Resort Profile
Arcalis has no village at the resort base station, with the nearest acommodation at El Serrat (7kms away) and Ordino (15kms away), so it is very much a day-trippers and weekender’s resort. The attractive base station houses two large resaturants, snack bar, two bars, kindergarten and creche facility. There is afree 150 baby drag lift for up to 6 year olds. A shuttle bus also connects to the middle station where base station activities such as ski and board hire, ski school booking, and lift pass sales are also duplicated.

Resort Statistics

 

Resort Height Resort Height 1940m
Top Station Altitude Top Station 2550m
Bottom Station Altitude Bottom Station 1940m
Vertical Descent Vertical Descent 610m
Drag Lifts Drag Lifts 9
Chair Lifts Chair lifts 2
High Capacity Lifts High Capacity 1
Resort Opens Opens Early/mid – mid/end April
Expert Rating Expert Rating 3
Intermediate Rating Intermediate Rating 7
Beginner Rating Beginner Rating 8
Apres-Ski Rating Apres-Ski Rating 3
Snow Reliability Snow Reliability 7

Mountain Info

‘Arcalis’ main ski area centres around two valleys which form a U-shape. The main valley, the Cercle d’Arcalis is a big bowl shaped area with trees lining one side and which accomodates most of the lifts. The central ridge offers two good north facing steeper, longer runs. Otherwise there are a fair variety of longer blue and red runs which link in to the second valley, the Cercle de la Coma. The snow cover is usually very good and said to be among the best in the Pyrenees and is a good bet late and early season. Terrain available for all abilities but intermediates will probably find most to do.

Overall there are plenty of long flattering blues and reds which are kept smooth and well groomed and will keep most intermediates entertained. Otherwise the beginners slopes are generally near the base station. The longest lift is the Les Portelles 3 seater chair which starts at middle station level and reaches the crest just below Arcalis summit at 2776m. There is a long blue off the back of this main ridge, and a short balck which meets up with the longer red which crosses under the chair at half way. 4 chairs in total and 8 drags gives a cpacity of arbout 13,500 skiers per hour. A good level of snowmaking is now available.


Accommodation & Apres Ski

‘Arcalis’ main ski area centres around two valleys which form a U-shape. The main valley, the Cercle d’Arcalis is a big bowl shaped area with trees lining one side and which accomodates most of the lifts. The central ridge offers two good north facing steeper, longer runs. Otherwise there are a fair variety of longer blue and red runs which link in to the second valley, the Cercle de la Coma. The snow cover is usually very good and said to be among the best in the Pyrenees and is a good bet late and early season. Terrain available for all abilities but intermediates will probably find most to do.

Overall there are plenty of long flattering blues and reds which are kept smooth and well groomed and will keep most intermediates entertained. Otherwise the beginners slopes are generally near the base station. The longest lift is the Les Portelles 3 seater chair which starts at middle station level and reaches the crest just below Arcalis summit at 2776m. There is a long blue off the back of this main ridge, and a short balck which meets up with the longer red which crosses under the chair at half way. 4 chairs in total and 8 drags gives a cpacity of arbout 13,500 skiers per hour. A good level of snowmaking is now available.