Andorra's giant Grandvalira ski area is offering a special deal throughout March and up to the 28th of the month.

The deal includes two nights in a four-star hotel in Soldeu (the Piolets Park) with half-board and a two-day lift pass for 212 Euros per person in a room for four.

The price applies to the first two people in the room, but if there are up to two other people in the room, each receives their stay, meals, and lift ticket free of charge.

Grandvalira includes the resorts and ski areas of Pas de la Casa/Grau Roig and Soldeu El Tarter which together offer one of Europe's largest ski areas. They also operate eight six-seater chairs, the most of this type high capacity lift of any ski region in the world.

The two resorts wouldn't issue a joint lift ticket, for many years, apparently due to some ancient feud. So although there's no marked boundary and, since 2000, the two areas have parallell six-seater chairs running alongside one another, you needed to buy two tickets to ski both areas in one day (or use two days out of your Ski Andorra Pass).

That all changed shortly before the 2003-04 season when the two agreed to joint promotion and development, largely in the face of stiff competition from the large areas on the Spanish side of the border.

Grandvalira has three quarters of the Andorran market and employs around 1,400 workers. Skier numbers are around two million, placing it in the world top 20 on that measure. It takes more British skiers each season than the whole of Switzerland and most of Italy.

The combined area of 2,000 hectares can now boast 892 snowcannons and 450 instructors, including 180 English-speaking, and attracts 1.8 million visitors (in skier days).