During the ski season of 2004/2005 the resorts Pal – Arinsal and Ordino – Arcalis have merged their commercial interests under the name of Vallnord. With a universal ski pass the visitors have access to the slopes of both resorts. Today the resort VALLNORD encompasses the area with 67 slopes and the capacity of 55.690 skiers per hour.
In 2014 World Ski Awards confirms the title of the best ski resort of Andorra to Vallnord for the second time.
Vallnord: technical characteristics:
|Pal – Arinsal||Ordino – Arcalis|
|Maximum altitude||2560 m||2625 m|
|Minimum altitude||1550 m||1940 m|
|Altitude difference||1010 m||685 m|
|Skiable area||707Ha||442 Ha|
|Vallnord ski trails: the total length||63 km||28.5 km|
|Number of trails:||47||31|
|Black (experts, higher complexity level)||5||2|
|Cross-country skiing track||no||no|
|Lifts capacity, skier / per hour||39.180||16.510|
|Baby club (1-4 years old, only for kids that already walk)||2||1|
|Snow park for kids (4-8 years old)||2||1|
|Ticket vending machine||2||no|
|Ski jumping area||Pal||–|
|Competition stadium FIS||Pal/Arinsal||Arcalis|
|FREESTYLE area (Boarder & Skier cross)||yes||–|
|FREESTYLE area (Jumps & Rails)||yes||–|
|FREESTYLE area (Junior Rails zone)||yes||–|
|Carving & Slalom area||yes||–|
|Arcalis||Pal – Arinsal|
|Speed riding||Snow mobiles|
|Two-seats paraglider||Snow mobile for kids|
|Ice diving||Snow-shoe circuit|
|Transfer flights by helicopter||Ski-biking|
|Excursion with a Gica Fer guide||Helicopter flights|
|Forest park||Sledge riding|
|Freestyle area||Laser Combat|
|Freeride area||Mountain orientation tours|
|Transport||A free shuttle bus between the high and low part of Arcalis sector, and a free shuttle bus linking Arinsal and La Massana (Pal). Look here for the timetable of regular buses from Andorra la Vella.||Regular buses, connecting three sectors: Arcalis, Arinsal and La Massana (Pal).|
|Other||Wi-Fi all over the skiing area. Dynamic information screens in the main buildings.||GSM – G3 – Internet Wi- Fi coverage in the main buildings. Dynamic information screens in the main buildings.|
Ski Schools of Vallnord: +376 739 600; 376 878 078
Working hours: Monday-Friday 9:00-12:00, 12:00 – 15:00, 15:00 – 17:00
The schools in Arcalis, Arinsal and Pal offer the chance to take ski and snowboard lessons for all levels, starting from 6 years old, approximately. There are also the courses for learning or polishing other disciplines: telemark, freeride, freestyle.
The instructors are professional and multilingual. They either were educated in Andorra or officially confirmed their level, attained somewhere else. Schools have limited a capacity, thus the courses must be booked in advance.
As regards group classes, customer is not in a position to select the time for the classes. The schedule is determined by the school, depending on the time of booking, the age (for school groups) and the availability of instructors. Disciplines (ski or snowboard) must be specified at the moment of booking and reasonably in advance to anticipate the number of required instructors.
Children’s parks of Vallnord: Arcalis Pekepark (tel: +376 739 623), Arinsal Pekepark (tel: +376 737 032).
Aimed for the children, ageing from 4 to 6.