Since its opening in the 70's, literally hundreds of thousands of families have learnt their skiing in Arinsal, gone over to Pal by gondola to ski through the trees - and then prepared themselves for some of the best and the highest skiing in Andorra at Arcalís.
The predominantly English-speaking ski school has a long-established and well-earned reputation for excellence and their ski and snowboard school courses rarely fail to get you skiing with confidence even before the end of the week. All three resorts, Arinsal, Pal and Arcalís are on the same lift pass and there's free transport for lift pass holders wherever you go. All in all, some 60 miles (96kms) of pistes to enjoy!
To save lugging your skis back the hotel each day, we recommend hiring a ski locker up at the station. We can't book these for you but we can tell you that the price for a family locker (4/6 pax) is 42,00€ for 6 days.
Ski areas (Pal and Arinsal linked. Arcalis by free bus link):
Arinsal - Best to stay in Arinsal or Erts.
Pal - Best to stay in Arinsal, Erts or La Massana
Arcalis - Best to stay in Arinsal and take the free bus!
Most popular resort for après-ski: Arinsal
GrandValira offers you the most extensive ski area in the whole of the Pyrenees - all 130 miles (210kms) of it! There are six access points at Pas de la Casa, Grau-Roig, Soldeu, El Tarter, Canillo, and Encamp and you can choose to stay in any of the resorts. There are excellent English-speaking ski schools at each part of the resort and classes are limited to 12, so everyone gets a chance to shine! Theoretically, it is not impossible to ski every run at GrandValira in a week's holiday, but we can never find anyone who claims to have done it!
Ski areas (all linked by gondola or lifts):
Pas de la Casa - Best to stay in Pas de la Casa or Soldeu
Grau Roig - Best to stay in Pas de la Casa or Soldeu
Soldeu - Best to stay in Soldeu or Inclès
El Tarter - Best to stay in El Tarter, Soldeu, Inclès, or Ransol
Canillo - Best to stay in Canillo, El Tarter or Soldeu
Most popular resorts for après-ski: Soldeu and Pas de la Casa
The lift pass included in your package will have a chip on it, which allows you easy access through the turnstiles. We recommend that you place it immediately in the left-hand chest pocket of your ski suit where it will be perfectly placed for the purpose. If you want to take your small children (under 5) up to the creche, just book a free baby / toddler pass along with your ski packages. We also offer on-piste insurance as an option. Please don't lose or mislay your lift pass, because it cannot be replaced!
Andorra has some of the best ski and snowboard tuition in Europe and you can choose whether to learn to ski or to board, elect your level (beginner, intermediate or advanced) and from three different course lengths (9hrs, 12hrs or the full 15hrs) . Please note, though, that only children who are over 10 can learn to snowboard in the group courses at Vallnord and at GrandValira snowboard courses are limited to adults and teens.
The normal start times for group courses are either at 10h00 or at 12h00 and are usually organised so that you have 2 hours in the morning and one in the afternoon, Monday to Friday for the 15hr courses, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday for the 12hr courses and Monday, Wednesday and Friday for the 9hr courses. The ski schools manage their courses on a weekly basis, depending on the numbers in each week, so sometimes the tuition days will change for the shorter courses. Participants will be advised of the definite timings on the Monday, which is always the start date for all the courses.
If you would like to see how much private lessons cost at Arinsal, Pal and Arcalis,
(Vallnord) just click the button.
If you would like to see how much private lessons cost at Soldeu, El Tarter, Canillo
and Pas de la Casa (GrandValira) just click the button
Our ski hire partners, Pic Negre, have 16 shops around the country. In each resort, they have a shop right near the access point and also one at the station above. Most of our clients prefer to get their equipment up at the station and hire lockers there for storage overnight, so they don't have to carry their equipment back to the hotel. Equipment must always be returned to the same shop you got it from on the first day. If you find that your boots are too tight or your skis aren't right, just take them back to the shop and they will gladly swap them over.
We often get asked if you can swap from skis to snowboard - or vice-versa - midweek. As long as you have booked silver grade (intermediate) skis, the shop won't normally make a big fuss if you want to do this, but they are unlikely to be keen on swapping them around more than once!
If you would like to see the shop locations click on the button.