Tour operators used to bring British beginners here in large numbers. Low prices and the Brit-oriented ski school were key factors; though since Andorra has grown as a destination for UK skiers prices have been slowly on the rise.
Arinsal sits near the head of a steep-sided valley north of Andorra la Vella. Pal has a more open setting in another valley, with the two linked by cable car. The valley town of La Massana is linked by gondola to Pal's slopes. It is the second largest ski area in Andorra, behind the interlinked Grandvalira ski area; though there are no direct links to Arcalis.