Ordino Arcalis, Andorra

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Ordino Arcalis ski holidays

Established in 1982 the Andorran ski resort Ordino Arcalis lies at 1940 metres altitude in the ? region of the Andorran Pyrenees. With the highest lifts and ski slopes at 2620m the area is snow sure. Over 26 snow cannons ensure artificial snow making covers 7km of trails, which equates to around 0 of the slopes. The nearest airport transfer to Ordino Arcalis is Barcelona at a distance of 225km or approximately 240 minutes driving time. Their season runs from November to May.

SNO-man says

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.

Alpine Downhill Runs

Beginner Trails
 6 runs ?km
24%  Intermediate Trails
 8 runs ?km
30%  Advanced Trails
 9 runs ?km
30%  Expert Trails
 2 runs ?km
40% 

Resort and Holiday Stats

Beginners
Intermediate
Advanced/Expert
Snowboarders
Apres Ski
Family/child Friendly
Snow-Sure
Ambience
Value for money
Lift Pass Prices (adult 6 day)? - ?
Traditional Ski Village / Purpose Built Ski Resort
Resort OpensNov 2013
Resort ClosesMay 2014
(snow conditions often influence opening/closing)

Mountain and Slopes

Downhill Runs26km
total length of Ordino Arcalis trails
Longest Lift-Served Run4km
longest piste or trail reachable by lift
Slope OrientationNE N
direction Ordino Arcalis area faces
Top Altitude2620m
top station of highest lift
Bottom Altitude1940m
bottom of lowest run
Resort Altitude1940m
centre of Ordino Arcalis ski resort
Vertical Drop680m
total descent from top lift to bottom piste
Skiable Vertical^v 680m
can include extra hike up above top lift

Skiing in Ordino Arcalis

25 pistes and trails means approximately 26km of runs. 14 Ordino Arcalis lifts have capacity to transport 16510 per hour. The longest run in the Andorran ski resort is over 4km.

SNO-man says

The mountain has 24% beginner runs or nursery slopes, 30% intermediate, 30% advanced slopes and 40% for experts - the most difficult piste is the 1km Gran Canal run, with a steepness/slope angle of ?%. There is no night skiing.

Rating for skiing gets 5 stars out of 5 overall    

Snowboarding in Ordino Arcalis

Of the 14 ski lifts, 9 are surface lifts or "drag lifts" - this gives an indication of how modern the lift system is and how good Ordino Arcalis is for snowboarding - especially for beginners learning to board. Facilities include 0 terrain parks and 0 half pipe (longest half pipe length is ? metres), 0 quarter pipe and 0 boardercross courses.

SNO-man says

Rating for snowboarding gets 3 stars out of 5 overall    

Ordino Arcalis Apres Ski

Off-Slope activities include:

3 apres ski bars 3 restaurants 1 bowling 1 night club 0 cinema 0 billiards / pool 0 games room 1 concert 1 indoor swimming 0 outdoor heated pools 2 saunas 1 hot tubs 0 solariums 0 masseurs 0 indoor ice skating 0 outdoor ice skating 1 indoor sports centre 0 indoor tennis 0 squash racquetball 0 sleigh rides 0 ballooning 1 horse riding 0 prepare winter walks 0 climbing 0 golf 0 fishing 5 museum 0 library Plus these additional apres ski facilities Bowling, Fitness Centre, Concerts, Horse Riding.

SNO-man says

Your lift pass will allow you free entry into the Ordino Sports Centre . Its modern and well equipped with a swimming pool, gymnasium, climbing wall, squash courts, sauna and jacuzzi. The Palau de Gel (Ice Palace) at Canillo on the road to Andorra la Vella is well worth visiting with its Olympic sized ice rink and again a swimming pool, gymnasium, climing wall, sauna, jacuzzi and restaurant. In Andorra la Vella at Escaldes-Engordany a fabulous complex has been created under a huge crystal dome. Caldea is located at the point where Andorra's rivers all meet and water is used in every imaginable form for maximum relaxation and well-being. With around 6,000m2 of aquatic space there are thermal baths, jet streams and waterfalls, steam, Indo-Roman baths, saunas and jazuccis, an outdoor pool and even a snow patio. After your relaxation theres the panoramic bar Sírius located in the Caldea tower which is 50m high and has magnificent views over the valley. The swimming pool in Andorra la Vella and the covered tennis courts in Aldosa, la Massana are both Olympic facilities and well worth a visit. For golfers there are 2 magnificent courses at Puigcerda which is less than an hour's drive from the Principality, and a course in Aravell, also about a half hour's drive. The Heritage Museum Casa d'Areny de Plandolit is a manor house dating from 1633 built in traditional mountain architecture. It has been fully restored with period pieces and gives an interesting insight into Andorran life in the 17th century.

Rating for apres ski gets 2 stars out of 5 overall    

"Ordino Arcalis" by any other name

The Andorran resort is also known as Ordino Ordino-Arcalis and has common misspellings:

The direction which the various Ordino Arcalis slopes face can make or break your ski holiday. To guarantee good snow conditions, choose a resort with piste which face the right way for the time of year you're travelling.

- In the coldest winter months of January and February pick a resort with sunny south facing slopes, so your days on the snow doesn't feel like a polar expedition. Conversely, in the warmest spring skiing months of March and especially April, a resort with cool and shady north facing trails will ensure you're not riding on slush, but benefitting from best late season snow. The best destinations have areas which face in all directions so that you're guaranteed greating conditions whatever the weather. Ordino Arcalis has slopes facing NE N.

Rating for snow gets 3 stars out of 5 overall    

Childcare in Ordino Arcalis, Andorra

Ordino Arcalis day and evening care plus snow ski schools and babysitting.

Ordino-Arcalis has a fully equipped snow garden with specially trained instructors. Safety is uppermost and children from 4 to 9 are sure to learn quickly in this enjoyable environment. There is also a créche for children aged 12 months and upwards.

3 stars out of 5 overall    

Ordino Arcalis Shopping

Ordino Arcalis shopping - fashion boutiques, outdoor gear and food shops

The main shopping centre is Andorra la Vella approximately 24km (15 miles) away. A duty free paradise with best buys in designer clothes, jewellery, watches, sports gear, perfume, cosmetics and alcohol all at greatly reduced prices. Its well worth checking the prices on sports clothing and equipment before you arrive because you can often find these in Andorra at much lower prices than in most Western countries. It can also be worth buying the whole package, eg skis, boots and poles or snowboarding, bindings and boots as this can also work out much cheaper.

Ordino Arcalis value for money gets 5 stars out of 5 overall    

Ski Equipment Rental Shops in Ordino Arcalis

Ordino Arcalis hire shops - overview of all shopping in Ordino Arcalis

The main shopping centre is Andorra la Vella approximately 24km (15 miles) away. A duty free paradise with best buys in designer clothes, jewellery, watches, sports gear, perfume, cosmetics and alcohol all at greatly reduced prices. Its well worth checking the prices on sports clothing and equipment before you arrive because you can often find these in Andorra at much lower prices than in most Western countries. It can also be worth buying the whole package, eg skis, boots and poles or snowboarding, bindings and boots as this can also work out much cheaper.

Ordino Arcalis ski rental shops value rating gets ? stars out of 5 overall    

Mountain & Snow Sports in Ordino Arcalis

Ordino Arcalis snow sports - off slope winter mountain sports

Cross Country Skiing (langlaufen) in Ordino Arcalis: 15km X C ski trails, Lessons available? Y

Easy XC Ski Trails: 15km     Intermediate XC Trails: 0km   Difficult XC Trails: 0km

Telemark Tuittion: Y     Telemark Rental 0      Paragliding schools: 0

Snow mobile Rental: 0     Toboggan Run Length: 0km

Non Skiing Winter & Snow Activities in Ordino Arcalis

Ordino Arcalis snow fun - off slope winter activities

Outdoor Ice Rink: 0 Indoor Ice Rink: 0 Balloon Flights: 0

Prepared Winter Walks: 0 Snowshoeing: 1 Hang Gliding : 0

Snow mobile Rental: 0 Toboggan Run Length: 0km Paragliding schools: 0

Ordino Arcalis non skiing facilities also include Bowling, Fitness Centre, Concerts, Horse Riding.

Ordino Arcalis reviews, 2.8 star rating and information is collated by SNO man from staff experience and customer feedback.
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