Access to the slopes from the base-station arrival point is very straightforward:
with all major ski lifts departing from just above the main car parks.
You have two choices as to where to start off: either directly from the roadside ski lifts by the main base lodge at 1940 m (6365 ft); or from the roadside-accessible pistes and ski lifts closer to a second lodge building a little further on up the station's only access road.
The first level gives access to the main Arcalís Cirque towering above you, as well as a direct chairlift link
to the neighbouring La Coma sector.
The upper level has a second chairlift link
into La Coma and is nearest to the beginners' slopes; starting off from this higher level also gives you the option of warming-up on the finish section of La Font piste
down to the first level's lifts.
This is the lower lodge building at the main arrival area at 1940 m (6365 ft) altitude; situated on the tight bend where the road continues to climb towards the station's upper parking bays.
At the roadside just before the lodge, on the left under the get-on points for the nearby chairlifts, there is a smaller building which houses lift pass kiosks and a sports shop with an equipment rental operation.
The main lodge building itself is plain and functional, but it has good facilities and easy access to/from the pistes.
(approached via the steps up from the roadside) public telephones, WCs, medical centre, administration offices, central stairwell to the first floor.
First Floor: L'Hortell self-service cafeteria
and bar, stairs to a picnic room and to an upper roadside access level.
a cosy attic furnished as an interior picnic room, and a Mezzanine-level entrance/exit by the upper roadside.
Edifici Els Planells
This upper lodge building is similar to the lower Edifici Arcalís but, as it sits at a slightly higher altitude, it catches more of the sun.
A self-service restaurant and bar share a piste-side terrace overlooking the slopes and the children's Snow Garden in front of the building; the ski school office is housed in a chalet a short stroll away, opposite the beginners' slopes.
Lower Ground Floor:
crèche, picnic room, WCs, public telephones.
piste-side terrace with BBQ, snack kiosk and sunloungers;
Els Planells self-service restaurant
and bar, stairs to upper floors.
Els Planells cafeteria and bar, stairs to roadside access at the rear of the building.
roadside entrance/exit, [exterior] lift pass kiosks and a small shop.