A December 2001 trip
to Andorra by Louise W
Quote: A snowboarding holiday to Arinsal Andorra in the pictoresque Pyranees. This was my 3rd trip back to the same resort and I am due to go out there again on 10th March.
Arinsal is great for beginners (both ski and snowboard) and if there are more experienced skiers/boarders in your group the resort is linked to PAL ski area only 10 minutes by cable car for more varied terrain. PAL is very pretty with lots of trees and generally less crowded than Arinsal.
Apres ski in Arinsal is fantastic, the village is very small and picturesque but there is plenty to do. Pub crawls, 70's nights, torchlight descent, restaurants all within a short walking distance. If you do not go in a big group but still want to socialise, Arinsal is one of the friendliest places I've ever been to and it's so easy to make friends there. There are a handful of pubs where you tend to see the same faces all week. Most bars send a video man to video the snow groups on the slopes then it is played at the end of the day in the bars.
Great fondue restaurant - book in advance it gets busy.
Princesa Park hotel is the nicest hotel in the resort and only 100M from the Gondola.
Free food is given after the slopes close at El Cau and Cisco's pubs and this is the best time for happy hour deals.
Ski/board gear is generally cheaper out in Andorra so if you need anything - buy it there.
The goldola will take you up the mountain to the skischool and slopes.
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