Arcalis is the hidden jewel of Andorra, offering a fantastic variety of both on and off piste skiing and snowboarding within the resort boundary! The beauty of Arcalis is that there are no hotels at the ski station so there are less people, plus it is higher than Arinsal so there is usually more snow and better quality snow.
Beginner: If you are a beginner skier or snowboarder, don't be fooled into thinking that just because you have to travel to get there it's going to be too challenging for you to enjoy. Arcalis is infact home to the Mega Verde - an 8km green run which winds gently from the top of the resort to the very bottom. Although a little narrow and flat in places, it's great to have a nice long run to build your confidence on. You'll also find some great places to stop and explore on the way down, like the hidden ice cave and the giant 'O' metal sculpture - which is a great photo opportunity. Once your confidence builds, there are plenty of places where you can join a slightly harder run on the way down, and then re-join the green if needed.
Intermediate: If you are confident on the slopes then you can either head to the left hand bowl and sample the nice, wide blues and reds or tackle the slightly steeper options over on the right hand side. Even though there is technically only 30km of piste there are a number of different combinations you can enjoy - plenty to keep you entertained.
Freeride areas: In Arcalis there are two Freeride areas. These are basically controlled off-piste areas and are great for people that are wanting to explore un-pisted runs for the first time. One (accessible by the Els Feixans drag lift) is specifically designed for learners, it's a small area that allows you to get the feeling for being off-piste. The other (via the Creussans chairlift) is a more expansive run that takes you extremely close to the France/Andorra border. They are both clearly marked on the piste map.
Advanced: For any advanced skiers or borders then it really is a paradise, there are limitless areas to be explored and it's definitely worth hiring a guide to make the most out of your time. You'll soon realise why it's home to one of the Men's Freeride World Tour stages. Due to the altitude of the resort, the snow conditions are really dependable.
Restaurants: Over the last few years, the station of Ordino-Arcalis have really invested time and money into the whole resort - meaning there are many different offerings for you to take a rest from the slopes.
If you are a beginner, you should aim to try Arcalis by the end of the week, and if you are an intermediate or advanced skier or snowboarder then we would suggest going earlier in the week when it is quieter.
You'll find the piste map on this page.
There is a free bus running Monday to Saturday, however the bus does get very busy! The timetable for the bus is:
|Arinsal to Arcalis|
|Arcalis to Arinsal|
To view photos of Arcalis to give you an idea of why we love it so much, take a look at our Arcalis photos albums.