Border crossing expands Andorra’s Grandvalira

16th November 2005, by Chris Gill

Andorra’s Grandvalira ski arena will cross the border this season when a new lift and runs open in French territory from Pas de la Casa.

When the Andorran resorts of Pas de la Casa and Soldeu agreed to offer a joint lift pass in 2003/04, Grandvalira was born. Now, this extensive ski domain is crossing the border into France to initiate the first phase of the Porte des Neiges project. This season, a fast six-seat chairlift, Estany, will serve two new beginner runs above Pas de la Casa, from a departure point at Porta on the French side.

The Porte des Neiges project is an ambitious plan to expand into France, creating a base resort in the border area between Pas de la Casa and the tiny French hamlet of Porte Puymorens, effectively joining the two ski areas.

Porte Puymorens currently offers 45km piste, cross-country tracks and a terrain-park. It is best known for its challenging off-piste and ski-touring routes from Pas de la Casa.

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