Skiing in Ordino Arcalís

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Arcalís

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Ordino Arcalís, the most northerly ski area in Andorra, has 30.5 km of pistes that are suitable for all levels.

The Ordino Arcalís ski area has 30.5 km of pistes. It is north-facing, which favours the quality and the quantity of the snow that the skiers find every season. In recent years, these natural conditions and the hosting of freeride competitions have turned it into an international benchmark for off-piste skiing.

Ordino Arcalís has all the equipment and facilities to turn your day of skiing into a fantastic experience. Whether you are with your family, friends or your partner, make the most of the activities, the facilities and the quality of the pistes.

Take a quick look at the graphic on our website to see all the practical information about Ordino Arcalís. There, you’ll find the conditions of the slopes, the snowfall, live webcams, etc. You can also check the weather forecast.

Ordino Arcalís has 30.5 km of marked pistes: 11 yellow, 2 black, 9 green, 7 blue and 6 homologated FIS. The resort opens at the start of December and will remain open until the end of the season at the end of April.

Grandvalira Resorts Andorra

Created from the merger of the Ordino Arcalís, Pal Arinsal and Grandvalira resorts, Grandvalira Resorts Andorra boasts a skiable area of more than 300 km (30.5 km in Ordino Arcalís, 63 km in Pal Arinsal and 215 km in Grandvalira) and offers visitors a wide variety of benefits. First and foremost is the single season pass, otherwise known as the Andorra Pass,  which provides holders with unrestricted access to all of the resorts in the skiable area.

Ski passes and access passes

Andorra Pass and Nord Pass

Along with Pal Arinsal and Grandvalira, Ordino Arcalís forms part of Grandvalira Resorts Andorra and offers two types of season pass. The first option is the Andorra Pass, as described above, offers access to all the area’s ski resorts, ski lifts, slopes and snowparks, both in the winter and summer seasons, to over 60 km of track at the Pal Arinsal Bike Park, to its 6 lifts (including the cable cars of La Massana and Pal Arinsal), and to Grandvalira e-bike park. Access to the Bike Park is only included with the season pass. This pass will also give you access to the different sporting events that take place during the two seasons. Get all the details and more information at Pal Arinsal. The second option is the Nord Pass, and if you only plan to visit the northern valleys, this pass will give you access to the slopes and ski lifts in Ordino Arcalís and Pal Arinsal.

Mountain Pass

If cross-country skiing is your activity of choice, then the Mountain Pass is the perfect option for you. With this global pass, you'll be able to practice skimo or snowshoeing at all of the resorts in the Principality: Grandvalira, Ordino Arcalís, Pal Arinsal and Naturland, you decide!  In addition, this pass also allows you to use some of the resorts’ ski lifts, with one cable car return trip per day and per lift included, while you’ll also be granted access to special routes designed just for this activity.

In addition, this pass also allows you to use some of the resorts’ ski lifts, with one cable car return trip per day and per lift included, while you’ll also be granted access to special routes designed just for this activity.

Food and drink at the resort

Ordino Arcalís has a variety of restaurants, cafés and more specialist establishments where you can enjoy a drink and a bite to eat in a warm, welcoming atmosphere. And if you want to enjoy the finest views over the northern valleys, don’t miss the resort’s spectacular gastro-terraces!

Opening hours and access

Ordino Arcalís ski resort is generally open from Monday to Sunday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. The start and end dates for this season will depend on the weather conditions: if there is plenty of snow, the resort will open in early December. Ordino Arcalís usually closes in April, although it may stay open until May if conditions allow.

To get to Ordino Arcalís, there is a bus service that will take you to the resort.

Check the season calendar online when planning your visit. Note that information in the season calendar is subject to weather conditions and dates are subject to possible changes.

Other services and further information

The most alpine resort in Andorra offers its visitors a wide range of services, such as a school with professional instructors specialising in the different on and off-piste ski methods and snowboarding. There are also shops where you can buy or hire equipment. It also benefits from children’s areas, a crèche, Wi-Fi zones and a full programme of activities for non-skiers.

Activities at Ordino Arcalís

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 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 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!

Slopes and sectors

The Ordino Arcalis ski resort (or commonly known as Ordino Arcalis) is located in the Ordino Valley, and together with Pal Arinsal, 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.

Ordino Arcalís 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.

You will find all the information you need to know about this ski resort on the Ordino Arcalís official website: from information on how to get to Ordino Arcalís to details about its services and tracks, allowing you to choose the best option for you!

Ordino Arcalís 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. Need some proof as to why Ordino Arcalís is considered a world-class ski resort that should be taken into account when choosing where to go skiing? It has excellent snow quality,  it’s ideal for beginners and experts alike, and it has convenient and safe family ski areas.

In terms of Ordino Arcalís slopes, we have an interactive map available for users here.

Skiing is an activity which can be enjoyed by all, regardless of their physical condition. It is for this reason that we at Grandvalira try to bring the mountain and snow to everyone, including those who suffer from any kind of physical or mental difficulty. We also offer a range of special prices for disabled guests, with discounts ranging from:

For people with disabilities of 33% or more: 20% off the standard retail price (applicable to one or several day forfaits and to the season pass). For the blind: only the blind skier pays, there is no charge for the companion (in the case that the person requires a companion). To benefit from special prices, you must directly go to one of our ticket offices and present the document accrediting the disability.

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