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Vallnord-Arinsal Resort Guide

The Vallnord-Arinsal resort guide summary is: Vallnord-Arinsal has 14 lifts within its 706 Hectares of terrain that is suitable for beginner and intermediate levels. Find location, trail maps and piste maps covering the mountains 1010m of vertical range and surrounding area. There are 22 trail at Vallnord-Arinsal.


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Vallnord-Arinsal Resort Guide

The Vallnord-Arinsal resort guide summary is: Vallnord-Arinsal has 14 lifts within its 706 Hectares of terrain that is suitable for beginner and intermediate levels. Find location, trail maps and piste maps covering the mountains 1010m of vertical range and surrounding area. There are 22 trail at Vallnord-Arinsal.

Vertical:

Top: 2560m
Arrow
1010m
Bot: 1550m

Best for:

Beginner level skier
Beginners/
Intermediates

Trails:

22
22%
64%
14%

Hectares of Ski:

706
Snowmaking: —

Vallnord-Arinsal Lifts:

  • drag lift icon9
  • ski lift icon4
  • cablecar icon1
Total lifts = 14
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Visiting Vallnord-Arinsal

Helpful resort information to assist planning your trip to Vallnord-Arinsal.

  • Season opens
    28 Nov 2020
  • Season closes
    11 Apr 2021
  • Accommodation
  • Restaurants | Bars
    6 | 10
  • Nearest Airport
    Barcelona
  • Nearest Train Station
    Aix Les Thermes
  • Tourist Office Website
  • Tourist Office Phone
    (00376) 737020

Vallnord-Arinsal Features

The terrain at Vallnord-Arinsal includes:


What's it like at Vallnord-Arinsal resort?

The village of Pal is quiet and picturesque, in contrast to Arinsal, where rapid development has taken over the past few years. This Andorran resort divides itself into three groupings: family friendly for all ages, the Setunia sector that features slopes surrounded by forests, and the Arinsal sector, which features the highest vertical drop in Andorra. The area is probably best suited to near beginners and early intermediates. Pal's slopes are short and wide and tree-lined, while Arinsal's are tall, narrow and no trees. Definitely a party resort off the slopes. Attractive, in-expensive to get to and stay in and once there it is tax-free!


Explore Vallnord-Arinsal Location Map

Interactive Vallnord-Arinsal trail map and piste map. View the piste and trails as well as the surrounding terrain and mountain contours for backcountry action. Find and compare nearby resorts by clicking on the resort markers.


When's the snowiest month to visit Vallnord-Arinsal?

FebruaryAverage: 3.8 snow days per week
The snowiest week in Vallnord-Arinsal is week 1 of February. There are typically 3.8 snowy days during this week with 30cm of snowfall. Check out the Vallnord-Arinsal Snow History graphs below.


Visitor Reviews of Vallnord-Arinsal

Overall: 4.0 Based on 7 votes and 28 reviews

  • Snowsure 4.3
  • Variety of pistes 4.0
  • Off-piste 3.3
  • Scenery 4.1
  • Apres-Ski 4.9
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Tom from United Kingdom writes:

Just finished a week in Arinsal. Pleasantly surprised but at the same time can't compare it to bigger names like Tignes, Zermatt, Whistler etc. Very deprived of snow but had a good time nonetheless (and I'm used to spending the whole week off-piste).

Pros:
Excellent piste grooming considering how little snow they had (the majority of off-piste had zero snow unless it was in the trees and sheltered, even towards the top of the mountain).
Lots of sunshine compared to other places (I prefer it snowing but not everyone does...).
Lots of tree runs - with a decent snowfall the off-piste on the Pal side (5 min gondola from the top of Arinsal) through the trees would have been heaven. I did it anyways skiing crud and ice which was *interesting* .
Very quiet slopes on weekdays
Cheap as chips! Lunch usually 5-10 Euros without a drink (a little cheaper as I'm veggie) but would pay at least double that in other places I've been.
Lots of other Brits.
Good snowpark.
Not a huge amount of bars but some very lively ones. Cisco's and the Derby Irish pub were a couple I went to. Bar staff mostly Brits and gave out free drinks like they were going out of fashion at Cisco's
Family friendly.

Cons:
Erratic and less snowfall than major Alps/American resorts. Last season they didn't have a single powder (20-30cm fresh) day according to one of the locals. Similar struggles this season except for a massive dump in November which has now mostly melted. (Global warming...?) Book last minute and watch the weather if you want good off-piste.
Arinsal itself is a very small resort, could easily ski it all (including the off-piste) in a day. Head over to Pal for more to go at.
Lifts are slow compared to major resorts. No bubbles for the chairs either.
Limited advanced skiing. The black runs were great but fast skiers could do most in under 5 minutes, some in a minute or two
4 hour transfer from Toulouse.

Other stuff:
Mixed English ability from staff on mountains (some very good, some not a word). Very few French speakers either which surprised me

TLDR: Cheap drinking resort, sunny, small, suited more to intermediate/beginners, lots of trees, lots of brits + families, not the best snowfall record, slowish lifts

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