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.

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

Good For

Ability
  • Beginner
In Resort
  • Ski To Door
On Slope
  • No Queues
  • Snow Reliability

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