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Pal-Arinsal

Pal-Arinsal ski resort

The extensive Catalan village has a lively flow on the snow. You’ll catch the sun on the gentle nursery slopes, but you’ll find the real deal on the curved blue and red routes. You can enjoy snowbiking and snowshoeing for something slightly different, and this narrow valley setup has a really great ski school.

The location

In the Vallnord ski area near to the Pyrenees, the Andorran resort of Pal-Arinsal is well placed for great runs. You can reach the base from Barcelona Airport, just over 200km away.

Transfer times

Barcelona Airport - 207km (2 hours 45 minutes)

Suitable for

42 Ski runs

22
beginner
16
intermediate
4
difficult

Country

Andorra

Language

Catalan

Number of lifts

30

Highest piste

2560m

Total piste

63km

Terrain parks

3

Starting point

If you’re a beginner or intermediate, then you’ll find these staggering, sweeping runs ideal for building your confidence. The many cable cars, magic carpet lifts and gondolas will take you up to the tip of the pistes in Arinsal to get going. The experts say it’s best to work your way over to Pal, especially if you want a steady start.

Showing off

Cruise down the blue and red snowboard tracks or check out the off-piste options. The tree-covered resort wins gold for steep Andorran black runs, too. So, if you’re looking to unleash your daring side, Pal has some awesome jumps – plus there’s space for slalom racing.

Down the mountain

The peaceful mountain village has a bit of an after-dark buzz. Among the grey Catalan architecture, you’ll find discos, bars and pubs giving Pal-Arinsal its particularly rated reputation for après-ski. It’s mostly a slow-paced affair, but there are a clutch of cool bars, including the ironic Surf Bar.