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Grandvalira – a Skiing Paradise in Tiny Andorra

Encamp town in Andorra
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  Encamp town in Andorra

Grandvalira is the biggest skiing region in the Pyrenees. The total length of its tracks is 210 kilometres, and the highest mountain peaks stand at 1710 and 2640 metres high. Perfect skiing opportunities, various attractions and sunny weather will chase the blues away. Novice, intermediate and advanced skiers are all welcome here; snowboarders will find dedicated parks as well. Grandvalira is renowned for having it all.

Skiing enthusiasts love this place for its extensive lift infrastructure that can handle more than 100,000 people per hour, making the likelihood of a queue miniscule. Besides, the region grants the opportunity to try out many tracks, as Grandalvira has as many as 118 of them. Artificial snow and good conditions guarantee that 65 percent of the tracks are available throughout the season, which lasts November to April.

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Video by Nicolas Lefebvre-MushProd.  Slidinėjimas Grandvalyroje, Andoroje

The Grandalvira skiing region is situated in the northern part of Andorra, next to the French border. It was named after the valley of the river Valira d’Orent. The region comprises six ski resorts: Encamp, Soldeu, Canillo, El Tarter, El Pas de la Casa and Grau Roig.

The region has 21 green tracks, 42 blue tracks for intermediate skiers, 30 red tracks for advanced skiers and 25 black tracks designed exclusively for professionals. It also has 64 functioning lifts. More than 400 licenced instructors work in seven skiing and snowboarding schools.

Ski resort in Andorra
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  Ski resort in Andorra

Besides downhill skiing, Grandvalira offers other wintertime attractions, as well: three freestyle arenas, the El Tartero snow park (for professionals only), the El Pas de la Casa snow park (designed for beginners and intermediate skiers) and the Slope Style Park in Grau Roig (exclusively for beginners).

In the snow capital of the Pyrenees there are also clubs for children, where they can go on various rides or simply play. It is fun to try other attractions besides skiing: climbing mountains, riding snowmobiles or dog-pulled sleds.

Dogs in Andorra ski resort
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  Dogs in Andorra ski resort

After enjoying the Pyrenean snow, you will be welcomed in cosy cafés, restaurants offering different cuisines, bars and bistros, where Apres Ski parties are held. There is also good shopping here, and in Andorra, commodities are only slightly taxed, which is evident in the prices. In total, there are more than a thousand shops offering fashion items, electronics, sports equipment and other goods.

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