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SKI HOLIDAYS ARINSAL


 

SKI HOLIDAYS IN ARINSAL

The Andorran village of Arinsal is located close to the French and Spanish borders. It is a great destination for beginner and intermediate skiers, as well as for those who want to learn to snowboard. The scenery is stunning, and the village itself is very pretty. This is a quiet place that is ideal for families and those who want to get away from the crowds. Arinsal offers good skiing, comfortable accommodation at cost effective prices and unlike most of the French resorts you can check in anyday of the week so weekend stays are possible.

 

SKIING IN ARINSAL

The local ski pass covers the Arinsal and Pal area, which gives you access to 63kms of runs. If you want even more choice and the opportunity to enjoy runs that are more challenging you will need to buy the Vallnord pass. This gives you access to the Ordino-Arcalis area as well as the local pistes. With this extended pass, you can enjoy another 30kms of piste, including 7 green, 6 blue, 10 red and 2 black runs.

Snow is guaranteed on a significant percentage of the resort’s runs with nearly 300 snow cannons making sure that there is always snow on at least 28kms of the runs.

If you want to learn to snowboard, Arinsal is a better place than most to do so. There are two well reviewed ski schools based in the area that offer snowboarding lessons, and a terrain park with a half pipe to enjoy. The ski schools here also offer telemark classes so you can also try a bit of freestyle skiing. If you get a feel for it, there is a world-class freestyle course laid out near the village.

Heli-skiing is also available in Arinsal, where you are dropped from the helicopter onto the top of a mountain. From there you ski back down into the village, perhaps the closest feeling you can get to being in a Bond movie. Skiing from the top of a mountain on untouched snow is an experience that you will never forget.

Arinsal is a wonderful resort for families. At the weekends and during the holiday, there are several instruction programmes available for kids. Each one is aimed at a specific age group or ability level. In nearby Vallnord, 3 snow gardens and nurseries are available which are ideal for the toddlers in your group. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ACCOMMODATION IN ARINSAL

Arinsal has a good range of accommodation. As with most resorts, the self-catering facilities offer the best value for money. There are plenty of studio apartments available; however, we find that most people prefer to stay in the homely hotels that are a feature of Arinsal. 

The two and three star hotels here offer a surprisingly high standard of rooms. Many have beautiful views and are centrally located. Hotel Arinsal, Xalet Verdu and Solana Hotel are all good examples of this type of hotel. They all have restaurants and bars that serve great food, so if you just want to chill out after a day on the slopes and enjoy a quiet meal they are a great options. Four star options such as the Princesa Parc and the Patagonia Atiram are not a great deal more in fairness and they offer a bit more luxury.

 
APRES SKI IN ARINSAL

Compared to most ski resorts Arinsal is quiet, but you can still enjoy a good night out here. There is actually a good choice of bars, pubs and clubs available in and around the resort. 

Cisco’s is a very popular place, this Mexican cave bar serves great food and is known locally for its funky DJs. Earlier in the night it is a popular venue for those who want to watch live sports. Several of the most popular bars in the village are Irish or British, so if you like to eat and drink as you do at home you have plenty of places to go. There are also some great bars on the slopes, The Igloo is particularly popular.

The majority of the other restaurants, in and around the village, serve European food. In Arinsal, you can enjoy fine dining or simply opt to order a steak or pizza, there is something for every budget.

Even if you do not want to ski, Arinsal is still a good destination, you can enjoy snow mobile rides, speed riding, snowshoe walks, ski biking, sledging or mushing and it is even possible to take an adventure tour in a 14 seat tracked vehicle.

Bungee trampolining is another popular activity and one that you rarely see offered in other resorts. Air boarding is another unusual option which is great fun and easy enough for most people to master.