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Resort guide to Soldeu - Andorra

Big ski area which is also very affordable. Good English speaking ski schools

Soldeu resort guide - a general overview

While the resort of Soldeu has little of what we call 'alpine charm', it is none the less a very modern resort with excellent facilities and a large integrated ski area (19 black runs, 41 red, 55 blue and 24 green). The combined Grandvalira ski area has excellent snowparks, children's snow gardens and free-ride facilities. Over the past years the Andorrans have worked hard to provide a resort which caters for different wallets and this is certainly reflected by the choice of cheap and also high-end food on the mountain, and in the village. Recent changes, as a result of hosting the World Cup finals have made the Grandvalira area one to be considered for families.

For the foodies, the style is distinctly Catalan and therefore of a high standard. Amongst the various champagne bars one can indulge in a choice of both expensive and fast food eateries. The Andorrans rely on tourism and are very friendly and helpful - service is with a smile here in Soldeu. This extends to a bi-lingual ski school which boasts over 500 ski instructors. We cannot think of a better place for beginners to learn, or for intermediates to get to the next level. The ski-school infrastructure is also excellent.

Activities for non-skiers are growing all the time. Pedestrians are welcome and there is a range of things to do such as snowshoeing, snowmobiling, mushing, ziplining or Land Rover 4x4 driving on a snow track. Soldeu can be a terrific sun-trap though and sitting in the sun with a glass of wine (alcohol is always cheap) is enough for the rest of us.

Skiing in Soldeu remains a tight-lipped secret. Many Brits go back time and time again and would not like to popularise that fact. Soldeu remains a favourite also for the local French who rather ski in Soldeu than in the French Pyrenees. It also has a longer season than you might think with snow cover lasting well into April.

Airports

Toulouse
2.75 hours
Barcelona
3.25 hours

Resort stats

210km

1,800m - 2,815m

Level of skiing

Beginners
Intermediates
Experts
Snow sure
Off-piste
Ski area

Qualities

Charm factor
Non-skiers
Nightlife
Resort layout
Fine dining
Short transfer
Resort value

Pros

  • With adjoining Pas de la Casa the ski area is now comparable in size to many Alpine resorts
  • Excellent value for money
  • Long season with good snow and sun record
  • Excellent beginner and early intermediate ski/board terrain - very good ski schools also
  • Great for families

Cons

  • Village lacks some atmosphere with little alpine feel
  • Limited expert and advance terrain
  • Some of the hotels are far from the centre
  • Slopes can get crowded, especially in the school holiday periods

Soldeu Resort Restaurants

These are numerous and varied and lean towards Catalan food. Restaurant standards remain high in the main because they cater for holidaymakers from Barcelona. Our favourites are the Sol i Neu Club Hermitage and the Restaurant la Cort del Popaire.

Soldeu Mountain Restaurants

There are over 60 restaurants in the Grandvalira region. Restaurants cover everything from great pizza to oysters and sushi. This now includes a vegan restaurant. Our favourites include the Italian, Restaurant 3 Estanys, in Grau Roig, L'Husky in Pas de la Casa, and The Wine and Meat Bar by Jean Leon in Espiolet (at the top of the Soldeu lift). It is also possible to eat dinner up the mountain.

Soldeu Apres Ski

Apres ski starts early with many bars on the mountain beginning Happy Hours after 2pm. Alcohol is cheap and there are many wine, vodka bars on the slopes including Snow Veuve Clicquot.

Soldeu Nightlife

There are British style pubs such as the Villager and the Harp many of which have live music and restaurant pubs such as Fat Albert's.

Soldeu Resort Map

Key
  • Funicular Funicular
  • Cable car Cable Car
  • Gondola Gondola
  • Chair lift Chair lift
  • Drag lift Drag lift
  • Map marker Property
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