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5 Easter plans to enjoy with your family in Andorra

We’re already looking forward to the Easter long weekend and we’re sure you are too. There are 4 days off to disconnect from routine and enjoy family experiences. And what better way to make the most of them than in the snow and end the ski season in style.

We have 5 fun snow activities for you that you will love to do with your family and that you can complement perfectly with your ski day on the slopes.

1. Become an igloo builder

Have you ever wondered how igloos are made?

During the whole season, including Easter, Grandvalira offers you an ideal activity for families where, young and old, you will work as a team to build an igloo. You will be taught the different techniques to adapt them to the state of the snow and you will build your own igloo which you will be able to visit inside and feel as if you were in the North Pole. This proposal is available very close to Els Llacs Mountain Apartments in the Grau Roig activity centre.

2. Have fun on the Magic Gliss

The Magic Gliss is a giant slide located in the Family Park in the Canillo sector of Grandvalira. With a 555-metre descent and 180 metres of ascent, it can reach speeds of up to 40 km/h. If you want to make it even more amazing, try it with virtual reality goggles. As well as enjoying the ride, you’ll be able to see the recreation of typical Andorran animals and the mythological Tamarros. Children will have a great time, but adults will also be surprised.

3. Enjoy new experiences at Easter

Without leaving the Family Park in Canillo, don’t miss the chance to discover the snowy landscapes of Grandvalira from a bird’s eye view as you fly over the Forn Lake. Get your adrenaline pumping on the zip line, where you can slide sitting down, stretched out or in tandem with your child. The route is 550 metres long, at a height of 40 metres and can reach 80 km/h.

Spending the day at the Family Park is also a good option as it has a wide range of activities, especially for children, and a restaurant where you can stop for lunch to recharge your batteries. Access is via the cable car from the village of Canillo.

4. Sledging down the Soldeu slopes

The Snake Gliss is another activity worth trying at least once in your life. You will slide down on an articulated sledge guided by a monitor, from El Pla de Espiolets to the village of Soldeu, crossing the slopes of Astoret, Os and Bosc Fosc. Best of all: it takes place when the resort is closed, from 17:30 onwards. The Easter long weekend is a good time to do this snow activity as the days are longer and we can enjoy more daylight hours.

5. Get your adrenaline pumping with a snowmobile excursion.

This activity is a classic and you may even have already done it. In any case, you’ll never get tired of going through the forests of Grandvalira on a snowmobile. Enjoy it as a couple or with your child (children must be accompanied by an adult) and choose between day or night excursions. For children, the Kids Forest in Grau Roig has a special snowmobile circuit for them, where they can drive their own snowmobile.

Grandvalira’s activities are close to Els Llacs Mountain Apartments. An ideal accommodation for families in its comfortable, spacious and well-equipped flats. Visit our website and book your getaway for Easter.

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Snow activities to enjoy the winter in Grandvalira

Write down the following snow activities you can do in Grandvalira in winter on your wish list. Some of them are very close to Els Llacs Mountain Apartments and in the other sectors of the ski resort. One thing is for sure: you’ll have just as much fun as skiing and you’ll be able to combine them with your favourite sport. What’s more, most of them can be done with your family, friends or partner… and all season long.  

You’ll love them!

 

Mushing: one of the most popular snow activities of the year

If you haven’t yet had the experience, make the most of this season to do it. Rediscover spectacular landscapes in Grandvalira through routes through the forest while comfortably seated on a sled pulled by dogs. The sledge is for two people and you can choose from 2, 3 or 5 kilometre excursions. And you can even end up driving along with the musher (the sledge guide). You can choose the adventure circuits in Grau Roig, the sector of Grandvalira that is closest to the flats, or more family itineraries to do with children from 3 years old in El Tarter (here the sledges are for up to 4 people).

Book mushing with Els Llacs Mountain Apartments on our website and get a 10% early booking discount and 10% discount for booking on the website.

 

Explore the forests of Grandvalira on snowshoes

There are a large number of signposted snowshoe itineraries outside the traditional ski slope circuits. You will go through the woods on these routes, which this year have been completed with 5 routes that allow you to do a circular route of 23 kilometres and 850 metres of vertical drop. In the Grau Roig, Encamp and Pas de la Casa sectors of Grandvalira, you’ll find routes for all levels.

Take advantage of our offer of accommodation and 2-hour snowshoeing excursion and get a 10% discount for early booking and another 10% discount for booking through our website.

 

Snowmobiling: also at night

Explore the snowy landscapes on a snowmobile in the snowy forests of Grau Roig, together with a guide. The excursions are from 30 minutes to 1 hour. This is one of the snow activities that you can do with children from 6 years old, but they must be on a two-seater motorbike and accompanied by an adult.

From this winter onwards, experience a snowmobile excursion at night in Grau Roig or a change of scenery in the Pas de la Casa sector. You’ll have a great time!

 

Skiing before the rest is a real pleasure

Grandvalira offers you the “First Snow”, an activity that will allow you to experience first-hand the sensation of skiing before anyone else. You’ll have the slopes all to yourself. You’ll just have to get up a little earlier, as the meeting point is at 8am, in the El Tarter sector. As a reward, it also includes breakfast.  It takes place on Wednesdays and Saturdays throughout the season, conditions permitting. You’ll want to come again!

 

Après-ski… skiing

And if you start the day skiing before the others, you can also end it skiing until the last minute. The only slope that is open for skiing when the rest are closed is La Solana /Tubs, in the Pas de la Casa sector. You can ski from 17h30 to 20h00 under the lights of the slope that opens on Thursdays and Saturdays. Moreover, it is included in the price of the ski pass, whether it is a day, multi-day or season ski pass.

 

On our website you will find offers with ski pass to Grandvalira, snowshoeing or mushing excursion and nights in the holiday flats Els Llacs. For the rest of the snow activities we can inform you about prices and availability and make the booking when you contact us. You just worry about coming, we’ll take care of the rest 😉.  

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This year, try your hand at ski touring

If you love snow sports in general and skiing in particular, this is a good time to take up ski touring. At the Els Llacs Mountain Apartaments we suggest activities for you to continue enjoying the snow in Andorra this year.

 

Get started in ski touring with NWPD

The company NWPD offers a very complete course to learn the tricks of this discipline. A professional mountain guide will teach you the secrets and techniques to introduce you to ski touring. The activity lasts between 5 and 6 hours, starts in the morning and is done in a group. To get the most out of it, it is done on terrain with perfect snow and weather conditions. But don’t worry, because it is very close to the flats.

The class, as we said at the beginning, is very complete and is done in different stages. First of all, the instructor will introduce the group to the equipment and explain how to use it. Then, he will start with the basic techniques of ski mountaineering to teach you how to move. In addition, the instructor will also teach you notions on how to draw a safe circuit and how to recognise the traps in the terrain to avoid accidents. With him, you will practice ascents and descents and he will also give you a lot of tips that only a good professional can give you.

 

Equipment needed for ski mountaineering

To do the course you will need: cross-country skis, poles, skins and blades (recommended). Safety equipment: DVA, shovel and probe. You will also need to take out insurance, although if you don’t have it, you can take it out when you register for the course. Both the equipment and the technical and warm clothing (trousers and ski jacket) can be rented at the Park Piolets hotel, of which we are part.

 

Freeride on Pic Maià

Another of the activities offered by this company (and also with expert guides) is an off-piste skiing course. But for this activity we will have to wait for a good downhill and ideal conditions to be able to enjoy it to the full. The area where it takes place is Pic Maià.

 

To find out when these courses will take place you can contact us and we will inform you of all the details.  Of course, you will be staying very close to the spots where these activities take place.

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Snow activities you can’t miss this winter

In Andorra there are many snow activities that you have to try at least once in your life. That’s why we at Els Llacs Mountain Apartments are offering you 2 offers with activities that you can’t miss out on. It is possible to enjoy the valleys, peaks and snowy landscapes in Grandvalira without having to put on your skis or snowboard, and what’s more, these proposals are very close to us!

Mushing: the winter sensation

From the flats we propose you an offer with nights stay combined with a dog sledding excursion. Feel as if you were in Lapland while you travel through snowy landscapes and pine forests. The dogs, properly trained, will pull the sledge guided by a professional musher. It is an ideal snow activity for the whole family, as there is capacity for a maximum of 2 adults and 2 children. Choose the flat that best suits you and book your offer.

Snowmobiles are a must

A snowmobile tour is ideal to let off some adrenaline while you drive yourself. An ideal snow activity to try this winter or to repeat if you already know it. You can do it as a couple and also with your child if he/she is older than 7 years old, but driving is for people over 18 years old. Let yourself go, control the speed and enjoy the typical Pyrenean landscapes. You can book the pack of nights in flats and snowmobile excursion on our website. You will find this activity very close to the hotel in the Grau Roig sector of Grandvalira, just 2 minutes by car from the accommodation.

Other snow activities

In Andorra you’ll find more alternatives to alpine skiing that you can do this winter. Such as guided snowshoeing excursions or going on your own. If you feel like sliding down the snow, you can do it after ski mountaineering or try cross-country skiing. These activities are perfect for enjoying nature while practising outdoor sports.

Bonus: for the most foodie families

We have an extra proposal to complement the snow activities to enjoy good gastronomy: a stay with dinner at the Winter pop up restaurant Kao Soldeu. It is located in the Park Piolets hotel, in Soldeu, just 2 minutes by car from our mountain flats. Here you can taste the delights of Chinese haute cuisine, including the famous Peking Duck, the restaurant’s star dish. As well as the traditional dim sum and dishes based on rice, noodles, meat and fish, you will love it!

Tourist flats that lack nothing

Our flats are the best option to rest after a day of snow activities. They are very well located, in Bordes de Envalira, between the Grau Roig and Soldeu sectors of Grandvalira. They are comfortable, spacious and very well integrated with the environment, as they are decorated in the style of mountain chalets. In addition, they are 100% equipped to make your stay as comfortable as possible.

They have services that few flats offer such as spa (free), gym and an area for the little ones to have fun. In addition, to make things easier for you, on your arrival you will find a welcome pack for breakfast on the first day and we give you the possibility to do the shopping before your arrival with delivery to the flat.

And if you have a pet, you can bring it with you because we are pet friendly.

If you are planning a getaway in the snow or you want to spend your winter holidays in Andorra, these snow activities are ideal. Don’t hesitate to contact us for advice.