This high pass is saddled between two high peaks:
Pic Negre and Pic Alt de la Capa. It houses the upper station of the Pal-Arinsal cable car
and is also served by the Port Negre chairlift
and El Coll Button Tow
This altitude is accessible by competent novices and the views are fantastic: looking down over the Arinsal sector, with the cable car behind you, the impressive pyramidal bulk of Pic Alt de la Capa towers above right, putting Pic Negre immediately to your left. The summit of Pic Negre marks the international border, so the ridges and peaks beyond are all in Spain. Pic Negre is used as a launch point for paragliders
: flights in tandem with a qualified pilot are bookable at the main Vallnord information offices (subject to favourable weather conditions).
Swinging round, to look along the line of the cable car, you are then looking down into Pal's Setúria Valley and towards the main Pal sector pistes fanning out on the forested slopes in the distance.
As well as providing the link between the Arinsal and Pal ski areas, the cable car is also useful [for guests based in Arinsal] for reaching the Far West bar/restaurant
and the snowmobile
, mushing & snowshoe circuits
at the Coll de la Botella area.
The Port Negre saddle itself provides access to all of Arinsal's upper slopes, including those on Pic Alt de la Capa
via the uppermost La Capa Button Tow.
There is a tool point (for adjusting bindings) on the Port Negre Saddle, fixed to the fence overlooking the Setúria Valley.