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Next to the urbanisation of El Tarter and at the base of the gondola is the free car parking areas. Big for Andorra is gets very busy.
There are 3 main areas; the primary one (1-on map) outside the cable car and new offices for Grandvalira, an older one (2-on map) over the river and towards the Llop Gris hotel and the Calbo rental store - this one has a chairlift going up as the most suitable.
And if you drive further up toward Soldeu just about 200metres there is another bridge with access to the nordic hotel, keep going up there are there are overflow car parks (3-on map) with pretty much direct access to the piste - you will have to ski back down just a little way to catch a ride back up, and make sure you come down the correct run, to avoid having to walk back up to where you've parked the car.
A word of warning - don't park too close to the new huge "mushroom" shaped cover for the goldola base unless you prepared for an avalanche of snow as the day warms up. At some point durning the day the snow will all come off in a one-er!
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One of the six main ski stations in the Grandvalira ski-resort - the others being Grau Roig, Funicamp (from Encamp), Soldeu, Pas de la Casa and El Tarter.
You take the 6 person cable car up from the village itself (not free parking in Canillo). It has a ski school, medical clinic, restaurant complex and large sun terrace with play park.
There are only a couple of pistes terminating here, and a couple of chair-lifts - but the aspect is perfect as it is south facing.
The Mirador Roc del Quer is an extended platform out into the valley with a sculpture of a bronze man sitting on the end of a girder. Art and engineering combine to make a natural and man made spectacle.
You will have seen it high up above Canillo village if you staying there or skiing there.
Perfect for a morning or afternoon stroll for young and old: 5/10 mins walk from the car park - get a fantastic view of the Canillo valley, or alternatively double-check you still get vertigo.
Certainly open in the summer; check access in winter - the mayor of canillo pronounced that it would be open in winter too, at the opening ceremony - but best to check with these things; heavy snowfall will block the road and access path for sure.
Large restaurant with several comfy sofas for lounging around on. Council owned building so no pressure from staff, you relax and spend ages here.
Glass windows all the way along afford view of pool and vistas beyond that outside.
Esports Sensacio is a ski rental shop in the centre of La Massana.
Run by Alain (originally from France, but lived in Andorra since the 80s) and his wife Belinda who hails from St. Louis, MO in the States - Esports Sensació was the first ski rental place in La Massana.
Because Alain speaks good English (his wife Belinda is American), and they have many years experience living in the Andorran mountains they can give you the right advice and sell/rent you the correct kit. They know what you need and will prescribe correctly; even at the cost of lost sales to themselves. This I think is the reason for their continued success in a town with many ski rental places.
They are open from 9am (8.30 weekends) until 8pm - the note on the door says they take lunch between 1pm and 3pm, but since Alain is the owner/operator you will generally find him around - look over the road to the Bura Tino restaurtant and ask in there if you happen on the store in the day and it is appears closed.
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