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Andorra is still relatively inexpensive compared to some of its other European cousins and together with the fact that it retains its duty free status we think Andorra is not only an attractive option to perhaps the more expensive alpine resorts but equally as good!

Val Nord is the collective name given to Pal, Arinsal and Arcalis which offers 100kms of marked piste, 45 fast modern lifts and a superb lift served freeride area - perhaps Vall Nord is one of the few ski areas that caters for every standard of skier from beginners right through to expert off piste freeriders!

5 Day Andorra Ski Pass

For those guests who want to experience all Andorra's ski areas then for 205€ you can buy a 5 day ski Andorra Ski Pass which is valid for all ski lifts throughout Andorra. This is included within our Andorra Explorer holiday.

Ten Good reasons to come to Andorra

  1. A whole country to ski. 303 km of runs in three skiable domains: GRANDVALIRA and VALLNORD.
  2. The highest density of ski lifts in the world: compared to the 468 km2 surface area of the country.
  3. There is Always a ski resort nearby. Wherever you stay, access to the ski resorts will always be close by. The distance between the capital and the farthermost slopes is only 28 km.
  4. Huge range of pistes, with 183 runs. Ski for all and the latest ski lift technology
  5. Guaranteed snow throughout the season. The altitude of the resorts ranges between 1,500 and 2,640 metres. Snow is guaranteed on 94% of the ski areas by more than 1,300 artificial snow cannons and great experience in grooming the runs.
  6. An exceptional accommodation offer. The best in the Pyrenees, with over 32,500 beds and excellent value for money.
  7. Great expertise. All the instructors in the ski schools and the majority of technical operators (ski patrollers, groomers, snow cannon operators) are fully qualified. Training, whatever the level of responsibilities, is one of the top-priorities in the Andorra ski resorts.
  8. Varied après-ski. Everyone in the family will be able to spend their free-time on different sports, or on cultural or leisure activities.
  9. The largest shopping centre in Europe, open 7 days a week. With more than 1,500 shops and boutiques, you are sure to find what you are looking for. Design and luxury, fashion, jewellery, electronic goods or pharmacy, everything is sold with lower tax.
  10. Consumers' vote with their skis. Since 1957 when the first ski resort was created in the Principality, skiers and snowboarders have remained loyal to Andorra returning year after year. They appreciate the professionalism and friendliness with which Andorran welcome their guests.

Andorra La Vielle


The main town of Andorra - Andorra La Vielle is less 15 minutes from both Vall Nord and Grandvalira. It is well worth a visit - even just to browse some of the 1500 duty free shops or if you prefer a relaxing spa visit and

Regular buses connect the resorts with Andorra La Vielle.

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Vallnord is the collective name for 2 ski resorts in Andorra - Pal and Arinsal (there used to be a third - Arcalis but in 2019 Arcalis comes under the Grandvalira brand). For a number of years we have ignored VallNord - what an error this has been! We ignored the area because we didn't understand how it all fitted together - where the hotels were, how you go to the lifts and so on. 

Basically Pal and Arinsal is one ski area. La Massana at 1230m is the resort that services the Pal sector. A bubble lift rises from the centre of the resort up to La Caubella at 1950m. Further up the valley is Arinsal at 1475m. From Arinsal there is a choice of bubble lift or chairlift to access the ski area. 

At the end of the valley is Arcalis. Arcalis is a ski area without an actual resort. A regular free ski bus runs from Andorra La Vielle through La Massana and Arinsal up to Arcalis every 30 minutes. Arcalis is definitely worth the effort of a bus ride. The ski area has won all sorts of awards over the last few years and it is easy to see why. However Arcalis is no longer part of the VAllNord ski pass (now under Grandvalira) but definately worth a trip to visit!


Skiing at VallNord


Pal and Arinsal Sectors

Pal is a unique ski area - high so very snow sure but also tree lined. Green, blue and red runs criss cross the mountain side from the main bubble lift station at La Caubella over Pla de la Cot at 2052m on to the highest point in the sector at Pic del Cubil - 2358m. From Pic de; Cubil wide blues and reds drop down to Coll de la Botella - years ago a old smugglers route to Spain! From the col a new cable car rises up to Pic Negre and links in to Arinsal at just over 2500m.

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The Arinsal sector is a wide bowl sweeping down to Comallemple at 1950m From Arinsal a bubble lift rises up from the centre of the resort to Comallemple, or if you are staying in then there is a fast 6 man chairlift right by the hotel which again ends up at Comallemple. The British influenced ski school meets here every morning. The whole Arinal bowl offers lovely long blue and red runs access by a series of fast 6 man and 4 man chair lifts as well as a hand full of drag tows.



Beginners (both adults and children) staying in Arinsal will be taught by some of the UKs best ski instructors in the Vall Nord Ski School. If you stay in La Manssana, the ski school starts at La Caubella every morning and like Arinsal there are many British instructors. Under careful guidance beginners will soon gain the confidence to use the chairlifts and start exploring the area on the wide blue runs. After 2 or 3 days there is no reason why a confident beginner can't make it over to Pal and La Taberna at La Caubella for lunch. At the end of the week beginners show make the effort to get up to Arcalis where they will be rewarded by wide long open blues - El Tunel from the top back to the base station is a long wide gentle run taking in some gorgeous high mountain scenery.


Intermediate skiers will thrive in Val Nord - start the week cruising then blues are red runs in Pal and Arinsal - try the FIS Slalom run down to Coll de la Botella; perhaps brave the black runs at Arinsal? Let the skis run down La Solana in Arinsal then carve up the wide tree lined reds over in Pal. I


First things first - don't be put off by the piste map - we were initially put off and it is something that we regret! While Pal and Arinsal are generally better know as beginner / intermediate resorts you will be surprised - let you skis carve up the long perfectly groomed reds - Corpalance, Fontanals and Cubil in the trees over in Pal are fabulous while heading over to Coll de la Botella opens up longer reds and the FIS race piste. Have a crack at La Comellade - a steepish black through the trees down to Els Fontanals. 

Over in Arinsal head up La Capa - a short sharp drag tow to the summit - La Capa is a black run down the face, but also you'll often find some untracked off piste up here. The Tub de Coll drag serves a couple of steep reds and a black - otherwise swoop down the reds and blues at pace down to the main lift station at Comallemple.


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Family Skiing

Vallnord is perfect for skiing with the family - British run ski schools, wide open slopes, some technical slopes to keep the faster skiers happy and of course Arcalis - while a bus ride away the skiing for all levels is fabulous - kids revel in the long wide pistes, trying to beat Mum and Dad back down to the bottom! Over at Arinsal all runs come back to the Comallemple so there is no chance of anyone getting lost even if they take a different run down. Pal offers the protection of skiing in the trees - wide gentle runs, fast chairlifts.

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Ski Schools

Vallnord has three ski schools - one in each sector and employs over 250 instructors. Many are British and the influence of BASI (British Association of Snowsport Instructors) is very apparent throughout the ski schools. Class sizes are no more than 10 and all levels are catered for. Private lessons, guiding and off piste freeride are also available.

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Heli Skiing and Speed Riding

Heli Skiing is available throughout Andorra - bookable with the ski schools or - groups of no more than 8 per guide explore some of the hidden off-piste terrain Andorra has to offer. Or have a go a speed riding - a cross between skiing and paragliding - point your skis down hill, inflate your speed glider (bigger than a kite small than a paraglider) and jump float land, skim your way down the mountain

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Ski Hire

We recommend SchSki/Pic Neigre for all our guests ski hire. They have shops in both La Massana and Arinsal and offer a high level of service with the latest skis and boards available for rent

Free Ski Bus

Vall Nord operates a free ski bus that connects Andorra La Vielle (the capital of Andorra) with La Massana (to ski in Pal) and Arinsal. The ski bus runs every 15 minutes between Andorra La Vielle, La Massana and Arinsal. There is also an evening bus down to and from Andorra La Vielle - for shopping and to visit Caldea - the fabulous spa swimming pool. The Ski bus to Arcalis runs every 30 minutes from 8.15 through to 10.15 then the return is from 15.15 through to 17.15.

La Massana

La Massana is a vibrant resort town situated in the valley below the Pal ski area. The ski area is connected by a fast gondola ski lift from the centre of the resort. The resort has grown quickly over the last few years and now has a wide range of shops, bars and restaurants. The capital town of Andorra La Vielle with its vast range of duty free shops and wonderful spa Caldea is just 10 to 15 minutes away.



Arinsal is one of the original Andorran resorts - spread along the main road up to Arcalis, Arinsal is renowned for good après ski - the Surf at the bottom of the gondola , British owned El Moli through to an authentic Irish Bar - El Derby . Over the years the resort has become a lot tamer and family friendly. There are a whole host of shops, bars and restaurants to keep everyone happy. Andorra La Vielle connect by regular bus services is around 30 minutes away and well worth a visit.

Vallnord Piste Map


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Situated at the head of the valley Arcalis is unique fabulous and fast becoming one of our favourite ski areas!


From the base station at 1940m chairlifts rise up on the left hand side to 2332m accessing some steeper pistes along with the FIS race course - though come right off the chair to some wide open blue runs than meander back down to the base station. The fast 6 man chairlift up to Les Portelles at 2552m opens up Arcalis' secret - ski down to Coma del Forat and jump on the Creussans 4 man chair - up to 2625m at Cota - this lift serves one freeride mountain - no pistes just suggestions of where to go - off piste freeride skiing at its best - lift served and patrolled! A new 10 person bubble lift 'Tristania' opened for the 2018/19 season offering quick and easy access to La Coma and the free ride area off The Creuss chairlift.

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