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The two sides of the Grandvalira have agreed to stay together. It seems common sense and financial imperative have won the day.

The Grandvalira ski area comprises the resorts of Pas de La Casa & Grau Roig on one side and Soldeu & El Tartar on the other. 

It is 210kms in size and became a joint area in 2003 after decades of talks and negotiations as old rivalries between various parties were put to one side for the greater good. 

It has been a resounding success with numbers up and a strong brand has been created to rival the ski areas of the Alps.

It sees around 1.75m skiers and snowboarders each winter and it is in the Top 20 of the most visited ski areas across the world.

They have a joint lift pass and marketing arrangments yet there was a very real threat that the two would break up.  

We reported it in detail when PlanetSKI visited last winter.   
And my personal take on the potential split at the time?

It has now been announced that the area will remain and the ski resort of Arcalis, will join the group.

It takes the ski area to 240kms.

We understand the negotions were long and difficult. 

Senior government officials were also involved in the deal as there was a fear any break up could harm the national economy of Andorra.

The terms of the agreement stipulate that the duration of the new contract will be indefinite, but after 10 years there will be an additional two-year period in case one of the parties wants to break away.

Reaction has been swift.  

"We are happy that the Grandvalira ski area is no longer going to be split," said Josh Engelman from Crystal Ski, the UK's largest winter tour operator.

"This gives our customers the opportunity to continue to enjoy the whole of the Grandvalira ski area at great prices. It is an added bonus that customers will now be able to enjoy an extended ski area with the addition of the Arcalis sector," he added.

PlanetSKI was in Andorra with Crystal a few years back as its re-invention took hold.
Other UK companies are also pleased at the news.

"This is fantastic news not just for the ski area but also for Andorra as a whole, and with the expansion of the ski area to also include Arcalis is a great additional benefit for visitors to Grandvalira," said Steve Hull from the company Andorra Resorts.   

"Lots of new investment has also been promised, so we are excited to see how things develop," he added.

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