2018-2019 SEASON ANNOUNCEMENTS
This 2018-2019 season Grandvalira will be celebrating 15 years since the opening of southern Europe’s largest ski resort. This Andorran snow domain is the result of the Pas de la Casa-Grau Roig and Soldeu-El Tarter resorts joining together. New for this season, Grandvalira has added Ordino Arcalís to its ski offer; the combination of the two resorts allows skiers to enjoy an even more pioneering snow experience, with a total of 150 miles and a volume of visitors that we expect will see over two million ski passes sold. This would position the domain among only 7 resorts in the world to exceed this figure in the worldwide ranking of more than 2,000 resorts drawn up annually by the Swiss consultant, Laurent Vanat.
Secondly, it has also widened its appeal and has now become one of the world's leading resorts. Because of this, each year sees visitors from many different countries enjoying what Grandvalira has to offer: from high-quality slopes for all kinds of visitors and tastes to a wide range of leisure and other services. In this sense, Grandvalira is this year presenting new features designed for all audiences as well as improvements to the resort’s infrastructure and services.
WHAT'S NEW ON THE SLOPES
NEW PLATFORM IN SOLDEU
This season the Soldeu sector opens a new 150,000 square foot ski platform at the foot of the Avet slope, one of the entrances to the resort. The infrastructure, which overflows the Valira River in the East, will also have an underground parking lot with 450 places. Construction of this platform responds to the need to adapt the arrival of the Avet slope to host the Finals of the Alpine Ski World Cup that will take place from 11 to 17 March 2019. This is the most important sporting event in Andorra’s history and an opportunity for international prestige. The improvements made to the foot of the Avet slope also fulfils the objective of providing Soldeu with a snow front for skiers, similar to that of many alpine resorts, in order to connect the town with the resort, as well as offering more parking spaces. This new infrastructure is the reflection of the constant innovation that allows Grandvalira to position itself at the highest international level and to show the best image of Andorra and the snow sector. It is an almost 25 million euro investment, a project of great technical complexity that has been endorsed by the Department of Environment and Sustainability of the Government of Andorra.
IMPROVEMENTS TO THE TORTUGA AND LES DEVESES SLOPES
One of Grandvalira’s firm convictions is to support families and beginner skiers. For this reason, the resort has renovated the Tortuga and Les Deveses slopes, of the Grau Roig and Encamp sectors respectively.
The Tortuga slope expands its route to allow skiers to arrive at the base of this side of the resort only via the blue slope. The opening of this new section connects with the lower part of the Granota slope, avoiding the crossing with a black slope and a red slope. This slope extension has artificial snow to make sure it can open while offering a more comfortable alternative for less experienced skiers.
Les Deveses, one of the most used blue slopes for the progress of novice skiers in the Encamp sector, is now wider. During the expansion work, the slope improvement has also been taken into account to offer skiers more comfort and stability.
EXTENSION AND WORKS ON THE ÀLIGA SLOPE
The emblematic Àliga slope of the El Tarter sector has been set up in order to host the 2019 Alpine Ski World Cup Finals while guaranteeing safety, quality and efficiency. A stretch is extended (from the last jump to the finish line) to have a wider and flatter slope as well as to be able to build the Team Event exit and have sufficient space for the Descents and the Super Giant tracks. 650 feet of protective netting has been installed in the area of the crossing of the Esparver slope. In addition, the foot of the slope has been extended in order to increase space and be able to hold the podiums for the World Cup awards ceremony.
IMPROVEMENT OF THE CANNONS NETWORK
Grandvalira’s 210 km (130 mi.) of skiable slopes are equipped with a vast and powerful network of snow cannons strategically placed throughout the resort’s 6 sectors. The resort therefore has the capacity to ensure that more than 65% of its area is skiable, weather permitting. Since the resort first opened, its has continually invested in snow cannons, progressively expanding its infrastructure to reach its current state: a network made up of more than 1,000 cannons. For this 2018-2019 season, the resort has acquired new, high-pressure and low-pressure cannons to cover some slopes without artificial snow and in areas that suffer more wear and tear due to the skiers. In addition, the improvement works of the innovation network carried out allow the resort to take advantage of the lowest temperatures and increase the production of snow in minimal time. On the one hand, the Enllaç slope in the Grau Roig sector has improved its innovation network offering the skier another return route to the Enradort-Llac del Cubil area from the Funicamp and Soldeu. On the other hand, three new low pressure cannons have been acquired for the area at the foot of the Avet slope and some high pressure cannons have been replaced in the Soldeu, El Tarter and Canillo sectors.
NEW CABINS FOR THE SOLDEU CABLE CAR
This 2018-19 season, the Soldeu cable car has 51 new cabins with capacity for 8 seated or standing passengers. The design of the cars allows the skier to transport material inside the cabin. For the entertainment of the users, one of the newly installed cars has a clear floor to make the ascent more appealing.
RE-OPENING OF PIC NEGRE 2 SKI LIFT
The Pic Negre 2 re-opens in the Pas de la Casa sector, one of the resorts’ most extreme ski lifts. Its location means that only the most experienced skiers can access it. After 20 years without working, this legendary ski lift takes advantage of the freeride boom and the improvements to the Isards area to enable its re-opening. The objective is to give access to one of the most virgin territories of Pas de la Casa; an untapped area that is due to open when conditions allow for the enjoyment of the best natural dust snow.
RENOVATION OF THE FUNICAMP HALL
Funicamp now enjoys a renovated lobby. The upgrades mean the lobby now offers the sale of ski passes, a new point of sale for the ski school, an extension of the ski storage and a new café with terrace-lounge. As of this season, the entrance space at the Funicamp opens to customers to offer more facilities and services in a transit area.
IMPROVEMENTS TO SNOWPARKS
The three Snowparks of the resort have new modules, tubes and drawers installed, diversifying the offer as well as hosting a schedule of tight freestyle events. Among the most acclaimed competitions, the SLVSH Cup Grandvalira will return for another season and will take place in El Peretol, and the 15th edition of the Total Fight Masters of Freestyle is also returning to El Tarter this year. The names of the Snowparks in the Grau Roig sector have been updated and renamed Sunrise Park Xavi by Henrik Harlaut and Sunset Park Peretol by Henrik Harlaut. The three Grandvalira Snowparks continue to offer a great variety of different spaces to jump and grind from 9am until 9pm, 12 hours of uninterrupted freestyle!
NEW SUSTAINABLE SNOW GROOMING MACHINE
One of Grandvalira’s mission statements is its commitment to the Environment. Our environment is without a doubt one of our most valuable assets. This is why the new acquisitions for the resort must always meet the environmental requirements needed to minimise the impact on the natural environment. In this regard, Soldeu El Tarter has acquired a new snow grooming machine with an electric motor that makes traction of the ratrac and the milling discs faster and more efficient. The machine, which consumes fewer hydrocarbons, is self-sustaining, as it produces energy in descents. In addition, the hydraulic system makes work on the slopes greener and more sustainable.
IMPROVEMENTS TO THE SKI AND SNOWBOARD SCHOOL
TOP CLASS, ONE STEP FURTHER
The Top Class service is still one of the star products of Grandvalira ski and snowboarding school. An exclusive service for those customers who are looking for unique, personalised experiences. This season, for the first time, customers can enjoy a new service combining the exclusive ski classes taught by the most experienced tutors, along with the possibility of enjoying a driving experience on ice and snow at the Andorra Circuit in Pas de la Casa, located in Port d'Envalira.
Also, the Pas de la Casa sector has a new Top Class room to improve customer experience. All users who have purchased the Top Class product at the Ski and Snowboard School can enjoy a warm space equipped with all the comforts, just above the sector’s ski school. An ideal place for a break during the skiing day, where customers can attend the theoretical instructions of the tutors, watch video corrections or access the ski test.
RACE CENTER, A COMPETITION EXPERIENCE
The Race Center of the Soldeu, El Tarter and Canillo sectors has been updated by the Andorran former Olympic athlete Santi López. This product is aimed at experienced skiers who want to improve their level of skiing, as well as all those customers who want to live the skiing experience in Grandvalira, a World Cup resort. The resort offers the best infrastructure; the customer can train on slopes approved by the International Ski Federation (FIS), with the possibility of testing giant skis and slalom skis from the best brands and training materials (masts, flags, chronometer, radios, dorsals, staff and slope) and specific rooms for theoretical learning and video-corrections.
INNOVATIONS AT THE FREERIDE CENTRE
Extreme sports lovers should not forget to visit the Freeride Centre. Once again, the ski and snowboard school is offering new products to meet the needs of our more adventurous skiers The Pas de la Casa and Grau Roig sectors offer the Freeride Discovery, 4 hours of classes aimed at learning the technique of off-piste skiing, within the ski area of the resort. If what you’re looking for is a more exclusive and attractive experience, the Freeride Expedition is ideal. Accompanied by a mountain guide and with ratrac access, guests can ski outside the perimeter of the resort, in the Maià peak area. The addition of Ordino Arcalís into the resort offers a weekend product designed for those riders who want to live for themselves what the skiers of the Freeride World Tour feel. Two days off-piste skiing, the first in the Pas de la Casa and Grau Roig sectors and the second in the regular season, doing the circuits of the well-known competition.
IMPROVEMENTS TO THE KIDS’ SCHOOL
Families remain one of the priorities of the resort and that is why, year after year, a major part of the investment is allocated to expanding and improving the services of the schools for children in all sectors. This season, the Imaginarium circuits in the Pas de la Casa and Grau Roig sectors, have seen improvements made to the children's furniture and new educational materials to improve the learning process for the little ones. In addition, the school slope has been extended to the snow garden of the Pas de la Casa sector, to create a new children's circuit with a fun tunnel.
MORE CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING CIRCUITS
The Grandvalira Mountain Guides is expanding its offer for this 2018-19 season. A new mountain ski circuit at the Encamp sector is added to the nine existing signposted ones. A Funicamp intermediate circuit that reaches the top end of the line. The area also has a new centre for mountain guides. This means skiers who want to enjoy mountain skiing in a signposted environment and away from the ski slopes, have 10 circuits available: 4 in the Grau Roig sector, 1 in the Pas de la Casa sector, 1 in the El Tarter sector and this new one, in the Encamp sector.
NEW FOR FAMILIES
Once again, Grandvalira ensures family fun with new attractions and offers designed for all ages. The Mon(t)Magic Family Park in the Canillo sector is launching Magic Gliss, a slide that falls some 1,820 feet and rises 590 feet, meaning kids and adults have yet another entertainment feature to enjoy throughout the skiing day. The attraction, which can reach speeds of 25mph, is designed for visitors aged 3 and up, although children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. Access to the activity is via the slope or by the Canillo cable car. This also means that users of the pedestrian crossing can access it.
This season, children will be able to try out the new Yokai circuit in the Soldeu sector. The protagonist of this new themed attraction is inspired by the emblematic bird, a forest rooster, which inhabits forests in the area. The circuit, which has a length of 2,100 feet, is designed for all ages and can be accessed via Espiolets, through the Esparver i Ós slope.
NEW ADDITIONS TO OUR RESTAURANTS
Once again, Grandvalira is committed to offering quality cuisine and carefully selects the suppliers to make sure the customer has an unforgettable experience off slope and on.
NEW ENCAMP BASE SPACE
The new Encamp Base space, located in the Funicamp lobby in the Encamp sector, offers original culinary options to start the day as well as to recharge your batteries after a hard day's skiing. There’s the NNEWSespresso space offering a variety of recipes, created from high quality coffee. And, for those who are looking for something different and exclusive, in Encamp Base there is also the Enrique Tomás space. The world-famous Ham Master arrives at Grandvalira to offer his top-quality product, originating directly from the best Iberian ham producers. All in all, the Funicamp lobby is now the ideal space for a delicious day of skiing.
THE NOMAD FOOD RATRAC REINVENTS ITSELF
One of the most popular culinary trends in the resort is the well-known Nomad Food Ratrac. This season the roaming catering point comes with great innovations from the renowned Schara German brand. The Nomad Food Ratrac offers a menu specialised in charcuterie products, with top quality frankfurters, highly appreciated for their flavour, texture and aromas. In addition, we can also find a varied offer of San Miguel beers, ideal for accompanying these kinds of meals, such as Manilla, 1516 and Selecta. A perfect way to stop, recover strength and continue with an intense day of skiing.
Grandvalira has 60 catering points, most with large terraces and spectacular views of the Snow Domain. This season, many of the restaurants feature improved terraces and exclusive brands that offer unique experiences to visitors. This is the case, for example, of CBbC Costa Ronda which has a new grill space on its well-known terrace. This year skiers can also enjoy a new staged terrace in the Cubil restaurant in Grau Roig which is now a more comfortable space with loungers for sunbathing and to enjoy the surroundings. At 7,300 feet, the terrace of La Cabana dels Espiolets of the Soldeu sector is a unique place where you can enjoy an exclusive mulled wine by Ugly Gluh Wein this season. In the Pas de la Casa sector, the Abelletes terrace has improved services by incorporating new food trucks with high-quality fast food. Finally, the Piolet brasserie restaurant offers a new heated terrace serving waffles to enjoy every day of skiing, whatever the weather.
L’ABARSET, BREAKFAST WITH KNIFE AND FORK
Abarset is, once again, the meeting point for everyone wanting to enjoy a first-class cuisine and après ski. This season, the restaurant located in the El Tarter sector, is offering a new breakfast menu with hot dishes. Skiers who wish to start the day with all the energy they need, can enjoy classic fried eggs, potatoes with bacon or a succulent cap i pota dish, all accompanied with drink and coffee. A good dose of energy to face an intense day of skiing at Grandvalira.
OTHER NEW ANNOUNCEMENTS
User mobility of is a priority for Grandvalira, so the various sectors have set up parking for this new season. The Costa Rodona area, in the Pas de la Casa sector, has laid out a parking lot exclusively for customers. This space is located next to the ski pass sale point, at the foot of the slopes. In addition, construction of the platform at the foot of the Avet slope in the Soldeu sector will include the opening of 450 new parking spaces in response to growing demand.
NEW GRANDVALIRA MERCHANDISING COLLECTION
Grandvalira once again positions itself as one of the resorts with the most iconic image of southern Europe. Its logo has become a guarantee of quality for all customers who choose the resort to spend their leisure time. Because of this, this year the Snow Domain is offering a new line of clothing and merchandising products, with the resort's quality guarantee and distinctive image. Grandvalira merchandising can be found exclusively at different points of sale across the resort.
THE ONLINE SKI GAME FOR THE WORLD CUP FINALS
Grandvalira is also committed to new technologies and this season we are launching the first online game of the Alpine Skiing World Cup Finals: the Ski Race Soldeu. Participants will have to try to get the best time, going down the Àliga descent slope (DH) of El Tarter in an identical reproduction of the real track. Throughout the season, Soldeu-El Tarter will launch several online competitions. The game will be available for mobile devices: Google play and the App Store.