Great for beginners & partying
Pas de la Casa / Photo: Pas de la Casa
While the terrain is not the most challenging for experts, there’s plenty to do for snowboarders, with some good freestyle areas, miles of runs to discover and interesting off-piste to explore. What Grandvalira really lacks is long steeper runs which offer a challenge to more advanced riders.
With the ability of skiers and boarders here being relatively low, the off-piste tends to get tracked out slowly and it’s not uncommon to come across great untouched powder runs several days after a dump!
In Grau Roig there’s some reasonable freeriding areas. From the summit take the main run down the hill and across the top of the black run, where you will find some okay powder fields.
there is a beginners’ freestyle area at Pas de la Casa and a great intermediate freestyle run in the Grau Roig sector. The main park is located at El Tarter where you'll also find the halfpipe.
Away from the dedicated freestyle areas it’s possible to find many small to medium sized cliff drops, gullies and rocks, but don’t be expecting anything on Alaska scale! These mountains just aren’t big enough. Backcountry kickers and step-ups do get shaped occasionally by the locals, get chatting to the snowboard instructors or park staff to find out where.
There's a respectable 25 mile trail which can be done at speed. Avoid trail 37 or Isards, which are pure crap.
Beginners can take most advantage here, with good novice areas reached by foot from the village. The flats are perfect for novices and it won't be too long before you can tackle the rest.