Strategically placed at the heart of the Grandvalira area, Soldeu has some of the finest skiing and most stunning natural scenery in Andorra. Grandvalira is fast becoming known as the capital of skiing in the Pyrenees and Soldeu is its shining star - so much so the 2012 Alpine Skiing World Cup is being held there.The range of slopes and terrains to be found in Soldeu is constantly improving and expanding, and the new link to Grau Roig and Pas de la Casa means the ski area directly accessible from Soldeu has over 150km of pistes. The slopes around Soldeu are mainly greens, blues and reds so it's an ideal base for families and mixed ability groups. Novices and beginners will progress well there with the help of the huge army of multi-lingual ski instructors - the ski schools also organise heli-skiing excursions and can give lessons in snowboarding, telemarking and off-piste skiing. Although Soldeu is ideal for beginners and intermediates, there are some interesting blacks runs and plenty of off-piste for more advanced riders to explore. Soldeu has always had a good relationship with snowboarders, having hosted several top events. Grandvalira is the only resort in the Pyrenees with four snowparks.The town of Soldeu is the perfect place to explore the vast Grandvalira area from. Its picturesque buildings have everything you need: good quality and good value accommodation, loads of great restaurants and bars, and plenty of other activities, like the large leisure centre and spa. The après ski in Soldeu is popular and often busy from when the slopes close until dawn. The neighbouring town of El Tarter is quieter and has good links to Soldeu.