The Vallnord ski area is Andorra’s second largest ski area, and covers the areas of Arinsal, Pal, La Massana and Ordino-Arcalis. Since 2004, these 4 great ski areas have been covered under the same lift pass, offering visitors here a great variety of skiing.
The Vallnord has 93km of slopes serviced by 43 lifts and is perfect for skiers and snowboarders of all abilities. Arinsal and Pal are linked by a 50-person cable car, and Ordino-Arcalis is a short bus journey away (approximately 40 minutes). The Vallnord ski area has 3 ski schools; all have an excellent reputation, with a large number of British instructors in the Arinsal sector.
Arinsal is the largest and most famous of the villages, within the Vallnord ski area with the center at 1550m. The village is full of shops, restaurants and bars and really comes to life during the winter months, and is famed for its duty free shops and drinks.
La Massana is a relatively new ski resort, and is much quieter than neighboring Arinsal, however there still are a good selection of bars and restaurants. La Massana is linked directly to the Pal-Arinsal ski area by gondola, however there is no official ski run back to resort. La Massana and Arinsal are linked by an efficient and short bus service.
Arcalis is the hidden gem of Andorra, offering fantastic skiing on and off the piste. The beauty of Arcalis is that there are no hotels at the ski station and therefore less people. Arcalis is also higher than Arinsal so often has more snow.
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The Vallnord ski area is Andorra’s second largest and with slopes over 2500m snow is guaranteed throughout the season. There are 93km of slopes serviced by 43 ski lifts and is suitable for all levels.
The best place for beginner skiers is in Arinsal where there are plenty of beginner and nursery runs. Why not try the Prat de La Coma, just off to the right of the mid station?
The best intermediate slopes are in Pal where there are some excellent long blue runs. Arinsal is also home to La Solana, one of Andorra’s longest runs, that starts at the top of Pic Negre and runs to Cota.
For advanced skiers why not try La Comellada black run, or the off piste routes through the trees.
There is a large snowpark in Arinsal, complete with a half-pipe and a good range of ski jumps.
Arinsal is the liveliest village within the Vallnord; it has over 12 bars each with there own character. The most popular après ski bar in Arinsal is Cisco’s, which is a Mexican themed bar serving cheap drinks and nachos. Arinsal also has a nightclub El Cau that is open till 2.30am and has many drink offers.
La Massana has a few bars and restaurants but is much quitter than Arinsal but is linked to Arinsal by bus and takes around 10 minutes.