Andorra - Arinsal Resort Review

Overview for Arinsal, Pal and Arcalis

Overall Rating:   3 star rating

Breakdown of Runs:
Green
19%
Blue
32%
Red
40%
Black
9%

Lifts: 37   Runs: 68   Parks: 2

 Season: Mid December to early April

  • Gondola from village centre
  • Free Ski Shuttle
  • Duty Free shopping
  • Long transfer time from the airport
  • Lift Queues during high season
  • Not much for advanced riders

The Slopes

Arinsal is linked to Pal by either cable car or bus and also to Arcalis by bus, with the Vallnord lift pass covering all 3 sectors. The gondola in Arinsal runs from the centre of the village to and from the slopes until 5pm each day. For those staying at the top end of the village there is a 2 man chairlift up to the slopes and a blue run back down.

Arinsal has a very good (although often busy) learning area with reasonably priced private lessons, making it great for beginners. Intermediate riders are more likely to enjoy the tree lined reds of the Pal sector. While advanced riders will find their kicks are much more spread out. The few black runs and freeride areas are located across all 3 sectors, both Arinsal and Arcalis house snowparks.

Accommodation

The hotel and apartment accommodation in Arinsal & Pal is conveniently located for the ski slopes and is generally of a high standard. Arinsal Hotels are mostly located along the main road that runs right through the village. There is some ski in ski out accommodation towards the top of the village but from the majority of the hotels it is just a short walk to either the nearest lift or the free ski bus. For a list of hotels in Arinsal and Pal see our Arinsal Accommodation page

The Nightlife

Arinsal is full of good bars and restaurants with plenty of choice available. There is a great party atmosphere here and if you're into rep organised activities you won't be disappointed. The various tour operators run regular nights out on the town. If you prefer a quiet or family night out then one of the many restaurants or hotel bars is probably your best bet.

General

There is no airport in Andorra so getting here involves first flying to Toulouse, Reus or Barcelona followed by a 4 hour transfer. Be sure to check for road closures and weather reports before heading out if your choosing to self drive as the snowfall levels often cause the mountain roads to close.

Arinsal is conveniently located just 5km from the capital of Andorra. I would recommend making this short bus or taxi ride to Andorra La Velle for any shopping sprees that you have planned as the prices tend to be inflated at the resort.

Related Links

More info on Arinsal - www.andorra-arinsal.com     Ski Resort Site - www.en.vallnord.com     Hotel Review - St Gothard    More Reviews & Information - www.tripadvisor.co.uk

Pictures

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The top of Arinsal snowboard resort Blue run to village from Arinsal snowboard resort Lift queue at Arinsal snowboard resort Snow Park at Arinsal snowboarding resort

Videos

Arinsal half pipe
Arcalis snow park