Arinsal has long been a favourite with British skiers and snowboarders with a sizable number of Brits not just taking their ski holidays here but also running bars and restaurants. It’s a fun and friendly resort where it’s easy to have a relaxed ski holiday and just enjoy yourself. Simple!
The village itself has gradually become more polished over the years and now has quite a classic mountain town feel. There are still plenty of great bars and restaurants to choose from, as well as the duty free shops that have played a big part in Andorra’s success, but you see a lot more polished stone and rustic wood used in buildings and a lot less concrete than you did when the area was Europe’s main cheap-and-cheerful destination back in the 1980s.
The ski area has also changed almost beyond recognition over the years, first with a nice fast gondolas connecting it to the neighbouring ski region of Pal back in 2000-1 and the becoming part of the VallNord region a few years later which also encompasses another ski area - Arcalis – all on the one lift pass (although it’s a shuttle bus ride to Arcalis, it’s not yet connected by ski lifts). It’s up to you whether you buy a lift pass just valid in the Pal-Arinsal area or the slightly more expensive VallNord pass.
Whichever you choose you’ll have access to lots of sunny, rewarding ski slopes which are also home to some of Europe’s best terrain parks as well as some excellent English speaking ski schools (many staffed by Brits, Kiwis and Aussies) for children and adults alike.