Arinsal Ski Resort

Arinsal and Pal – linked by cable car since 2000 – have joined forces with the valley town of La Massana, as well as the nearby resort of Arcalís, to form the area marketed as 'Vallnord'.

There are four towns under the Vallnord brand: Arcalís, which is more of a hamlet than a town (it's got a hotel and a couple of chalets) and sits with its own lift system some distance from the other three; La Massana, a fairly large valley town with good links to the capital Andorra la Vella; and Arinsal and Pal, two resorts that have shared the same lift system since 2000. Of those two, Pal is the junior resort with a smattering of accommodation and public areas, while Arinsal is perhaps the only town that fits the accepted term of what a ski resort should be.

Heavy investment since 2000 has led to upgrading of accommodation, with some four-star hotels to add to its two- and three-star hotels and excellent self-catering apartments. It is still popular with Brits and Scandinavians and those looking for a good deal or an introduction to skiing.

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Did You Know?

Arinsal is part of the extensive Vallnord ski area, one of Andorra's largest. It's also considerably quieter than the neighbouring Grandvalira area. However the two are right next to each other and although not linked they can both be enjoyed from any resort in Andorra.

The Stats

Resort altitude 1550m
Highest lift 2560m
Vertical drop 1010m
Ski-in/ski-out 3 Star
Total pistes 63km
Nursery areas 7
Pistes: beg/inter/adv. 35/45/20
Funiculars/ cable cars 0/1
Gondolas/ chairs 2/12
Drags 16
Parks 2
Pipes 1
Night-skiing Yes
Summer skiing No
Environmental rating 2 Stars
Glühwein factor 1 Stars
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