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With plenty of blue and red pistes, a well-designed terrain park and a varied après scene, Soldeu often entices its visitors back...
Those embarking upon Soldeu ski holidays will find that Soldeu is not really a resort as such - more a ribbon of development on either side of the main road into France, and an awesome spa at the Sport Village hotel.
But don't be put off. Soldeu has lots to offer all the same.
Resort height: 1,710m
Soldeu has always been a great destination for beginners to ski, for two reasons. First, there's a flat plateau half-way up the mountain that's heaven-sent for first-time skiers to practice on. And second, the ski school is run by an Englishman and employs lots of English-speaking ski instructors. More recently, however, Soldeu has also become an interesting ski resort for intermediates, thanks to the decision to join forces with its neighbour, Pas de la Casa. Between them, they offer 193km pistes, spread over the rolling terrain of the Pyrenees.
Soldeu doesn't offer the most difficult skiing in the world - the Pyrenees aren't as high or as spiky as the Alps, and lack really long hell-for-leather runs. But then, for the vast majority of the skiing public, that's all part of the appeal. There's a blue and red piste down almost every ski slope, so you can build the challenge over the course of the week - and provided the snow's in good nick (not always a given in Andorra), you should have a ball. Freestylers will be glad to know Soldeu has a highly-rated terrain park, too.
Soldeu is a three-hour transfer from Toulouse airport - and similar distance from Barcelona...
However, it can take longer at the weekends, when the tour operators' buses back up on the winding roads.
Soldeu is the perfect choice for beginners - including those trying out skiing or snowboarding for the very first time...
The large number of red and blue pistes will also keep intermediates happy. However, as is often the case in Andorra, advanced level skiers and snowboarders risk getting rather bored.
Despite having a slightly more upmarket vibe than some of the other Andorran resorts, Soldeu remains great value for money...
Andorra has a bit of a bargain-basement reputation in skiing circles, and it's true, the nightlife over in Pas de la Casa does get a bit “Barmy Army” at times. In Soldeu, it's much more balanced, with a mix of pubs, unpretentious but comfortable bars, and clubs. Some of the restaurants in Soldeu are top-drawer too, especially Cort del Popaire, set inside an old Andorran barn and lit by a roaring fire - in which they grill their superb meat.
Spas are the thing in Soldeu - and a visit to either the multi-floored Sport Wellness Mountain Spa, or the vast Caldea complex in Escales-Engordany is a must. But Soldeu lacks a natural focus, and isn't a very satisfying place to hang out when everyone else is on the slopes. You should either head down the mountain, into the capital, Andorra La Vella, or up it, to try your hand at dog-sledding, snow-mobiling or snow-shoeing.
Skiing holidays here are not quite as cheap as they used to be - and Soldeu is self-consciously trying to drag itself upmarket. But given the quality of the restaurants and accommodation, it's still good value. The shopping is duty-free, too.
Individually, the buildings in the resort are attractive, but given they're strung out alongside the road to the border (which mercifully is very quiet at night), they don't exactly add up to the kind of mountain village most of us have in mind when we book a ski holiday. Soldeu's mountain scenery is a little underpowered compared to the Alps, too.