"Ordino-Arcalís" Andorra Sports & Outdoors Tip by gilescorey
Andorra Sports & Outdoors: 23 reviews and 25 photos
It's one of the Pyrenee's highest resorts and also one of it's newest - and when you get there, you'll know why someone said, "Let's put a ski area, here!"
Set in a high glacial cirque(2625m/8600'') at the far end of Andorra, Arcalís is Vallnord's extreme mountain. This means, Heli-skiing, ski-riding, freeride competitions and some of the best downhill chutes in Iberia. But, just barely in Iberia, as you can ski into France from the back of Creussans if you're not careful...
There are some disadvantages: This is a National Park, so slopeside lodging is not an option and the local villages are distant and undeveloped. Largely. For me, this is a plus. For others...well, they're off to Pas de la Casa for some shooters and karaoke contests. The other downside is the sheer distance the resort is from the rest of Andorra. Even sister resorts Pal/Arinsal require a lengthy, albeit, free shuttle ride. The access road is well-built, but quite steep at a few intervals, making driving in snowy conditions a hair-raising experience.
Save this, it's worth it. Period. No crowds, gorgeous vistas, cheap passes and some off-piste that'll make a man outta ya. Well, I shouldn't be saying any of this, come to think of it.
IT'S AWFUL. STAY AWAY!!
Equipment: If you're going off-piste, you might want to buy the insurance with the forfait/pass. For ski tuning/waxing/rentals/et al, Carving Esports en Arans is your place. This is the best shop I've encountered in Spain/Andorra, with knowledgeable staff, top notch demos and professional service. And, one of the first that didn't give me sh*t about having 185cm freestyle skis. I'm a longboarder, b**ches!
Address: CG-3 Carretera General 3, al final, por El Serrat
Directions: CG-3 north of the village of Ordino, about a half hour drive. Road ends at resort.
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