Soldeu’s ski area is accessed by parallel chair and gondola lifts from the two bases at Soldeu and El Tarter, giving at least four choices to get up to the above-treeline terrain first thing in the morning, minimising queues. There are two large ski areas specifically designed for beginners at Els Espoiolet in Soldeu and Riba Escorada in El Tarter and more than 160 multi-lingual teachers ready to give advice. Beginners will soon progress on to the gentle slopes of Solana del Forn above the resort. Intermediates will enjoy Soldeu’s skiing the most, with predominantly easy and intermediate trails to enjoy. The new lift link to Pas de la Casa and Grau Roig opens up 150km (93 miles) of terrain best suited to intermediates. Expert skiers have eight trails to choose from and a drag lift serving the off piste terrain of Pic d’Encampadana. Here you will find a snowcat operation, unique to the Pyrenées, bringing off-piste powder to those who want it. It may be unique to the world in that the service is offered free of charge to lift pass holders without supplement. The ski school manages heli-skiing excursions, snowcat and off-piste ski lessons if you need them and can also offer telemark and snowboarding tuition. The resort’s bump skiing stadium was extended a couple of years ago season and you can pick up free technique tips there on Friday evenings.
|Opens||Mid Dec – Mid April|
2000 saw Soldeu and Pas de La Casa linked by five new high speed chairs, a gondola, three drag lifts and 10 new runs. This now offers a combined area of 185kms of pistes, but the joint lift pass is still for the future, and not yet available. A new funpark has been established in Soldue. Lift access is to be avilable from the valley floor level from Canillo. An eight person gondola will link into the ski areas of El Tarter and Soldeu, starting at 1500m at the edge of Canillo and arriving right in the Forn area at 2100m. The new funpark will be in the Forn area where a new beginners’ area is being established. A new quad chair, the Proteall between 2100m and 2465m will allow the El Tarter ski area to be reached more easily. The link runs between Solana, Pla dels Espiolets and the Riba Escorxada have all been improved. All of the snowmaking facility is being improved and updated for the 2000/2001 season.