Visitor reviews for Grandvalira-Soldeu Ski Resort

Grandvalira-Soldeu Ratings

Overall: 4.0. Based on 41 votes and 34 reviews. Vote

Snowsure: 4.2

(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.

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.

Off-piste: 3.7

(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.

Scenery: 4.1

(1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.

Access: 3.2

(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: 3.7

(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.

Accommodation: 4.5

(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.

Childcare: 3.7

(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.

Snowmaking: 4.4

(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.

Shelter: 4.1

(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: 4.2

(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.

Crowds/Queues: 3.9

(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: 4.7

(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.

Beginners: 4.5

(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.

Intermediates: 4.7

(1) No intermediate terrain at Grandvalira-Soldeu, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.

Advanced: 4.3

(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.

Cross-country: 3.2

(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.

Luge/Toboggan: 2.1

(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: 4.0

(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.

Eating: 4.1

(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.

Apres-Ski: 4.3

(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: 3.2

(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.

Entertainment: 3.4

(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: 4.0

(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): 4.1

(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): 4.3

(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.

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November 05, 2003
Steve Moore from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Soldeu was the location for our first ever Ski Holiday. We stayed at the brand new EuroSki hotel which has very nice rooms and good facilities including a pool and Jacuzzi etc. Soldeu is an excellent choice for beginners as the gentle green runs are perfect for finding your feet before moving on to the steeper blues and reds.The ski school has hundreds of english speaking instructors and is very cheap indeed. The lifts system was very extensive and efficient and the weather was wonderful with lovely sunshine and picture postcard snow. Its not the liveliest of places and is more suited to families and couples. Eating out is rediculously cheap and enjoyable. Overall Soldeu is a very enjoyable ski resort, The only limitation may be the lack of challenge for very advanced Skiers. Steve
February 18, 2004
annette from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
having first visited soldeu el tarter last year we have since skied in Colorado and Austria. The ski bug has got our family and we have just booked a great cheap deal in March staying at the Sporthotel in soldeu. Although we know that this is not the liveliest of the resorts it has everything we need. Good cheap restaurants and a few late night bars for our guys who are all in their 20s. Pas de la Casa is of course the best area for apres ski and indeed more challenging skiing so both resorts being accessible on the same pass is a great bonus that we are looking forward to. For anyone considering Andorra its great for confidence boosting and fun for off piste. The lifts are very easy to use and the locals friendly. Go....give it a try...for a cheap ski deal it is ideal also the best place to buy designer goods,ski wear etc at greatly reduced prices compared to the u.k.
November 28, 2004
Ken Kingston from Ski Ireland Ireland
I have skied in Soldeu on 3 occasions and each visit is better than the last. The resort is consistantly being improved and the ski school is undoubted the best I have ever come across. If you want to learn to ski or improve your technique there really is no where better. Certainly the amount of skiing available to advance skiers is more limited that some of the French and Swiss resorts but don't be fooled into thinking that it is all nursery slopes and green runs, anyone who had skied the Cabriolet run will know what I'm talking about! The resort is great fun with excellant apres ski (try Fat Alberts) and very reasonable restaurants. My only main gripe with Soldeu is the transfer from either Toulouse or Barcelona, 3.5 hrs is a bit of a pain but then one can't have everything. I'm heading back and will be there from Jan 9th for a week and I can't wait. See you on the slopes (or Fat Alberts!) Regards Ken.
February 21, 2020
Guy Pocock from Ski Austria Austria
We visited Soldeu, in the Grandvalira region of Andorra, from 9th to 16th February 2020. We booked the accommodation, transfers from Barcelona, ski hire & ski passes from a wonderful agent, “Andorra Travel Service” ... Gemma, Jackie, James & Iain couldn’t do enough for us. They replied to emails within minutes, were friendly and made our stay so enjoyable. One example of their help, we were delayed by 4 hours reaching the ski centre, by Storm Ciara, but Iain still met us at midnight as we got off the Andbus transfer and delivered us to our apartment, Bellavista, which sits facing south with a fantastic view of the village and ski runs. We had a fabulous ski holiday and really enjoyed travelling to the 6 different valleys and 4 ski centres. There are loads of areas throughout the 210km of slopes to visit with good variety and interest. We enjoyed six bluebird days during our holiday & good snow conditions, considering the resort hadn’t had a heavy dump of snow for two weeks. The food and drinks on the mountains were good value, probably close to half the cost of other French resorts we’d been to recently. Also, in Soldeu, there are several good eateries and watering holes. We had an excellent meal in a fabulous restaurant called La Cort del Popaire... it wasn’t cheap but is really worth searching out for a special occasion. All in all, we’d highly recommend you give Soldeu and the Grandvalira ski region a visit. It’s a good quality ski centre with excellent lifts, minimal queues, affordable food and drink with lots of ski options that probably suits all levels of skier. Enjoy .... Guy
February 02, 2009
Rob from Southampton from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Just got back from an amazing week in Soldeu (Grandvalira-Soldeu) staying at Hotel Piolets. It was our 4th time skiing and we couldn't believe how well the pistes were kept (with our piste view you could see the pisteurs working until 4am prepping the slopes for the following day). The amount of runs to choose from was incredible. Apres-ski isn't too badly priced at Grandvalira-Soldeu (even with the bad euro/sterling rate, if you follow the happy hour trail). Message to the bar owners there: the first bar that cancels happy hour and just brings the price per pint down will be packed full all night. If you're not going to Grandvalira-Soldeu for lessons get yourself to the Ice Berg bar on the first night and speak with the bars free ski guide, Green Haired Pete. Absolutely top bloke who will show you the best runs and get you skiing harder than you ever have before. We didn't hear a bad word about any of the hotels in the village. The Brussles hotel/restaurant also does an awesome pizza. Take your own tea bags if you want a real English cuppa. Definitely going back in 2010.
April 07, 2009
Dave from Ski Andorra 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. Dave
April 05, 2006
annette from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Just returned from another fabulous week in Soldeu.(Sport Hotel) Weather and snow as usual were fantastic. Each year we expect to have less snow than the year before but we get pleasantly surprised every time. Weve been going for ten years and yes the resort is growing but so are the facilities. Ive skied France Austria Italy Switzerland but give me Andorra every time. Great value for money and very friendly. Roll on next year
February 06, 2018
Alice Armstrong from Ski Ireland Ireland
Fantastic snow conditions here in the Grandvalira and the sun is coming out too....couldn´t be better!
January 05, 2009
andrew from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Went to Soldeu last March When I set off from the house the snow was already falling; turned out 8cm had fallen at Manchester airport; delays. Anyway finally got to Toulouse and a 3 hour transfer. 30 cm was set to fall on our first day and it did Thanks snow-forecast.com Skiing on our first day was immense fresh powder on piste and off as the piste basher had no chance to get out. Anyway this snow kept on falling and was persistent all week. Food in the town was good but the bus network was poor. I stayed in the hotel Austria which had nice food and was nice and clean. I shall be back to Soldeu for sure.
January 07, 2007
craig pygall from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Just returned from our third visit to Andorra and all areas desperately need snow. Runs are icy with patches of grass and rocks coming through - inspired myself and my husband to wear crash hats! Better conditions at Soldeu than Pas de la Casa but may not hold out much longer. The Grand Valira team are working hard to keep the resort open....Lets hope it snows soon! Crazy frog party x 4