Soldeu Ski Resort

Soldeu is the best all-round ski resort in the Andorra. Situated 1800m above sea level in the centre of Grandvalira, the largest ski area in the Pyrenees, Soldeu has more pistes and lifts, and higher ski slopes, than most Alpine resorts.

Dominated by the Calbo family who have built many of its hotels and restaurants, and even one of its ski lifts, Soldeu is the centre of Andorran skiing. It lies at the heart of the country's largest ski area, Grandvalira, which stretches from Pas de la Casa near the French border via Grau Roig, Soldeu, El Tarter and Canillo, all the way to Encamp in the middle of the country. There are over 60 lifts, 120 runs and 200km of piste to choose from - more than enough to keep most skiers busy for at least a week. And to get the most out of such a large area, it's a definite advantage to stay near the centre of it, which is where Soldeu is.

Grandvalira is not only a large ski area, it's a high one too, with all the skiing above 1700m and most of it above 2000m. Admittedly the top lift (2640m) is not a record breaker but the average height for the ski area as a whole is well above that of most resorts in the Pyrenees and the Alps, and this, plus its North-facing orientation and some strategically placed snow canons, means that the pistes remain skiable from Christmas through to Easter.

The ski area is large enough to ensure there are some runs for skiers of all standards, from nursery slopes and gentle green pistes for beginners, to freeride and off-piste terrain (and at least one proper, fear-inducing black piste called Avet) for experts. But the vast majority of the slopes suit intermediate skiers, whether they are high up in the open bowls between Grau Roig and Pas de la Casa, or lower down in the woods above Soldeu and El Tarter.

And that goes to the core of Soldeu's appeal: it's a good all-round resort for average skiers. Its apres-ski and nightlife is similarly middle of the road - Soldeu is neither a quiet charming mountain village, nor a lively party-resort, but something in between. Parts of it are quite chic and luxurious, with one five-star hotel and several four star ones, but mostly it's just a series of affordable hotels and apartments, strung out along a road opposite the slopes and lifts, with enough bars, restaurants, ski schools and shops in between them to give skiers and boarders what they need for a good holiday at a reasonable price.

Ski & Snowboard hire in Soldeu

There are plenty of equipment rental shops. You won't get a very good price, however, if you simply walk into the nearest one. ALPINRESORTS.com works with several ski hire shops in Soldeu and throughout Andorra and can secure big discounts if you book online in advance here.

SKISET also has an outlet in the resort and it too gives discounts if you book online here.

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Soldeu Statistics

  • CountryAndorra
  • RegionGrandvalira
  • Base1,710 m
  • Peak2,640 m
  • Vertical930 m
  • Ski Area1,776 ha
  • Longest Run8 km
  • Ski Lifts64 
  • Gondolas
  • Chair Lifts30 
  • Riders per hour 100,700 

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