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    If you’re planning on skiing in Andorra, Arinsal is a small, traditional village found in the Vallnord ski area, which includes Pal and Ordino- Arcalis. The village is situated at 1500m altitude, close to the Spanish border in the west of the principality at 1500m, with slopes extending to above 2500m. Vallnord offers just shy of 100km of pistes and in Arinsal and Pal (these two areas are connected via a 50-man gondola) there is a good range of terrain mainly suited to beginner and intermediate skiers and boarders, and particularly well suited to a ski weekend or short ski break to rediscover your ski legs on a variety of wide blue and red runs. We recommend more experienced skiers take the free ski bus to Arcalis, around 30-minutes’ away, which has some of the best free ride areas, pisted runs and off piste in Andorra, plus it’s usually a lot quieter on the slopes since there are no hotels here and, being at a higher altitude, it’s even more snowsure.

    The resort

    To get to Arinsal for a ski holiday, you can fly into Toulouse or Barcelona from the UK. Shared bus transfers take under 4 hours, with Barcelona offering a greater variety of flight options. Apartment blocks and hotels are built either side of a steep valley road which ends above the village centre, where you’ll find the main gondola and most of the accommodation. There’s a certain charm and rustic feel to the centre, evident in the older buildings and as it’s a resort which lives year round, not just in winter. There’s a decent choice of places to stay, from simple 2-star hotels, excellent value 3-star hotels and apartments and the popular Princesa Parc and Diana Parc hotels, which are 4-star and 5-star respectively. There’s a good après-ski scene in Arinsal, usually focussed around the base of the gondola when everyone comes down off the mountain. For those looking for nightlife, there’s a selection of late bars and some clubs. You’ll find a choice of restaurants to dine out although Arinsal is a lot smaller than both Soldeu and Pas de la Casa. A ski bus operates around the resort, so depending on where you are staying you can use it to get around. It’s possible to catch a public bus service down to the capital Andorra la Vella, where you can shop until you drop in the designer clothes stores, or head to Caldea (see below).


    Elevation

    Top elevation: 2560m

    Resort: 1500m

    Lifts in area: 30

    Pistes: 63kms

    Arinsal profile

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    Transfer details

    Transfer Time:

    From Toulouse is approximately 2 hours 45 minutes on a private transfer

    From Barcelona is approximately 4 hours on a shared shuttle service. Please note a bus change may be required in Andorra la Vella.

    All times are estimates and may vary as a result of road and snow conditions.





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  • Top Tips

    • After fresh snowfall, jump on the free bus to Ordino-Arcalis and experience some of the best slopes and off-piste that Andorra has to offer
    • If you’re just finding your ski legs or fancy some one-on-one tips to improve your skiing or boarding, the tuition available in Arinsal at the BASI-approved ski school is second to none
    • For a few cold beers and a bite to eat, Quo Vadis has a buzzing atmosphere and is normally very busy - well worth a visit and bang in the centre of the village
    • Andorra la Vella, capital of the principality is 20-minutes ride away on the bus. It’s a mecca for shoppers after designer goods and has a vast choice of places to eat out
    • Those after some real R&R, head to Caldea, Europe’s largest spa which is built inside Andorra’s tallest building. At over 30,000m2, there’s no shortage of thermal spring water circuits, treatments and relaxation areas to enjoy

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