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Vallnord-Arinsal Ski Resort Guide

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Vallnord-Arinsal Ski Resort Guide

Vallnord-Arinsal Ski Resort Guide (Arinsal)

Arinsal at the top, Vallnord-Arinsal photo

Vallnord-Arinsal

Photo credit: sue

Arinsal, Vallnord-Arinsal photo

Vallnord-Arinsal

Photo credit: sue

Arinsal at the igloo bar, Vallnord-Arinsal photo

Vallnord-Arinsal

Photo credit: sue

Slope Stats

  • 2560m

  • 1010m

  • 1550m

  • Acres of ski:1747
  • Pistes:22
  • Snowmaking:-
  • Halfpipes:1
  • Terrain Parks:-
  • X-Country:5 km
  • beginner22%
  • intermediate64%
  • advanced14%

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!

Travel

  • Nearest Airport:Barcelona
  • Nearest Train Station:Aix Les Thermes
  • Tourist Office Phone:(00376) 737020
  • Tourist Office Website:www.vallnord.com
  • Slopeside accommodation:yes
  •   6
  •   10

Lifts

  • Season opens:30 Nov 2019
  • Season closes:13 Apr 2020
  • Lifts:14 (4 chair lifts, 9 surface lifts)
  •   1
  •   4
  •   9

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Information supplied 25 Jun 2012

Latest Snow Reportview full snow report

  • Issued:19 Feb
  • Last Snowfall:25 January 2020
  • Snow Depth (upper):
    180
    cm
  • Snow Depth (lower):
    130
    cm
  • Piste:Packed powder or groomed snow
  • Off-piste:-

Today’s Weather (2055 m)view full snow forecast

PM
clear
10 NW10
4 °CF-Level
2600m
night
clear
5 NW5
4 °CF-Level
2850m
AM
clear
5 NW5
7 °CF-Level
3050m

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Visitor Reviews of Vallnord-Arinsal

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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