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Pal-Arinsal

Pal-Arinsal Ski Resort Guide

Pal-Arinsal, Andorra

Rated: 3/5 (from 6 ratings)

Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForIntermediates, Beginners, Snowboarders, Snowfall and Apres-Ski!
Total Piste Length39 miles
Highest Lift8,399ft
Resort Height4,921ft
 Nearest AirportsBarcelona and Perpignan
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Pal-Arinsal

Arinsal is an attractive and lively Catalan village, but rather spread out, with a ski bus service between Arinsal and La Massana.

Summary

The Andorran ski resort of Pal-Arinsal is in the Andorran Pyrenees at an altitude of 4,921ft, with 39 miles of marked runs.

Pal-Arinsal is part of the Vallnord ski area with access to 58 miles of downhill skiing, with 41 marked pistes, served by a total of 43 ski lifts.

With ski lifts as high as 8,399ft, skiing and snowboarding is assured throughout the season.

Snow and Weather

When will it snow in Pal-Arinsal?

The next notable snow forecast is 2in, expected on 8 December, with around 15in forecast over the next 7 days.

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Ski Area Stats

Pal-Arinsal Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
 4 
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
16
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
15
Green Pistes
Beginner Runs
 7 
Downhill
Total Length
39 miles
Cross Country
Total Length
3 miles
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts
30

Vallnord Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
 5 
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
16
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
16
Green Pistes
Beginner Runs
 4 
Downhill
Total Length
58 miles
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts
43

Altitudes

Pal-Arinsal Ski Area Heights

Lift Heights and Resort Altitude
Highest Lift8,399ft
Lowest Trail5,085ft
Resort Altitude (Pal-Arinsal)4,921ft
Max Vertical3,478ft

Ratings & Suitability

Ratings for Pal-Arinsal
Expert Skiers
Intermediate Skiers
Beginners
Snowboarding
Snow
Apres-Ski

Pal-Arinsal Overview

Pal and Arinsal are separate villages, but are marketed together within the area known as VallNord.

Arinsal is at the western end of the La Massana Valley and is an attractive, if spread out, Catalan village, to the north of Andorra la Vella.

Pal lies at the head of the valley, north west of Andorra la Vella, in a National Park.

 Notable Ski Runs

The longest possible descent in Pal-Arinsal is 4 miles long and the most difficult run is the 'La Devesa'.

Skiing

For Beginners

The Prat de la Coma area is recommended for early skiers, whilst to the right of the mid-station are beginners tows and a large nursery area for first timers.

Early intermediates and progressing beginners can tackle some long blue runs - including one of the longest in Andorra (La Solana) from the top of the Pic Negre to Cota at the foot of the mountain.

Beginners typically start in Arinsal and progress to the slopes at Pal.

For Experts

There are challenging red runs and three black pistes at the top of the mountain, including La Devesa (probably the longest, steepest black run in Andorra) which runs under the chairlift from the base station.

Pal-Arinsal offers good sking, particularly, for Intermediate and Beginner skiers.

Ski Rental in Pal-Arinsal

Ski Rental Shops in Pal-Arinsal.

For more information, see our page about Pal-Arinsal Ski Rental.

Ski Lessons in Pal-Arinsal

Find a Ski Instructor

To choose a Ski School, and book Group Ski Lessons or a Private Instructor, see Pal-Arinsal Ski Schools and Pal-Arinsal Ski Instructors.

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Snowboarding

Arinsal is generally considered to be the best bet for snowboarders with a snow park, half-pipe and jumps.

Location and Map

Where is Pal-Arinsal?

This ski resort is in the Andorran Pyrenees in Camí Pont Arinsal, Arinsal.

Map

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How to get there

 By Air

The nearest airport to Pal-Arinsal is Barcelona, 150 minutes drive away.

Perpignan, Carcassonne and Lleida-Alguaire airports are all within three hours drive.

Infrastructure

Ski Lift Capacity

The 30 ski lifts are able to uplift 33,000 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Snow Making

Snow-making is available, on 16 miles of ski runs, with 350 snow cannons.

Season Dates

When is Pal-Arinsal open?

We don't currently have confirmed season dates, but hope to soon.

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NOTE:- Ski area, lift and piste opening is subject to Current Snow Conditions.

COVID-19 / Coronavirus

We don't yet have specific details of the COVID-19 precautions being taken in Pal-Arinsal, but they are likely to include most of the following :-

  • Face masks required on lifts, and in shops.
  • Social distancing in public areas.
  • Reduced lift capacity.
  • Extensive disinfection / sanitization.

French Ski Resort COVID-19 Measures describes further measures that may also be applied.

Visit the Pal-Arinsal Tourist Office for the latest.

Talking about Pal-Arinsal

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Pal-Arinsal Webcams

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Aprés Ski

Arinsal is well-known for its night-life with many clubs, bars and pubs.

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