What is Vallnord?
Vallnord is the commercial union of the ski resorts of Pal Arinsal, in La Massana, and Ordino Arcalís, in Ordino, Principality of Andorra. Skiing in the Valls del Nord of Andorra began in 1973, with the birth of Arinsal. In 1982 the Pal ski resort is created and in 1983 the Arcalís ski resort.
The companies that form part of Vallnord are SECNOA and EMAP. SECNOA is the operator of the Ordino Arcalís snowfield. In the summer of 2018, Saetde acquired 76% of the shares. The Ordino common stock holds the rest of the shares. The Pal Arinsal skiable area is managed by EMAP, which is 100% publicly owned (Comú de la Massana).
The commercial merger of the two stations to create Vallnord took place during the 2004-2005 season. Since then, the ski resorts of Pal Arinsal and Ordino Arcalís have merged commercially under the name of Vallnord, which has allowed customers to enjoy two resorts with a single pass. Despite not being physically linked, the two resorts have become one of the most complete snow and mountain destinations in the Pyrenees, with 93 kilometres of slopes.
Ordino resort has 442 hectares of skiable land, 30 km of runs, 14 ski lifts with a capacity to transport 16,500 people per hour, 101 artificial snow cannons, 5 self-managed catering points, car parks with a capacity for 1,500 vehicles, 2 ski rental points, a Ski and Snowboard School, and the prestigious Freeride School.
The drop in Ordino Arcalís ranges from 1,940 m to 2,650 m and has two different accesses for visitors. The winter season is undoubtedly the economic engine of the season. The work is constant. Every year new products and proposals for fun and leisure are presented, as well as preparing and organising a whole series of national and international events and competitions. Among the most important are the Freeride World Tour, the benchmark event in the world of Freeride.
The Freeride de Arcalís area is made up of 21 zones and 130 itineraries, divided into three categories according to the level of difficulty. Thanks to the sector's alpine profile and its privileged location, protected from the wind and with heights of up to 2,630 m, Arcalís is a paradise for freeride skiers.
On the other hand, Vallnord Pal Arinsal is made up of two sectors: Pal and Arinsal. It has a total of 63 km of slopes between 1,500 m and 2,560 m. There are currently 7 green, 18 blue, 17 red, 4 black and 5 slalom tracks.
This merger provides 1,149 hectares with a capacity for 48,210 people/hour, in a total of 93 km spread over 66 tracks. Although the sectors of Pal Arinsal have no direct connection with Ordino Arcalís by ski slope or mechanical lift, Pal and Arinsal are still connected with a cable car. However, since the 2015/2016 season both resorts have regained their name and self-management, so Vallnord is only a commercial union.