Soldeu & El Tarter are two villages just over a kilometre apart, both part of the Grand Valira ski area.
The resort are famous for their excellent ski and board schools, tree lined runs, and great snow record making it a number one choice for beginners, improvers and intermediates.
El Tarter has been developed rapdily from a small farming hamlet to a spread out village apartments and hotels. It boasts some excellent accommodation such as the ski in ski out Nordic Hotel and Aparthotel del Clos, along with El Tarter original Hotel del Clos.
The popular Lodge Casal and Casa Motxo have become a favourite with holiday makers looking for a real home from home setting with good food and service.
Soldeu is an enchanting village that captures many visitors seeing them returning year after year on holiday, to work and some cases set up home. Soldeu is a perfect example of a village that has developed tourism whilst keeping strong the farming roots of the community and the mountain village atmosphere. Several families share the village and you will see the evidence of this still today.
Limited black runs but plenty of mileage to cover and off piste access for the explorer.
Total ski area
Soldeu/El Tarter : 93km
Full Grandvalira Area : 193km
Advanced ski runs
Soldeu/El Tarter has one of Europe's leading and largest native English speaking ski & board schools. Beginner friendly lift systems and dedicated learning area make It one of the best places to learn to turn.
Beginner ski runs
1008 - 41% of total ski area
Direction of ski slopes
Freestyle/ board parks
Two excellent board and free style parks. Rail slides, kickers, big air, half pipe with courses and camps available.
Ski resort height
El Tarter 1710m
The Calbo, Font, Bonell, Naudi, Peretol and Maistre Familes have all contributed greatly to the development of the village and its Ski Area. Soldeu was the second resort in the Principality of Andorra was also born of an initiative by skiing enthusiasts. Miquel Baró, Josep Torrallardona i Martí Salvans opened the first chairlift at the foot of the village of Soldeu in the area called Espiolets. It was February 1964 and the ski euphoria was spreading fast in all sectors. And so in the winter of 1981 the resort was extended to include the area called El Tarter and took the name Soldeu-El Tarter. Artificial snow cannons reach the resort in the winter of 1987 this was just shortly behind Pas de La Casa who introduced the 1st snow cannons to the country in 1986.
Soldeu El Tarter did lead Andorra and the entire Pyrenees in lift technology. In 2000 the regions first 8 seater high speed gondola lift was opened to transport skiers to the top of the mountain in greater comfort and speed. Soldeu comes alive in the winter months as a skiing town. The skiing is part of the 193km GRANDVALIRA ski area, the largest area in the Pyrenees. The village is at 1710 metres and the top of the ski area is at 2580 metres. The gondola from the village rises to 2250 metres where the ski and board schools as well as restaurants are located.
Wonderful choices of blue & red runs across the full 193km area are superb for improvers and intermediates. The excellent tuition means you can continue to learn and improve.
Intermediate ski runs
Number of ski lifts
Number of freestyle/ board parks
1 in El Tarter
1 in Pas de la Casa
Ski slopes range
1710m to 2560m
8 Restaurant / Snack bars spread around the mountain offering a range of food from fast food and open buffet to a la carte gastronomic restaurants in luxury surroundings.
GRANDVALIRA SKI RESORT
Pas de la Casa * Grau Roig * Soldeu * El Tarter * Canillo
The Grand Valira Ski Resort is the largest in Andorra and the Pyrenees. Combining the well known resorts of Pas de la Casa, Soldeu/El Tarter and Canillo, the Grand Valira provides 193km wonderfully groomed pistes all under one ski pass.
Après Ski & Night Life
El Tarter; El Tarter is a quiet resort with predominantly low key night life. The Hotel Nordic often arranges après ski live music and entertainment. Dylans Bar, new for 2009 is the liveliest place in the village with live music at après ski, cock tail bar and regular DJ music nights.
Soldeu; Après Ski time is a great time of the day in Soldeu. The local bars and hotels often offer live music, video shows of the days skiing and entertainment for those in need of refreshment after a day on the mountain.
The bars of Soldeu are all very friendly places with English speaking staff that welcome new visitors and returning visitors back year after year. Such is the friendly style of Soldeu, you are most likely to find your instructor or tour operator representative at this time of day and always more than happy to chat about the day on the mountain. The Après ski time buzz is superb in the village and this is just the warm up for the night life of Soldeu. Soldeu at night can be as lively or as peaceful as you want it is with bars closing around 2am.
El Tarter has a limited choice of places to eat outside of the hotels and chalets. The newest addition is Dylans Restaurant, bar and chillout lounge which serves full international menu with good wines. Dylans bar as a wide selection of drinks and cocktails and the late bar hosts regular DJ nights in the winter season.
Eating out in Soldeu area is also a great experience. Lunch in the village cafes and bars is cheaper than the mountain restaurants and worth the trip down in the cable car. Slim Jims Cafe is a central landmark and famous for its breakfasts, lunches and evening meals. For an evening out, you will find good food to suit all tastes in the area.
* Merlot: Fine Dining, unique dish creations and exquisite gastronomic and wine tasting menu. Experience
* Cort de Popaire: Traditional Catalan Restaurant with great meal on the grill
* Fat Alberts Bistro: Good Pub Grub and specialty Pizzas
* Equirol: Your local Indian - Great selection of Indian Specials
El Tarter has very few shops aside from the ski equipment shops which have a good range of equipment and clothing.
Soldeu is also a good place to shop for ski wear and equipment. You may some some better bargains down in Andorra la Vella or Pas de la Casa but the helpfulness, assistance and good advice you will find in Soldeu or El Tarter is worth a lot.
Ski and board school
Ski & Snow Board School Soldeu / El Tarter
The Soldeu El Tarter Ski/Board School is one of the largest English speaking schools in Europe. Over 450 instructors, many of which are native English speakers offer the highest and most proficient level of teaching from absolute beginner to advanced and freestyle. They are the winners of several top European awards for their high standards and excellent reputation. Whatever your level of skiing or boarding, their will be a course or class to suit you.