Review of Arinsal

28th February 2009 by Alan Butler 

Went to Arinsal for the last week of January 09 and stayed half board in the Princessa ParcHotel.
I was lucky as the snow was the best its been in many years. I found Arinsal to be a fantastic resort for intermediate skiers with a good selection of runs between the wide open slopes of the Arinsal sector and the wooded slopes of Pal (not to be missed). Staying at the Princessa Parc was perfect, good food and comfortable as well as being only a short 200m walk to the gondola. The bars in the town are friendly and lively.
On the downside the ski centre is 1500ft. above the town and can only be reached with a lift pass, not a problem for skiers but if you are with a non skiing partner as some of the members of my class were then they are stranded in the town. A locker is a must unless you fancy lugging all your gear up and down the gondola. A locker costs about 50 euro for the week. Food on the mountain is very poor so at lunch it’s worth a trip down to the village, the locker comes in handy for this.
We had high winds one day and this limits available protected runs to just the one down to the Crest Hotel at the top of the village and good snow is needed for this (which we had) and as the gondola stopped running it was good that the new 6 man at the Crest Hotel was there.
Expert skiers will probably get bored with Arinsal but for anyone up to good intermediates it is just the ticket.
I recommend a pint and a pizza in Quo Vadis while watching yourself ski on the screens as a great way to top a great day’s skiing.
For a great value week of skiing it’s hard to beat Arinsal.

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