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Skiing in Ordino-Arcalís
Ordino-Arcalís - Ski Resort in Andorran Pyrenees - 24km of Piste (1940m to 2600m)
Andorra's newest ski area with ultra modern lifts is located in one of the country's most beautiful mountain valleys, also offering some of the principality's more challenging skiing above. High value as always in Andorra and lift queues a rarity.
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The Andorran ski resort of Ordino-Arcalís has direct access to 24km of downhill skiing, with 24 individual pistes, served by 14 ski lifts.
The ski resort itself is above 1500m, so skiing or boarding back to the resort is usually possible. With pistes above 2500 metres, skiing and snowboarding is assured throughout the season.
Snowmaking :- Ordino-Arcalís is able to augment natural snow, on 15km of ski runs, with 89 Snow Cannons.
Ski Lift Capacity :- The 14 Ski Lifts of Ordino-Arcalís are able to uplift 13,500 skiers / snowboarders per hour.
Skiing in Ordino-Arcalís
Ordino-Arcalis consists of two valleys, Arcalis and La Coma. Thanks to its mainly north facing slopes and geographic situation Arcalis has one of the best records of resorts in the Pyrenees for being able to offer the highest number of skiable days. The Pic d'Arcalis rises to a height of 2776m just above the highest lift, La Pleta, which reaches 1,620m. Due to its modern lift system queues are usually a rarity here.
This is an excellent beginners resort with six easy green runs including one of the longest in Andorra, La Basera, which runs from the Restaurant la Coma back along to the base station. The seven blue pistes are mostly long and gentle providing beginners with a gently increasing challenge easing the progression to more difficult slopes. The scenery is beautiful and the runs, especially on the Arcalis side are made even more attractive by the trees lining the routes. The nine red runs are mostly long and testing, La Balma is a good one to try, it starts practically at the top of the mountain and takes you all the way back to the base station.
There are only two black runs but they are both extremely difficult. If you enjoy a challenge you could try some of the off-piste which is very good in the Cercle de la Coma and around the Creussans where there are wide open spaces which would be excellent on one of the many powder days Arcalis enjoys. The Bar les Portelles with its large sun terraces is a good sandwich stop where you can enjoy some of the best scenery in Andorra before dropping down into La Coma bowl to enjoy some of the most wide open skiing in Andorra. Arcalis also lays claim to one of the longest chairlifts in the Pyrenees, la Basera, a quad chair which takes only 6 minutes to climb 548.6m (1800ft).
Heli-skiing is available in Ordino-Arcalis through several heli-skiing companies and, as with everything else in Andorra is doesn't cost as much as you might think. You do need to be a good skier, that is, able to ski a black run confidently. If you've never tried snowshoeing then Arcalis is the perfect place to try it. There are 5 different routes marked out for different levels and experienced guides to accompany you. The Ordino-Arcalis ski school has 40 multilingual instructors qualified in all the different techniques from snowblading to telemarking or snowboarding.
Snowboarding in Ordino-Arcalís
With a high speed quad chair taking you all the way to the top and the natural terrain at Arcalis this is a perfect resort for snowboarders. On a powder day the Cercle de la Coma has some excellent boarding while La Portella del Mig on the north eastern face of the Cercle de Arcalis has great chutes and powder stashes.
The blue runs here are wide open and treeless making it perfect for freeriding. If you like treelined runs then the Arcalis side has blues and reds through the trees. La Portella del Mig on the north eastern face of the Cercle de Arcalis there are great chutes and more powder stashes.
Ordino-Arcalís Aprés Ski
The Ordino valley has several bars and restaurants although there are fewer in the village itself. Nearby facilities are limited to a few bars and a discothèque.
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