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.
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