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Arinsal: beginners' ski slopes (L'Escola pistes)


Comallempla 1950
Arinsal built its reputation by offering first-time snowsports holidaymakers a safe and fun environment in which to learn to ski & snowboard. The station's previously cramped beginners' slopes at the Comallempla 1950 base area have, therefore, been the focus of much improvement and remodelling over recent seasons.

The main beginners' zone is spread out on the gentle twin L'Escola pistes overlooked by the terraces of the nearby Refugi bar/restaurant. This snowfield is served by two easy-to-use conveyor-belt surface lifts which run up the middle of the slope; plus a simple rope tow nearest to the Refugi.

This central beginners' zone still gets quite crowded with nervous novices, which is a good incentive to concentrate hard and quickly gain the confidence to move out on to the other pistes. The easiest progression route is seamlessly off to the skier's left from the bottom of the main L'Escola snowfield, passing below the level of the Refugi to glide over to the get-on point for the 4-seater El Cortal chairlift.
This lift serves the parallel, but slightly tougher, El Cortal piste behind the Refugi, and allows you to join the Bony piste which forms the finish section of Arinsal's arterial Les Fonts run.

For children, the ski school has a separate ‘Snow Garden’, fenced-off in the area next to the ‘Baby Club’ crèche building, below the beginners' area.

The beginners' zone, Snow Garden and Baby Club are all easily accessible on foot, and are just a short stroll/skate from the base lodge and gondola station.
Pal: beginners' ski slope (El Planell piste)


La Caubella 1950
The principal beginners' zone at La Caubella is the busy El Planell piste, which flows gently down to the spacious flat snowfields in front of the base lodge and the ski school office and La Massana gondola station.

The slope is wide and sheltered, with pine woods on either side; a simple-to-use conveyor-belt surface lift [El Planell 1] serves one side of the lower snowfield, and the slow-moving 2-seater fixed La Caubella chairlift rises gently up the other side to the top of this hillside. This chairlift also gives access to the Transversal forest trail and a couple of blue-graded pistes to progress to once you've mastered the basics. Likewise, from the foot of the main El Planell slope you can also progress seamlessly on to the wide and gentle El Beç piste running out of the base area; down to take the Carbonera II chairlift back up to the top of El Planell to complete a full loop of this first hillside.

You can then begin to move out into the rest of the ski area: by taking either the slow La Serra chairlift from the base area, or the fast La Serra II chairlift from the bottom of El Beç piste. Both these lifts take you to the Pla de la Cot area at 2052 m (6732 ft), from where you can then ride out into the rest of this sector.

For children, the ski school has a separate ‘Snow Garden’, fenced-off in the area next to the gondola station, near the the start of El Beç piste.
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