ALTERNATIVE SNOWSPORTS & ACTIVITIES
Other Activities at Soldeu-El Tarter-Canillo
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 central Adventure Activities office located on the Espiolets Plateau
in the Soldeu sector, or pre-booked via Grandvalira's central information & reservations office:
Tel. +376 801 060
Please also see the Ski-Ride Resort Guide to Pas de la Casa-Grau Roig
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.
A relatively gentle activity for budding Robin Hoods and Maid Marions. Equipment and tuition is provided in the cost. Duration: one hour. Available at El Tarter.
Access All Areas
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 and 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 domain.
Covers all sectors: details are available from the lift pass offices.
Accessible to all visitors, this interesting activity is offered at Soldeu and El Tarter.
Learn the basics of snow-shelter design and construction, then help to build a dome igloo; practical course and construction lasts about two hours.
MUSHING & SKI-JÖRING
in Catalan) is one of Grandvalira's most popular alternative adventure activities.
Duration: 30 minutes.
Location: Riba Escorxada
, El Tarter sector.
Teams of husky dogs pull passengers in Arctic sleds, guided by an experienced musher, around a circuit in the wooded slopes next to the Riba Escorxada services area; you can also have mushing lessons and steer the animals on your own.
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.
Ride in a ‘Ratrac’
A wonderful experience for all visitors: a chance to be a passenger in one of the station's piste-grooming machines, for a drive around a section of the ski area.
Duration: one hour.
Locations: Soldeu & El Tarter sectors.
SLEDGING & TUBING
No previous experience is needed for these classic fun activities. Simply sit down and hold tight to race down the slopes on a glorified tray or inflated tube!
Canillo's El Forn area
, at the top of the Canillo gondola, has a dedicated sledging/tubing piste served by a conveyor-belt surface lift. Sledges and inflatable tubes are available for hire on-site.
Accessible to non-skiers (pedestrian pass required for the gondola).
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 itineraries depart from Canillo's El Forn area
, next to the upper terminal of the Canillo gondola. 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 bookings, please enquire at a Grandvalira information office or at the ski school.
The routes are graded and colour-coded in the same way as the ski pistes: there is a short green circuit for absolute beginners; a longer blue circuit for novices; and a more serious red-graded trail which winds through the forest and across the mountainside to the Riba Escorxada
area at El Tarter (you can also begin there and follow this route in the opposite direction).
Stay off to the sides of the pistes when venturing on-foot into the ski area.