The Andorran resorts of Grandvalira and Vallnord opened for the winter season Nov. 29 with excellent snow conditions.
Some 60 out of the 63 lifts in Soldeu-Grandvalira already were already open and there was 120cm of snow on the upper pistes (2560 metres) and 50cm on the lower pistes (1710 metres).
Pas de la Casa-Grandvalira was enjoying similar conditions with 21 out of the 28 lifts open and 130cm of snow on the upper slopes (2640 metres) and 60cm on the lower slopes (2050 metres).
Grandvalira is the largest ski area in the Pyrenees. Its 193 kilometres of skiable terrain is divided into 110 runs (18 green, 38 blue, 32 red, and 22 black) and has an altitude of 1710-2640 metres. Freestylers flock to the three snowparks of El Tarter, Pas de la Casa, and Grau Roig. It offers a hands-free lift pass system on all lifts that helps to eliminate queues and congestion at the bottom of lifts.
Vallnord also was boasting excellent snow conditions at the time of its opening Nov. 29, with 160cm of snow on the upper slopes (2600 metres) and 50cm on the lower slopes (1940 metres). Vallnord links the ski areas of Arinsal, Pal, La Massana, and Ordino-Arcalis, a region incorporating 90 kilometres of terrain with 70 runs and 43 lifts.