hiking to cycling, there is plenty to do all year in Andorra, but we’re particularly happy when we can hit the slopes.

It's one thing to take in the stunning views on foot or from the saddle of your bike, but the experience is on another when you're actually skiing down the mountains.

Once you decide that an Arinsal ski resort vacation is for you, this guide will help you get the most out of your holiday.

Introduction to Skiing in Andorra

Andorra has grown into a world-renowned destination for skiing. And that’s not just because we have mountains everywhere we look. A concerted effort has been made, particularly over the past 10 years, to build the amenities and services that winter tourists expect.

Only a small percentage of Andorra’s land is flat — and that makes it very difficult to farm. Luckily, Francesc Viladomat had the bright idea in 1957 of installing the principality’s first ski lift on his family’s property at Pas de la Casa. Things have gone downhill since then!

Accommodating those on a ski holiday is a specialty for us. As a whole, Andorra is now the fourth-most-popular destination for Brits on a ski holiday.

Overview of Skiing Near Arinsal

Arinsal is a convenient home base for anyone visiting Andorra who wants to ski at Vallnord, the less-crowded and more interesting of Andorra’s two downhill ski resorts.

As Stephen Wood wrote in the Independent: “Vallnord has character, thanks in part to its wooded slopes. Even at its highest point there are trees, in a gladed area with the added hazard of moguls.”

Arinsal Ski Resort Stats by the Numbers

Pal-Arinsal in La Massana is the original foundation for the Vallnord resort. (Ordino-Arcalis was added later.) It’s an internationally-known ski resort because we have:

The slopes at Vallnord, including Arinsal, are served by several modern lifts.The slopes at Vallnord, including Arinsal, are served by several modern lifts.

Who Will Enjoy an Arinsal Ski Resort Holiday?

There is a popular idea that Vallnord is a great place for beginners to learn to ski. And that’s definitely true — many of those 250 instructors are fluent English speakers. Also, because Arinsal’s nightlife scene is so active, there will be plenty to do if you’re just easing into the idea of skiing.

The bars and restaurants also means that couples and groups of friends will enjoy an Arinsal ski resort holiday.

That said, there is a great deal at Vallnord for intermediate skiers as well. When snow conditions are at their peak, the Arinsal ski resort has the longest on-piste run in Andorra from Pic Alt de la Capa all the way down 3,000 feet Cota 1550, where the chairlift goes from.

Freestyle is a popular activity at the well-maintained snowpark.Freestyle is a popular activity at the well-maintained snowpark.

In the upper zones near Pic Negre and Pic Alt de la Capa, there are a few shorter red and black runs. If freestyle is your thing, there’s also a snowpark that includes many boxes, rails and jumps sorted into three difficulty levels, including for experts.

Season and Weather for Skiing at Vallnord

“Sunny with lots of fresh snow” is the short version of the winter weather forecast for the Arinsal ski resort area. Other details include:

Pal-Arinsal vs. Ordino-Arcalis

Pal and Arinsal are connected by gondola. The former is the place to go with the family, has excellent ski schools for those just starting out and some challenging runs for the older members of your group. Arinsal has the closest connection between skiing and everything else — entertainment, apres ski options and great places to stay.

At Arcalis the runs are more likely to cut through trees and offer off-piste skiing opportunities.At Arcalis the runs are more likely to cut through trees and offer off-piste skiing opportunities.

On the other hand — Arcalis is right next door in Ordino parish. Its 24 pistes, served by 14 lifts are on the north and northwest faces of the mountain. That means more fresh powder. It also means some truly glorious off-piste routes.

Prices for Ski Passes at Vallnord

The first thing to know is that lift passes come in two varieties:

  1. Local to just Pal-Arinsal or Arcalis-Ordino, or
  2. both combined.

Arinsal ski resort visitors will be happy to hear that the combined lift pass only comes at a small premium.

For the 2018-19 ski season, Vallnord has set the combined price for adults (16 - 64) at between €86 for two days up to €370 for ten. The separate Arinsal ski pass goes for €78 for a couple days to €330 for 10. The Arinsal lift pass also offers the opportunity for buying half- and single-day passes.

Ski passes can be purchased through Vallnord’s website and existing ones can also be recharged there.

Other Ski Pass Details

Other details you should know when planning your trip include:

If you are visiting the Arinsal ski resort and want to use the gondola or chair lifts without skiing, there are separate passes for these.

Package Deals for Passes

Especially if you book through one of the big online brokers, it can be fairly easy to find offers. These usually bundle some combination of ski hire, lessons and lift pass into a discounted price.

There are plenty of opportunities to take impressive photos while skiing at Arinsal.There are plenty of opportunities to take impressive photos while skiing at Arinsal.

Vallnord also sells seasonal Arinsal ski passes, as well as ones that include access to Arcalis. These come in versions for families, at a discounted rate for repeat customers who book early and in combination mountain-biking season passes.

Extras for an Arinsal Ski Resort Holiday

If you’re keen on watching top-level ski competition, the calendar of events at Arinsal includes:

Nearby Activities for Off Days

Andorra is famous for combining snow on the ground with sun in the sky, but unexpected bad weather happens. And in extreme cases, the lifts and ski runs may be closed for safety reasons.

Also, we’re the ski resort closest to Andorra la Vella and the shopping Andorra if famous for. Even if you’re not forced to miss a day, taking some time off for duty-free purchases can be a welcome break.

As well, with everything from karaoke bars to high-end restaurants the Arinsal nightlife has a wide range of possibilities for how to spend your apres ski time.

Sant Moritz as a Base for an Arinsal Ski Resort Holiday

At Apartaments Sant Moritz, we are conveniently located close to the ski slopes. Our rental apartments are an easy two-minute walk to the gondola, so you can be out of bed and on the mountain in no time. As well, Esports Sant Moritz has a location right next door so ski rental pickup is a breeze.

Book your stay with us and be right in the middle of Arinsal's ski resort oasis.

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Apartaments Sant Moritz, Vallnord Bike Park, Bikefriendly y Andorra en ESMTB.com

Autor: Caio

Nota de prensa de ESMTB.com sobre Apartamentos Sant Moritz (Arinsal, Vallnord, Andorra)

Andorra y los alojamientos Bikefriendly, el caso Sant Moritz

 

Andorra se está posicionando como uno de los destinos bikers más solicitados. A sus espaldas llevan años apoyando esta disciplina, impulsando sus bike-parks, sus recorridos balizados y organizando eventos de todo tipo para situar a este pequeño país en el mapa mundial de mountain bike.

El punto álgido de esta apuesta por nuestro deporte llegará este final de verano con la organización de los Campeonatos del Mundo de mountain bike y trial en el bike park de Vallnord-La Massana.
Sus esfuerzos empiezan a dar sus frutos y ya son muchos los que tienen a Andorra como uno de los puntos de visita obligada para disfrutar de unos días de MTB.

De bike-park y de rutas

A la hora de revisar los puntos bikers de Andorra hay dos localizaciones que brillan con luz propia. Los dos bike-park más conocidos del país: Vallnord Bike Park La Massana y Soldeu Bike Park. Ambos ofrecen recorridos para todos los gustos y adaptando circuitos para la nueva tendencia enduro, haciéndolos más accesibles a este tipo de bicicletas y ampliando sus trazados.

Pero no sólo de bikeparks vive el MTB en Andorra. Las opciones de rutas para aquellos que también les gusta subir son muy amplias. Eso sí, siempre teniendo en cuenta que aquí los desniveles son considerables y que si buscas rodar con tranquilidad quizás no sea el lugar más adecuado. Andorra cuenta con una amplia red de senderos balizados, y en la oficina de turismo te podrán proporcionar mapas y trazados de cada una de las parroquias que conforman el país.

Si también eres practicante de ciclismo de carretera estás en el paraíso de los puertos de montaña. Sin moverte grandes distancias tienes a tu disposición una abanico impresionante de subidas de 1ª categoría o categoría especial. La GallinaCortals d´EncampPort de Cabús o La Rabassa son algunos de los que no puedes perderte. Pero tienes muchos más.ArcalísEnvaliraBeixalisComella,… Prepárate para convertirte en un escalador.

Concepto Bikefriendly, perfecto para Andorra

El pequeño país de los Pirineos es uno de los puntos en los que los alojamientos Bikefriendly tienen más sentido. Cada vez es mayor el número de personas que acuden a Andorra con un perfil deportivo, y una gran mayoría lo hacen para disfrutar del deporte sobre dos ruedas, ya sea enduro, XC o carretera.

Para este perfil de cliente los servicios adicionales que ayuden a disfrutar de su pasión por la bicicleta son siempre bienvenidos y en muchos casos pueden inclinar la balanza entre un alojamiento u otro.

Hemos estado en los apartamentos Sant Moritz que encarnan perfectamente todo lo que un alojamiento Bikefriendly puede ofrecer. De entrada nos encontramos con una ubicación excepcional. A apenas un par de kilómetros del telecabina de La Massana, es un emplazamiento ideal si buscas la acción en el bike-park de Vallnord.

En cuanto a servicios asociados a la bicicleta te encontrarás un punto de lavado de bicis, algo primordial para mantener en forma nuestras máquinas tras largas jornadas de exprimirlas. Es siempre un descanso saber que puedes llegar a tu alojamiento y que podrás poner a punto la bicicleta para el día siguiente. Para completar esa labor tienes a tu disposición un completo taller, con potro, y todas las herramientas básicas para realizar las operaciones más habituales. Bomba y un lugar seguro en el que guardar bicicletas completan la lista de facilidades para los bikers.

En este caso, además, nos encontramos con apartamentos amplios, muy bien equipados y con un supermercado, una lavandería y una tienda de deportes justo bajo el alojamiento, también parte del edificio de Sant Mortiz. Un lujo tener unidos todos estos servicios en la puerta del apartamento. Poder aparcar con tranquilidad siempre es un dolor de cabeza, pero en los apartamentos Sant Moritz tienen su propio parking exterior más la opción de aparcar en un parking a cubierto.

 

El concepto Bikefriendly se explota a la perfección en los apartamentos Sant Moritz. Si eres un turista de perfil biker, este tipo de alojamientos te facilitarán la vida en tus escapadas deportivas. Todo ello sin ningún sobrecoste para tu reserva. Por si fuese poco, desde el establecimiento te pueden orientar a la hora de escoger rutas y aconsejarte sobre como disfrutar del paraíso biker que es Andorra.

Una muestra del éxito del sello Bikefriendly y su aplicación por parte del complejo Sant Moritz es el hecho que toda la selección australiana ha escogido este alojamiento para afrontar los Campeonatos del Mundo de MTB que se celebrarán en unos días.

 

 

Publicado el 12-8-2015 por ESMTB.com

http://esmtb.com/2015/08/12/andorra-bikefriendly-sant-moritz/

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