From March 11 to 17, 2019


Check all the press releases that have been published about the FIS ALPINE SKIING.




We at Grandvalira are aware of the significance for the ski resort and for Andorra of holding the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup men's and women’s finals for the second time. For this reason, during the days of the big event, from 13 to 19 March, we’ll do a minute-by-minute follow-up so that all you snow and ski lovers can stay in the know, without missing out on any details. 

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- Newsletters preview to the event with exclusive information on the FIS Ski World Cup Finals Andorra 2023.

- Information newsletters during the days of the competition (results, schedules of the following events, upcoming events related to the Cup, etc.)

- What's more, if you download the Grandvalira app, you’ll receive PUSH messages during the days of the competition (changes in schedule due to weather, results, notifications of scheduled events related to the Cup, etc.)



The World Cup is the most important international circuit-based alpine ski competition in the world, along with the Winter Olympics and the Alpine World Ski Championships. The competition is held annually and features a calendar of races for male and female skiers. It is considered the "Formula 1” of winter sports, where every detail counts: from the millimetrically precise preparation of the skis to the meticulous concentration in studying the course.

The road to the FIS Ski World Cup Finals

In 1965, just eight years after the opening the country’s first ski resort at Pas de la Casa - Grau Roig and one year after Soldeu - El Tarter first opened its doors, alpine skiing was declared a "sport of national interest" in Andorra.

The principality was the venue for the first European Cup for alpine skiing, which took place from 6 to 9 March 1974 at Pas de la Casa (slalom and giant slalom at Costa Rodona and slalom on the central slope of Grau Roig). The courses played host once again to the same competition the following year. Some years later, for the 1990-91 season Andorra was chosen to host two women’s slaloms (El Mirador, Grau Roig), and since 2003 the country has formed part of the European Cup circuit. The organizational success of all these events meant the principality was entrusted with hosting the first World Cup in 2012 at the Avet slope, Soldeu. Added to this is the fact that, over the course of its skiing history, Andorra has produced 28 Olympic skiers and has been represented at 10 Winter Olympics, starting with Innsbruck in 1976.

Grandvalira’s skiable area traces its origins back to October 2003, when the management of SAETDE and ENSISA (the companies operating Pas de la Casa - Grau Roig and Soldeu - El Tarter) announced a long-awaited merger. These two Andorran resorts laid the foundations of Grandvalira, and since then the skiable area has developed at an impressive rate. Season after season it has grown not only in size, but also in terms of facilities, equipment, quality, services, attractions and possibilities. Today, it is one of the leading resorts in southern Europe and a leader in the creation of new mountain experiences for visitors to enjoy all year round. With a total of 210 skiable kilometres (1,926 hectares), Grandvalira not only boasts the largest skiable area in the Pyrenees (and the Iberian Peninsula), but is also ranked among the 20 best winter sports centres in Europe.

In 2001, two years before the merger that produced Grandvalira, the decision was made to promote top-level alpine ski competitions. The idea arose once Andorra had completed its preparations as a candidate to host the 2010 Winter Olympics. Although the initiative did not get past the planning stage, it served to identify which courses were the most suitable for the different FIS disciplines. Investment plans to improve the Avet course were drawn up and in 2006 the country stood for the first time as a candidate to host the World Cup. Although it would not realize this ambition until 2012, from 2008 onwards Soldeu was used as a venue for various technical races that formed part of the European Cup.

Andorra’s successful hosting of European Cups in previous years meant that in 2012, Grandvalira experienced the thrill of a circuit-based winter sports competition at the highest level when it hosted the first FIS Women’s Alpine Skiing World Cup. The success of the 2012 competition, in terms of organization as well as the condition of the courses, led Grandvalira to be chosen once again, this time as the venue for two races of the 2016 FIS Women’s Alpine Skiing World Cup. The 2016 edition of the World Cup presented a new organizational challenge, given that it was the first time the event had been held on the Àliga course. Grandvalira’s successful hosting of these different editions of the World Cup gave FIS the confidence to award the resort the Finals of the FIS Men’s and Women’s Alpine Skiing World Cup 2019. As a result, in 2019 the courses of Avet and Àliga will spend a week under the spotlight as venues for the World Cup.

Stats on the last Fis Women's Alpine World Cup in Grandvalira, February 2016


Teams 74 skiers from 20 different countries.
Technical staff from the resort 100.
Volunteers 190 on-course and 90 off-course.
Spectators 10,000 on-course, 1,400 for the opening ceremony and 1,200 for the prize draw for the competitor numbers.
Safety and security teams 55 safety and security teams and 38 medical teams, plus 56 backup teams in the event of adverse weather conditions.
VIPs 900
Total number of accredited personnel 1697
Total number of media personnel 192 accredited.
Press and news agencies 45 contacts.
Radio 5 broadcasters.
Photographers 38 professional photographers (media, agencies and freelance).
Television personnel 104 (10 stations).
Television stations 5 live channels and 35 with the rights to delayed broadcast.
Other significant figures 292 million potential viewers (average of 146 million per day).
  Media returns in excess of €4.4m, according to the Kantar and Acceso agencies.
  15 kilometres of B-network.
  1,300 snow-machine hours.



Monday 11/03/2019 10:00 Course Àliga (El Tarter) Training DH Ladies
11:15 Course Àliga (El Tarter) Training DH Men
Tuesday 12/3/2019 10:00 Course Àliga (El Tarter) Training DH Men
11:00 Course Àliga (El Tarter) Training DH Ladies
19:30 Course Avet (Soldeu) Opening ceremony
Wednesday 13/3/2019 10:30 Course Àliga (El Tarter) DH Men
12:00 Course Àliga (El Tarter) DH Ladies
Thursday 14/3/2019 10:30 Course Àliga (El Tarter) SG Ladies
12:00 Course Àliga (El Tarter) SG Men
Friday 15/3/2019 11:00 Course Àliga (El Tarter) Alpine Team Event (ATE)
Saturday 16/3/2019 9:30 / 12:15 Course Avet (Soldeu) GS Men
10:30 / 13:15 Course Avet (Soldeu) SL Ladies
18:30 Plaza Carlemany Canillo Public bib draw
Sunday 17/3/2019 9:30 / 12:15 Course Avet (Soldeu) GS Ladies
10:30 / 13:15 Course Avet ( Soldeu) SL Men




12/03/2019 - 19H30


Grand opening ceremony for the Alpine Ski World Cup Finals in Soldeu, Avet course. Projection mapping, fireworks and many other surprises.



16/03/2019 - 18H30 


Public bib draw event in Canillo, in front of the Comú building. Attendees will get an up close and personal look at the stars of Alpine skiing as well as being able to enjoy the entertainment programme.



13-17/03/2019 - 17h00 to 21h00


Après-ski musical entertainment daily programme with a wide variety of DJs at L’Abarset (Grandvalira - El Tarter).




13-17/03/2019 - 12H00 TO 20H00


Exhibition space next to L’Abarset (Grandvalira - El Tarter) where visitors will be able to find a variety of items, including the main brands from the skiing world. A spot to visit and learn about materials and all the latest news first-hand.


Avet Slope

The Avet course is where the Slalom and Giant Slalom categories take place, and in 2012 it was chosen to host the races for the Ladies Alpine Ski World Cup. The competition stage takes place in Soldeu, and its classic layout was approved by the International Ski Federation (FIS) in October 2007. For the 2019 Alpine Ski World Cup finals, the finish area has been modified with an incredible skiable platform at the bottom of the Avet course and the town of Soldeu.

The course can be reached via the eight-person Soldeu gondola and the six-person Soldeu ski lift. It faces the north-west, guaranteeing the quality of the snow. You can see the town of Soldeu, where the finishing line is, from the descent and during a large part of the course. This means the entire course is perfectly visible and may even be followed from the windows of the sunniest rooms in the majority of the hotels.

The 2012 World Cup skiers enjoyed the Avet course so much that German skier Maria Hölf-Riesch, World Cup champion for the 2010-11 season, admitted that 'it's the best Giant course on the circuit'.

Details of the GS Avet course Details of the SL Avet course
Start line 2.266 m Start line 2.043 m
Finish line 1.850 m Finish line 1.850 m
Length 1.259 m Length 571 m
Vertical drop 416 m Vertical drop 193 m
Average gradient 37% Average gradient 36,30%
Maximum gradient 70% Maximum gradient 70%
Minimum gradient 14% Minimum gradient 14%
Orientation N / E Orientation N / E


Àliga Slope

The Àliga slope is where the speed categories take place: Downhill and Super-G.

In 2016, Andorra hosted the World Cup and Alpine Combined races.

The competition stage takes place in the El Tarter sector, and its trail are approved by the International Ski Federation (FIS). In recent years, the circuit has been prepared both to ensure the safety of the skiers as well as to make it as spectacular as possible.

It is 2.7 km long, 60 metres wide and has a 756-metre height difference where skiers can reach speeds in excess of 120 km/h.

The course ends in the town of El Tarter, so fans can even get close to the finishing line on foot to enjoy the competition. 







Details of the SG Àliga piste Details of the DH Àliga piste
Start line 2.315 m Start line 2.471 m
Finish line 1.715 m Finish line 1.715 m
Length 2.208 m Length 2.800 m
Vertical drop 600 m Vertical drop 756 m
Average gradient 28.40% Average gradient 28.20%
Maximum gradient 56% Maximum gradient 56%
Minimum gradient 6% Minimum gradient 6%
Orientation NW / NE Orientation NW / NE




In August 2017, a landmark project to improve the base of the Avet slope, as well as the accesses to the entry point of Grandvalira’s Soldeu sector, was begun. Construction commenced on a 16,000 m2 ski platform that will soar over the Valira d’Orient River and underground car park for 450 vehicles at the base of the Avet slope in Grandvalira’s Soldeu sector. It is a €25-million investment that will be shouldered by the company that manages Soldeu-El Tarter (ENSISA) in its entirety.
A project involving great technical complexity, it will mark a turning point in this iconic sector. Its implementation received a favourable report from the Department of Environment and Sustainability of the Government of Andorra. The Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) submitted by ENSISA includes the entire ski platform project and covers all areas: floral inventory, accesses to the works perimeter, respect for the river channels, wastewater management, protection of water habitats, etc. An overall landscaping project is also being considered.
  1. Access to the Soldeu walkway in 1966.
  2. Widening of the Soldeu bridge, in 1998 to the present time.
  3. New base in the Soldeu sector, Winter 2018-19.

The construction of the platform meets 3 objectives:
  • Prepare the arrival of the Avet slope as the venue for the 2019 Alpine Skiing World Cup finals to enhance the potential for tourism and international prestige.
  • Provide Soldeu with an area comparable to that of may Alpine ski resorts, bringing the town closer to the snow.
  • Solve a long-running shortage of parking by providing underground parking with room for 450 vehicles.


This new infrastructure will symbolise the drive for constant innovation, enabling to position the ski resort at the top international level and show the best Andorra and its snow industry have to offer.





Honor President President


Rt. Hon. Mr. Antoni Martí The Hon. Mr. Mandicó Mr. Josep Pintat Mas
Head of Government Executive Council Mayor of Canillo Andorran Ski Federation President
  Organising Committee President  

Rt. Hon. Mr. Francesc Camp Toursim Minister
Rt. Hon. Mrs. Olga Gelabert Culture, Youth and Sports Minister
Mr. Jaume Martí Andorran Olympic Committee President
Mr. Joan Viladomat Ski Andorra President
Mrs. Meritxell Sangrà
Andorra Ski Club President
Mrs. Silvia Mandicó
Soldeu Ski Club President
Mr. Jaume Bousquet
Pas de la Casa - Grau Roig Ski Club President
Mr. Daniel Escabrós
Arinsal-Pal Ski Club President
Mrs. Meritxell Santuré Ordino-Arcalís Ski Club President
Mr. Conrad Blanch CEO
Mr. Jordi Pujol Chief of Race
Mr. David Hidalgo Corporate Director
Mr. Enric Barbier Operations Director
Mr. Ton Naudi Logistic Director
Mr. Alfonso Torreño Marketing Director
Mrs. Irene Casasayas

Media Director

Mr. Marc Mitjana General Secretary
Mr. Carles Visa Andorran Ski Federation



To everyone who didn’t manage to register as a volunteer, we look forward to seeing you on the slopes and to sharing this unique event with you. Check out the event programme and make sure you don’t miss a thing.

The main REQUIREMENT is the MOTIVATION for contributing to the success of an international event of the highest level, there are many different positions where everyone can contribute their skills. Some positions require very good level of skiing, other languages... why so please you to fill requested data with maximum detail.

WE ARE A TEAM and together we will make history again working together for the 1st World Cup Finals in Andorra!

Our sincerest thanks to everyone for getting involved and offering your time!





** If you are part of one of these groups (PRESS, ORGANISATION OR SPONSORS), please fill in THIS FORM to request your accommodation.


Seeing the Alpine Ski World Cup Finals in person isn’t something that happens every day. Get FREE access to the grandstands and take in the atmosphere at the finish line on the Avet slope (Soldeu sector, Grandvalira) or the Àliga slope (El Tarter sector, Grandvalira), depending on the day. Cheer on the skiers, shout your lungs out, LIVE the moment, take plenty of photos and videos and share it all on social media with the hashtag #Grandvalira and #SoldeuElTarterWCF19. And remember: THIS WINTER, WE ARE ALL CHAMPIONS!

If you’re looking for a more intense experience, we also offer VIP access.

COURSE AVET GRANDSTANDS - Soldeu sector, Grandvalira

The grandstands are located in an ideal spot on the new Soldeu platform, from which you can see almost all of the legendary Avet slope and watch the skiers come down one of the most technical and intense slopes in the FIS circuit. What’s more, a giant screen will show all the courses and qualifications from the start line and at various strategic points along the slope. This is undoubtedly the best place to experience all the excitement and the thrill of seeing the world’s greatest skiers do what they do best. You can get in for free through the Soldeu cable car building and there is space for up to 1,518 spectators.





For the first time, Southern Europe’s biggest ski resort is hosting the men’s and women’s Alpine Ski World Cup Finals, on the two World Cup courses: the legendary Avet course (Grandvalira-Soldeu) and the iconic Àliga course (Grandvalira-El Tarter).

So that you can enjoy the best Alpine skiing competition in the world from the ideal position, we are offering a VIP package. With this special pass, you can access the VIP areas, with non-stop catering service, and the VIP zone in the stands, so that you can enjoy the competition up close and experience all the excitement of the event. The tickets are individual and do not include a ski pass. Day ski passes can be bought directly through this link.


Location and calendar

The El Tarter area: Hotel Nòrdic from Wednesday 13 March to Friday 15, from 8:30a.m. to 2:00p.m.

The Soldeu area: Sport Hotel Village on Saturday 16 March and Sunday 17, from 8:00a.m. to 3:00p.m.


Services included in the VIP pass

VIP parking service (with transfer to the hotel) + access to VIP areas with catering and premium views of the competitions + access to the reserved zone in the stands + Wi-Fi.

          VIP day pass: €290 (available from Wednesday to Sunday).

          VIP 2-day pass: €550 (Saturday and Sunday).

          VIP 5-day pass: €1,160 (Wednesday to Sunday).


Once the purchase process online will be completed, you will receive a voucher, which will must be given to the VIP room of El Tarter or at the VIP room of Soldeu, depending on where the competition will be held. View here the scheedule.




For the FIS SKI WORLD CUP FINALS in ANDORRA in 2019, a total of 350 accredited media representatives are expected. If you are one of them, please read our Media Guide, where you'll find all the practical information you need for the event that will take place in Grandvalira from 11 to 17 March 2019.







Welcome to the press room of the AUDI FIS Ski World Cup Finals Andorra 2019.

Here you can find all the downloadable documents you’ll need to stay informed about everything having to do with the finals, including daily press releases, start orders for each discipline, and the latest up-to-the-minute results for all races.


Download press releases related to the FIS SKI ALPINE taking place in Grandvalira this 2018/2019 season.



Listen to statements and reactions from the world’s best skiers after each race.


Download lists of the start orders of skiers for every race in the World Cup Finals.


Download the final results of every race at Grandvalira.





From Monday, March the 11th and until Saturday, March the 16th, every day from 7:30AM to 21:00 PM in the Main Media Center, located in the parking lot of the Hotel Nòrdic in El Tarter. Sunday, March the 17th from 7:30AM to 12:00PM. Contact.

REST OF THE ACCREDITATIONS COLLECTION (teams, athletes and other authorized people)

From Saturday, March the 9th and until Saturday, March the 16th every day from 9:00 AM to 5:00PM at the Accreditation Center located in the Hotel Park Piolets in Soldeu. Sunday, March the 17th from 9:00AM to 12:00PM. Contact.

The accreditations are closed.


WE ARE A TEAM and together we will make history again working together for the first World Cup Finals in Andorra!




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As the World Cup events take place on two tracks located in different sectors, each sector will have its own press room.


Main press room, located in a tent in one of the nòrdic hotel parkings.



Secondary press room, located in the Sport Hotel Village.






If you always go with style wherever you go, head to the shops in Grandvalira sectors Soldeu, El Tarter and Canillo to gear up with the exclusive merchandising of the World Cup Finals.


Ski Race Soldeu


Feel like a professional skier, participate in virtual championships and win prizes in the first online game of the Alpine Ski World Cup Finals for your mobile device or tablet.

The Grandvalira ski resort in Andorra presents the first online Alpine skiing game for your mobile device or tablet, inspired by the Alpine Skiing World Cup Finals being held from 11 to 17 March 2019 at Grandvalira. It can be downloaded for free on Google Play or in the Apple Store.

Experience what it feels like to be a World Cup skier and race against the clock with other players from around the world. The best times will win prizes at the upcoming championships organised by Grandvalira Soldeu-El Tarter, all with the SKI RACE SOLDEU online game and you as the star.

Experience with your own hands what it feels like to descend the exact World Cup Àliga Downhill Slope, located in the El Tarter section. Find the quickest route, trying not to skip any gates, and cross the finish line in the fastest time possible, then try again as many times as you like: you are your own biggest rival.


Good luck!


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