Soldeu lies in a serene, tree-lined valley which runs from France to Andorra and then on to Spain; and provides access to the extensive Grandvalira ski area. This area is shared with several neighbouring resorts such as Pas de la Casa, El Tarter and Canillo. Soldeu is arguably the best place to stay within the Grandvalira area, offering convenient access to the slopes, modern lifts and a range of high-quality accommodation. The relaxed, peaceful atmosphere and excellent facilities of Soldeu are perfectly suited to families with young children, who will enjoy use of the great selection of ski schools, cruising pistes and added bonus of children under the age of six receiving free lift passes.
The village is comprised of an ever-growing series of modern hotels, apartments and bars; built in stone cladding and with chalet style roofs, which look out to wide mountain views across the valley. With the ski area stretching up to 2,590m and most of the slopes being north facing, you can be sure to find great snow conditions all season long.
Resort Altitude: 1,710m
Resort Skiing: 2,640m
Total Ski Area: 210km
Green Runs: 24
Blue Runs: 54
Red Runs: 42
Black Runs: 19
Soldeu sits in the heart of the wonderful Grandvalira ski area; the snow capital of the Pyrenees, comprised of 114 picturesque runs across 210km and served by over 50 lifts. A Grandvalira ski pass will cover the resorts of Pas de la Casa, Grau Roig, Soldeu, El Tarter, Canillo and Encamp; all of which are linked by gondolas meaning there is no need to rent a car or use busses. Soldeu also offers the possibility to ski back down into resort which is appealing for families looking to reconvene at the end of the day.
Soldeu is the ideal destination for intermediate skiers looking to develop their skills and progress to more challenging terrain, or a beginner looking to learn the basics on fun, safe and wide open runs. There are nine green runs which provide plenty of terrain for first-time skiers to try out. Advanced skiers will enjoy the resort's eleven world-class black runs which are all expertly maintained, as well as a variety of off-piste opportunities.
Boarders will enjoy the miles of freeride runs on offer in Soldeu, which notoriously are very slow to become tracked out due to the resort's high number of pistes suited to beginners and intermediates. A notable route to discover runs down from the summit area of Pic D'enc Ampadana through a picturesque tree-lined area. Grandvalira is the only ski area in the Pyrenees to offer four snowparks and a freestyle academy. The main park is located in El Tarter and offers a halfpipe, rails and boxes.
Across the Grandvalira ski area there are approximately 450 instructors who offer lessons in all of the native languages of Andorra - French, Spanish and Catalan, as well as English. Group or private lessons are available for skiers and boarders of all abilities, with tailored classes available for junior skiers, experts seeking off-piste guiding and alternative winter sport activities such as telemark skiing and ski mountaineering.
In Soldeu there is a choice of four non-ski nurseries which will provide childcare for young children. In addition to this, there are six snow gardens which offer care and entertainment on the beginner slopes, meaning kids can enjoy their first steps on the snow within a safe environment. The area is well-equipped with a variety of inflatable objects and learning modules to make sure they are having fun and progressing at all times.
The Grandvalira ski area offers a choice of 33 mountain restaurants, ranging from sit down service to small huts where you can pit stop without even taking off your skis. Panoramic views and high-quality Andorran mountain cuisine are not to be missed at the Racó de Solanelles restaurant. Down in the town you will find the locals dining at the bordas farmhouse restaurants such as Fat Albert's which is set up the hillside. Xalet Sol i Neu serves Asian cuisine whilst The Villager offers up classic British dishes.
Soldeu town has an easy-going, family-friendly atmosphere, with a nice selection of bars to enjoy the late afternoon sunshine in. In the town, you will find most of the nightlife on the main road in the centre of the village. From the mountain, head straight to the Villager which is in the same building as the gondola, and offers up a family-friendly atmosphere and plenty of screens showing sporting events. Later in the evening, head to the Harp for live music and special events seven nights a week.
It is possible to purchase a pedestrian lift pass, which will enable non-skiers to meet the rest of the group at a wide selection of the mountain restaurants. The Funicamp cable car is a good option for pedestrians to head to thanks to its phenomenal views and good selection of restaurants and facilities. For some rest and relaxation, head to the Caldea Spa, just above the main gondola station. This facility is Europe's largest mountain spa, offering everything from, thermal springs to wellness treatments.