The Vallnord ski area is set amongst the picturesque valleys of the north west of Andorra and includes the three main sectors of Arinsal, Pal and Ordino-Arcalis. Vallnord affords visitors the possibility of a great variety of skiing and snowboarding across the three resorts. The most popular destination for British and Irish guests to base themselves is the friendly village of Arinsal, the slopes here are linked to the neighbouring resort of Pal via a 50 person cable car, and the area is particularly family friendly. Ordino-Arcalis which is renowned for its scenic slopes, great snow record and freeride areas, is situated approximately 40 minutes away by bus, and offers arguably the best skiing in Andorra, often the last resort to close at the end of season due to its popularity with locals. You can either ski all three resorts under one Vallnord full area lift pass or, new for the 2015-16 season, local area lift passes are now available for Arinsal and Pal or Ordino-Arcalis.
Vallnord provides 93km of marked runs, efficiently served by a modern lift system of 45 lifts in total, as well as a free ski bus linking Ordino-Arcalis to Arinsal and Pal. There are several freeride areas, in fact Ordino-Arcalis plays host to the Freeride World Tour which is just one of the significant events in its annual calendar. Vallnord has also placed emphasis on its snow parks in recent years, the largest of which can be found in the Arinsal sector where freestyle riders, whether experts or beginners can enjoy the ever expanding kickers, rails and boxes, as well as benefit from specialist freestyle tuition.
There are three ski and snowboard schools, all operated by Vallnord. The school based in Arinsal has a large number of British instructors who return year after year, providing an excellent standard of tuition for skiers and snowboarders of all abilities. There is a strong focus on families across the whole of Vallnord, with 3 nurseries and 3 snow gardens where younger members of the family can have hours of fun both on and off the snow depending on their age.
Non-skiers can entertain themselves with a range of activities such as helicopter rides and snowmobiling, whereas skiers looking for an alternative adventure can try their hand at Speed Riding (a combination of hang-gliding and skiing) although not for the faint hearted.
In summary, beginners, families and aspiring intermediates will love the facilities on offer in Arinsal and Pal, where first class ski schools and safe, family friendly slopes eliminate any stress and offer a welcoming, fun mountain experience. More competent skiers and snowboarders may want to head across to Ordino-Arcalis, if you are lucky enough to land here on a powder day you are in for a real treat, it’s a pretty special ski area that the locals try to keep to themselves!
If you would like to find out more about what’s on offer in Arinsal and Vallnord, then please head to our Arinsal website by clicking on the link below: