On the border of Andorra and France, Grandvalira is the biggest ski area in the Pyrenees. It has a huge 210km of piste making it one of the world’s 30 biggest ski resorts and the first resort outside of the alps to offer over 200km of ski runs. Its high-altitude skiing which provides gorgeous panoramic views and its excellent snow record make it an exceptional location for a school ski trip.
210km of skiable slopes on one lift pass shows why Grandvalira has a reputation for being an outstanding resort. It regularly hosts international competitions including the Speed Skiing World Championships. The vast range of red and blue runs provides quality slopes for beginner and intermediate skiers. El Tarter allows skiers to develop their high-altitude skiing as you ski from top to bottom down the sloping blue runs. The El Tarter sector also offers customised camps at the freestyle centre for a different but entertaining session. Ski storage at the top of the mountains makes accessibility around the resort easy, whilst ski in ski out accommodation is also available. Lift passes are also valid for the fun Ordino Arcalis resort to allow for more adventures. The recent increase in snow canons means snowmaking facilities now cover 65% of the area.
For Schools Because:
The resort has an excellent selection of seven ski and snowboard schools as well as a high-altitude beginner area that allows students with little or no experience to get to grips with the slopes. Grandvalira is also ideal for school trips as it has an outstanding lift capacity of up to 100,000 skiers per hour maximising time spent on the slopes. Additionally, there is fantastic Wi-Fi coverage so you can track your progress on the pistes. Public transport access via train and bus is also exemplary adding to the ease and accessibility of the resort.
A wide range of exciting activities are available at Grandvalira including ice driving, paintballing, and mushing – sleds drawn by a team of dogs. You can also visit the magnificent Ice hotel and igloo bars located in the area. In the nearby town and the capital city of Andorra, duty-free shopping creates an entertaining afternoon on the slopes.
Resort Height 1,710m
Vertical Drop 930m
No. of Lifts 74
No. of Runs 138
Total distance of Piste 210km
Average Snowfall 549cm
Calais Transfer Time 15hrs 45mins
Toulouse Airport Transfer Time 2hrs 30 mins
Apartments Crest Pas de la Casa ***
Located in the centre of Andorra’s Pas de la Casa, this smart and simple hotel has compact studios which can sleep up to 8 people. You are just 200 yards from the ski slopes and can dine in the buffet restaurant. A great choice for groups, the Crest Pas is perfect for returning to after a day exploring the slopes and countryside. You can grab a snack from the Pizzeria and then head to the games rooms for activities. Leave your skiing equipment in the storage provided at the Crest Pas. There is an internet corner for you to email home. Enjoy the variety of dishes served in the Crest Pas’s restaurant with a Mediterranean kitchen. After dinner head to the Crest Pas’s bar for some après ski. You can listen to live music, enjoy magic shows or watch sporting events.
- Ski equipment hire (on site)
- Ski pass vendor
- Ski storage
- Vending machine (drinks)
- Snack bar
Hotel Solana ****
This hotel is set in the shopping area of Andorra, just 200 yards from the Caldea Spa, the Panorama boasts exceptional views over Andorra’s capital, and has a fantastic fitness club and swimming pool. All groups have a comfortable stay at the Panorama, with fully en suite rooms, there is lots of natural light and great views of the surroundings. Furthermore, heated swimming pool and a hot tub is something groups will definitely enjoy after a day on the slopes. Why not also enjoy a sauna and the sun terrace, head out into the Escaldes-Principat d’Andorra commercial centre, where you can enjoy tax-free shopping. The ski slopes of both Vallnord and Grandvalira are just a short shuttle away.
- Ski storage
- Coffee house on-site
- Heated pool, sauna and hot tub
- Rooftop pool
- Shuttle service
Comtes d'Urgell ****
A traditional hotel located in the centre of Escaldes-Engordany, is 100 metres from Caldea Spa and 1 km from Andorra La Vella. It offers free Wi-Fi in public areas and a free shuttle bus to the slopes. All rooms are heated and have a flat-screen satellite TV and safe, private bathroom comes with toiletries. Inside the hotel you can watch programmes on a large TV, or play board games in the lounge. The hotel is located on a quiet area, close to Andorra’s main shops. Vallnord-La Massana and Grandvalira-Encamp Ski Resorts are just 8 km away and free shuttle is available.
- Ski storage
- Free WiFi
- TV lounge
- Located in shopping area