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Arinsal Ski School

The Arinsal Ski School and Snowboard School can be found at the bottom of the Arinsal slopes and has an excellent reputation for the quality of their teaching and instructors. They have instructors from around the world, including many from the UK and Ireland who return year after year to enjoy teaching on these friendly slopes.  Having lots of native English speaking instructors means that they can help learners progress that little bit quicker with the language barrier being removed. You'll find plenty of information about the school here plus details of their three main products:

  • Group lessons (19 hours, Monday to Friday or 12 hours, Monday to Thursday)

  • Ski refresher (4 hours, Monday & Tuesday)

  • Private lessons (fully flexible)


Why Take Lessons

Taking lessons when you come to Arinsal, or anywhere for that matter, should help you to enjoy your ski or snowboard holiday all the more. Here are just some of the many benefits:

  • Learn new skills
  • Learn how to use your equipment safely
  • Qualified instructors helping you
  • Meet new people
  • Develop existing skills
  • Learn about the mountain
  • Build your confidence
  • Try new techniques
  • Discover more of the mountains
  • Have more fun!

Lessons are not just for beginners! Even the most advanced skiers and snowboarders still take lessons. Arinsal has some amazing instructors, qualified to the highest levels, with a wealth of experience to pass on to you. For skiers, there is even an advanced course available which looks in more detail at equipment, types of snow, avalanche safety, as well as your skiing technique.

Group Lessons vs Private Lessons

In Arinsal, you have two choices for lessons with pros and cons to both. Private lessons are more expensive, however you get all the attention of the instructor. Group lessons are cheaper for the package, but you share the instructor with the group.  If you take group lessons, at the beginning of the week you will be split into groups according to your ability.

You can also combine the two if you are coming as a group. You can book an instructor just to look after your group for the whole week which means you get to ski or snowboard with all your friends, as well as have an instructor dedicated to your needs!

So when you come to Arinsal, the decision of whether to take private or group lessons is down to you and your personal circumstances. You can pre-book both group and private lessons with before you arrive!

Group Ski School & Snowboard School

Group Lesson Times (19 Hours)

If you book with you can choose either morning or afternoon lessons, if you have booked with a tour operator your lesson times will be pre-allocated as either am or pm.

Arinsal Ski & Snowboard School Times
Day Morning Group Afternoon Group
Monday 10:00 - 12:00 &
15:00 - 16:00
12:00 - 14:00 &
16:00 - 17:00
Tuesday to Friday 09:00 - 12:00 &
15:00 - 16:00
12:00 - 15:00 &
16:00 - 17:00


Please note, lesson times for 12 hours over four days for the 2015-16 season are still to be confirmed.

You can book  both ski and snowboard group lessons on our website. By booking with you can save time by picking your tickets up from an representative when you arrive or have them delivered to your hotel so you can relax, knowing you are booked into your lessons on your first day.

Weekend Classes

You can now book weekend group classes, three hours per day on Saturday and Sunday. These classes are usually mixed nationality, so the lessons may be taught in multiple languages. Timings of the lessons will be confirmed when you meet us to collect your tickets.

Ski Refresher

The new Ski Refresher course is a two-day clinic designed to get you back to your previous level, for those who can ski blues and easy reds. It runs from 12:00-14:00 on Monday & Tuesday, and you can book this on our online shop.

Group Lesson Prices 2015-16

NEW FOR 2015-16: You can now choose group lessons for either four or five days... and prices frozen from last year!!

To book your group lessons just click the ski extras tab on the booking bar below and enter your requirements, you will then be transfered to our ski extras shop.

Here are the prices as advertised by Vallnord. No responsibility can be taken for any errors or changes made by Vallnord.

Group Lesson Prices
Duration Adult
19 Hours
(5 days)
€150 €136.50
12 Hours
(4 days)
€106 €96.50
6 Hours
€66 €63


Booking Private Lessons

You can pre-book your private lessons through To make your reservation you need to send a message, at least 10 days before you want lessons, using the contact form stating how many people will be with each instructor and how many hours you want on which dates. When you send your enquiry we ask for your preferred start time however please note that you are not guaranteed to get your preferred time.

So that you get the most benefit from having a private instructor it is not recommended that adults and children share the same lesson. This is because adults and children have different learning styles and progress at different speeds. We therefore suggest you take separate instructors, however if you insist then it is possible, however please make this clear when you send your enquiry.

Private Lesson Prices 2015-16

Here are the prices as advertised by Vallnord. No responsibility can be taken for any errors or changes made by Vallnord.

Private Lesson Prices
(1 or 2 people)
Off Peak
09:00-10:00 & 14:00-17:00
1 Hour €45 €40
2 Hours €85.50 €72
3 Hours €121.50 €102
Extra person (per hour) €7 €7


Unfortunately, due to the conditions of the school, no refunds can be made for lessons booked but not taken and no changes can be made to bookings after they have been confirmed.


Adaptive Skiing

Arinsal is very lucky to have a British ski instructor specially trained to teach adaptive skiing, and here is a little introduction from him:

"Snowsports is for everybody, and adaptive skiing allows people with disabilities to participate in alpine skiing.

My name is Marcus Upton, and I have been an Alpine BASI ISIA level 3 and BASI Adaptive level 2 instructor for numerous years now. Originally from Leicestershire in the UK, now I’m full time based in Arinsal, Andorra.

My association with the Arinsal ski school spans five seasons teaching able and adaptive skiers, but my passion is helping clients, such as yourself, to discover the wonders, joys, and thrills of skiing.

Whether you are a first time adaptive skier, a well travelled expert, or anywhere in between, it would be a pleasure to share my knowledge and experience with you to ensure the most memorable holiday. Snowsports provide disabled people with a method to conquer the barriers that confront them in daily life."

If you would like to book Marcus for private lessons please send us a message from the contact form explaining your requirements.


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