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Vallnord: One Of Our Favourite Ski Resorts

Oct 31, 2022


Perfect for beginner to advanced skiers and snowboarders, Vallnord is one of our favourite ski resorts.

Only 6km from Andorra’s capital, this stunning terrain in the heart of La Massana is choc-a-bloc full with purpose-built complexes and contemporary, convenient accommodation.

But why pick Vallnord ski resort?

What gives it the downhill edge for your school ski trip?

Well, read on and find out why Vallnord is one of our favourite ski resorts.

 

3 skiing resorts! Yes, 3!

Not 1, not even 2 – but 3 stunning skiing areas masterfully crafted into the side of those Pyrenean peaks. With expertly designed pistes for every skiing and snowboarding taste, it would be a disservice to skim over them, so here they are in all their Andorran glory:

Pal

 

ski slopes of Pal, Vallnord in Andorra

Welcome to the sleepy, tree-lined wonderland that is Pal. An Andorran snow sport playground ideal for school skiing, you’ll find short and wide slopes perfect for near beginners through to early intermediates.

Also, there’s restaurants galore, 15 ski lifts, a high point of 2365m and a basket selection of 26 pistes over 26km.

And to add to this nursery slope garden, we offer convenient, contemporary and perfect lodging spaces with Hotel Panorama only 6km away in the capital, Andorra La Vella.

Arinsal

 

ski slopes of Arinsal, Vallnord in Andorra

Want the highest vertical drop in Andorra? Then Arinsal sector might just be the ski area for you. Topping out at 2560m, well-groomed pistes are 86% blue to red with long, slender and treeless slopes over 705 hectares of mesmerising ski ground.

Plus, for movement ease, there’s 10 lifts interlinking with Pal in the shared Setunia sector.

Oh, and not to forget, there’s 8 restaurants cosily positioned for a space to relax after a day slope side.

Ordino-Arcalis

 

slopes and a ski lift at Ordino-Arcalis, Vallnord in Andorra

There’re challenging runs aplenty in this large Andorran resort, with around 80% of pistes marked red to black. Offering an impressive 685 metres of vertical descent, there’s 1 gondola, 4 chair lifts and 11 surface lifts to help you get up the mountains too.

Also, there’s 1140 acres of tantalising terrain, 30km of breath-taking downhill edges and 5 more delicious restaurants.

So, a feast of gnarly things to do.

Ski lift above slopes in Vallnord

Short Trips To Each Snowside

Vallnord is a ski map woven with blue to black runs. So, you might think getting around is a total crud.

Thankfully, 63km of breath-taking ski routes are linked with lifts or cable cars between Pal and Arinsal – whereas 30km in Ordino-Arcalis is just a short coach ride away.

capital city Andorra La Vella in Andorra

Capital City Convenience

Ski tours aren’t all about the winter sports, right?

Well, when you’ve hit those ski slopes that hard the snow falls off, you can pop over to the capital city Andorra La Vella.

Lined in recognisable high street names, it’s a stunning kick-back for sightseeing and shopping. Also, because you’re in Andorra, sales taxes are wonderfully low. Which means you can buy that extra base layer.

Oh, and it’s only about 20 minutes on the coach too!

high altitude ski slopes on hill in Vallnord, Andorra

High Altitude Skiing

Vallnord’s highest point is 2,625m – so there’s a sublime amount of escalation to be proud of. And because those Principality peaks reach so high, packed-out snow is awe-inspiringly assured.

But, not to worry if the white stuff doesn’t naturally fall on your ski pass as there’s over 385 snow cannons.

Oh, and one more thing, the terrain is painted in either deep green trees, sky-piercing mountains or glistening snow ground. So, super surroundings for those eye-catching ski runs.

ski instructor teaching students to ski

English Speaking Ski Schools

The Vallnord magic carpet ride doesn’t end there, either!

With English speaking ski instructors knowing their packed powder from their parallel turns, classes offer tranquil progression for beginners to intermediates as well as slalom shreds for your stronger skiers.

young person bowling

Après Anyone?

What do skiers and snowboarders get up to after a day of piste activity on either Pal, Arinsal or Ordino-Arcalis? They head to the thriving, entertaining and stomping après scene.

Depending on whether you want in or out-house, there’s a depth of things to do. With us, you’d be based in Andorra’s capital city, giving you access to tax-free shopping, restaurants, and bowling.

Or do you prefer in-house for a quieter night with the group? Then you and your students will have access to gymnasiums, games rooms, hang-out spaces, Wi-Fi and on-site thermal spas. But don’t worry if that isn’t your thing, as we can organise quiz, game and bingo nights to add a touch of home to your tour.

So, something for everyone.

There you go! An enticing run-through of Vallnord: one of our favourite ski resorts. 

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