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Arinsal – Andorra

Resort Information for Arinsal, Andorra

Overview:-

Arinsal was established in the early 1970s when the Western end of the La Massana Valley was developed. It is an attractive Catalan village, but rather spread out.

The Andorran ski resort of Pal-Arinsal has direct access to 63km of downhill skiing, with 41 individual pistes, served by 30 ski lifts. Arinsal is part of the superb Vallnord ski area comprising of three ski resorts: Arinsal, Pal and Ordino-Arcalis, all covered under the same lift pass. Arinsal offers customers one FREE lift pass for children aged 6-11 yrs when one adult pre-books the same.

With some pistes above 2500 metres, skiing and snowboarding is generally assured throughout the season.

 

Public Transport:-

Buses run at half-hourly intervals to the ski-station above the village and neighbouring Pal, 6 miles away.

The resort operates a ski bus service between Arinsal and La Massana

Location:-

In the North West corner of the principality, 5 mls North West of Andorra la Vella.
Strung along a broad valley, parallel to a mountain river, with forested slopes rising progressively on both sides.
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Dialling Code: 376

Postcode: 400

Serving Airport(s)

142 mls S of Toulouse airport (France)

162 mls N of Barcelona airport (Spain)

Market Suitability

Beginners  4/5   Intermediates 3/5    Experts   2/5   Snowboarders 3/5

For Beginners the Prat de la Coma Area has been extended and much improved in recent years. Off to the right of the mid station there are three beginners tows with large nursery area for first timers. Probably more a resort for intermediates and progressing beginners there are some excellent long blue runs, with one of the longest runs in Andorra which starts at the top of the Pic Negre and takes you all the way down to Cota at the base of the mountain.

More challenging red runs and experts will find three blacks at the top of the mountain. The longest, steepest black run in Andorra, La Devesa, plunges under the chairlift which runs from the base station. Snow cover is being made ever more reliable with the addition of more snow cannons each season.

There is a definite preference for snowboarders in the Arinsal sector where the investments here have included a new, modern snow park for boarders with extension of the big air half-pipe and jumps. As yet there is no area specifically for snowboarders in Pal itself. There are plenty of long cruising blues and reds though.

Snow Information:-

Total Kms of Piste                        63Km

Piste Type                              No. of Runs

Easy                                                    22

Medium                                           16

Difficult                                               4

63km Downhill Pistes

5km Cross Country Trails

30 Ski Lifts

1060m Max Vertical

2560m Highest Lift

1550m Lowest Piste

1500m Resort Altitude

Apres Ski

Arinsal has virtually all of the off slope activity and is indeed renowned for its nightlife with many discos, bars and pubs offering distinctively different atmospheres and music.

You will find a choice of a few small restaurants. The capital’s wider choice is a short bus ride away.

If you wish to shop then go to Andorra la Vella, with its vast array of electrical and fashion outlets at duty-free prices, which is a short bus ride away.

Tourist Board: www.parinsal.com