Grandvalira begins the year still boasting the largest skiable area in the Iberian Peninsula
Grandvalira is preparing for the final stretch of the Christmas season by offering the largest skiable area in the Iberian Peninsula. The resort currently offers a total of 154 km available for skiing and 86 slopes are open to visitors who choose to spend the remaining days of the Christmas and Three Kings’ Day holidays in the snow. The resort’s six sectors are open and all the links that connect them continue to operate normally, as do 85% of the territory’s facilities. The low temperatures meant snow could be produced over the last two nights and the intensive work of the machines has ensured that the skiable area is in good condition for winter sports.
Christmas holidays with much more than skiing
Snow lovers can spend this special time of year with the family, discovering new ways to enjoy the resort other than by skiing and snowboarding on its slopes.
Mountain skiing is undoubtedly one of the most memorable activities to enjoy with family or friends. Thanks to the Grandvalira Mountain Guides, visitors who wish to can learn the sport, while discovering the resort’s most remarkable landscapes. Three of the six circuits are open to the public: Pessons and Pic Blanc (Grau Roig) and Isards (Pas de la Casa).
Adventure activities are also an excellent alternative for getting to know the Andorran resort in a different way and that’s why Grandvalira has two centres specialising in this type of activity: the Grandvalira Mountain Park in the Grau Roig sector and the Outdoor Centre in the El Tarter sector. Riding in dog sleds, snowmobile excursions, one of the longest zip lines in the Pyrenees, paragliding descents and snow tubing are some of the original options that are available for you to enjoy the snow from another perspective.
For skiers who want to explore most extreme winter sports, Grandvalira is the only Southern European resort with three snowparks and a freestyle academy operating at this time of year. The El Tarter Snowpark and Xavi Park, both partially open, offer a variety of modules and jumps where you can try different tricks throughout the day. The most tireless freestylers also have the Sunset Park Peretol at their disposal, open from Tuesday to Sunday from 3 pm to 9 pm.
Meanwhile, users who want to extend their day’s skiing can go night skiing every Thursday and Saturday from 5 pm to 8 pm on the Tubs slope in the Pas de la Casa sector.
A new après-ski venue
The Grandvalira après-ski, one of the main attractions when the day in the snow comes to an end, will soon have an outstanding new leisure area within the resort. On Saturday 7 January at 6 pm, the Pas de la Casa sector will host the official inauguration of the Diamond CBbC Grandvalira, a venue that will benefit from the management of the experienced team from the Cala Bassa Beach Club in Ibiza, and which promises to liven up the evenings in the area with a programme of DJs with different musical styles. La Movida DJs will be providing the entertainment at this Saturday’s inauguration.
Après-ski also returns to L’Abarset (El Tarter sector) to bring the Christmas festivities to a close with an outstanding DJ, the renowned musician Miqui Puig, who will be performing next Saturday from 6 pm onwards.
Grandvalira is getting ready for one of the most magical moments of the year: the arrival in the resort of the Three Kings of the Orient, to bring delight to all younger skiers. This year their majesties will once again arrive by ratrack in the Pas de la Casa sector at 6 pm, accompanied on an impressive descent by torches and fireworks that will fill a very special night with colour for the younger members of the family.
Families who decide to spend the last few days of the Christmas holidays in the Domain of Snow can also enjoy one of the most extensive programmes of activities in the Pyrenees:
3 January: At 6:30 pm, beacon descent from Grandvalira-Soldeu Ski and Snowboard School to Soldeu village.
4 January: Dreams on Ice (7 pm) – Ice skaters from Andorra Club Gel will be playing a series of the best-loved characters from popular entertainment in an ice and music extravaganza for all the family. The characters from Mon(t) Magic will welcome you and there will be hot chocolate for all those attending before the show. Price: €6. Children under 3 - free. Tickets on sale at the Palau de Gel ticket office, Canillo.
5 January: At 6 pm, torchlit descent with the arrival of the Three Kings by ratrack in the Pas de la Casa sector.
7 January: Après-Ski in L’Abarset, from 4 pm to 9 pm (El Tarter sector). Guest DJ: Miqui Puig.