Sector: El Tarter
Operating only at the weekends, and subject to avalanche risk assessment by the snow patrol, this great service is a feature attraction for those visitors seeking to experience the off-piste possibilities at Grandvalira.
Basically, you get towed behind a piste-basher (the ‘Ratrac’) to the summit of the Pic d'Encampadana at 2491 m (8173 ft); that's the peak to the looker's right above El Tarter's snowbowl. This gives access to the non-lift-served side of this sector; and, as a bonus, the service is included in the price of your lift pass!
The Ratrac departs from the area next to the base terminal of Els Clots chairlift
, at the end of the Daina piste
linking from the Canillo sector, and is directly accessible from the Tossal de la Llosada
via the Oreneta & Teixó pistes
. You simply grab on to the ropes behind the Ratrac and get towed along with each group of riders heading en masse for the summit.
There are four tried & tested routes, corresponding to the dotted lines marked on the Grandvalira piste map, but you are free to choose your own routes down this exciting and varied terrain. The slopes are lightly wooded and strewn with boulders and rocky outcrops; the area is avalanche protected, but never groomed.
All descents into El Tarter's snowbowl flow out towards the main lifts & services hub at Riba Escorxada
A highly recommended and exciting finish to your week