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Ordino Arcalís

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Ordino Arcalís, created in 1983 by the residents of the parish of Ordino, has gradually established itself as a benchmark for mountain sports in Andorra. Nestled in the Ordino valley, facing north, the resort benefits from exceptional snow conditions throughout the winter, making it one of the earliest opening and latest closing resorts in the Pyrenees.

With 442 hectares of skiable area and 30.5 km of pistes, Ordino Arcalís caters for all levels. From the longest green run in the Pyrenees to challenging slopes for experts, the resort offers options for enjoying the snow with family or friends. Its facilities include the Doppelmayr D-Line gondola lift (inaugurated in 2019), 101 artificial snow cannons, 6 restaurants, car parks, ski rental, ski and snowboard school, and the prestigious Ordino Arcalís Freeride School.

Ordino Arcalís is a unique natural environment

Beyond the snow, Ordino Arcalís seduces with its extraordinary landscape. Located in the most picturesque valley in Andorra, the resort combines the beauty of the Pyrenees with the tradition and personality of the Ordino valley. This parish is located in the east of Andorra, at an altitude of 1,300 metres, and covers an area of 90 km². There are eight villages in total: Ansalonga, Arans, El Serrat, La Cortinada, Llorts, Segudet, Sornàs and the capital itself, Ordino.

The rural surroundings are characterised by the unmistakable Andorran architecture. Stone houses and slate roofs blend in with the natural, rugged beauty of the area. Without a doubt, this parish is the perfect destination to forget your worries and connect with your simpler, more rustic side.

A sustainable destination in the heart of Andorra

Ordino has been recognised as a UNESCO-certified territory, an endorsement that positions and consolidates the Ordino brand as a quality tourist destination. This recognition highlights the parish’s commitment to sustainability and local know-how, ensuring a quality territorial legacy for future generations. The Ordino Arcalís ski resort has become a benchmark in terms of sustainability. Its main actions include

  • Reduction of the CO2 footprint: The resort is committed to measuring and reducing its CO2 footprint, setting ambitious targets for compensation through the production of solar and hydraulic energy.
  • Promotion of renewable energies: Work is being done to replace diesel for heating with alternative energies such as geothermal energy.
  • Sustainable transport: The use of sustainable transport is being promoted in the parish, with the installation of new charging points for electric vehicles and the implementation of bus lines to facilitate access to the resort during the winter.
  • Waste reduction: Work is being carried out to reduce single-use packaging and workers are being trained to act as informers for the Biosphere Reserve.

Furthermore, since 2016, Ordino Arcalís has been an energy self-sufficient resort thanks to the mini-hydraulic power station that provides energy to the facilities throughout the year, even injecting the surplus into the grid. The resort also implements various initiatives to reduce its environmental impact, such as energy saving, digitalisation of supports and promotion of sustainable mobility.

The Sorteny Valley Natural Park is the heart of the Ordino Biosphere Reserve. With a territory of 1,080 hectares, the valley is home to a rich geological, plant, fauna, atmospheric and landscape heritage. And in the heart of the Sorteny Valley is the Borda de Sorteny refuge, open all year round. Its facilities allow visitors to disconnect in the midst of the immensity of nature. The refuge, located at an altitude of 1,965 metres, is an ideal starting point for exploring the park’s trails and discovering the beauty of Ordino.

Ordino, with its UNESCO certification and commitment to sustainability, is an ideal destination for those seeking a quality tourist experience in a unique natural environment. The Ordino Arcalís ski resort, the Sorteny Valley Natural Park and the Borda de Sorteny refuge offer a wide range of activities to enjoy nature in all its seasons.

Ordino Arcalís is a paradise for off-piste lovers

Ordino Arcalís is one of the world’s epicentres of off-piste skiing, with 21 areas and 130 itineraries divided into three levels of difficulty. Among the events organised, the Freeride World Tour, a world reference in this modality, stands out.

Ordino Arcalís is part of Grandvalira Resorts

Since 2018, Ordino Arcalís has been part of Grandvalira Resorts, together with Pal Arinsal. With a total of 308 skiable km, Grandvalira Resorts is positioned as one of the most important ski destinations in Europe. The Andorra Pass gives access to all three resorts, while the Nord Pass gives access to Ordino Arcalís and Pal Arinsal. The integration into Grandvalira Resorts has brought with it a new corporate image for Ordino Arcalís, with an intense and elegant blue that reflects its alpine character and its union with the group.

Strengths of Ordino Arcalís

  • Quality snow all season long
  • Slopes for all levels in an incomparable natural environment.
  • Wide range of activities for skiers and non-skiers alike
  • First class freeride options
  • Don’t miss the Tristaina Solar Viewpoint, located on the Peyreguils peak at an altitude of 2,701 metres. This suspended metal sphere offers impressive views of the Tristaina lakes and the Ordino valley. It can be reached by hiking or by cable car and chairlift during the winter and summer seasons.
  • Part of Grandvalira Resorts with access to more than 300 km of slopes.