Pal Arinsal Ski Resort

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Pal Arinsal Skiing
Pal Arinsal Skiing
Pal Arinsal ski resort
Pal Arinsal ski resort
Skiing Pal Arinsal
Skiing Pal Arinsal
Pal & Arinsal are connected by cable car
Pal & Arinsal are connected by cable car
Ushuaia Mountain Hotel at Arinsal offers the best ski-in ski-out accommodation
Ushuaia Mountain Hotel at Arinsal offers the best ski-in ski-out accommodation
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Pal Arinsal skiinbg
Heavy snow near La Massana is an increasingly rare treat!
Heavy snow near La Massana is an increasingly rare treat!
Pal sector ski terrain
Pal sector ski terrain
Pal Arinsal ski resort
Pal Arinsal ski resort
La Massana has fabulous Pal-Arinsal ski resort lodging options like the Rutllan Spa Hotel
La Massana has fabulous Pal-Arinsal ski resort lodging options like the Rutllan Spa Hotel
Ski Vallnord Pal Arinsal Andorra
Ski Vallnord Pal Arinsal Andorra

Pal Arinsal Ski Resort

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Andorra Ski Resorts

Grandvalira
Ordino Arcalis

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  • Pal Arinsal Ski Trail Map
  • Vertical (m)
    1,550m – 2.560m (1,010m)
  • Average Snow Fall
    Unknown
  • Lifts (23)
    3 Gondola/cable car
    12 Chairs
  • Opening Dates & Times
    December to early April
    9:00am to 5:00pm
  • Terrain Summary
    Runs - 60km
    Longest run – 7km
    Advanced - 15%
    Intermediate - 35%
    Beginner - 50%
  • Lift Pass Price
    Day Ticket 19/20
    Adult – €41
    Child – €35
    Child u/6yr - Free

Pal Arinsal Ski Resort Andorra

The Vallnord ski resorts of Pal & Arinsal are the closest to the capital of Andorra la Vella. Arinsal sits below the highest peak in Andorra, Pic de Coma Pedrosa (2943m) and is connected to Pal by a cable car. For absolute convenience, a gondola runs up to the Pal sector of the resort direct from the centre of Andorra's second largest city, La Massana.

Skiing & Snowboarding Terrain

Vallnord Pal Arinsal ski resort is split into two sectors, funnily enough called Pal & Arinsal. A mid-range total of 60km+ of ski trails is around 50% beginner rated, which is typical of Andorran ski resorts. Both sectors are connected by a cable car, but not by ski trail. The Pal sector has some fun alpine tree skiing on a restively short skiable vertical of less than 400m (ish) on any one slope. The lift system is aging but efficient. The Arinsal sector has an excellent 1010m of skiable vertical, but only the top 350m has a pitch worth riding by anyone above beginner. It is possible to ski the entire vertical at Arinsal, a thigh testing 7km in length. Access to some quality backcountry descents is possible from Arinsal’s Pic Negre.

Before we finally visit, check out the Vallnord Pal Arinsal ski trail map here.

Where is Pal-Arinsal Andorra?

The Pal Arinsal ski resort is in the duty-free fantasyland of Andorra. Andorra is deep in the Pyrenees with France to the north & Spain to the south. The base gondola lift at La Massana, Andorra’s second largest city, is only 5km by road from the capital, Andorra la Vella. The village of Arinsal is a further 4.5km up the valley from La Massana.

The best gateway airports for Andorra are Barcelona (BCN) in Spain (230km & over 3hr drive to the south) or Toulouse (TLS) in France (212km & over 3hr drive to the north). Note that we found driving to Andorra from France in winter to be an absolute nightmare, go via Spain instead. Public transport to the small nation is not great, so rental car or private transfers are generally the way to go.

See the Andorra overview page for the best ways to get there.

Pal Arinsal Accommodation

The nearest major town to the ski resort is the city (really a large town) of La Massana. In the centre of town, right at the turnoff up to Ordino Arcalis, the gondola station to the Pal sector of the resort is surrounded by several fabulous hotels. Within a few steps of the gondola are the Magic Ski Hotel & Del Pui Hotel. A short stroll away are the Magic La Massana Hotel & Ruttlan & Spa Hotel. Further away but still within easy walking distance is the affordable, but still excellent, Secret Spot Hostel. La Massana has numerous shops, bars & restaurants that ably complement the individual hotel facilities. Despite what some La Massana accommodation providers state, one cannot ski on a piste trail down to the town from Pal, a download on the gondola is required.

Further up the valley from La Massana, the road splits to go to Pal in one direction, and Arinsal in the other. Arinsal has the better lodging options centred on a real town & with decent lift access. The ski-in ski-out Ushuaia Mountain Hotel & Patagonia Atiram Hotel are the pick if you can get in. In the village proper, with access to the slopes via gondola, the Aparthotel Sant Andreu, Hotel Montané plus the more distant Hotel Palomé are the best of the bunch. The village of Pal is a few kilometres down the mountain from the resort & is not connected to the slopes by either ski lift or piste trail.

Search & book all Pal Arinsal & La Massana ski accommodation here.

Given the small proportions of Andorra, it lends itself to a single base ski safari. If not staying in La Massana, finding accommodation in the capital of Andorra La Vella and driving to a new ski resort every day makes a lot of sense if keen to explore all three resorts. Of the other ski areas in Andorra, the huge (but disappointingly mellow) Grandvalira has convenient valley gondola lift access, at Encamp, close to the capital. The small, fun & freeride friendly Ordino Arcalis is only 22km away by car, but way closer to La Massana .

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Review

The Powderhounds were going to review Pal Arinsal in 2019 but a topsy-turvy season in the Pyrenees, plus some deep powder in the Alps meant we didn't make it. We were then definitely going to visit in season 2019/20 but another inconsistent season in the Pyrenees left us with little time to visit. We skied Ordino Arcalis & Grandvalira but just ran out of decent snow before flying off to Iceland. We will review this resort one day in the future, just don't know when.......

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Tours in or near Pal Arinsal

Backcountry Skiing Tours

Pyrenees Ski Tour - Carros de Foc Circuit
GUIDED BACKCOUNTRY SKI TOUR
7 Days | 6 Nights | 5 Ski Days
Ability: Advanced to Expert
Fully hosted & guided small group backcountry ski touring in the Aigüestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici National Park, one of the most beautiful in the Spanish Pyrenees. Stay in mountain huts & ski untracked powder. Private singles or groups apply for your best dates. or join a group.
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