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Soldeu & Grandvalira - Is a beginner's pass enough

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Hi everyone. My first post is a question that I can't find the answer to by searching.
I'm going to Soldeu with my daughter who'll have a beginner's pass. Hopefully she'll be halfway competent by the end of the week. The question is... will she have enough to do there on a beginner's pass? The Grandvalira website makes it sound like it covers all the resorts beginners areas - yes? So should I take her to different parts of Grandvalira? Or upgrade her to a full pass for a day? And anyone know whether the runs down to Soldeu or El Tartar are currently usable all the way to the village?
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I think there is only one pass now pal that covers the whole area
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bh, if I remember rightly the beginners pass covers only your particular sector, in your case Soldeu/Tarter. If she wants to ski any other part of Grandvalira she would need the full lift pass. The beginners we went with stayed on the beginners lift pass all week as the Soldeu/Tarter area was large enough for them but they were told they could get one day extensions if they wanted to branch out further.

Best fun we had was in the Grau Roig sector by the way, hope you have a great time and great snow snowHead
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bh,

The Grandvalira website seems to suggest that the beginners pass doesn't cover the Soldeu/El Tarter sectors at all and only a limited section of the former Pas de la Casa sectors. If you're staying in Soldeu, it may not be for you.

On the other hand, if snowshine is right about the ski pass, then Soldeu/El Tarter has loads of skiing to keep any beginner happy. I'd also concur that Grau Roig has some of the nicest skiing, but getting there and back is probably too big of a stretch for a beginner.

Website shows blue runs to village as open and it's generally accurate. The village is at 1800m so the village runs are generally reliable in February. I don't know what the snow conditions are like.

Skibb
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Thanks everyone!
She's getting whatever pass comes with the Crystal package for Soldeu so maybe that'll be a more full pass than I was expecting. I'll see what I find but it sounds like I won't have to plan too hard. I'm discovering more depths to that Grandvalira website too.

And the forecast looks pretty good... as long as the heat doesn't turn the lovely forecast snow to ice! Very Happy
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Hi bh,

I hope this doesn't confuse matters but I have received an email from TUI (I sent the question to Crystal) saying that 'the First time Ski package includes a beginners Lift Pass whereas for the Improver pack a Full Lift Pass is included.' They didn't actually say what the beginners pass covered..!

If snowshire is right about the beginners pass covering the whole of the Soldeu / El Tartar area, then I'd agree that there's plenty there for beginners. I went with a beginner (plough turns sort of level) two years ago and don't think we left the Soldeu / El Tarter sector.

Hope this helps Smile
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Snowshine remembered it right.
Beginners get their sector (Soldeu/El Tartar in our case, which is plenty for a beginner), and the near absence of black slopes mean that there isn't a large number of speeding skiers to watch out for.
Improvers get the whole of GrandValira, and after morning lessons you really have to shift to get to Pas and back before the lifts close.
So it was plenty big enough for both of us. Very Happy
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