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PAL-ARINSAL SKI AREA

On the Slopes
The two linked sectors that make up the local Pal-Arinsal ski area are quite distinct in character, together offering a fair variety of terrain:
Arinsal Sector
When conditions allow, with good snow coverage down to village level, Arinsal can claim the greatest on-piste vertical in Andorra: 1010 m from Pic Alt de la Capa, all the way down to the lowest chairlift base at Arinsal's Cota 1550 suburb; that's over 3300 ft of non-stop descent.

Arinsal's true on-piste starting point is at the Comallempla 1950 m base area, high above the village, accessible by gondola directly from the resort centre or by chairlift from Cota 1550; alternatively, if you have a vehicle, you can drive up. Whichever way you choose to get here, once you're out in the ski area there is no need to return to the village until the end of the day.

High ridges and cliffs tower above the Comallempla base area, funnelling the few main pistes down on to the groomed slopes above the base lodge and services buildings. Two principal chairlifts rise from this level to link into a more spacious snowbowl above: sheltered by the peaks of Pic Alt de la Capa, Pic Negre and the Pic de Coma Pedrosa (Andorra's highest mountain), this upper zone houses Arinsal's main ski area, including a well-maintained ‘FreeStyle Area’ terrain park and the onward link lifts towards Pal via the high Port Negre saddle.

There are really just two [blue-graded] arterial routes cruising down Arinsal's relatively narrow ski area, with a number of crossover variants. The upper slopes on Pic Alt de la Capa and Pic Negre offer some more challenging runs, with Pic Alt de la Capa the jewel in the crown (on days when the powder hasn't blown away!).
Pal Sector
Following the installation of the cable car link with Arinsal's ski area, and now with a gondola link with the town of La Massana, Pal's profile on the international snowsports scene has increased; and it adds real interest and extra value to a snowsports holiday in this region of Andorra.

The Pal sector has a very different character to that of Arinsal: gentle wooded slopes and a convivial family-friendly ambiance have been cultivated over the years to appeal to the station's core visitor demographic, mostly self-drive weekenders from Barcelona and its environs.

Almost the entire sector is accessible to confident beginners, yet the central Cubil mountain area also offers enjoyable red-profile cruising, mogul fields and a ‘FreeRide Area’ too; enough to keep all visitors entertained.
Vallnord Piste Map

PISTE MAP

Vallnord
Andorra's second-largest snowsports domain.
Vallnord is the collective name for the combined ski areas of Pal-Arinsal and [non-linked] Ordino-Arcalís.

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SKI AREA DATA

Statistics given are for the linked Pal-Arinsal ski area:

Rideable Area
707 hectares
(1747 acres)

Vertical Drop
1010 m (3314 ft)

Ski Lifts
1 cable car
2 gondolas
12 chairlifts
(5 fast, detachable)
9 button tows
2 rope tows
5 conveyor-belt lifts

Pistes
7 Green
15 blue
16 red
4 black
1 snowpark
1 moguls zone
2 freeride zones
2 children's zones
1 slalom/carving course
No Nordic circuits

Snowmaking
271 cannons
covering 23 km (14¼ miles)
of pisted terrain

Mountain Bars/Restaurants
15 in total, at 7 sites

Arcalís Ski Area
For more information about the third Vallnord station, please see our guide to Ordino-Arcalís
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