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La Caubella base station, Pal | © Valls del Nord SA | Photographer: Martí Rafel

PISTE ACCESS POINTS

Starting Off
Vallnord's principal ski sectors are focused around large base-area day-lodges up on the mountains, where all of the main services and facilities are located
(detailed lodge layouts are given on the pages linked below).

Both Pal's and Arinsal's base lodges are at 1950 m (6398 ft) altitude, high above the resort villages. Access to the pistes is simple once you are at base lodge level, where the ski lifts and access pistes are clustered around the lodges.

The most convenient way to reach these base areas is by gondola, either from La Massana (for the Pal sector) or Arinsal village centre (for the Arinsal sector).
For those staying in the uppermost Cota 1550 suburb of Arinsal, the fast 6-seater ‘Josep Serra’ chairlift is best (free car park here).

Pal and Arinsal base lodges can also be reached by road, and both have ample free on-site car parks; additionally, most of the get-on points for Pal's ski lifts are accessible from roadside parking bays on the drive up from Erts.
First Day
If you are travelling with a tour operator, then Monday morning will usually be your first day on the slopes. You will normally be taken for your equipment fitting early on Monday morning, either in your resort or up at the nearest base lodge, before ski school begins at 10:00hrs.
There are lockers available at the base lodges for your shoes.

Ski School Induction  Vallnord's team of snowsports instructors set up an efficient meet-&-greet system every Monday morning, next to the gondola arrival stations at Pal and Arinsal. They quickly ascertain everyone's required tuition level, before carefully grading classes according to ability.
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