Cross-country skiing, snow in a pure state
Grandvalira offers you 11 circuits ready for cross-country skiing, for all difficulty levels! There are four circuits in the Grau Roig sector, one in the Pas de la Casa sector, one in the El Tarter sector, three in the Soldeu sector and a final one in the Encamp sector. In addition to the variety of circuits, Grandvalira also offers its cross-country skiing guests a range of expert guides who will be more than happy to help, whether you’re just starting out in this sport or are looking to perfect your skills.
Our Ordino Arcalís resort boasts five adapted circuits with varying degrees of difficulty. The La Coma circuit is for beginners and passes next to a ski slope, whereas the Les Portelles circuit is medium-level and crosses the ski slope three times. Our Vallnord-Pal Arinsal resort offers no less than seven circuits across all difficulty levels – they’re all clearly signposted and marked to ensure visitor safety at all times. Four circuits are for beginners, one is of medium-level difficulty and two circuits are for advanced users, featuring more obstacles than the rest.
In addition, both the Ordino Arcalís and Vallnord-Pal Arinsal resorts include expert guides, who will gladly show you the routes of your chosen circuit, provide useful recommendations and ensure you follow all safety and security standards. And as a fun bonus, our more tech-savvy visitors will love our brand-new smartphone apps! There’s an app available for each resort, and the apps help you choose the circuit that’s best for you as well as featuring a built-in timer so you can see how long it takes you to complete it. Try competing with friends and family or beat your own high-score!
As well as the controlled routes at the resorts, we also have 22 free Skimo routes available for you, that you can either do independently or with our mountain guides.
The Ordino Arcalís ski area boasts over 30 km (18.5 mi) of pistes. The area is north-facing, which favours both the quality and quantity of snow. In recent years, these natural conditions, as well as the hosting of freeride competitions, have turned Ordino Arcalís into a world-class standard for off-piste skiing! The resort’s marked pistes include 11 yellow, two black, nine green and seven blue pistes.
Once you arrive at Ordino Arcalís ski resort, don’t forget to plan your visit to our sunny terraces at over 1,800 m (almost 6,000 ft) in altitude! Enjoy the beauty of the sun’s rays on the ski slope terraces, the best and most spectacular way to soak in the views of the area. Our spectacular terraces include the Refugi de les Portelles, a typical mountain refuge refurbished as a restaurant offering fine cuisine and located at the resort’s very highest point; the Borda de la Coma restaurant, one of the resort’s most emblematic restaurants; and finally, Terrassa Moritz, the ideal location to end a busy day’s skiing – try the most popular beer of the slopes and listen to live music in great company!
Our Vallnord-Pal Arinsal ski resort is one of the Pyrenees’ most complete snow and mountain resorts Pyrenees and offers its visitors 63 km (40 mi) of ski slopes! Vallnord-Pal Arinsal has all the features, activities and expert guides ensure skiers and snowboarders feel safe and welcome, including families of all sizes, couples and groups of friends. All visitors, no matter what their age or experience level, will be able to enjoy the ski slopes, equipment, calendar activities and high-quality services.
The Vallnord-Pal Arinsal resort is made up of two ski sections, Pal and Arinsal, across the La Massana valley. Its 63 km (40 mi) of ski slopes consist of 5 slaloms, 7 green slopes, 18 blue slopes (including one that is ideal for those who are just starting out in the sport), 17 red slopes and four black slopes. The Pal and Arinsal sections are connected by cable car, with each resort having its own independent access.
Vallnord-Pal Arinsal’s two sections have plenty of sports related services on offer for skiers and snowboarders alike, as well as for guests who are not as active. Two ski schools are available, offering skiing lessons to all guests, from absolute beginners all the way to experts, and with different durations (starting at a single day or weekend, to longer season courses). There are many retail locations on-site where visitors can buy or rent high-quality sports articles, and even the needs of non-skiers are catered for, with safe, enjoyable activities such as snowmobile excursions and cable car rides in La Massana available.
The resort is open for the winter season from the beginning of December to the end of April, from 9am to 5pm, with opening hours extended to 6pm on Saturdays in March and April, and for the summer season from mid-May to mid-October, from 10am to 6.30pm, with opening hours extended to 7pm during the peak season in August.
Ordino Arcalís, Andorra’s most alpine resort, offers visitors a wide range of useful services, including a school with professional instructors specialising in several on- and off-piste ski techniques as well as the ever-popular snowboarding! There are also many on-site stores where specialised equipment is available for both purchase and rental.
In terms of food and drink and entertainment, the Ordino Arcalís ski resort features many cafés and restaurants with a warm, welcoming atmosphere for the whole family. There are children’s areas, a crèche, Wi-Fi zones as well as a full programme of activities for non-skiers.
Don’t forget to check out Vallnord-Pal Arinsal’s Ski & Bike season pass, valid for nearly a whole year! The pass is valid for ten months, including the winter season, with access to all facilities, ski lifts, slopes, Snowpark, etc. and the summer season, with unlimited access to 29 mountain bike circuits and the six ski lifts (as well as the cable cars at La Massana and Pal Arinsal).
The resort’s official website contains full practical and visitor information, including the conditions of the slopes, snowfall, live webcams, etc. You can also check the weather forecast. The resort opens at the start of December and remains open until the end of the season, at the end of April.
The Ordino Arcalís resort offers visitors its very own season ski pass, which includes invitations to ski at other ski resorts both in Europe and internationally. Feel free to check out the Valls de Nord season pass too, granting visitors unlimited use of the two Valls del Nord resorts: the Ordino Arcalís resort in Ordino and the Vallnord-Pal Arinsal resort in La Massana.
In addition to standard day passes, the Ordino Arcalís ski area also offers a wide variety of multi-day packages and passes, with special prices that can include accommodation and many other useful visitor services. Getting to Ordino Arcalís is easy with the dedicated bus services! Taking public transport is the most cost-effective travel method, and there are bus services available every day of the week for visitors.
All bus lines will take you to the main towns in each parish. Do bear in mind that the greater the distance you wish to travel, the less frequent the bus service, meaning that service frequency generally ranges from buses running every 20 minutes to every hour. Visit for full information on routes, stops and timetables for your chosen bus service to the resort and surrounding areas.
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Discover the Coll d’Ordino vantage point and enjoy one of the best panoramic views across the Vall d’Orient.
The La Massana Cultural Route covers the historical centres of La Massana and the most representative villages of the valley
This activity is found in the Pal sector of the resort, in Plaça del Pla de la Caubella, and is suitable for children and adults!
The La Font de la Navina viewpoint is at an altitude of 1,800 metres on the CS-340, at Km 3 in the parish of Ordino.
The Roca de la Sabina viewpoint is at an altitude of 1,896 metres on the CS-520, at Km 4 in the parish of La Massana.
The Encodina Sector climbing area is located 2.5 km before you reach the Ordino Arcalís ski resort from Andorra la Vella.
A route within the Soldeu El Tarter ski resort, including a significant portion inside the woods.
Route with technical sections, especially the descent of Pic de la Cabaneta, very steep, which can be under snow into the summer.
A very tough route, both technically and physically, that takes us to the area of the Cortals de Sispony
Hotel Màgic Ski
The 4-star Hotel Màgic Ski is a rustic mountain establishment with 84 rooms.
Hotel Husa Xalet Besolí
The Hotel Husa Xalet Besolí is located at the entrance to the village of Arinsal, 1km from the Vallnord-Pal Arinsal ski resort cable car.
Hotel Santa Bàrbara de la Vall d'Ordino
The 3-star Hotel Santa Bàrbara de la Vall d'Ordino is a small rural hotel in the heart of the parish of Ordino.
Tourist Apartments Superior - El Tarter
The El Tarter superior tourist apartments are at the foot of the slopes of the Grandvalira ski resort, El Tarter sector.
Tourist Apartments Sant Romà
The apartments are located in natural surroundings at the entrance to Arinsal at the foot of the Vallnord-Pal Arinsal ski resort slopes.
Hotel Llop Gris
The Hotel Llop Gris is a pretty establishment at the foot of the Grandvalira - El Tarter slopes, in the parish of Canillo.
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