Arinsal Ski Resort
Arinsal can be easily considered one of Europe's most underrated and overlooked ski resorts. Arinsal Andorra has a great skiing reputation but often finds itself easily overlooked
In favour of Europe's more well-known ski resorts until people visit and find out the value and treasure of the Andorran Alps. Arinsal is a traditional Andorra ski resort which is located south of the country and only about 20 minutes from the capital of the country, Andorra La Vella, making it not only a very short commute but also great for a brief shopping visit or a sightseeing tour. It is slowly gaining popularity as a skiing destination thanks to its sunny slopes, great duty-free prices, awesome childcare and non-ski activities. Even though it may not get the same level of fame and popularity as the well-known European ski resorts, its attractive features are certainly making it a viable option, especially in the peak season.
Arinsal ski resort is well known for saving skiers a lot of travelling cash thanks to its great prices but there is a lot more to the resort than just saving money. Its recently established link to Pal as well as the inclusion of the nearby Ordino-Arcalis, has also helped in giving the resort a respectable image as a growing ski area of its own. Once two completely separate resorts, Arinsal and the smaller Pal are now linked via La Massana to create the Vallnord ski area.
The village itself is a lovely quaint throwback featuring old charming buildings and water fountains which sprout water straight from the valley. The buildings in the village are set on either side of a small river which flows through it. It has a very friendly vibe and a lively apres ski and is without a doubt the liveliest resort in the area.
The pistes at Arinsal are most ideal for beginners and intermediate skiers with their collection of greens and easy blue pistes. Accommodation caters to almost all tastes with a range of quality from budget-friendly apartments to luxury and boutique hotels. Certainly worth the consideration, Arinsal. Please feel free to contact us for any further information on the resort.
With the 65 kilometres of pistes available at Arinsal made up of easy reds, blues and a few greens, the ski area is best suited to beginners and intermediate skiers. The advanced pistes layover at Pal is easily accessible via the main gondola. The terrain cuts through wooded areas and with most of the slopes situated at a high altitude the snow condition is generally good and one of the best in Andorra.
Beginners will find a lot of joy at Arinsal. Its nursery slopes are gentle and are located at a high altitude so they will always get great snow coverings including a great view. For those who have progressed from the nursery slopes, there are 35 easy blues to choose from across Arinsal and Pal.
Intermediates have a good selection of choice reds at Arinsal with Pal also having long cruisy reds from just over 2300 metres altitude at Pic del Cubil. They can attempt the long red coming down Pic de Negre at just over 2,500 metres.
Advanced and seasoned skiers have a few blacks to attempt at Arinsal starting at the tree-lined wooden run down the Pic del Cubil at Pal and the steep run coming down Pic Alt de la Copa at 2,500 metres altitude.
Snowboarders are well catered to at Arinsal with a dedicated freeride area at Alt de la Capa. Its Freestyle Area is a 10-acre terrain that can be accessed via the Les Font chair lift and is equipped with a half-pipe, boxers, rails, kickers, boardercross circuit course ( complete with atmospheric music) and an air jump.
The terrain is also great for beginner snowboarders looking to improve their skills on the pistes. It is hardly overcrowded on the slopes at Arinsal, making for a great environment especially for newcomers to build some confidence. Advanced and experienced boarders are better off taking the gondola to Pal for some more challenging pistes.
Snow Conditions in Arinsal
The ski season at Arinsal usually runs between December and April. The snow conditions are generally great thanks to the resort's high altitude slopes, most of which are well above 1,500 metres. Over the past decade, the resort has received an average of 91 centimetres of snow, with its highest ever at 226 centimetres. Arinsal is also well equipped with snow cannons to cover and supplement any shortages of snow on the slopes over the season.
The fun doesn’t need to come to an end of the slopes. There are still a ton of lively activities to enjoy after the skiing ends. Arinsal has a vibrant apres-ski which perfectly suits all ages and skier profiles at very great prices too. It has just about everything from traditional pubs, good restaurants and a nightclub. The attractions suit all demographics, from young skiers, families and those looking for a quiet watering hole to chill out. Arinsal may not have the reputation of having a wild apres-ski as other resorts in
Cisco’s is set in an atmospheric enclave within a rock. A funky Mexican bar and restaurant located right in front of the main gondola so it is quite hard to miss. Cisco’s boasts an impressive fusion of food, music and drinks with a very friendly staff. The menu features a delightful selection of Tex-Mex, local and international cuisine. The bar comes alive every evening with a live DJ set featuring great music and lots of dancing into the early hours to cap off a great apres-ski evening.
A popular hangout in Arinsal. The Polar Bear is a friendly bar located close to the slopes at the top of the main gondola. A great place to stop over for a drink after an awesome day of skiing. It has a sunny terrace spot where skiers can congregate and enjoy the lovely views, have a couple of drinks and chat about the afternoon’s exploits. It has a good selection of drinks ranging from soft drinks, hot drinks and alcoholic drinks. The food menu is also a selection of tasty a la carte dishes and traditional delicacies as well.
El Derby ( also known as Derby Irish Bar)
Open every day from 3 pm, El Deby is your typical Irish pub in Arinsal perfect for pub lovers and those visitors who would like to enjoy a traditional pub atmosphere. They serve everything expected from a pub with a wide selection of brews featuring traditional Guinness stouts that are very popular and synonymous with Irish pubs. The food menu also features tasty pies, steaks and other pub classics. El Derby is also popular with ski enthusiasts and aficionados; it has a large screen that shows videos of skiers coming down the slopes. It’s great entertainment and also a unique feature to enjoy as a ski fanatic.
Surf is an Argentinian themed steakhouse that also doubles as a nightclub later on at night. Known for having some of the very best steaks anywhere at Arinsal, Surf is a perfect location for having a lovely evening out of drinking, eating and a bit of late-night dancing. It is also well known for its themed Latin evenings and Salsa dancing. A great spot for enjoying a different bar experience.
El Moli El Moli is a lovely British owned restaurant that has a fantastic selection of meals and drinks. Located at the bottom of the main gondola on the resort, it's very easy to locate and is perfectly situated for a stopover to enjoy a tasty meal and some drinks. It has rave reviews for its food by countless visitors but it also doubles as a very lively nightspot. A DJ is on set every Friday to provide the tunes for a lively evening. El Moli is a definite must-visit when you are in Arinsal.
There's more to skiing in Arinsal than what meets the eye. For a small quaint ski resort, Arinsal has an efficient amount of facilities to suit and cater to the needs of its visitors. From its recently updated ski lifts network with neighbouring Pal to its increasing growth of high standard hotels and other facilities in the resort, Arinsal is well equipped to provide its visitors with different manners of entertainment and keep everything ticking.
You can always find a good number of ski equipment rental shops at Arinsal. A well-known skiers haven, Arinsal does not lack in providing facilities around skiing. If you are visiting the resort and are planning to book your holiday with us, why not explore the possibility of hiring your ski equipment with us directly. We have partnered with the top ski equipment hire shops across the Alps ( Arinsal Included) and booking your ski hire equipment with us saves you a great deal of time when you arrive as you do not need to visit shop after shop in search of equipment. Simply locate any of our ski hire partners shops, present your voucher and pick up your ski equipment which will be ready and waiting for you.
Ski passes in Arinsal can be purchased upon arrival at the resort, however, if you would like to skip the long queues, you can also very easily purchase your ski pass from us directly online. Whilst making your holiday booking, simply select the ski pass option and you may be in line to benefit from potential early bird discounts and more. It’s a very easy process and requires very little time whether you are securing it online or speaking to one of our team reps over the phone. With us, you secure your pass ahead of time so that you can hit the slopes as soon as you land.
The resort has a host of excellent hotels with very good spa and swimming facilities to choose from. There is an Olympic standard outdoor swimming pool in the resort centre but it is closed during the winter months. For a lovely spa session, you can visit any of the lovely hotels and their spa facilities; you do not need to be a guest to access them or book a session. For a start, you can't look any further than The Diana Parc luxury resort hotel. It is a mainstay at the resort and has become one of its flagship properties. Visitors to its wellness centre are treated to 2 hydro-massage hot tubs, a hammam, a hot marble caldarium, a 60-degree dry salt sauna, a 90-degree sauna and a host of massages, therapies, beauty treatments, facials and lots more. Patagonia Atiram Hotel is another appealing option to enjoy a spa, sauna and wellness session after a gruelling time on the slopes. You will be treated to an exterior Austral Bath, a dry and wet sauna, a fitness space and a massage room for all sport and relaxation treatments. The Austral bath sits up to 5 people and is located outdoors but has 32-degree temperate water flow and lovely views of the mountain range ( you will need to book it in advance). There is also an individual Swedish sauna within the wellness centre.
Shopping in Arinsal is pretty much what one would expect from a small quaint ski village in the Alps. It has 2 main supermarkets which have the typical grocery supplies needed for holidays and travelling and great for self-catering visitors. There are also a few retail shops selling sports and ski equipment as well as a number of souvenir sho
Arinsal is a fantastic resort to visit with children on your ski holiday. It has a great amount of facilities to keep children entertained and provides a good amount of childcare options. All children attractions are very easy to find and within walking distance from the main areas at the resort.
Arinsal keeps skiing at its very core and as such has a number of ski schools within the resort that offer specialist children courses from a very young age. There are few schools to choose from when you arrive at the resort, however, if you are making your holiday booking with Erna Low, we would also like to propose the offer of booking your children ski school lessons with us directly. We have partnered with some of the very best ski schools and instructors across the Alps and assure that your ski lessons will be with some of the most highly-rated instructors at the resort. It's a very easy and straightforward process. Check out our ski schools page for more information.
The Snow Garden is located outside of the Baby Club and is ideal for slightly older children and offers access to the outside area. It offers ski and snowboard lessons but prioritises having fun over learning and also features kids activities such as snowman building and other snow games outside the facility. For more family fun, head over to El Plannel for snowmobile rides and snow tubing. There is also a bowling alley and arcade games at the Princesa Parc hotel.
There is really good childcare and entertainment at Arinsal which is particularly set up to be the perfect place for all the kids to have a great time together. The Baby Club for children between the ages of 1 to 4 years old and the Snow Garden - Peke Parc which is suitable for children between the ages of 4 to 8 years old. The Baby Club is an indoor facility that has well trained and experienced caregivers who look after the children and keep them engaged with different activities from storytelling to painting and playing with toys.
Arinsal village sits at an altitude of 1550 metres, with the top of the slopes reaching 2560 metres. The neighbouring Pal slopes peak at 2,358 metres altitude and are host to its most challenging red runs. Most of its slopes are beginner and intermediate level with a few blacks. Both mountains on Arinsal and Pal have east-facing slopes and receive a lot of early sunlight each day.