Ski Holidays in Arinsal, Andorra
Two new developments have transformed ski holidays in Arinsal over the last few years. The first is the linking of Arinsal to Pal, creating a very respectable ski area, particularly suited to beginners and intermediates on ski holidays in Arinsal, and second is the building and opening of a number of good quality and attractive hotels to supplement the existing old favourites.
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Arinsal ski resort
Arinsal lies at the end of a valley in the southern part of Andorra. It’s a typical Andorran ski resort, mixing smart new hotels and apartments with quaint water fountains; the locals collect their drinking water at the fountain as it’s the purest water in Andorra and is bottled here for the supermarkets, and of course for those on ski holidays in Arinsal to enjoy.
Snow conditions in Arinsal
Ski season at Andorra runs from December to April and there are plenty of snowmaking facilities to ensure excellent terrain even during dry spells. With 296 snow cannons, snow is guaranteed on 28km of the slopes in the Arinsal and Pal sector.
Skiing in Arinsal
With the new link to Pal, the ski area boasts a reasonable 65km of pistes, mainly reds and blues, many of them cut through the woods. The ski school, as in the rest of Andorra, is excellent and has many English speaking instructors, which attract many Brits to ski holidays in Arinsal. Snow reliability is some of the best in Andorra as most of the slopes are above 1900 m and is supplemented by plenty of snow cannons.
Apres ski, restaurants and other activities in Arinsal
Ski holidays in Arinsal have a good reputation for après ski, with numerous bars, restaurants and discos, so they're perfect for young people who are learning to ski and looking for a good time in the evenings, all of which is helped by the generous measures and the cheap prices.
For non skiers, ski holidays in Arinsal has little to offer during the day but there is a frequent bus to Andorra la Vella, a mecca for shopaholics.
Arinsal ski hotels
You can cut to the chase and start browsing our wonderful range of Arinsal hotels now to book just the perfect spot for your Arinsal ski holiday.
Lift pass information in Arinsal
With a single lift pass skiers and snowboarders have access to the 3 resorts in the Vallnord area – Arcalis, Arinsal and Pal.
Please note: Mountain and ski stats are for the Arinsal/Pal sector of the Vallnord ski area
Ski Hire in Arinsal
There are normally a number of shops where you can pick up your pre-booked ski or snowboard equipment from. Which shop you go to will depend on where you are staying in Arinsal. Here is a guide to ski or snowboard hire in Arinsal:
|Ski Hire Type||Adult 6 days||Child 6 days|
|Bronze - Skis and Boots or Snowboard and Boots||£97||£61|
|Silver - Skis and Boots or Snowboard and Boots||£95||£62|
|Gold - Skis and Boots or Snowboard and Boots||£122|
|Platinum - Skis and Boots or Snowboard and Boots||£151|
You can book your ski hire for your trip to Arinsal here
Andorra is a really interesting place to ski. A good range of challenging slopes on the mountain terrain. Arinsal is lively and a good base to explore from.
Apres Ski: 4/5
Having skied in over 15 different resorts in 5 countries, Arinsal is the best value for money and a great resort irrespective of cost. The village is OK but not particularly pretty. A blue ski run (chair lift adjacent) comes down to the top of the village where there are a couple of hotels. No runs down to the main village where a 4 minute gondola ride takes you to the bottom of the ski area where the ski hire and lockers are. Top of Arinsal links by cable car (closed one day last week by high wind) to Pal/La Massana. Free bus (10 mins) available but infrequent and time table impregnable(!). Pal is much bigger than Arinsal and has lots of tree lined pistes. All great beginners/intermediate skiing. Not too much to challenge experts. A 35min bus/taxi (free!) ride away is Arcalis - apparently a new resort but with no hotels. Lots of fabulous empty slopes including an 8 km green/blue run from top to bottom and very efficient lift system. Weather 3rd -10 th March was very warm - well above freezing during days - but snow was absolutely fine until about 2pm when it became slushy at the run bottoms. I will return.
Apres Ski: 3/5