternoon so check back later and we'll let you know what it like up there!

5pm - The team have been out skiing, but the clouds closed in it was very difficult to see, and it was so cold that our cameras stopped working. We took the gondola to the top of Soldeu and came back down Bosc Fosc to Soldeu town, and the piste conditions were lovely. After another run on Ós it was time for a hot chocolate!

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04
January
2016
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4 January 2016

The snow is continuing to fall with heavy snow clouds over the mountain tops for the last couple of days, and much more on the forecast for the next few days. The temperatures are dipping and at -2 degrees today more layers are required. The slopes are beginning to quieten down again after the Christmas break, and with a massive 120km of pistes open there is some great skiing to be had. The team have been out enjoying the fresh snow and some of the best runs are the ones lower down which are less exposed to the wind or sunshine. All but four of the lifts are open today and It is possible to ski across all sectors.

Andorra Resorts and the Soldeu team wish everyone a very Happy and Snowy New Year

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03
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2 January 2016

There has been a light dusting of fresh snow over night on the tops of the mountains, with lots more snow on the forecast for the next few days. The slopes are still busier for the Christmas holidays, but with a massive 140km of pistes open there is plenty of slopes for everyone to enjoy. The team are still enjoying the slopes down into the villages as they are tree lined and protected from the sunshine a little more. It is possible to ski across all sectors with all but three lifts open today.

Andorra Resorts and the Soldeu team wish everyone a very Happy and Snowy New Year

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02
January
2015
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2 January 2016

There has been a light dusting of fresh snow over night on the tops of the mountains, with lots more snow on the forecast for the next few days. The slopes are still busier for the Christmas holidays, but with a massive 140km of pistes open there is plenty of slopes for everyone to enjoy. The team are still enjoying the slopes down into the villages as they are tree lined and protected from the sunshine a little more. It is possible to ski across all sectors with all but three lifts open today.

Andorra Resorts and the Soldeu team wish everyone a very Happy and Snowy New Year

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01
January
2015
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1 January 2016

After a cloudy start to the new year the skies have started to clear. The slopes are still busier for the Christmas holidays, but with a massive 140km of pistes open there is plenty of slopes for everyone to enjoy. The team are still enjoying the slopes down into the villages as they are tree lined and protected from the sunshine a little more. It is possible to ski across all sectors with all but three lifts open today.

Andorra Resorts and the Soldeu team wish everyone a very Happy and Snowy New Year

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31
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31 December 2015

The mountain tops are hidden by very heavy cloud today with temperatures of about 4 degrees. There are lots more people on the slopes at the moment for the Christmas holidays, but with a massive 140km of slopes open, there is plenty of great skiing for everyone to enjoy. Some of the best runs are still the less exposed ones coming down to the villages as they are tree lined and protected from the sunshine a little more. It is possible to ski across all sectors with all but three lifts open today.

Andorra Resorts and the Soldeu team wish everyone a very Happy and Snowy New Year

If you've not booked your ski trip yet then head to our holidays page where you can plan and book everything you need for your Soldeu ski holiday.

30
December
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30 December 2015

Today is another beautiful sunny day. The Christmas holidays are here and the slopes are busier, but with a massive 140km of slopes open, there is plenty of great skiing for everyone to enjoy. Some of the best runs are still the less exposed ones coming down to the villages as they are tree lined and protected from the sunshine a little more. It is possible to ski across all sectors with all but three lifts open today.

Andorra Resorts and the Soldeu team wish everyone a very Snowy Merry Christmas

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29
December
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29 December 2015

Today is a rare cloudy day with temperatures dipping slightly. The Christmas holidays are here and the slopes are busier, but with a massive 140km of slopes open, there is plenty of great skiing for everyone to enjoy. Some of the best runs are still the less exposed ones coming down to the villages as they are tree lined and protected from the sunshine a little more. It is possible to ski across all sectors with all but three lifts open today.

Andorra Resorts and the Soldeu team wish everyone a very Snowy Merry Christmas

If you've not booked your ski trip yet then head to our holidays page where you can plan and book everything you need for your Soldeu ski holiday.

28
December
2015
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27 December 2015

Today is another lovely sunny day with just a couple of wispy clouds in the sky. The Christmas holidays are here and the slopes are busier today, but with a massive 140km of slopes open, there is plenty of great skiing for everyone to enjoy. Some of the best runs are still the less exposed ones coming down to the villages as they are tree lined and protected from the sunshine a little more. It is possible to ski across all sectors with all but four lifts open today.

Andorra Resorts and the Soldeu team wish everyone a very Snowy Merry Christmas

If you've not booked your ski trip yet then head to our holidays page where you can plan and book everything you need for your Soldeu ski holiday.

27
December
2015
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27 December 2015

Today is another lovely sunny day with just a couple of wispy clouds in the sky. The Christmas holidays are here and the slopes are busier today, but with a massive 140km of slopes open, there is plenty of great skiing for everyone to enjoy. Some of the best runs are still the less exposed ones coming down to the villages as they are tree lined and protected from the sunshine a little more. It is possible to ski across all sectors with all but four lifts open today.

Andorra Resorts and the Soldeu team wish everyone a very Snowy Merry Christmas

If you've not booked your ski trip yet then head to our holidays page where you can plan and book everything you need for your Soldeu ski holiday.

26
December
2015
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25 December 2015

Today is a lovely sunny day with a few wispy clouds in the sky. The Christmas holidays are here and the slopes are a little busier, but with a massive 140km of slopes open, Grandvalira has some of the best skiing at the moment. Some of the best and quietist runs are the ones coming down to the villages as they are tree lined and protected from the sunshine a little more. It is possible to ski across all sectors with most of the lift links open.

Andorra Resorts and the Soldeu team wish everyone a very Snowy Merry Christmas

If you've not booked your ski trip yet then head to our holidays page where you can plan and book everything you need for your Soldeu ski holiday.

25
December
2015
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25 December 2015

Today is a lovely sunny day with a few wispy clouds in the sky. The Christmas holidays are here and the slopes are a little busier, but with a massive 140km of slopes open, Grandvalira has some of the best skiing at the moment. Some of the best and quietist runs are the ones coming down to the villages as they are tree lined and protected from the sunshine a little more. It is possible to ski across all sectors with most of the lift links open.

Andorra Resorts and the Soldeu team wish everyone a very Snowy Merry Christmas

If you've not booked your ski trip yet then head to our holidays page where you can plan and book everything you need for your Soldeu ski holiday.

 

24
December
2015
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24 December 2015

Today is sunny with a few clouds in the sky. With the Christmas holidays here the slopes are a little busier, but with a massive 140km of slopes open, Grandvalira has some of the best skiing at the moment. Some of the best and quietist runs are the ones coming down to the villages as they are tree lined and protected from the sunshine a little more. It is possible to ski across all sectors with many of the lift links open.

Andorra Resorts and the Soldeu team wish everyone a very Snowy Merry Christmas

If you've not booked your ski trip yet then head to our holidays page where you can plan and book everything you need for your Soldeu ski holiday.

23
December
2015
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21 December 2015

Another beautiful sunny blue sky day. The team have been skiing in Soldeu - El Tarter over the weekend and the conditions are really great. Some of the best and quietist runs are the ones coming down to the villages as they are tree lined and protected from the sunshine a little more. Even for Christmas week the slopes are very quiet and most are in great condition. There is still about 70% of Grandvalira open thats a massive 140km of pistes to enjoy. It is possible to ski across all sectors with many of the lift links open.

If you've not booked your ski trip yet then head to our holidays page where you can plan and book everything you need for your Soldeu ski holiday.

22
December
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21 December 2015

Another beautiful sunny blue sky day. The team have been skiing in Soldeu - El Tarter over the weekend and the conditions are really great. Some of the best and quietist runs are the ones coming down to the villages as they are tree lined and protected from the sunshine a little more. Even for Christmas week the slopes are very quiet and most are in great condition. There is still about 70% of Grandvalira open thats a massive 140km of pistes to enjoy. It is possible to ski across all sectors with many of the lift links open.

If you've not booked your ski trip yet then head to our holidays page where you can plan and book everything you need for your Soldeu ski holiday.

21
December
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21 December 2015

Another beautiful sunny blue sky day. The team have been skiing in Soldeu - El Tarter over the weekend and the conditions are really great. Some of the best and quietist runs are the ones coming down to the villages as they are tree lined and protected from the sunshine a little more. Even for Christmas week the slopes are very quiet and most are in great condition. There is still about 70% of Grandvalira open thats a massive 140km of pistes to enjoy. It is possible to ski across all sectors with many of the lift links open.

If you've not booked your ski trip yet then head to our holidays page where you can plan and book everything you need for your Soldeu ski holiday.

20
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19 December 2015

What a great day, sunhshine and not a cloud in the sky. The team have been skiing today in Soldeu - El Tarter and the conditions are really great. Some of the best and quietist runs are the ones coming down to the villages as they are tree lined and protected from the sunshine a little more. Even for the weekend before Christmas the slopes are very quiet and most are in great condition. There is still about 70% of Grandvalira open thats a massive 140km of pistes to enjoy. Today all the lifts in Soldeu and El Tarter are open and many of the lift links between the other sectors are running.

If you've not booked your ski trip yet then head to our holidays page where you can plan and book everything you need for your Soldeu ski holiday.

19
December
2015
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19 December 2015

What a great day, sunhshine and not a cloud in the sky. The team have been skiing today in Soldeu - El Tarter and the conditions are really great. Some of the best and quietist runs are the ones coming down to the villages as they are tree lined and protected from the sunshine a little more. Even for the weekend before Christmas the slopes are very quiet and most are in great condition. There is still about 70% of Grandvalira open thats a massive 140km of pistes to enjoy. Today all the lifts in Soldeu and El Tarter are open and many of the lift links between the other sectors are running.

If you've not booked your ski trip yet then head to our holidays page where you can plan and book everything you need for your Soldeu ski holiday.

18
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16 December 2015

The sunshine is out with a few wispy clouds above the mountain tops. The slopes are quiet and there is just under 70% of Grandvalira open thats a massive 140km of pistes to enjoy. The conditions are still very good for mid December with just a few small patches of grass pushing through. Many of the lift links between sectors are running and the snow cannons have been working hard on a nightly basis to keep the conditions great.

If you've not booked your ski trip yet then head to our holidays page where you can plan and book everything you need for your Soldeu ski holiday.

17
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16 December 2015

The sunshine is out with a few wispy clouds above the mountain tops. The slopes are quiet and there is just under 70% of Grandvalira open thats a massive 140km of pistes to enjoy. The conditions are still very good for mid December with just a few small patches of grass pushing through. Many of the lift links between sectors are running and the snow cannons have been working hard on a nightly basis to keep the conditions great.

If you've not booked your ski trip yet then head to our holidays page where you can plan and book everything you need for your Soldeu ski holiday.

16
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16 December 2015

The sunshine is out with a few wispy clouds above the mountain tops. The slopes are quiet and there is just under 70% of Grandvalira open thats a massive 140km of pistes to enjoy. The conditions are still very good for mid December with just a few small patches of grass pushing through. Many of the lift links between sectors are running and the snow cannons have been working hard on a nightly basis to keep the conditions great.

If you've not booked your ski trip yet then head to our holidays page where you can plan and book everything you need for your Soldeu ski holiday.

15
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15 December 2015

Today is a rare cloudy day with temperatures of about 4 degrees. The slopes are quiet and there is about 70% of Grandvalira open thats a massive 145km of pistes to get enjoy. The conditions are still really good for mid December with just a few small patches of grass pushing through. Many of the lift links between sectors are running and the snow cannons have been working hard all night to keep the conditions great.

If you've not booked your ski trip yet then head to our holidays page where you can plan and book everything you need for your Soldeu ski holiday.

14
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12 December 2015

Today is sunny but with a hint of wispy clouds across the peaks. The slopes are a little busier being the weekend but with a total of nearly 70% of Grandvalira open thats a massive 145km of pistes to get enjoy. The conditions are good for mid December with just a few small patches of grass pushing through. Many of the lift links between sectors are running and the snow cannons have been working hard all night to keep the conditions great.

If you've not booked your ski trip yet then head to our holidays page where you can plan and book everything you need for your Soldeu ski holiday.

13
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12 December 2015

Today is sunny but with a hint of wispy clouds across the peaks. The slopes are a little busier being the weekend but with a total of nearly 70% of Grandvalira open thats a massive 145km of pistes to get enjoy. The conditions are good for mid December with just a few small patches of grass pushing through. Many of the lift links between sectors are running and the snow cannons have been working hard all night to keep the conditions great.

If you've not booked your ski trip yet then head to our holidays page where you can plan and book everything you need for your Soldeu ski holiday.

12
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12 December 2015

Today is sunny but with a hint of wispy clouds across the peaks. The slopes are a little busier being the weekend but with a total of nearly 70% of Grandvalira open thats a massive 145km of pistes to get enjoy. The conditions are good for mid December with just a few small patches of grass pushing through. Many of the lift links between sectors are running and the snow cannons have been working hard all night to keep the conditions great.

If you've not booked your ski trip yet then head to our holidays page where you can plan and book everything you need for your Soldeu ski holiday.

11
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9 December 2015

Today is a lovely sunny day and with a total of nearly 70% of Grandvalira open thats a massive 145km of linked pistes to enjoy. Many of the lift links between sectors are running and although there are a couple of little grassy patches the snow cannons have been working hard in the evenings and there is some great skiing to be had.

If you've not booked your ski trip yet then head to our holidays page where you can plan and book everything you need for your Soldeu ski holiday.

10
December
2015
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9 December 2015

Today is a lovely sunny day and with a total of nearly 70% of Grandvalira open thats a massive 145km of linked pistes to enjoy. Many of the lift links between sectors are running and although there are a couple of little grassy patches the snow cannons have been working hard in the evenings and there is some great skiing to be had.

If you've not booked your ski trip yet then head to our holidays page where you can plan and book everything you need for your Soldeu ski holiday.

09
December
2015
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9 December 2015

Today is a lovely sunny day and with a total of nearly 70% of Grandvalira open thats a massive 145km of linked pistes to enjoy. Many of the lift links between sectors are running and although there are a couple of little grassy patches the snow cannons have been working hard in the evenings and there is some great skiing to be had.

If you've not booked your ski trip yet then head to our holidays page where you can plan and book everything you need for your Soldeu ski holiday.

08
December
2015
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8 December 2015

With the Spanish bank holiday coming to an end the slopes are a lot quieter again. There has been no snow for a few days but nearly 70% of Grandvalira is open and many of the lift links between sectors are running.

The day has been a little cloudy and there looks to be some snow clouds on the horizon this evening. With snow forecast for tomorrow the conditions should be wonderful for the week ahead.

If you've not booked your ski trip yet then head to our holidays page where you can plan and book everything you need for your Soldeu ski holiday.

07
December
2015
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5 December 2015

This weekend is the Spanish bank holiday and nearly 70% of Grandvalira is open. Most of the lift links between sectors are running and with a beautiful but fresh day its some great skiing up there today! The morning started with a few clouds but is slowly clearing for a lovely sunny blue sky day. The conditions for early December are great and with colder temperatures coming in over the weekend pistes will stay in great shape all day long. 

If you've not booked your ski holiday yet then head to our holidays page where you can plan and book everything you need for your Soldeu ski holiday.

06
December
2015
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5 December 2015

This weekend is the Spanish bank holiday and nearly 70% of Grandvalira is open. Most of the lift links between sectors are running and with a beautiful but fresh day its some great skiing up there today! The morning started with a few clouds but is slowly clearing for a lovely sunny blue sky day. The conditions for early December are great and with colder temperatures coming in over the weekend pistes will stay in great shape all day long. 

If you've not booked your ski holiday yet then head to our holidays page where you can plan and book everything you need for your Soldeu ski holiday.

05
December
2015
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5 December 2015

This weekend is the Spanish bank holiday and nearly 70% of Grandvalira is open. Most of the lift links between sectors are running and with a beautiful but fresh day its some great skiing up there today! The morning started with a few clouds but is slowly clearing for a lovely sunny blue sky day. The conditions for early December are great and with colder temperatures coming in over the weekend pistes will stay in great shape all day long. 

If you've not booked your ski holiday yet then head to our holidays page where you can plan and book everything you need for your Soldeu ski holiday.

04
December
2015
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3 December 2015

It is a warm and sunny day today, with empty slopes. Every day more and more slopes are opening, with now more than half of Grandvalira pistes open and most in great condition for early December. The link to Grau-Roig was open today so we skied across, there were a couple of grassy patches but most runs were wonderfully groomed still!

There are cold temperatures and snow forcast for the weekend and with a great base layer already it's going to be an amazing December here. If you've not booked your trip yet then head to our holidays page where you can plan and book your Soldeu ski holiday.

03
December
2015
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3 December 2015

It is a warm and sunny day today, with empty slopes. Every day more and more slopes are opening, with now more than half of Grandvalira pistes open and most in great condition for early December. The link to Grau-Roig was open today so we skied across, there were a couple of grassy patches but most runs were wonderfully groomed still!

There are cold temperatures and snow forcast for the weekend and with a great base layer already it's going to be an amazing December here. If you've not booked your trip yet then head to our holidays page where you can plan and book your Soldeu ski holiday.

01
December
2015
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28 November 2015

It's opening day today with superb conditions for November.  The links between all areas aren't yet open but with just under 90km open in Soldeu and El Tarter we had a fab few hours on the slopes, although it did make for tired legs getting used to being on the slopes again!

The slopes have excellent coverage for the most part with just a couple of areas we found where grass was still showing through, but that's to be expected in November.  This coming week is set to stay very cold so they are able to keep snow making going so all in all a great start to the season.

If you've not booked your trip already then head to our holidays page where you can plan and book your Soldeu ski holiday.

29
November
2015
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28 November 2015

It's opening day today with superb conditions for November.  The links between all areas aren't yet open but with just under 90km open in Soldeu and El Tarter we had a fab few hours on the slopes, although it did make for tired legs getting used to being on the slopes again!

The slopes have excellent coverage for the most part with just a couple of areas we found where grass was still showing through, but that's to be expected in November.  This coming week is set to stay very cold so they are able to keep snow making going so all in all a great start to the season.

If you've not booked your trip already then head to our holidays page where you can plan and book your Soldeu ski holiday.

25
November
2015
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We have received plenty of natural snowfall in recent days, today it has been snowing heavily with around half a metre expected to fall up on the slopes.  Everything is covered in a blanket of white and the piste bashers are working hard to prepare the slopes for opening.  There is further snow forecast over the coming days and we are looking forward to hitting the slopes very soon!  Once Grandvalira has officially opened we will be up on the mountain bringing you the latest reports on conditions!

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Weather Forecast

Here in Andorra the weather can change very quickly and forecasts often vary quite a lot. Being located in the mountains it can be difficult to predict the snowfall, especially a few days in advance. As a general rule we find that the weather forecasts are much more reliable as they get closer to the actual time. You will find a local up-to-date forecast below.

Monday 09 December
-6°
Day
High / Low : -6° / -7°
Feels Like : -17°
Wind : 59kmh from NW
Freezing Level : 1647m
Snowfall : 16cm
High / Low : 1° / -2°
Feels Like : -3°
Wind : 13kmh from NW
Freezing Level : 1647m
Snowfall : 11cm
-6°
Night
High / Low : -3° / -8°
Feels Like : -11°
Wind : 58kmh from NW
Freezing Level : 1168m
Snowfall : 7cm
High / Low : -2° / -7°
Feels Like : -8°
Wind : 17kmh from NW
Freezing Level : 1168m
Snowfall : 5cm
Predicted Snowfall
24hr 23cm
48hr 23cm
72hr 27cm
 
Tuesday 10 December
Day
High / Low : 3° / -1°
Feels Like : -1°
Wind : 39kmh from NNW
Freezing Level : 2244m
Snowfall : 0cm
High / Low : 3° / -3°
Feels Like :
Wind : 12kmh from N
Freezing Level : 2244m
Snowfall : 0cm
Night
High / Low : 3° / 1°
Feels Like :
Wind : 8kmh from NNW
Freezing Level : 2288m
Snowfall : 0cm
High / Low : -2° / -2°
Feels Like : -1°
Wind : 3kmh from N
Freezing Level : 2288m
Snowfall : 0cm
Predicted Snowfall
24hr 0cm
48hr 4cm
72hr 17cm
 
Wednesday 11 December
-4°
Day
High / Low : -1° / -7°
Feels Like : -3°
Wind : 6kmh from N
Freezing Level : 1755m
Snowfall : 2cm
High / Low : 3° / -5°
Feels Like : -0°
Wind : 5kmh from NNW
Freezing Level : 1755m
Snowfall : 2cm
-7°
Night
High / Low : -6° / -8°
Feels Like : -16°
Wind : 40kmh from N
Freezing Level : 1001m
Snowfall : 2cm
High / Low : -4° / -8°
Feels Like : -7°
Wind : 8kmh from NNW
Freezing Level : 1001m
Snowfall : 2cm
Predicted Snowfall
24hr 4cm
48hr 17cm
72hr 32cm
 
Thursday 12 December
-6°
Day
High / Low : -4° / -7°
Feels Like : -10°
Wind : 25kmh from WNW
Freezing Level : 1566m
Snowfall : 0cm
High / Low : 1° / -5°
Feels Like : -0°
Wind : 4kmh from WSW
Freezing Level : 1566m
Snowfall : 0cm
-1°
Night
High / Low : -0° / -2°
Feels Like : -10°
Wind : 49kmh from WNW
Freezing Level : 2176m
Snowfall : 13cm
High / Low : -0° / -2°
Feels Like : -1°
Wind : 2kmh from WSW
Freezing Level : 2176m
Snowfall : 6cm
Predicted Snowfall
24hr 13cm
48hr 28cm
72hr 28cm
 
Friday 13 December
-1°
Day
High / Low : -1° / -2°
Feels Like : -11°
Wind : 104kmh from NW
Freezing Level : 2379m
Snowfall : 15cm
High / Low : 3° / 1°
Feels Like :
Wind : 9kmh from NNW
Freezing Level : 2379m
Snowfall : 11cm
Night
High / Low : 1° / -1°
Feels Like : -6°
Wind : 57kmh from NW
Freezing Level : 2395m
Snowfall : 0cm
High / Low : 1° / -2°
Feels Like : -2°
Wind : 9kmh from NNW
Freezing Level : 2395m
Snowfall : 0cm
Predicted Snowfall
24hr 15cm
48hr 15cm
72hr 15cm
 
Saturday 14 December
Day
High / Low : 6° / 1°
Feels Like :
Wind : 18kmh from WNW
Freezing Level : 3377m
Snowfall : 0cm
High / Low : 6° / -0°
Feels Like :
Wind : 5kmh from SW
Freezing Level : 3377m
Snowfall : 0cm
Night
High / Low : 7° / 6°
Feels Like :
Wind : 18kmh from WNW
Freezing Level : 2807m
Snowfall : 0cm
High / Low : 0° / -2°
Feels Like : -3°
Wind : 4kmh from SW
Freezing Level : 2807m
Snowfall : 0cm
Predicted Snowfall
24hr 0cm
48hr 0cm
 
Sunday 15 December
Day
High / Low : 5° / 3°
Feels Like :
Wind : 27kmh from WSW
Freezing Level : 3135m
Snowfall : 0cm
High / Low : 6° / -0°
Feels Like :
Wind : 8kmh from SSW
Freezing Level : 3135m
Snowfall : 0cm
Night
High / Low : 3° / 2°
Feels Like : -3°
Wind : 28kmh from WSW
Freezing Level : 2704m
Snowfall : 0cm
High / Low : -1° / -1°
Feels Like : -4°
Wind : 8kmh from SSW
Freezing Level : 2704m
Snowfall : 0cm
Predicted Snowfall
24hr 0cm
 
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