FIS Rules: The 10 Commandments Of Snow

Skiing is a beautiful sport, suitable for everyone. Its always fun to get yourself on the mountain and be surrounded by nature whether you are with your family, with friends or even by yourself. However, as an extreme sport, it entails some risk as well, that’s why it is very important to be careful at all times and respect the other skiers on the mountain. There are 10 golden rules that we must all know, and above all respect so that a snow day can be both safe and fun!

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Guide To Booking Group Lessons

No matter what level you’re at, taking skiing or snowboarding lessons will always be a valuable experience. Whether you’re a first-time skier/snowboarder or an experienced rider with many years of winter holidays under your belt, there’s always new skills to learned and many ways to improve. (more…)

Your step-by-step guide to Half-Term

Half-term holidays are nearly here! Half-term is traditionally one of the busiest weeks of the season with hundreds of families choosing to spend their well-earnt break on the snowy slopes of Grandvalira and Vallnord. There’s no need to stress, we’re here to tell you everything you need to know so that your holiday is memorable for all the right reasons. (more…)

Collection of lift passes & lesson tickets in Grandvalira – Soldeu, El Tarter and Pas de la Casa.

When you book Grandvalira lift passes and group lessons via Andorra Resorts you will receive your vouchers via email. But what next? – This blog will explain exactly how and where you need to collect your lift passes and lesson tickets when you arrive in Soldeu, El Tarter or Pas de la Casa. (more…)

Why Ski School?

Ski instructor and class

Seeing as Andorra is well known for the quality of its ski schools, we thought we’d put together some frequently asked questions about group lessons and why they are a great addition to your holiday.  Ski school can be about so much more than improving your technique, it’s about having the confidence to explore the mountain and get the most out of your holiday time whilst meeting a group of people the same ability as you.

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Collection of Lift Passes and Lesson Tickets in Arinsal

Inside Arinsal office

If you are staying in Arinsal this winter with arinsal.co.uk and have booked lift passes or group lessons through us, then you’ll need to collect them from our conveniently located meeting point in the centre of Arinsal.  Please find below our handy guide to finding the office.

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Andorra Ski Extras

Girl Dressed for Skiing

If you’re heading to Andorra to ski or snowboard this winter then you can save lots of money by booking your Andorra ski extras in advance.  Our expert local team work hard to make sure we have an excellent range of special offers, plus lift passes, lessons and equipment rental available in all the ski resorts. (more…)

Family Skiing in Arinsal

Vallnord ski instructor with a childrens ski school group

If you’re looking for a family ski holiday then Arinsal is somewhere you should consider, especially with these two new promotions which have just been launched on our website.

First up, if you book two adults into group ski or snowboard school then we’ll book your children into creche or snow garden free of charge! That’s 19 hours of free childcare!! To find out more please visit this page >>

The second new initiative is to lower the age for children going into group lessons, so now if you want your children to have group ski lessons they can do so from just four years upwards!  To book lessons visit our online shop >>

Apart from these two new promotions, Arinsal ski school is renowned for have great instructors, many of whom are British, which means it’s much easy to learn because you’ve got somebody who can help you in your own language.  The ski school has also just been approved by BASI (British Association of Ski Instructors) which reaffirms the quality of instruction available.

How to Become a Ski Instructor

Instructors on a CASI course
Instructors on a CASI course

Fancy being a ski instructor?

Yeah in your dreams!

Well it doesn’t have to be a dream.

If you can execute tidy parallel turns on an intermediate piste and you’re over 15 years of age, then you CAN train to be a ski instructor.

The same applies if you’re a snowboarder – if you are able to demonstrate comfortable and safe riding skills on intermediate terrain you CAN train to be a Snowboarding Instructor.

For the last 17 years Instructor Academy has operated in Soldeu, Andorra, making available excellent value, high quality on snow courses as a licenced provider for the Canadian organisations C.S.I.A and C.A.S.I.  Many thousands of young (and not so young!) snow addicts have made it through our system and now teach in Europe, Canada, New Zealand and all over the UK on artificial surfaces. (more…)

Summer Skiing at Chill Factore

Indoor real snow ski slope at Chill Factore, Manchester

Indoor real snow ski slope at Chill Factore, ManchesterWith the heat of summer getting to us we decided to visit Chill Factore in Manchester to get in some summer turns to make sure we don’t forget how to ski before winter!  It was our first time skiing at an indoor slope so a pretty exciting day out!

The bright and spacious changing area has a fully equipped rental shop to get skis, snowboards and boots fitted, plus because they cater for absolute beginners as well as those who have been skiing before they have a full range of winter clothing which you can rent for your session.  I checked the website before setting off which said to take warm clothing and even then I was surprised at how cold it is inside the slope.  I know it sounds pretty obvious now but it really is a fridge, maybe even a freezer – minus 3°C to keep the snow in top condition throughout the day – so when you visit make sure you bring warm clothes and wrap up well! (more…)