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Ski in Ordino Arcalis (Ordino Valley)

 

The Vallnord Ordino Arcalis ski resort (or commonly known as Ordino Arcalis) is located in the Ordino Valley, and together with Pal Arinsal, form Vallnord, in Andorra. The resort's northeast orientation helps to maintain a good snow quality throughout the winter and allows good skiing even at the end of it. Another reason for the conservation of the snow along its 30 kilometres of ski runs is located at a very high altitude, between 1,940m and 2,625m of altitude. Yes, usually it is a little colder than the rest of the Andorran resorts like Pal Arinsal or the ski resorts that are near, like Grandvalira.

 

Vallnord Arcalis is environment-friendly, not only for the way in which it is integrated into the Pyrenees mountains, but by the fact that it has accommodations around the ski tracks. This may be a minor inconvenience for skiers that are used to stay near the slopes, but also part of its charm. You can easily find accommodation in nearby towns like El Serrat, just 5 kilometres away or Ordino, located 13 kilometres from the resort and where most of hotels are concentrated in the region.

 

After this brief introduction, you will find all the information you need to know about this ski resort: from information on how to get to Ordino Arcalis to details about their services and their tracks, this will allow you to choose the best option for you!

 

Why Ordino Arcalis?

Ordino Arcalis is a versatile resort. It has spaces for all levels and offers a wide variety of areas to practice various forms of skiing and snowboarding, and especially for the practice of extreme skiing. As we have highlighted before, its charm lies in the ease with which it is built into the mountain, respecting the environment and the landscape. Here we give you some reasons why we consider Arcalis Vallnord a ski resort that should be taken into account when choosing where to go skiing:

 

1. Excellent snow quality

The reasons for highlighting Arcalis as a ski destination are many, but certainly the highlight is the snow quality offered by its orientation to the northeast. The snow is present throughout the season and powder quality for most of the day. It also allows skiing with a more than acceptable snow quality even late in the ski season.

 

2. Ideal for beginners

Remember also that this domain has ski slopes for all levels. It has 9 blue and 6 green slopes for skiers who just started skiing or snowboarding. It is important to underline the fact that the Vallnord Arcalis ski resort has the longest ski run in the Pyrenees for beginners, the Megaverde is. It's 8 kilometres long, this track offers the opportunity to newcomers to practice what they have learnt, sliding down an easy and safe track.

 

3. It is also a good choice for the most advanced

The difficulty of the tracks is very balanced, since a 45% of the tracks are top level. The resort has 10 red tracks and 2 black slopes, ideal for skiers determined to go down the hills at faster speeds.

 

4. It has family ski areas

The Ordino Arcalis is not only suitable for all levels, but has a quiet family atmosphere. A part of that half of its ski slopes are for beginners, the resort has a space specially designed for skiing with children: The Family Park. This area offers three themed tours with children's characters, where the little ones can have a great time.

 

5. Excellent option for beginners for freeriding and extreme skiing practice

Vallnord Arcalis proposes freeride areas ideal for people to start skiing where the snow has not been treated. Freeride areas are fully marked, you can easily access them, and if want to return to the slopes, you can also leave in an easy way. Access to the freeride ski resort Ordino Arcalis ski lift can be accessed by "Els Feixans" leading to easy, short and well marked routes.

 

Arcalis also allows the practice of heli-skiing. This form of snow sports is to ascend to heights that lifts don't get to and descend with a parachute the virgin snow areas. Naturally, this type of skiing is practiced by expert skiers.

 

Finally, the snowpark in Ordino Arcalis has over 15,000 m2 and is situated at 2,100 metres of altitude, ensuring good snow conditions. It also has multiple modules, rails and a rectangular double tube, a jump, a big jump and a pyramid, making this area the ideal place to practice different types of tricks and skills.

 

Access and parking in Ordino Arcalis

Arcalis has a convenient parking on the piste with a capacity of 1,500 seats and distributed at various heights. Access to the ski area is through the Arcalis road, which crosses a landscape of remarkable beauty.

 

Keep in mind that the lack of hotels and apartments on the slopes involves a high agglomeration of vehicles early in the morning and late on the same day when the lifts close. Many skiers choose to stay in Ordino, so the distance from there to the slopes is the busiest. Therefore it is advisable to arrive early to ski in the morning and leave half an hour before they close the lifts, to avoid having to be in long queues inside the car.

 

Skiing in Ordino Arcalis with Esquiades.com

If you've already decided that this is your ski destination, we explain the advantages of booking for this season with Esquiades.co.uk. On our website you will find ski deals in Ordino Arcalis at really attractive prices.

 

As discussed above, this ski resort has no urban core. It is therefore necessary to seek shelter in nearby towns located along the main road. For example, in Ordino, located 13 km from the ski slopes, is the urban area with a high supply of hotels to enjoy the Ordino Arcalis resort. See below all the facilities of booking your Ordino Arcalis ski trips with us:

 

1. Find a variety of hotels and apartments

On Esquiades.co.uk we offer your SkiPass Deals in Ordino Arcalis, so you can find the one that suits you best. If you have decided to ski with children, on our web we have accommodations that offer different facilities to suit your needs. In addition, throughout the reservation process you can filter the hotels according to your tastes and preferences. In this way it will be much easier to find your ideal hotel in Vallnord Arcalis.

 

2. Booking ski equipment comfortably

If you do not bring your own ski equipment, we suggest you to add to your reservation and pick it up comfortably on the slopes. Esquiades.co.uk work with a wide range of shops that rent ski equipment located at the entrances of the resorts and strategic points, so in this way you can have several options to choose where to pick it up. And best of all, will be cheaper to rent through us directly in the store!

 

3. Sign up for ski lessons with a click

If you are a beginning to ski or going to ski with family, we recommend you to add the ski or snowboard classes to your reservation. Ordino Arcalis school has more than 50 professionals specialised in the teaching of skiing and snowboarding. Furthermore, if you book lessons through our website, you can get special rates and save on your next ski trip to Ordino Arcalis.

 

In conclusion, Esquiades.co.uk you'll find everything you need to book your skiing holiday in Ordino Arcalis. And if you are left with doubts you can contact us through our contact form or by calling our customer service. We are at your disposal!

 

How to get to VallNord?

If you want to access through the border between Spain and France, you must follow the General Highway 1 (CG1) to Escaldes - Engordany. From there you should follow the signs that leard to La Massana through the CG3 road. Once you're in La Massana, you should continue on the same road, now heading to Ordino Arcalis. At the end of the General Highway 3 you will find the Arcalis ski slopes.

SECTOR PAL ARINSAL
 
  • Location: The cable-car to the slopes is located 5 km from Andorra la Vella and 3km of Scald.
  • Dimensions: from 1550-2560 m
  • Elevation: 1,010 m.

 

Tracks
 
  • 7 green slopes
  • 15 blue runs
  • 16 red runs
  • 4 black tracks
  • Total: 93 km - 707 Ha

 

Specialised areas
  • 5 tracks FIS
  • 2 Freestyle Area
  • 1 Snowpark
  • 1 Slalom Area
 
 
Complementary Activities
 
  • Mushing
  • Snowmobiles
  • Snowmobiles for children
  • Jump
  • Snowshoeing
  • Abseiling
  • Skibikes
  • Helicopter Flights
  • Sleds
  • Tiro bow
  • Laser Combat
  • Orientation mountain
  • Snow-snake
  • Airboard
  • Snowpark
 
ARCALIS SECTOR
 
  • Location: 14 km and 22 km from Ordino Andorra
  • Dimensions: from 1940-2625 m
  • Elevation: 685 m

 

Tracks
 
  • 7 green slopes
  • 6 blue tracks
  • 10 red slopes
  • 2 black slopes
  • Total: 30 km - 442 Ha
 
Specialised areas
 
  • 5 tracks FIS
  • 1 Snowpark
  • 1 Boarder cross
  • 1 Woodpark
  • 2 Freeride Area
 
Complementary Activities
 
  • Telemark
  • Speedride
  • Tandem Paragliding
  • Heliskiing
  • Diving under ice
  • Guided tour GicaFer
  • Snowmobiles
  • Helicopter Flights
  • Flights "Transfer" helicopter
  • Wood Park
  • Boarder Cross
  • Snowpark
  • Freeride Area
 
ARCALIS SECTOR
 
Capacity: 16,510 skiers / hour
  • 15 ski lifts
  • 1 chair detachable 6 seats
  • 1 chair detachable 4 seats
  • 2 fixed chairlifts 4 seats
  • 5 ski lifts
  • 1 conveyor belt
  • 4 rope tows
  • 1 Rotondo
  • 89 snow cannons

Restaurants:

  • 1 fondue restaurant 
  • 3 restaurants self-service 
  • 3 bars cafes 
  • Panoramic 1 snack bar 
  • 1 local self-service machines 

Ski and snowboard schools: 1 with 50 multilingual instructors
Baby Club: 1 for children between 1 (if they walk) to 4 years old
Snow Kindergarten: 1 for children between 4 to 8 years old
Gift Shop: 1 and newsagent's
Medical Centre: 1
Equipment Rental: 1 shop by the slopes
Car-Park: several for 1,500 vehicles
Picnic areas: 3 meeting
Ski storage: 1
Boxes: 1
ATMs: 1
Transportation:

  • Free shuttle bus between the upper and lower part Arcalís, and free service linking Arinsal and La Massana (Pal). 

Other:

  • Wi-Fi throughout the ski area. 
  • Dynamic information displays in the main buildings. 

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Customer reviews on  Ordino-Arcalís

Score
8.2

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Ski Slopes
9.1 / 10
Restaurants and Cafes
7.7 / 10
Ski Resort's Chairlifts
8.6 / 10
Snowpark
7.6 / 10
Wi-Fi signal
7.1 / 10
Skiing with children
8.6 / 10
Snow conditions
8.4 / 10
Last snow:   09-06-2020
Cm. Last snow:   1 cm
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Raúl

from Barcelona
Score
9.2
Skied on March 12 2020
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The station is the one I like most in Andorra and the quality of the snow the staff is very friendly
No snowpark

Daniel

from Barcelona
Score
5.6
Skied on March 12 2020
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I hope they return money for the closure of tracks due to Covid19 (coronavirus)

Alejandro

NS/NC
Score
7.4
Skied on March 06 2020
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It is very far and without the possibility of taking a cable car from the city. If you don't have chains and it snows, you probably can't access the tracks.

Paola

NS/NC
Score
7.6
Skied on March 06 2020
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Very good snow garden for the little ones!

Jose Luis

NS/NC
Score
8.9
Skied on March 06 2020
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Of 10 for those who want to experience freeride sensations both expert and beginner-intermediate.
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Xavi

of NS/NC
Score
9.4
Travelled in February 2020

Santiago

of NS/NC
Score
7.6
Travelled in March 2020

Jose Luis

of Alicante
Score
8.9
Travelled in March 2020

Susana

of NS/NC
Score
9.5
Travelled in March 2020

Gerard

NS/NC
Score
8.4
Skied on March 01 2020
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Arcalaska natural paradise
I've been gone a few days ... And on top of it with freshly fallen powder snow

Emilio Jose

NS/NC
Score
10
Skied on February 29 2020
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Ideal for all levels. Good snow quality
Nothing. For me it's my fetish station

Philippe

from Ariège
Score
8.7
Skied on February 28 2020
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Everything is on top
Catering with unacceptable tickets

Pere

from Barcelona
Score
7.6
Skied on February 27 2020
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We have been lovers of this station for many years, more than 30 years, and we enjoy it whenever we can
Prices for bar and catering services
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Lara

of Barcelona
Score
7.4
Travelled in March 2020

Jordi

of NS/NC
Score
8.8
Travelled in March 2020

Marc

of NS/NC
Score
6.5
Travelled in March 2020

Sonia

of Barcelona
Score
7.8
Travelled in February 2020

Ricardo

from A Coruña
Score
8.1
Skied on February 24 2020
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The station is beautiful and snow the best in Andorra by far.
The attention of the ski pass sales staff, make mistakes that harm customers, and when claims still have more to say, they lack professionalism and know how to treat customers.

Ignacio

from Guadalajara
Score
8.3
Skied on February 22 2020
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Great snow quality despite high temperatures. Ordino always complies.
Absence of maps at the ski lift station

Juan

from Barcelona
Score
9.6
Skied on February 21 2020
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The restaurant staff is friendly. The atmosphere is very familiar and the slopes are very good. The quality depends obviously on the snowfall.
There is one blue track that I really like, and the last two times I've been there, it's closed to the public. They only have it for training or competitions. Pity

Alexandre

from Lleida
Score
8.6
Skied on February 19 2020
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The quality of the snow, and a season not as crowded as the others.
That the wifi was fatal, it took a long time to connect when it did ... With the times, internet connections should be the order of the day, and more when you do not reside in Andorra and need some time to be connected for free so as not to be docked with the Roaming of Andorra, they ruin you.

Stuart

NS/NC
Score
5.4
Skied on February 18 2020
Beginner 
Not too crowded
WiFi very poor
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David P.

of Tarragona
Score
7.6
Travelled in March 2020

Marc

of NS/NC
Score
10
Travelled in March 2020

Magda

of NS/NC
Score
8.1
Travelled in March 2020

Carlos

of Barcelona
Score
6.7
Travelled in February 2020

F Xavier

NS/NC
Score
8.4
Skied on February 16 2020
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Staff, snow treatment and work on the slopes.
Those who carry a menu ticket are small and do not enter the beer, you can choose any soft drink but not a can of beer .....

Concepcion

NS/NC
Score
8
Skied on February 14 2020
Intermediate 
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The snow thrower stomps the tracks excessively. And between the ice and the lack of level..a danger !!

Laura

from Valencia
Score
9
Skied on February 07 2020
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Perfect snow conditions and facilities.

Joan

NS/NC
Score
10
Skied on February 07 2020
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Fried smell throughout the season ...

Joan

NS/NC
Score
7.1
Skied on February 04 2020
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VERY BAD TWO DAYS ONLY TELEARRASTRE WORKS WITHOUT GIVING THE NORMAL SOLUTION IS TO BE ABLE TO GO TO ANOTHER STATION PAYING THE DIFFERENCE I AM A CUSTOMER OF ORDIN FOR 35 YEARS I AM AUTONOMOUS AND TO THE CUSTOMER I HAVE TO FEAR A LITTLE
These customers have rated the ski resort but haven't made a specific comment:

Gil

of NS/NC
Score
6.9
Travelled in March 2020

Ciro

of NS/NC
Score
8
Travelled in March 2020

Juan Pedro

of NS/NC
Score
8.1
Travelled in March 2020

Antonio

of Tenerife
Score
9.2
Travelled in February 2020

Abert

from Baleares
Score
6.3
Skied on January 29 2020
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Put a snowpark and plug the snow machines when the track is frozen

Fernando

NS/NC
Score
9.1
Skied on January 26 2020
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Ordino this year as last year has not let me down, lots of snow and quality.
They could say that certain tracks were closed by competition, it would have been the same, but it seems unprofessional not to say it to the rest of the users. At least we who came from outside Andorra had no idea and we found the cake when we arrived. Greetings.

Sergio

from Valencia
Score
7.2
Skied on January 26 2020
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No snowpark

Ricky

NS/NC
Score
9.2
Skied on January 24 2020
Intermediate 
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Perfect snow conditions and ski lifts.
Abusive price in coffee shops

Pau

NS/NC
Score
8.8
Skied on January 23 2020
Intermediate 
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The tracks are great
Too slow Wi-Fi and car parks that could take away the ice for better parking.
These customers have rated the ski resort but haven't made a specific comment:

Oscar Luis

of NS/NC
Score
4.8
Travelled in February 2020

Jordi

of Barcelona
Score
10
Travelled in March 2020

Sheyla

of NS/NC
Score
9.1
Travelled in February 2020

Sergio

of NS/NC
Score
8.8
Travelled in February 2020

Jordi

NS/NC
Score
7.3
Skied on January 23 2020
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We were lucky because there was a lot of snow, pity regular weather ...;)
Bad telephone or mail service

Daniel

from Las Palmas
Score
7.8
Skied on January 19 2020
Intermediate 
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I will repeat.
Wifi

Toni

from Barcelona
Score
8.1
Skied on January 18 2020
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This Sunday little open thing. Time did not accompany. The new egg TV is very good.
Nothing, pity of time

Gema

NS/NC
Score
8.9
Skied on January 16 2020
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It is very good skiing because there are few people.
Ski lessons are very expensive. It is not a season for beginners. It is more for Him who is already skiing well. The bar is charismatic. The wifi signal not very good.

Daniel

from Tarragona
Score
8.4
Skied on January 15 2020
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The best station in Andorra by far. The snow always spectacular.
For filling this field, the wifi is not going very well.
These customers have rated the ski resort but haven't made a specific comment:

Federico

of NS/NC
Score
8.5
Travelled in February 2020

Martika

of NS/NC
Score
8.9
Travelled in February 2020

David

of NS/NC
Score
8.9
Travelled in February 2020

Jessica

of NS/NC
Score
5
Travelled in February 2020

Diego

NS/NC
Score
6.9
Skied on January 13 2020
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Very limited station to go with children and can learn

Josep

from Girona
Score
8.9
Skied on January 09 2020
Intermediate 
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The setting is beautiful and the staff is super nice, the tracks are great.

Jordi

NS/NC
Score
8.7
Skied on January 06 2020
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The state of the slopes and the capacity.

ACC

NS/NC
Score
10
Skied on January 04 2020
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Ordino is perfect
Nothing!

Pau

NS/NC
Score
9.3
Skied on January 03 2020
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Tracks with excellent treatment. Great possibilities to make out tracks, pity that the current conditions of the snow did not allow to ski much by them.
These customers have rated the ski resort but haven't made a specific comment:

Jose Miguel

of NS/NC
Score
8.8
Travelled in February 2020

Cristina

of Girona
Score
5.1
Travelled in February 2020

Jose M

of NS/NC
Score
10
Travelled in February 2020

Carolina

of NS/NC
Score
9
Travelled in February 2020

Lucía

NS/NC
Score
8.5
Skied on January 03 2020
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Very expensive, food and little variety

Santo

from Barcelona
Score
9.6
Skied on January 03 2020
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Good clues

Nerea

NS/NC
Score
8.2
Skied on January 01 2020
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The slopes had no quality snow
I have lacked territory to ski

Susana

NS/NC
Score
8.4
Skied on January 01 2020
Intermediate 
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Very friendly staff

Beatriz

NS/NC
Score
6.5
Skied on January 01 2020
Beginner 
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Do not wait for queues at the ski lifts.
Very expensive restoration
These customers have rated the ski resort but haven't made a specific comment:

Vampi

of Barcelona
Score
9.5
Travelled in February 2020

Jordi

of NS/NC
Score
8.5
Travelled in February 2020

Daniel

of Barcelona
Score
8
Travelled in February 2020

Xavier

of NS/NC
Score
8
Travelled in February 2020

SÍlvia

NS/NC
Score
7.5
Skied on December 31 2019
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In the cafeteria there were only hamburgers and some salad but there was no possibility of sandwich with normal bread and grilled chicken or vegetable tuna or sausage ... Nothing only hamburgers with huge potatoes that if there was the venggie burger! But not normal sandwich! I found that fatal.

Eric

NS/NC
Score
8.7
Skied on December 30 2019
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Long and good track. My partner could not go down once we were up since it was his first time and a monitor called to be searched for a snowmobile and they showed up in a moment and lowered her.
I do not recommend going with a rookie or going when it does not snow in days since Ordino is the highest point for skiing and the snow freezes easily and it becomes uncomfortable to ski.

Juan Maria

from Sevilla
Score
8.8
Skied on December 29 2019
Intermediate 
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Short waiting time to climb. I think it is excellent that they put a pick-up service in a round trip hotel.

Alvaro

from Valencia
Score
9.2
Skied on December 28 2019
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The best snow in the Pyrenees

Jose Ramon

from Castellón
Score
8.4
Skied on December 26 2019
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Snow quality Ski lifts and ski teachers.
The tail in the comma chair. Exaggerated rise in class prices by almost 50%
These customers have rated the ski resort but haven't made a specific comment:

Silvia

of NS/NC
Score
6.6
Travelled in February 2020

Jose M

of NS/NC
Score
7.4
Travelled in February 2020

David

of Girona
Score
9.6
Travelled in February 2020

Oscar

of Barcelona
Score
8.8
Travelled in February 2020

Maribel Mancera

from Burgos
Score
9.6
Skied on December 22 2019
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It is the season with the best snow quality of all, at least for me.

Luis

from Barcelona
Score
7.3
Skied on December 21 2019
Intermediate 
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It has a very good skier service. The shuttle bus is a great success and its lovely staff! The ski lift staff also very attentive and friendly.
The indications of the facilities were not very clear and the access to the rookie area was not very accessible since you have to walk with all the equipment there. From the access to the slopes to the first ski lift you have to walk a lot and cross the track with the consequent danger.

Sebastian

NS/NC
Score
7.9
Skied on December 14 2019
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Snow quality: Good compared to other nearby centers (Normal or Regular)
The WiFi was bad and it was difficult to contact the rest of the group for lunch, etc. The mobile Internet with Roaming in Andorra is an assault: 6000 pounds the Giga. (30 pounds every 5MB with Vodafone UK). Therefore WiFi was the only option.

Neus

NS/NC
Score
8.9
Skied on December 13 2019
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Very good season for off-piste!
A pity that the snow quality was not the right one to enjoy the wide variety of off-piste trails available

josevmt

from Valencia
Score
9.6
Skied on December 13 2019
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It is a fantastic season. We go about 10 days every year.
These customers have rated the ski resort but haven't made a specific comment:

Karina

of NS/NC
Score
8.4
Travelled in February 2020

Albert

of Barcelona
Score
9.4
Travelled in February 2020

Maya

of NS/NC
Score
7.8
Travelled in February 2020

Israel

of NS/NC
Score
10
Travelled in February 2020
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