Grandvalira opens the season this Saturday, 23 November, with the partial opening of the Pas de la Casa and Grau Roig sectors
The Domain of Snow opens the Pas de la Casa and Grau Roig sectors this weekend with a special rate of €40
The other sectors will open on schedule on 30 November for a season that will run through 13 April for a total of 143 days
Skiers with a Grandvalira pass will be able to ski the entire season at Ordino Arcalís until 3 May
Andorra la Vella, 20 November 2019. Grandvalira is opening the 2019-20 season on Saturday, 23 November, with the partial opening of the Pas de la Casa and Grau Roig sectors, connected by slopes. The Soldeu, El Tarter, Canillo and Encamp sectors will be open on schedule starting 30 November.
Thanks to falling temperatures in recent weeks, the snowmaking network has been operating practically non-stop and the ground teams are working diligently to guarantee the best snow conditions. Starting Monday, 25 November, Grandvalira will open its doors to skiers while the technicians continue working relentlessly on the terrain with the goal of progressively opening more slopes and lifts until the resort is running at full capacity.
For the partial opening, Grandvalira has set the price of the pre-season day pass at 40 euros for adults/juniors and 30 euros for children (purchase online and at ticket offices). Grandvalira season passes can be collected at the open ticket offices in Grau Roig, Pas de la Casa, El Tarter and at the stand in Illa Carlemany. Customers who have chosen to collect their passes at Funicamp in the purchase process may do so at Grau Roig, and those who chose Canillo and Soldeu can collect them up at El Tarter. El Tarter ticket offices will be open Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Additionally, the stand at Illa Carlemany will expand its opening hours this weekend to 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Grandvalira will also open some of the non-skiing activities in the Grau Roig sector, like snowshoe excursions, igloo building, archery, orienteering challenges and using an avalanche transceiver.
Pas de la Casa and Grau Roig sectors (connected by slopes)
Pas de la Casa sector:
Slopes: Directa 1, Abelletes, Jardí, Fletxa, Escola and Llac.
Facilities: TSD4 Solana, TSD6 Font Negre, TC Pioners, Tapiz Roulant Abelletes snow garden.
Ski and Snowboarding School: snow garden. Private and group lessons.
Ticket offices: Pas de la Casa building and Costa Rodona.
Restaurants: Abelletes and Font Negre.
Grau Roig Sector:
Slopes: Pista Llarga, Pala Nova, Bosc and Debutants.
Facilities: TSD6 Pic Blanc, TK Pessons I and Tsf4 xavi.
Ski and Snowboarding School: snow garden and crèche. Private and group lessons. Store open.
Ticket offices: Flor de Nieve, School and Cubil.
Restaurants: Pulka, Tres Estanys, Cubil and Coll Blanc.
Grandvalira expects this ski season to run through 13 April with 143 days, the same number as the 2018-19 season, provided weather conditions are favourable. The domain remains fully committed to its development and has made huge investments ahead of the 2019-20 ski season: the largest skiable domain in Europe spent 13 million euros mainly on creating a new sector (Peretol), on the Soldeu skiable platform with 450 parking spaces, on other new infrastructure and technological innovations, on improving the services of the Ski and Snowboarding School, and on new leisure and restaurant options.
ORDINO ARCALÍS EXPANDS ITS SKIABLE AREA
Meanwhile, Ordino Arcalís, which was the first resort in Andorra to open its slopes on 16 November, continues getting its terrain ready and expanding its skiable area. It is opening even more facilities this weekend in the Abarsetar and Hortell areas with the opening of the Les Canals, la Pleta, L’Escola and La Font slopes, two more platter lifts, and the Abarsetar chair lift. Work continues towards opening the snow garden, the services in Planells and more slopes, weather permitting.
Approximately 65% of the total skiable area is now open. Snowfall forecast for the coming days could improve the conditions and allow the teams to work to open as many slopes and facilities as possible for the Immaculate Conception bank holiday.
Grandvalira will have full information on its website www.grandvalira.comand on social media.