ALTERNATIVE SNOWSPORTS & ACTIVITIES
Other Activities at Pas de la Casa-Grau Roig
As one of Europe's leading wintersports destinations, Grandvalira offers a comprehensive range of activities and events to keep all of its visitors entertained, both on and off the slopes.
Activities can be booked at the Grandvalira offices on Avinguda d'Encamp in the central base area at Pas de la Casa, or at the Adventure Activities Centre housed in the big Yurt next to the Cubil services building at Grau Roig, or pre-booked via Grandvalira's central information & reservations office:
Tel. +376 801 060
Please also see the Ski-Ride Guide to Soldeu-El Tarter-Canillo
for details of further activities available in those sectors.
All activities and events are subject to favourable weather conditions.
NB: you do not need to have a full lift pass in order to participate in the majority of alternative activities on offer at Grandvalira.
ARCHERY & RIFLE SHOOTING
A relatively gentle activity for budding Robin Hoods & Maid Marions.
Equipment & tuition is provided in the cost. Duration: one hour.
Available at Pas de la Casa (+ Porte des Neiges sector) and Grau Roig.
If you've ever watched a Nordic Ski Biathlon event, then this will be familiar: as a taster of the shooting discipline, using light carabine rifles with limited range.
Available at Pas de la Casa (+ Porte des Neiges area) and Grau Roig.
Access All Sectors
A free DIY fun activity for all full Grandvalira pass holders, and a great way to get to know the area. You are provided with a special map with orientation aids to help you find a series of checkpoints dotted around the ski area; in order to visit them all, you need to travel around the entire Grandvalira domain.
No need to book: maps & instructions are available from the lift pass offices.
Accessible to all visitors, this interesting activity is available at Pas de la Casa (including the Porte des Neiges sector) and Grau Roig.
Learn the basics of snow-shelter design and construction, then help to build a dome igloo; practical course and construction lasts about two hours.
Cross-Country (Nordic) Skiing
Nordic skiing enthusiasts aren't well catered for at any of Andorra's mainstream ski resorts, but Grau Roig does have a permanent circuit: the trail is graded blue and is 5 km (just over 3 miles) long, subject to snow cover.
The piste is prepared for both classic and skating techniques; it loops out into the woods at the head of the Valira Valley, just below Grau Roig base station.
Access to the circuit is free, but you'll need to hire equipment (or bring your own). An instructor/guide service is available (for a fee): for further information and/or bookings, please enquire at the Adventure Activities Centres or at the ski school. Equipment rental is available at the shop in Grau Roig's main base lodge.
Serious cross-country skiers should investigate Andorra's dedicated Nordic ski station at La Rabassa
, situated on a scenic high-altitude plateau next to the Spanish border, above the town of Sant Julià de Lòria south of Andorra la Vella.
MUSHING & SKI-JÖRING
Mushing (Muixing in Catalan) is one of Grandvalira's most popular alternative adventure activities.
Teams of husky dogs pull passengers in Arctic sleds, guided by experienced mushers, around a circuit in the wooded Valira Valley next to the Nordic ski circuit at Grau Roig; you can also have mushing lessons and steer the animals yourself.
Duration: 30 minutes.
Ski-Jöring is a variation whereby instead of using a sled you simply get towed around the circuit on skis. Imagine waterskiing, but swap the boat for huskies!
Aimed at experienced skiers, although tamer trots for novices can be arranged.
Great for releasing any pent-up energy and, best of all, giving you an opportunity to shoot your mates. Go on the offensive or eat pigment!
A minimum of eight players is required, charged per person. Overalls, guns and initial paintball supplies are included in the cost.
Offered at Grau Roig, utilising the natural cover of trees in the snowfields next to the Nordic ski circuit.
This is definitely the best way for non-skiers to get out on the snow and off into the mountains. Modern snowshoes are made of lightweight materials and are very easy to master. They work by spreading your weight over a wider surface area, allowing you to walk more easily over deep snow, using ski poles for balance.
Waymarked circuits are set out on the Porte des Neiges sector slopes on the French territory to the eastern side of Pas de la Casa, and also beside the Nordic ski circuit at Grau Roig. Access to the circuits is free, but you will need to hire snowshoes (or bring your own).
An instructor/guide service is available (for a fee): for further information and/or bookings, please enquire at the Adventure Activities Centres or at the ski school.
Stay off to the sides of the pistes when venturing on-foot into the ski area.