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Sitting at the end of a valley in south Andorra between Spain and France, Arinsal is typical of the region's resorts - a mix of modern hotels and old-fashioned buildings. It has made a big effort to move away from its cheap and cheerful image, updating to modern lift facilities and becoming more upmarket. It is still a fun place to stay though - high in the Pyrenees it's a tax-free haven with vibrant bars and great shops for spotting a bargain in.

Since 2004 Arinsal has formed part of Vallnord, along with Pal and Ordino-Arcalis and a shared lift pass. You can jump on a 50 person cable car to get to Pal or take a short bus ride to Ordino-Arcalis for a great variety of skiing and boarding, particularly for beginners and intermediates. Most of the skiing is on family-friendly wide open slopes, many of them tree-lined. Beginners will love the excellent ski school and nursery slopes at Prat de la Coma. Intermediates typically have the run of the place with great blue and red pistes, like the 6 km Prat de la Coma run.

There's lots more waiting for intermediates over at Pal, with its long, tree-lined slopes. Experts are a little more limited, but will enjoy the steep La Devesa black directly above Cota, La Comellada on the Pal side and four International Ski Federation approved slalom slopes. Families will love the long sunny days, great childcare facilities and kids lift pass offers. Lift lines at Arinsal are not generally a problem, and mid-week the slopes are often deserted!

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Arinsal for Different Ski Abilities

Beginner skiers

Arinsal is a great destination for beginners young and old. There are five green beginner zones in the Arinsal and Pal areas, and the resort has worked hard to improve the Prat de la Coma learners' area. Off to the right of the mid station there are three beginner tows with large nursery area for first timers. There's a fun kids snow park at the bottom of the Arinsal valley and some short runs for learners - El Cortal, L'Escola I and L'Escola II. This is super confidence booting territory so you'll find your feet in no time!

Intermediate skiers

In the Pal and Arinsal sectors there are 17 blue runs and 16 red runs for intermediate skiers, making this a great place for mid level skiers. In Arinsal the long, sloping blues will have you picking up confidence in no time and travelling up to the peak at 2, 500 m to enjoy the smooth run down. Once you think you have that sorted, you can head over to Pal for some more challenging terrain.

Expert skiers

There are some good, steep black runs here like the quick descent of La Comellada as well as some fun forest off-piste. Some of the best off-piste terrain can be found above Arcalis. Arinsal is really an intermediate resort however, especially if you are looking to spend a descent amount of time here.

Arinsal Ski Schools

Arinsal is rightfully proud of its ski school, with skilled tuition and patient, English-speaking instructors. Prices aren't too hefty and they work hard to make the lessons fun.

Après Ski and Off the Mountain Activities

Après Ski

Arinsal is known for its affordable and young, energetic après-ski scene, which grows even livelier on the weekends. There are lots of rocking bars, some of the most popular including Rocky Mountain and Quo Vadis. If you're after something more relaxed, try La Jungla or go the opposite way and head to Solana later on for late night partying. There's a good variety of well priced restaurants as well. Meals include local Catalan dishes, French cuisine and most international foods. You can sample some good Italian at Bella Italia, or some succulent local specialties at El Planells.

Off the mountain 

Arinsal doesn't have the hugest list of off-slope activities, but if you enjoy a bit off shopping and spa-ing you'll love taking the day off here and hunting for a bargain before relaxing. Take a walk around the cobblestone streets in the picturesque Old Quarter of the city, and visit the Casa de la Vall (House of the Valley) which has served as Andorra's parliament building since the 18th century. The famous and excellent Caldea spa in Andorra la Vella offers linked indoor and outdoor pools, fountains and waterfalls, saunas, Jacuzzis, Turkish baths, hydrotherapy and massage. You can also try dog sledding, snowmobiling, sledging, helicopter flights and snowshoeing.

How to get to Arinsal

By air

The nearest airports are Toulouse in France (150 km) and Barcelona in Spain (200km). To get to Andorra, you'll either have to take a bus, shuttle or rent a car.

Hiring a car is a good idea if you want to check out some of the other ski resorts around Arinsal. The drive is about 200 km. Take the C-58 motorway to Terrassa, then E-09 motorway to Manresa followed by the C-16 through the Cadí Tunnel (toll charges apply) then the N-260 through Bellver de Cerdanya as far as La Seu d'Urgell. Finally take the N-145 towards Andorra border then follow signs to La Massana look out for Arinsal/Vallnord signposts.

There are several companies which offer transfers from Toulouse and Barcelona airports. Novatel have daily scheduled routes between both airports and Andorra, and will drop you directly to your accommodation.

By train

The closest train station is "l'Hospitalet-près-l'Andorre" and "La Tour de Carol" in France from which there is a bus service to Andorra. For more information call 00 376 82 13 72.

By car

Driving to Arinsal will involve catching the car ferry from Dover to Calais and then heading through France to Andorra via:

Calais - Rouen - Orleans - Châteauroux - Limoges - Toulouse.

The trip from Calais to Andorra will take about 13 hours. The best idea is to catch a very early channel crossing, allowing you to get to Andorra by 7pm. Tolls are about £20 in France and £30 in Spain.