Grandvalira-Soldeu Resort Reviews
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Visitor reviews for Grandvalira-Soldeu Ski Resort
February 26, 2015
Tj. Bekker from Andorra
Excellent appartment between Pas de la Casa and Soldeu; good slopes, a lot of snow, nice friends next door but.....why not organise bus transport more efficiently? Some of our bus adventures in one week: 1 bus per 20m but not on fixed times, tickets not included in ski passes and, on top, to be bought and printed per person (delays!), Different companies seem to operate the buses (week cards don't work), skis to be stored in the boot below (put all on top of each other, falling from the bus when leaving), bus stopping 200 mtrs after the ski station because there is no place to stop, when in the bus driver hits 90km/hr on snowy road while printing the tickets. Incredible for such a nice resort to 'forget' this important part of a successful ski holiday. When this improves might consider coming back!
Overall: 4.0. Based on 35 votes and 29 reviews. Vote
(1) At least one overnight stop, (2) requires a whole day, (3) requires more than half a day – you may have time for a few turns (4) arrive by lunchtime and ski all afternoon, (5) there is a main airport within an hour of Grandvalira-Soldeu.
Public Transport: 3.6
(1) There are no buses or taxis to Grandvalira-Soldeu, (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.
(1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.
(1) No places to stay in/near Grandvalira-Soldeu, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.
Cheap Rooms: 3.8
(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.
Luxury Hotels: 4.3
(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Grandvalira-Soldeu.
Ski in/Ski out: 4.2
(1) The ski area is located far from any accommodation, (3) a free ski bus takes you to the ski area in a short trip, (5) Ski-in ski-out accommodation is available.
(1) There are no child care facilities at Grandvalira-Soldeu, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.
(1) Occasionally gets enough snow for skiing, (2) is often closed due to a lack of snow, (3) occasionally suffers from a lack of snow, (4) rarely suffers from a lack of snow, (5) Grandvalira-Soldeu is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.
(1) Grandvalira-Soldeu relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.
Snow Grooming: 4.7
(1) There are no snow groomers at Grandvalira-Soldeu, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Grandvalira-Soldeu are groomed daily.
(1) there is nowhere to ski when it is windy or visibility is bad and lifts often shut, (3) there are some trees for poor visibility but main lifts sometimes close, (5) Grandvalira-Soldeu is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.
Nearby options: 3.5
(1) If snow conditions are poor at Grandvalira-Soldeu, it will be poor everywhere nearby, (3) there are good alternatives within an hours drive, (5) other locations on the same lift pass provide a rich variety of snowsure ski conditions.
Regional rating: 4.3
(1) Grandvalira-Soldeu usually has poor snow conditions compared to other resorts in region, (3) has average conditions for the region, (5) usually has the best snow conditions in the region.
Lift Staff: 4.2
(1) The staff at Grandvalira-Soldeu are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Grandvalira-Soldeu are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.
(1) the resort is always busy and there are usually long lift queues, (3) it is quiet apart from occasional weekends and school holidays, (5) it is uncrowded and lift queues are very rare.
Ski Schools: 4.8
(1) No ski schools available, (2) one or two ski schools but local language only, (3) a few ski schools but book early for multi-lingual instructors, (4) plenty of ski schools and multi-lingual instructors available, (5) excellent ski schools with friendly multi-lingual ski instructors.
Hire and Repairs: 4.7
(1) Nothing can be sourced, not even ski-wax or ptex. (3) there are some ski shops but rentals need to be booked in advance, (5) good quality ski equipment can be purchased or hired and overnight repairs are possible.
Variety of pistes: 4.4
(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Grandvalira-Soldeu has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.
(1) Beginners can only watch others ski and snowboard, (3) a few gentle slopes but beginners will get bored in less than a week, (3) Vast areas of gentle terrain.
(1) No intermediate terrain at Grandvalira-Soldeu, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.
(1) Nothing for advanced skiers and snowboarders, (3) enough steep terrain for a few days with some good offpiste, (5) Enough steep terrain and offpiste areas to entertain advanced skiers for at least a week.
Snow Park: 4.4
(1) Not even a kicker at Grandvalira-Soldeu, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.
(1) No off-piste worth mentioning, (2) off piste is out-of-bounds, (3) some varied offpiste that stays fresh for one or two days, (5) a vast array of off-piste routes that can stay untracked for several days.
(1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around Grandvalira-Soldeu, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.
(1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) Grandvalira-Soldeu has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.
Mountain Dining: 3.9
(1) Nowhere to buy food by the pistes, (3) some places to eat up on the mountain but they are often busy and expensive, (5) there is a variety of excellent mountain eateries right next to the slopes to suit all budgets.
(1) Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. (5) A wide variety of places to eat and drink in the resort, from fast food to fancy restaurants.
(1) Nothing to do, not even a bar, (3) there are a few bars in the resort but nothing special, (5) clubs and bars stay open until very late and have a friendly atmosphere.
Other Sports: 3.4
(1) No sports facilities at all apart from ski lifts, (3) resort has just a small public swimming pool, (5) resort has all kinds of sports facilities, including a full-size swimming pool.
(1) Besides the snow and walking there is nothing to do here, (3) the non-skier will find things to do for few days but may become bored after a week, (5) the resort area is a fascinating place to visit, regardless of winter sports.
Winter Walks: 3.4
(1) Very limited walking and no snowshoe trails, (3) a couple of designated scenic walking/snowshoe trails, (5) extensive and diverse winter walking trails for all abilities.
Ski Pass Value: 3.9
(1) A 1 week ski pass is overpriced compared to the number of lifts available, (3) the ski pass is averagely priced and covers a reasonable number of lifts, (5) ski passes are excellent value for money and cover a lot of lifts spanning a big area.
Value (National): 4.0
(1) Overall, Grandvalira-Soldeu is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the country and not worth the money, (3) overall represents average value for money, (5) overall offers the best value resort in the country.
Value (Global): 4.2
(1) Overall, Grandvalira-Soldeu is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world, (3) overall it offers pretty average value for money compared to resorts from other countries, (5) internationally the resort offers excellent value for money.
January 25, 2015
Jose from Spain
Very windy on top, link Soldeu - Grau Roig closed today due to this. Summit tracks with hard snow and ice, little stones everywhere. Snow quality is better as you descent, some powder tracks at mid-bottom. No queues at lifts. Ski day rating, 3 over 5.
[note from the editor: this weather report will hopefully also appear with the Eyeball Reports for Grandvalira-Soldeu.)
December 29, 2014
V Williams from United Kingdom
With high winds closing off chairlift access to upper slopes all telecabinas/ chairlifts from Soldeu and El Tarter had very long queues. It would be interesting to know why Corb button lift was out of action all day? Perhaps worst of all were queues to buy lift passes. 1 hour to buy a walk-up pass and at least 35 - 45 minutes to buy a regular lift pass. I think Grandvalira need to re-think their online application procedures as this seems to cause massive hold ups at the caixes. Staff doing their best but management needs to take more positive action regarding customer service.
January 27, 2014
lynn from Ireland
Absolutely phenomenol instruction; the instructors, in the ski and snowboard schools, are a cut above the rest. Lesley is just amazing. What she did for my confidence in the space of a week I will never, ever forget! Never thought I'd enjoy red or black slopes! The apres-ski is also great: La Caneta and Dat Alberts for food and The Harp for drinks!
February 05, 2013
Paul from Andorra
The Grandvalira skiable area is huge, plenty for everyone from beginners to advanced, ski school is international and based on the Canadian style of teaching, additional clinics also available for carving, off-piste skiing etc.
The lift pass, for the amount of skiing available, is great value.
Wide range of accommodation available in Soldeu, which is where we were. The Roc Sant Miguel is a great little hotel just at the bottom of Soldeu; very reasonable, or for big budgets, try the Hermitage Hotel & Spa.
Apres-ski is great, the Harp has live music daily, the Aspen and Fat Alberts are two others well worth a try.
Pick up a local guide for a couple of days whilst you are here, track down Green Haired Pete or Paul Safari in Soldeu and get them to take you around the mountain for a day or two.
Overall, Grandvalira Soldeu is one of the best resorts in Europe!
April 02, 2012
Chris Alcock from France
I live 1.5 hrs from Andorra and Grandvalira is the best resort in the Pyrenees..
This season I also went to Superbagneres Luchon, nice, but full of kids end Feb/Mar, queues everywhere, not like Soldeu/Pas/Tarter/Canillo.
The ski pass is expensive but the slopes are very well maintained. I have taken Australians and South Americans and they love it too.
Only problem with accomodation is that the ski companies block-book nearly all of it, leaving little choice to those who wish to arrange their own.
Apres-ski is good and overall, I would say Grandvalira is very good value for those who are not expert skiers.
March 27, 2012
Charles Saunders from United Kingdom
My girlfriend and I were in Soldeu last week, despite it snowing from Wednesday night to Friday morning. When 50 cms of snow fell, we only lost a few hours on the slopes, when we left on the 25/03 all runs were open, the sun was shining and there was loads of good snow. This was my first visit to Grandvalira, I will be back. The area is great for intermediate skiers with "motorway" runs and more challenging runs everywhere. You can ski down to Soldeu via 2 blue runs or two black runs....or a combination of both. The scenery is not as dramatic as some parts of the Alps but beautiful in a less intimidating way, there are plenty of varied runs through the tree line which were particularly good when it got hot in the afternoon, Andorra is not the "moonscape" most photos portray. Queues at lifts were non existent. The local people are genuinely welcoming, ski school is best I have experienced and well organised - thanks Alan if you are reading this. We stayed at Piolets Hotel which has a ski hire shop adjacent and the main gondola 2 mins walk away, the bedrooms (ours overlooked the mountain and had a balcony) were large and nicely decorated but some might say ever so slightly past their best. Food was good with varied buffet, always choice of 2 red meats, fish/seafood and chicken, good salads, loads of puddings, fruit, cheeses etc. Bar nice/friendly/comfortable but stay off the single malts as they are expensive. My only criticism of the hotel was that the rooms did not have tea/coffee/kettle but that seems to be common. If this resort is on your shortlist don't hesitate, you will not be disappointed. C.S
March 12, 2011
Paul from Spain
The skiing across the whole of the Grandvalira zone has been great all season, the piste bashers do a fantastic job keeping the pistes open even when Europe has been suffering a lack of snow.
If you are looking for an area that isn't expensive with a huge skiable area both on and off-piste, then look no further.
February 17, 2011
Pippa from United Kingdom
Had a great week in Soldeu (Grandvalira-Soldeu) with a group of ten. Stayed at the Hort de Popaire which was lovely and friendly. The restaurant underneath (The Merlot) was top quality and great value for money.
Loved the ski area, which is vast and ski school was very friendly. I can't thank my instructor, John H, enough. Best tuition I've ever had. I started the week as a nervous skier, but by the end he had me "balancing" properly on my skis and I could get around with real confidence - what an eye-opener!
I'll be requesting lessons with him again next year - try to keep me away!
April 07, 2009
Dave from Andorra
Holiday at Grandvalira-Soldeu during March 2009.
Conditions were great.
Drink horrendously expensive at Avalanche and Fat Alberts. A bottle of Heineken costs 5 Euros.
Food and hotels becoming unaffordable.
Day lift pass costs 44 Euros and is the most expensive in Europe.
Canada here we come.