A Christmas with more snow than ever and a wide range of activities and experiences at Grandvalira and Ordino Arcalís
- The snowfall this month has enabled the two resorts to be almost 100% open for the festive period
- Adrenaline-filled activities available for skiers and non-skiers alike, suitable for the whole family
Grandvalira Resorts are welcoming the Christmas season with the thickest coating of snow they have seen for several years thanks to this month's snowfall, which has also produced an excellent level of snow quality. Grandvalira and Ordino Arcalís expect for practically all of their slopes to be open throughout this season, with availability at almost 100%, weather permitting.
A CHRISTMAS FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY AND FOR NON-SKIERS
Christmas is here again at Grandvalira and Ordino Arcalís, bringing lots of excitement and, above all, many different options to entertain both grown-ups and the little ones, on and off the slopes.
The ski area will be celebrating the holidays with several special activities, such as the traditional Torchlit Descents in Soldeu and Pas de la Casa – Grau Roig, and the Beacon descent, where the younger skiers take centre stage. Santa Claus will surprise the little ones in the Snow Gardens to welcome the Christmas season, while singers perform Christmas carols with a guitar. The festivities will be brought to a close in Pas de la Casa with the Wise Kings parade, followed by a huge firework castle.
Mon(t) Magic Family Park will be fully open throughout the Christmas season to offer thrilling experiences to skiers and non-skiers alike. The Zip Line in the Canillo area is one of the major attractions available, running for 550 m at a height of 40 m and reaching downward speeds of up to 80 km/h.
The adrenaline will continue to build with the Magic Gliss super toboggan and the Snake Gliss, located in Canillo and Soldeu respectively, which take you through natural environments while offering both intense excitement and wonderful views. Magic Gliss is a toboggan that offers a 555-metre downhill slide and a 180-metre climb in two-seater wagons suitable for children of 3 years and over. And Snake Gliss is the best way to finish off the day: a set of articulated sledges that slide down from Pla d’Espiolets to the town of Soldeu, driven by an instructor, once the slopes have closed.
The Roc Roi Activity Centre in Grau Roig gives you the opportunity to glide along the snow on snowmobiles or a dog sleigh, activities that can be enjoyed during the day or at night under the light of the moon. The centre also organises guided snowshoe excursions, a growing sport with 23 kilometres of signposted circuits throughout Grandvalira. You can also go mushing in El Tarter on the Riba Escorxada circuit.
NEW GRANDVALIRA PHOTOPOINT
There is also another new addition being released this Christmas season on the slopes: the new photopoint with the Grandvalira letters in the Antenas area, which offers a great view of the Colells cirque and the Pessons area in the Grau Roig sector. This will be a new popular spot for those who love taking selfies and souvenir photos. The new sculpture is 15 metres long and made from steel.
QUALITY FOOD DAY AND NIGHT
The dining options at Grandvalira Resorts stand out for the quality of the food, the well-designed environments and the diversity of choice, from fast-food joints and self-service diners to restaurants with internationally renowned chefs or drinks with a live DJ set.
Skiers can choose from restaurants offering traditional mountain cooking, such as Racó de Solanelles, Roc de les Bruixes or Refugi del Llac de Pessons; French cuisine at an altitude of 2,500 metres with Coll Blanc KSB; Italian food at 3 Estanys or La Trattoria; or more exclusive gourmet experiences like those available at the Vodka Bar, the Wine & Meat Bar by Jean Leon, Arrocería Pi de Migdia or Piolet Brasserie, which also offers a new terrace with the My Corner healthy food establishment. At Ordino Arcalís, La Coma brasserie has opened a new space for Italian cuisine called Trattoria Gamberra, and it has also converted the outdoor terrace into a beer garden, with shows and concerts available throughout the winter season.
Terraces play a key role during the daytime for skiers, who can complement their downhill runs by enjoying a moment in one of the resort's new outdoor spaces, such as In the Snow Veuve Clicquot, which offers champagne and fondues from Xavier Fromager Affineur; La Vermuteria Petroni, where you can enjoy vermouth, pinchos and tapas; or the new terrace lounges at IQOS Terrace and CBbC Pas de la Casa, both of which are vibrant spaces with live DJ music.
As the sun goes down, the most premium experiences emerge in the resort's various restaurants, which adapt their menus for the evening. These can also be complemented with night-time snow activities, such as snowmobile rides, snowshoeing excursions, mushing or skiing back downhill. This also allows you to access restaurants located in the middle of the slopes or higher up, turning the experience into a full adventure. One of the new additions this season is “Kao Nights” at the Vodka Bar, from the renowned chef Josep Maria Kao, who offers his famous Peking duck.
One of the most exceptional evening dining experiences available is the Clicquot Bubble Experience, an absolutely spectacular adventure where diners are picked up by an off-road vehicle and driven to the “Bubble”, a fully transparent globe-shaped structure located in a remote area of the forest. And of course there is also the newly renovated L’Abarset, which will welcome this festive season by creating the most exclusive après-ski evenings with a new concept that fuses entertainment, music and gastronomy.
UNIQUE AND EXCLUSIVE EXPERIENCES
For those customers looking for a Christmas experience with a more personal and exclusive touch, Grandvalira offers a number of bespoke products, such as the Grandvalira Mountain Club or the Top Class ski school service.
Being a member of the private Mountain Club offers a number of perks, such as access to parking, changing rooms and VIP lounges, or joining Snow Club Gourmet, which organises culinary events on the slopes exclusively for its members.
With Top Class, customers can improve their skiing in a revolutionary way with the school's very best instructors. In addition to enjoying all the amenities like changing rooms, trying out different branded skis and using video corrections, you will also have access to a new correction and analysis tool called the SKIVID APP.
The last day of the year will begin in a very special way with the First Track Grau service, which offers you the opportunity to be the first to set foot on virgin slopes before they open. The experience ends with a delicious breakfast of churros and chocolate, to help you get your energy back. Top Class customers can enjoy this experience free of charge.
RESORT ACCOMMODATION WITH EPIC ANDORRA
Epic Andorra allows you to combine days of skiing with stays in unique accommodation within the resort, such as traditional Andorran huts or cabins in the middle of the forest, and tasting sessions where you can sample local products, creating a comprehensive experience.
Each type of Epic Andorra accommodation offers different experiences, from heli-skiing and sleeping in a shelter at an altitude of 2,000 metres, to bathing in a jacuzzi on the terrace at the Domo Lodge, an igloo-shaped structure. It is a from of sustainable tourism that allows you to discover Andorra authentically in its wildest and most natural and native form, without neglecting the comfort and luxury offered by all its accommodation options, to make your Christmas in Grandvalira even more memorable.
CHRISTMAS CALENDAR 2021-2022
- 24 and 25 December, from 10:30am to 1:30pm: Santa Claus visit and Christmas carols in the Snow Gardens (Pas de la Casa – Grau Roig sector) and at Ordino Arcalís.
- 30 December, at 6pm: special Torch Light Descent (Pas de la Casa).
- 31 December, from 8am to 9am: Top Class customers can take advantage of the First Track service to enjoy skiing on the first snow of the day, followed by a delicious breakfast of churros and chocolate (Grau Roig).
- 31 December, at 6pm: Torch Light Descent in Soldeu, meeting at 5:30pm at the foot of the Soldeu cable car (sign up at the Soldeu school).
- 4 January, at 6pm: Light Descent (Soldeu) for children from 6-13 years old. Route from Pla d’Espiolets to Pont de Soldeu. The price includes hot chocolate, Coca Cola and a certificate of participation.
- 5 January, at 6pm: special Torch Light Descent (Pas de la Casa), Wise Kings parade and fireworks.
ABOUT GRANDVALIRA RESORTS
Grandvalira, located in the north of the Principality of Andorra, is the largest ski resort in southern Europe, with 139 slopes and a total of 210 km of suitable skiing areas. The area it occupies lies within two of the seven parishes of Andorra (Encamp and Canillo) and is made up of seven different sectors: Pas de la Casa, Grau Roig, Peretol, Soldeu, El Tarter, Canillo and Encamp. Grandvalira offers a broad range of leisure activities for all audiences, along with high-quality dining. Since 2019, Grandvalira has joined forces with Ordino Arcalís and together, under the Grandvalira Resorts brand, they offer the possibility of skiing on a total of 240 km of slopes, a usual venue for world-class international competitions. More information at www.grandvalira.com.