Grandvalira kick-starts the season this Saturday 1st of December

Grandvalira is kick-starting the ski season tomorrow Saturday 1st December with the partial opening of Pas de la Casa and Grau Roig.  The Snow Domain plans to open two of its six sectors this weekend, at a special price of €30

Those who have a Grandvalira season ski pass with Ordino Arcalís supplement can access the Ordino ski resort from Thursday 29 November onwards

Grandvalira is kick-starting the 2018-2019 season on Saturday 1 December with the partial opening of the Pas de la Casa and Grau Roig sectors, which have connecting slopes. The Soldeu, El Tarter and Encamp sectors are expected to open on 5 December, weather conditions permitting.

Sector Pas de la Casa. Grandvalira kick-starts the season this Saturday 1st of December with the partial opening of the Pas de la Casa and Grau Roig sectors.
Sector Pas de la Casa. Grandvalira kick-starts the season this Saturday 1st of December with the partial opening of the Pas de la Casa and Grau Roig sectors.

The snow production network has been in operation almost constantly, while the ground teams are working hard against the clock to ensure the provision of snow conditions that meet the quality and safety standards for skiing and snowboarding.

For this partial opening, Grandvalira has revised its pricing and the day pass will cost €30 for adults and juniors and €20 for children. (Ski passes can be purchased online (not subject to commission) and at the ticket offices)

This weekend, the Snow Domain will also provide a free bus service between Funicamp and Grau Roig for skiers who present a day or season pass. There will be a bus every 30 minutes, with the first service leaving at 8:30 a.m. The last bus will leave Grau Roig at 5:30 p.m. (more info at www.grandvalira.com).

Ordino Arcalís with the Grandvalira Pass

Thanks to the recent addition of Ordino Arcalís to the Snow Domain, season pass holders with the Ordino supplement can access the Ordino resort from its planned opening date of Thursday 29 November onwards.

OPENING CONDITIONS

Pas de la Casa and Grau Roig sectors (connecting slopes)

Pas de la Casa:

Slopes: Directa 1, Abelletes, Jardí

Facilities: Chair lift (TSD4) at Pas de la Casa, chair lift (TSD6) at Font Negre, gondola lift (TC) at Pioners, magic carpet (Tapís) at Abelletes I

Ski and Snowboard School open

Dining: Abelletes, Font Negre, KSB Coll Blanc and CBbC Costa Rodona

Grau Roig:

Slopes: Pista Llarga (upper section), Pala Nova, Bosc, Debutants (beginners’ slope), Clot, Portella, Tobogan

Facilities: Chair lift (TSD) at Pic Blanc, chair lift (TSD) at Coma Blanca, T-bar lift (TK) at Coma 3, T-bar lift (TK) at Pessons I, T-bar lift (TK) at Clot

Ski and Snowboard School open

Dining: Piolet, Pulka, Tres Estanys, Cubil, Refugi de Pessons

L’Abarset restaurant in the El Tarter sector is also scheduled to open this Saturday 1 December. Regarding the après-ski calendar, the party kicks off on Thursday 6 December with DJ Simply J, followed by sessions with DJs Viktor Ollé and Nuke on 7 and 8 December respectively.

For 2018-2019, the ski season is expected to run until 22 April, giving a total of 143 snow days (15 more than the previous season), weather conditions permitting. Grandvalira is starting the 2018-2019 season with an investment of €35.4 million, which will focus on four different areas: innovation, quality, customer services, and internationalisation. Additionally, to coincide with its 15th anniversary the Andorran resort will be hosting events with a global profile, such as the Finals of the World Cup.

Grandvalira will be providing more information on its website, www.grandvalira.com, and on social networks.

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A snowcat is preparing the pistes in the Pas de la Casa Sector of Grandvalira. Grandvalira kick-starts the season this Saturday 1st of December with the partial opening of the Pas de la Casa and Grau Roig sectors.
A snowcat is preparing the pistes in the Pas de la Casa Sector of Grandvalira. Grandvalira kick-starts the season this Saturday 1st of December with the partial opening of the Pas de la Casa and Grau Roig sectors.

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A piste basher is preparing the runs at the Grau Roig sector of Grandvalira. Photo Grandvalira. Grandvalira kick-starts the season this Saturday 1st of December with the partial opening of the Pas de la Casa and Grau Roig sectors.
A piste basher is preparing the runs at the Grau Roig sector of Grandvalira. Photo Grandvalira. Grandvalira kick-starts the season this Saturday 1st of December with the partial opening of the Pas de la Casa and Grau Roig sectors.

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Featured Image: Sector Grau Roig. Grandvalira kick-starts the season this Saturday 1st of December with the partial opening of the Pas de la Casa and Grau Roig sectors.Photo: Grandvalira.

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