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21/02/2017 - 18:30

Grandvalira at 100% during Carnival

Grandvalira approaches Carnival week with 100% of its ski areas open. Skiers who choose to spend the holidays on the snow will be able to enjoy the largest ski area in the Iberian Peninsula, with a total surface of 210 km, 128 slopes, and snow levels between 100 and 160 cm. All ski lifts, as well as the Ski and Snowboarding School, restaurants, and adventure activities are fully operational.

Weather reports predict sunny days with optimal conditions for practicing winter sports. Fans of freestyle, for example, will find the epicenter of this modality in the Pyrenees thanks to its 3 fully operational snowparks. Skiers who prefer the off-slope modality will be able to enjoy the wildest side of the resort thanks to the mountain guides and monitors of the Freeride Center, which offers weekend intensive courses. Additionally, all 6 mountain circuits are in operation and the Ski and Snowboarding School provides the Grandvalira Mountain Guides service to safely discover the exceptional sceneries of the Grandvalira territory.

The fair weather also invites to discover new ways to enjoy the snow beyond practicing winter sports. Such is the case of the adventure activities offered in the resort’s two specialized centers: the Grandvalira Mountain Park in Grau Roig and the Grandvalira Outdoor Center in El Tarter. Unforgettable dog sled rides, forest tours by snowmobile or on snowshoes, snow tubing, or building authentic igloos are some of the amazing activities designed for the entire family.


A Carnival full of activities

Grandvalira is ready for one of the most fun and dynamic times of the winter season, offering a broad range of activities for children, who are the undeniable stars during these days. On Wednesday, February 22, at 6 p.m., the legendary Avet de Soldeu slope will be filled with light and color thanks to the Grandvalira Ski School Demo Team, which will descend wearing LED lights in order to create a visual spectacle full of contrasts. This will be repeated every Wednesday, making the Soldeu one of the most magical areas.

Adult visitors who wish to celebrate the Carnival in a different way will be able to enjoy the special Carnival dinner at the Roc de les Bruixes restaurant in Canillo on Saturday, February 25, and end the day with a night ski session at the Pla del Forn. Additionally, the nurseries and snow gardens will provide entertainment, workshops, and face painting sessions for children and their families throughout the weekend.

Regarding the sports calendar, the El Tarter Snow Park will host the Protest Riding Classic Camp this weekend, so anyone who wishes to perfect their freeski and snowboarding technique will be able to enjoy 3 hours of practice each day and receive corrections from specialists, as well as a chance to win gift packs from the event’s sponsors.

L’Abarset (El Tarter) once again offers a night filled with good music thanks to the DJ set by Portuguese DJ and producer Gonçalo, who will perform on Saturday, February 25, from 4 to 9 p.m. Furthermore, just like every other weekend, the Diamond CBbC Grandvalira in Pas de la Casa will also become the epicenter of après-ski in the Pyrenees, with new music and leisure activities provided by the staff of the Cala Bassa Beach Club in Ibiza.


Children’s Carnival

Every season, Grandvalira becomes the ideal location for children to learn to ski while enjoying and discovering the secrets of Andorra’s natural landscapes. The Mon(t) Magic Family Park is an obligatory stop for all families with children aged 3 to 8 visiting the dominion during Carnival; a unique place in the Pyrenees where children can enjoy skiing and learning Andorran folklore while playing with the fun magical beings that inhabit the valleys of the Principality. In total, the dominion offers you 100 hectares and 3 areas separated by skill level, as well as the longest thematic slope of southern Europe.

The Imaginarium Park will also welcome the Carnival by decorating its areas with cute characters such as Kikonico, so that children can enjoy the snow with their parents or participate in the Imaginarium program. There are several circuits and obstacles prepared to help the children increase their confidence while skiing by avoiding different obstacles throughout the circuit. Children under twelve who wish to start any modality accompanied by a monitor or an adult may do so at the Bababoom Circus in El Tarter. With 500 meters, this unique circuit includes several ludic and decorative elements that help immerse children in a magical circus world. 


Carnival schedule

Wednesday 22/02: Light and color show by the Grandvalira Ski School Demo Team – Avet Slope in Soldeu.

Thursday 23/02: Night skiing at the La Solana slope – Pas de la Casa, from 5 to 8 p.m.

Friday 24/02 and Saturday 25/02: Entertainment, workshops, and face painting – Nurseries and snow gardens in Soldeu, El Tarter, and Canillo.

Saturday 25/02: Hanging of Carnestoltes in the Montaup Plaza – Canillo, at 4 p.m.

Saturday 25/02: Night dance with the Doble Cara orchestra and costume contest – Perecaus Sports Center, at 11 p.m.

Saturday 25/02: Carnival Dinner + night skiing at the Pla del Forn –Roc de les Bruixes Restaurant in Canillo.

Saturday 25/02: Night skiing in the La Solana slope – Pas de la Casa, from 5 to 8 p.m.

Saturday 25/02: DJ set by Gonçalo – L’Abarset (El Tarter), from 4 to 9 p.m.

Saturday 25/02: DJ set –Diamond CBbC Grandvalira (Pas de la Casa), from 4 to 9 p.m.

Saturday 25/02 and Sunday 26/02: Protest Riding Classic Camp –El Tarter Snowpark

Sunday 26/02: Children’s festival with Un Día Genial. Costume parade, soda and chocolate for all attendees - Perecaus Sports Center in Canillo, at 5 p.m.

Monday 27/02: Community botifarrada barbecue and burial of Carnestoltes – Plaza del Telecabina in Canillo, at 5 p.m.


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