Friday, March 16, 2012

ANDORRA: GRANDVALIRA GRAU ROIG

Recently we spent a fantastic day in Grandvalira Grau Roig ski resort in Andorra. We enjoyed a guided forest trail with snowshoes and a mushing activity under a lovely day.

Snowshoes is ideal for individuals and groups, with or without a guide, and does not require you to be very physically fit since the difficulty level depends on the route chosen and the pace. It is ideal for non-skiers who would like to discover nature, enjoy the snow and the mountains without risks, or for skiers who would maybe like to try new experiences.


Grandvalira - Grau Roig ski resort in Andorra
One of the ski slopes in Grandvalira - Grau Roig, a large ski resort in Andorra

Grandvalira - Grau Roig ski resort in Andorra
A snowy mountain near the Grau Roig ski resort in Andorra

Grandvalira - Grau Roig ski resort in Andorra
Before beginning the snowshoes activity we went for a walk to enjoy these fantastic landscapes of Andorra

Grandvalira - Grau Roig ski resort in Andorra
Snowy landscape in Grau Roig ski resort in Andorra


Grandvalira - Grau Roig ski resort in Andorra
The woods of Grandvalira - Grau Roig ski resort are the perfect backdrop for a snow motorbike race

Me and the sun reflected in sunglasses



Snowshoes


I strongly recommend discovering Grandvalira with this unusual activity, walking round the snowy paths and icy lakes on showshoes, following the easy stage paths and itineraries, accompanied at all times by one of our guides. Besides, equipment is available for hire.



Grandvalira - Grau Roig ski resort in Andorra
Our nearly two-hour snowshoes route began in this slope

Grandvalira - Grau Roig ski resort in Andorra
Ready with the snowshoes. The large size of the snowshoes lets you walk on the soft snow with ease and they have spikes to avoid slipping on compacted snow

Grandvalira - Grau Roig ski resort in Andorra
In addition to snowshoes, you only should wear appropriate mountaineering footwear in order to keep the feet warm


Mushing


Mushing is an ideal activity for dog lovers and those who enjoy spectacular scenery in unique surroundings: dog sledding through the snow covered forests of Grandvalira. The sleds are all two-seaters and are driven by a guide.



Grandvalira - Grau Roig ski resort in Andorra
Sled and dogs running through the snow covered forests of Grandvalira in Andorra

The dogs I liked the most

Grandvalira - Grau Roig ski resort in Andorra
Two of the dogs and the sled in GrandValira ski resort in Andorra

Grandvalira - Grau Roig ski resort in Andorra
Sitting on the sled. Shame that this experience was too short, just five minutes, but it was really worth

Grandvalira - Grau Roig ski resort in Andorra
A last picture in Grandvalira Grau Roig with the sled and the dogs


In Andorra you can enjoy a snowshoes activity in the following ski resorts:
  • Grandvalira (www.grandvalira.com)
  • Naturlandia (www.naturlandia.ad)
  • Vallnord (www.vallnord.com)
Finally, if you liked these landscapes, clicking on the next links you will find links to other fantastic places in the Pyrenees of Andorra, France and Catalonia, like:


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