PISTE ACCESS POINTS & BASE AREA LAYOUTS
If you are travelling with a tour operator, then Monday morning will usually be your first day on the slopes. You will normally be taken for your equipment fitting early on Monday morning, at one of the large hire operations in town or next to the slopes, before ski school begins at 10:00hrs. Otherwise, simply stroll to one of the main chairlifts and head for the hills.
Ski School Induction The ski school organise an efficient meet-&-greet system every Monday morning, next to the main base-area slopes in all sectors.
They quickly ascertain everyone's required tuition level, before carefully grading classes according to each client's ability and then moving out on to the slopes.
PAS DE LA CASA SECTOR
2100 m (6890 ft)
Pas de la Casa's main slopes flow into the middle of the resort, which fans out in a welcoming horseshoe shape around the base area; with a mass of restaurants, bars and shops accessible at the sides of the pistes or just a short stroll from them. Steps lead up from street level to the foot of the slopes: from Avinguda d'Encamp on the looker's left; and from Carrer de Bearn on the looker's right.
Grandvalira's main administration building for this sector is tucked underneath the chairlifts access area at the foot of the base-area slopes, right in the middle of town on Avinguda d'Encamp: it has lift pass & information kiosks at street level, plus an ATM, public telephones and WCs; it also houses the ski school office.
Above this is the principal 4-seater Pas de la Casa chairlift, a fast detachable lift serving the core of this sector and linking towards Grau Roig; next to this [to the looker's right] is the fixed 4-seater Solana chairlift, providing uplift to the higher Costa Rodona services area on the Envalira Pass.
The fixed 2-seater Coll Blanc chairlift and the detachable 6-seater Font Negre chairlift are accessible from further up Avinguda d'Encamp; the Abelletes beginners' zone and the fixed 2-seater Coll dels Isards chairlift (serving the Isards snowpark) are at the top of this same street, but not quite as far from town as they appear on the local piste map.
An alternative access point is the new Porte des Neiges sector on French territory at the eastern edge of the resort. There is a separate compact beginners' zone in this area, served by a short conveyor-belt surface lift.
From The Slopes When descending on the main slopes towards Pas de la Casa, either keep high to the skier's left to access the Costa Rodona services area at the roadside on the Envalira Pass, or simply aim straight for the centre of town.
There are a number of piste-side snack bars and basic restaurants on the edge of the Tubs piste, to the skier's left just above the central base area.
GRAU ROIG SECTOR
2120 m (6955 ft)
Grau Roig ski station is not much more than a couple of huge car parks, plus two day-lodge services buildings: one at the main car park and the other at the slightly lower Cubil parking area. The main Grau Roig lodge on the upper level is the busier of the two, and is easier to reach on-piste if you're riding over from Pas de la Casa.
A good-sized beginners' zone fills the slopes flowing down to the flat valley floor between the lodges, and can be used as a gentle warm-up by all visitors to access the principal link lifts: the detachable 4-seater Cubil chairlift serving the slopes to the west and linking towards Soldeu-El Tarter; and the detachable 6-seater Pic Blanc chairlift serving the slopes to the east and linking towards Pas de la Casa. There are also two other chairlifts at this valley-floor interchange: the detachable 6-seater Coma Blanca and the fixed 4-seater Xavi; these serve the slopes to the east and provide access to the forested Piolet & Mont Malús areas.
Closest to the central lodge at the upper parking level, two more lifts also serve the slopes to the east: the detachable 4-seater Antenes chairlift and the fixed 2-seater Riberal chairlift; both provide links towards Pas de la Casa.
The only accommodation is at the Hotel Grau Roig, a lovely 4-star establishment with good facilities and the nicest bar/restaurant in the base area. The hotel is situated on the edge of the pistes, at the upper end of the parking area close to the main lodge and ski lifts.