Arinsal is a settlement in Andorra located between 1550 and 2560 meters above sea level, near to the border with Spain at Tor, Pallars. In the summer, Arinsal is a popular destination for hikers and cyclists, as well as those looking to unwind in the mountains. In the winter, it provides basic skiing and snowboarding, as well as a fair variety of intermediate lines.
In recent years, the twin ski resorts of Pal-Arinsal and Ordino-Acalis amalgamated to become Vallnord, a little ski conurbation with 66 slopes, 41 ski lifts, and 13 mountain eateries serviced by a single Vallnord ski pass.
It is situated at the apex of a valley. The historic hamlet is still visible, but since it is now a ski resort, it has developed significantly and has a large number of hotels catering to this trade. As a consequence, outside of the ski season, the area is mostly deserted, including several of the pubs and restaurants.
This resort is quite popular among English-speaking skiers.
The village itself is built around a main street that leads to the cable lift at the bottom of the ski slope and offers a variety of accommodation options ranging from self-catering chalets for those who prefer to do their own thing to half-board hotels for those who prefer to relax and enjoy the local cuisine. If you want to dine out, there are lots of restaurants that provide a range of fayre for families and couples, and the après ski in Andorra is known as the finest, whether you want a quiet drink with a chill ambiance or to make new people in a noisy bar. With a variety of activities available both during the day and at night, this well-established English-speaking ski resort offers something for everyone.
The Arinsal and Pal ski resorts are connected by a cable car and feature 63 kilometers of skiable terrain, including:
– 7 green slopes
– 14 blue slopes
– 17 red slopes
– 4 black runs
– 5 slaloms
– 2 freestyle areas
The green and blue slopes are especially well-regarded as great regions for novices, with most blue slopes readily accessible within a few days of beginning training. The two Arinsal Ski and Snowboard Schools, which have many English-speaking teachers, occupy most of the lower slopes and provide 19 hours of group training for beginners, with particular kids programs starting at the age of four. Over 4 hours, refresher courses are also provided, and the blue runs in Arinsal are hospitable slopes to renew your abilities, with individual lessons being available.
The season begins in mid-December, when the snow begins to have a solid base depth, and the finest skiing lasts until mid-March, when the early morning snow typically begins to fade. January typically brings the biggest snowfalls (28″ in 2017), and the season is open until mid-April if circumstances permit.
The resort ensures that half of its slopes will have snow at all times of the season thanks to around 300 snow cannons, and there are 30 ski lifts to get you around the pistes.