The Mountains - Winter

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The snowsports area on the mountain covers over 100Km (the largest in the Pyranees) of piste catering for all levels of skiers and snowboarders. There's also a competition park, a kids area, restaurants and snack bars.

At long last the separate ski areas have joined forces and now your Grand Valira pass will give you access to a huge area of pistes including Soldeu, Pas de la Casa, Grau Roig, El Tarter, Canillo and Encamp.

There's also the Ski/Snowboard schools - with over 450 instructors there's plenty of scope to either improve your skills or for beginners to learn a new sport.

Throughout the winter season there's a multitude of competitions taking place - including the European SnowGames, Snow Running and the San Miquel Snow Bike race (yup - mountain biking on the snow and ice!). Almost every weekend in the freestyle snowpark there's competitions and exhibitions to see how the worlds finest do it.

As well as skiing and snowboarding you can also experience the thrill of skidoos, learn how to build igloos, go dog-sleighing and even archery. If you really want to 'do it in style' helicopter rides can even be arranged to drop you off on the un-touched parts of the mountain.

Technical data:
Height difference: 930 m. (from 1.710 to 2.640 m)
Skiable area: 1.776 Ha
Marked runs: 193 km
Pistes: 110 (18 greens, 32 blues, 37 reds, 23 blacks)
Freestyle areas: 3 (2 Terrain Parks and a Freestyle run)
Lifts: 63 (1 Funitel, 3 gondolas, 13 detachable chairlifts, 15 non-detachable chairlifts,17 drag-lifts, 9 rope tows, 5 conveyor belts)
Lift capacity: 94.500 skiers/hour
Snow cannons: 914
Artificial snow: 64,3 km (33,3% of the ski area)
Ski and Snowboard schools: 2 (450 qualified instructors with 7 centres over the various sectors)
Nordic: 1 marked circuit
Snow Gardens: 5
Nurseries: 4
Food and drink: 27 points (bars, cafes and restaurants)

For the piste map, see here.

Opening: Open all year round.

Website: http://www.grandvalira.com/

Telephone: +376 801 060

Directions: Access via the gondola (cable car) - from the main street, find the Villager bar and head downstairs. You can't miss it!

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  · KIDS · SKI · SNOWBOARD · WINTER SPORTS ·

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