Ski holidays in Vallnord Pal Arinsal
Pal has escaped much of the development that other resorts in Andorra have succumbed to. Pal is a quiet and picturesque mountain village over the ridge from Arinsal (about 5 km by road), with a small, reasonably varied, wooded ski area a couple of kilometers further up the hill. It is remarkably different from its nearby neighbour and the link between the ski areas is a great enhancement for both resorts. Arinsal is a little village, built of the Catalan slate and the gray stone, near the head of a narrow valley north of Andorra La Vella. It has seen rapid development in recent years, giving the place a building-site appearance. The gondola, from the village centre to the mid-station, installed in 1999 put an end to the trek to the inconveniently situated chair-lift and the new link via a 50 person tram from Coll de la Botella in Pal's Seturia sector to Port Negre at the top of the Arinsal slopes finally linked the separate resorts of Pal and Arinsal in 2000. Snow making was also extended and now covers 17 km/11 miles of slopes. Pal has a small area of local slopes which are the most wooded of the Andorran resorts. It is surprisingly different from Arinsal, which is tall and narrow with no trees; Pal is short and wide, and covered with greenery. The only thing to attract skiing experts will be fresh snowfall, when access to off-piste through well-spaced trees is best. Tree cover is so sparse in other Andorran resorts that Pal is the only option for this.
Intermediates should go high, where well-bashed red runs come down from the summit to the mid-station area. There are a couple of quite steep reds leading off to the Col de la Botella, one of which can grow moguls. Beginners start off on the very gentle slopes just in front of the base lodge and progress to the short blues that are accessed by longer lifts starting from the same spot. Arinsal's small local area is a narrow, east-facing bowl of mainly open slopes, suitable for beginners, children and unadventurous intermediates. Almost all the runs lead straight back towards the mid-station area, ideal for parents to keep a watchful eye on children. With most runs above 1950 m and a fair number of guns, snow reliability is relatively assured. Most lifts above the mid-station are drags, keeping the mountain open when it's windy.
Snow shoes, Snowmobiles, Xinilla Ride, Children's snow mobile circuite, Helicopter transfert from Arinsal to Ordino - Arcalis, Ski Bikes, Sightseeing by helicopter, Massage centre in Hotels close to Ski area, Camping. 3 restaurants + 2 self services at the ski area, 7 Bars at the ski area.
Children's carpet lift.
Rent-a-ski, boots, ski pools,
Rent-a-snowboard, Rent-a-telemark ski.
Skiing in Vallnord Pal Arinsal
Closest railway station: Hospitalet, 60 km
Direct bus from railway station
Direct shuttle from railway station
Details about ski resortAll ski slopes: 63 km
Blue: 18 km
Red: 34 km
Black: 9 km