Tour operators used to bring British beginners here in large numbers. Low prices and the Brit-oriented ski school were key factors; but prices are no longer that different from those in more attractive Austrian and Italian resorts. Arinsal sits near the head of a steep-sided valley north of Andorra la Vella. Pal has a more open setting in another valley. The two are linked by cable car. The valley town of La Massana is linked by gondola to Pal's slopes, and makes a better base for those wanting to spend some time at Arcalis (read the Andorra introduction).
Pros

Lively bars

Ski school geared to British needs

Linked to Pal and lift pass covers Arcalis (well worth an outing)

Pretty, treelined slopes in Pal

Cons

Arinsal slopes are bleak and very confined (though this does mean children can't stray far)

Linear, dour village with no focus

Poor bus link to Arcalis

Getting there

  • Barcelona airport: 3 hours
  • Toulouse airport: 3.5 hours

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