Grandvalira uses technology to ensure the safety of its customers

Grandvalira has made a strong commitment to technology in order to improve the safety conditions for snow lovers. Its new app for mobiles and tablets, and the use of another tool such as Alpify, are just another example of the efforts being made by the Andorran resort in the area of safety.

For this new season, Grandvalira has renewed its app for smartphones, which provides information in real time on snow forecasts and weather conditions, the pistes and the ski-lifts that are open, as well as events and notifications from the domain on the social networks.

In addition to this information, the app has a database of points of interest, including the services and infrastructures of the resort (schools, medical services, restaurants, car parks, childcare, etc.) which can be viewed on an interactive map.

Another important function of the Grandvalira app is that you can use it to save, analyze and share your experience on the snow as it includes a number of tools such as the GPS tracker, personal statistics and geotagging of photos.

This app for mobiles and tablets can be downloaded free of charge and is available for iOS (iPhone, iPad and iPad touch) and Android in four languages: Catalan, Spanish, French and English.

 

Alpify

Another technological tool that Grandvalira is using this season to ensure the maximum safety of its customers is Alpify. This app for mobiles and tablets allows any user that is connected and has the device turned on to be located at all times using geolocation.

Grandvalira is one of the few ski resorts in the world that has rescue teams equipped with Alpify. This way, if any person using this app gets lost or injures him or herself, he or she can send an emergency signal by simply pressing a button on their smartphone.

Furthermore, if the user is unable to notify the rescue teams or their battery runs out, they can still be found thanks to the information on their position and route stored on the system. Of particular interest is that it is not necessary to have internet access in order to send an emergency message, the signal is sent via SMS to the resort's control panels where the location of the emergency is pinpointed on the map of the territory.

Another function of Alpify is that the app provides the most important emergency telephone numbers in its service area and sends weather forecast messages, details on ski-lift breakdowns and other safety related issues. Furthermore, the app also works outside of the resort across the whole of Andorra and connects to the emergency telephone number for the Principality (112).

Alpify is available to download free of charge from Apple Store, Google Play and BlackBerry App World.

 

Forecast for next weekend

With regards the forecast for this coming weekend, 18 and 19 January, Grandvalira will have almost the entirety of its skiable surface open: 201 kilometers and 111 pistes. Natural snow is abundant in the six sectors of the resort, with thicknesses of between 90 and 160 centimeters.

The weather forecast indicates that there is a chance of some light snowfall in Andorra over the next few days, but the weather should improve in time for the weekend, so conditions will be practically perfect for skiing. The snowparks and other services at the domain are fully operational.

This Sunday, 19 January, Grandvalira will also be hosting the 1st 3 Frontiers of Ski Touring Altitude Sports Trophy. The race, organized by the Pas de la Casa-Grau Roig Ski Club, will leave Grau Roig (Tres Estanys) at 10 a.m. Also this Sunday there will be a Catalan League of Alpine Skiing Interclubs competition, organized by the UEC-GRAN, which will start at 9.45 a.m. at the Francesc Viladomat Stadium.

With regards leisure activities, the Music on the Pistes program includes numerous activities over the coming days as detailed below.

Thursday 16 January

Après-ski Restaurant L'Abarset (El Tarter)

4 p.m. - 8 p.m.: DJ Simply J + beer festival

2x1 on beer from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. and €1.50 after 6 p.m.

 

Friday, 17 January

Terraza Nordic-Lounge Gall de Bosc (Soldeu)

11.30 a.m. - 1.30 p.m.: Andorra Sound Project

1.30 p.m. - 3.30 p.m.: DJ Enda Beat

Après-ski Restaurant L'Abarset (El Tarter)

4 p.m. - 5.30 p.m.: Andorra Sound Project

5.30 p.m. - 7.00 p.m.: One Way (live band)

7 p.m. - 8 p.m.: Andorra Sound Project

 

Saturday, 18 January

Terraza Nordic-Lounge Gall de Bosc (Soldeu)

11.30 a.m. - 1.30 p.m.: Andorra Sound Project

1.30 p.m. - 3.30 p.m.: DJs Pin & Pon

Après-ski Restaurant L'Abarset (El Tarter)

4 p.m. - 6.00 p.m.: Andorra Sound Project

6 p.m. - 8 p.m.: Selector Electrodisco (Eighties Party)

 

Furthermore, every Saturday as of 18 January, the F.I.S. piste in front of the Cala Bassa beach Club will be lit up for nighttime skiing as part of the Ski Night Experience. Anybody choosing the special dinner menu at the CBbC that day will have a free ski pass. There will also be live music at the same restaurant in Pas de la Casa every Saturday and Sunday from 1.30 p.m. with the Paco Fernández Band. This group from Ibiza is characterized for its music which is a fusion of house and flamenco guitar. Chill out as it is already a CBbC classic.