If you fancy some time at a terrain park, the main park is called Snowpark El Tarter. It has a wide array of options, including huge gap jumps, kickers, a wide array of jumps, many rails and a giant airbag. Certain times of year you will even find a halfpipe.
There are options for experts, though the blacks are often quite easy (especially when compared to others on the continent). Intermediate skiers will have a blast, and this is a great resort for beginners and kids. The British run ski school is often lauded as one of the best in Europe.
Snowboarders are well served, as Soldeu is widely regarded as the snowboarding capital of the Pyrenees. Not only is this a great place to learn the sport, but it is also home to a lot of backcountry and off-piste routes for experts.
Where to stay
There are options available in Soldeu for a wide array of budgets, from five-star luxury hotels to cheap and cheerful hostels.
The Sport Hotel chain owns the three main hotels in the village, located just 50 metres from the main gondola. The most luxurious option is the area's first five-star hotel, the Sport Hotel Hermitage & Spa. A huge Wellness Mountain Spa, complete with a massive basement pool, links all three Sport hotels to one another. Even if you do not stay here, it is worth purchasing a day pass for the spa experience.
A few other high-end options in the area are the Hotel Himalaia Soldeu and the Hotel Piolets Parc & Spa. Prefer to stay further away from Soldeu? The Hotel Euro Esqui is closer to El Tarter and boasts free transfers to the El Tarter chair and an indoor pool, perfect for soaking those aching muscles after a day on the slopes.
If you are working with a more modest budget, the two-star Hotel Bruxelles has decent rooms, personal service and a fantastic restaurant. Hotel Roc de Sant Miquel is a family run affair and offers Spartan rooms and lovely owners.
Eating and drinking
If you are looking for a wild night on the town or a truly gourmet meal, Soldeu may not be the best option for your needs. Many of the town’s bars and restaurants are located inside the hotels, and serve large portions of humble Andorran, French and Spanish cuisine. Check out Fat Alberts for steaks and burgers or the delicious offerings at the Hotel Bruxelles.
If you want to eat on the mountain, there are a few table service and buffet options, but many locals advise that the village has much better food. Try the Arosseria Pi de Migdia, located at the top of the El Tarter gondola, or the Riba Escorxada pizzeria. If you are self-catering, there is a picnic room available at Espiolets.