Ski Holidays In Arinstal

The Andorran village of Arinsal is located close to the French and Spanish borders. It is a great destination for beginner and intermediate skiers, as well as for those who want to learn to snowboard. The scenery is stunning, and the village itself is very pretty. This is a quiet place that is ideal for families and those who want to get away from the crowds. Arinsal offers good skiing, comfortable accommodation at cost effective prices and unlike most of the French resorts you can check in anyday of the week so weekend stays are possible.

Skiing In Arinstal

Skiing in Val Thorens pips other resorts to the post with it’s variety of pistes. In many resorts the beginners are stuck on the nursery slopes at the bottom of resort, but in Val Thorens that is just not the case. Even total beginners can make the most of the whole mountain as it has a huge network of blue and green runs. There are many bars and restaurants on the pistes serving a variety of different cuisines, so whether you fancy some slopeside sushi or a ski-through stirfry you will never be left hungry or disappointed.

With pistes soaring as high as 3230m, Val Thorens is at a height way above the tree line, this means more piste and more waist deep powder fields. If you’re desperate to duck some low hanging branches then you can bob over to Meribel or Courchevel and weave the trees to your heart’s content. If it’s getting later in the day and you want to catch the afternoon sun, head up the Caron cable car and over to Orelle (your Val Thorens liftpass is valid here). It tends to get the sun a lot later and the pistes are often a lot less crowded than the slopes of Val Thorens.

For the park rats there are four different snowparks in the 3 Valleys area, and the Val Thorens park is easily accessible for beginners so even if you’re not ready to fly off the kickers, you can sit at the bottom and watch.
To really make the most of all the off-piste, hire a guide and have them show you the ropes, there are endless tracks and trails that you have to know about to find. One trail in particular takes you right over the top of the mountain and down to Lac De L’Ou. Be sure to get your speed up as you hit the bottom as there is a river to waterski across; it’s an exhilarating day of skiing, just try not to make a splash!

Accommodation In Arinsal

Compared to most ski resorts Arinsal is quiet, but you can still enjoy a good night out here. There is actually a good choice of bars, pubs and clubs available in and around the resort.
Cisco’s is a very popular place, this Mexican cave bar serves great food and is known locally for its funky DJs. Earlier in the night it is a popular venue for those who want to watch live sports. Several of the most popular bars in the village are Irish or British, so if you like to eat and drink as you do at home you have plenty of places to go. There are also some great bars on the slopes, The Igloo is particularly popular.
The majority of the other restaurants, in and around the village, serve European food. In Arinsal, you can enjoy fine dining or simply opt to order a steak or pizza, there is something for every budget. Even if you do not want to ski, Arinsal is still a good destination, you can enjoy snow mobile rides, speed riding, snowshoe walks, ski biking, sledging or mushing and it is even possible to take an adventure tour in a 14 seat tracked vehicle.
Bungee trampolining is another popular activity and one that you rarely see offered in other resorts. Air boarding is another unusual option which is great fun and easy enough for most people to master.

The Facts

  • Village Height:1500m
  • Highest Point:2560m
  • Longest Run:6km
  • Largest Vertical Drop1060m
  • Total ski area:63km
  • Cost Indicator: 2

Recommended Bars and Restaurants

  • Cisco’s
  • Polar Bar
  • The Bull
  • El Derby
  • El Moli
  • Surf

Other Activities

  • Sledding
  • Tubing
  • Ski bikes
  • Snowmobiles
  • Mushing
  • Helicopter Tours
  • Paragliding

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