Skiing in Soldeu

Country: Andorra

In a nutshell: An upmarket ski resort with wonderful facilities for families, beginners and intermediates.

We like:

  • As part of the vast Grandvalira ski area, Soldeu has an excellent modern lift system and great piste skiing
  • The large number of good quality mountain restaurants
  • The Soldeu ski-school has a high level of tuition and British ski instructors to help beginners progress that bit faster
  • Fantastic beginner and intermediate slopes
  • Good children ski facilities and children under 6 ski for free

We don’t like:

  • The town is quite spread and lacks the charming atmosphere available in many alpine resorts
  • Limited skiing for advanced skiers, but there are some great black runs which feature on the World Cup circuit and the off-piste in the trees is excellent after a big snowfall
  • During peak season the runs leading into the resort can become very busy

SKI INFORMATION

  • Resort altitude: 1,800m
  • Highest lift: 2,528m
  • Lowest piste: 1,700m
  • Transfer time from most convenient airport: Toulouse 2h 20m
  • Number of lifts: 62
  • Number of runs:
    • Green: 19
    • Blue: 49
    • Red: 41
    • Black: 18
  • Ski area size: Large – 210km of piste

RESORT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Apres ski
  • Family friendly
  • High altitude
  • Big ski area
  • Great for beginners
  • Great for intermediates

RESORT DESCRIPTION

Located right in the heart of the enormous Grandvalira ski area with beautiful tree lined pistes running straight into the resort centre, a Soldeu ski holiday should be on most people’s shortlist of ski resorts to visit – especially for beginners and intermediates

The town does lack the charm exuded by its Alpine rivals but Soldeu makes up for it in other areas, especially for families and beginner to intermediate skiers. The ski schools are excellent and employ native English speaking instructors.

With almost 70 green and blue runs to conquer, skills and confidence will be developed quickly. Children under 6 years also get a free lift pass which is a huge saving on the wallet versus many alpine resorts. Expert skiers have two black World Cup runs to enjoy and the off-piste skiing amongst the trees after a heavy snowfall is heavenly.

In our view, Soldeu has the best apres ski scene in Grandvalira. Not as wild as in Pas de la Casa but livelier than in El Tarter and Canilllo. Live music in Fat Albert’s, a rustic old Andorran barn open from 3pm to 3am is a must. There are plenty of tax free shops, restaurants and some fantastic 4 and 5 star hotels with great spa facilities.

A lot of investment has gone into Soldeu in the last twenty years allowing it to move on from the down and dirty partying reputation Andorran ski resorts developed in the early 90s. We think the transformation is a triumph and encourage you to check Soldeu out.