Pal/Arinsal Ski Resort

The pretty, tree-lined slopes of Pal and the open, east-facing slopes at Arinsal form a compact 63km of linked slopes that area ideal for families and those starting out on snow.

Although there are steep slopes at Arcalis (linked by lift pass and a regular bus to form the Vallnord ski area), Pal/Arinsal is very much a ski area geared towards beginner and intermediate skiers and snowboarders. The ski schools here have a very good reputation, as well as long history of teaching English visitors. Add in low prices fuelled by Andorra’s tax-free status and there is good reason why this is such a popular family ski destination.

Our Pal/Arinsal Resort Ratings

  • Beginner ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
  • Intermediate ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
  • Advanced ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
  • Snow Reliability ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
  • Fast Lifts ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
  • Resort Activities ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
  • Après ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
  • Value ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
Pros

Excellent, family friendly ski area

Tree-lined slopes offer fantastic shelter in bad weather

Great value food, drink and accommodation

Cons

Getting to La Massana requires downloading the gondola at the end of the day

Arcalis is a decent bus ride away

Can become busy at weekends and during holidays

Pal/Arinsal Skiing and Snowboarding

In the Pal sector, the slopes below the Pla de la Cot are an excellent area for those starting out and looking to develop their turns – aided by some very good local ski schools. A network of tree-lined blues and reds are then well within comfortable reach of intermediates.

Across at Arinsal – linked to Pal via cable car – a further pod of open slopes is also well suited towards intermediates. Here you can drop almost 1000m on well-groomed blue runs, but it is also here that the best challenges are on offer for more advanced skiers off the La Capa draglift.

  • Total Pistes: 63km (93km including Arcalis)
  • Green: 9%
  • Blue: 40%
  • Red: 38%
  • Black: 13%
  • Lifts: 23 (38 including Arcalis)
  • Altitude: 1550m – 2560m

Pal/Arinsal Piste Map

The local area map can be downloaded here.

Pal/Arinsal Resort

Although some accommodation is available up at Pal, most of the best options are down in the valley at La Messana. This is well-linked to the skiing via a gondola however, making this perhaps the most attractive option.

In town there is a great range of food options, as well as some lively bars along the main street that runs through its heart – note that this can get a little busy in the morning and also at the end of the ski day. The only downside to staying here is that you’ll have to download the gondola at the end of the ski day.

How to get to Pal/Arinsal

Toulouse airport to the north and Barcelona airport to the south are the nearest to Andorra, both of which lie around three hours away. Hiring a car is the best option.

  • Barcelona airport: 3 hours
  • Toulouse airport: 3 hours
  • Calais: approximately 13 hours driving (700 miles)

Pal/Arinsal Contact Details

Good For

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

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