Monday, 19 March 2012

Something for a change- A week skiing in Arinsal, Andorra

While the racing season has started in the UK it's a very long season if you're wanting to race all the way through to September. Therefore I couldn't pass up on an opportunity to do something different which has some potential to help my cycling while getting a winter break too.
Atop the Pic Negre, Arinsal Andorra at the Gondola which links Arinsal with Pal. 

Last week I headed off to Arinsal, Andorra a for fun filled week of skiing
Arinsal, Andorra part of Vallnord

The interlinked resorts of Pal and Arinsal are part of the Vallnord (North Valley) ski resort network with the separate Arcalis Resort a short bus ride away.

Looking out on the Pyrenees from Pic Negre
Being within the Pyrenees you get amazing and totally breathtaking views like the one above looking out from the Pic Negre at top of the breathtaking Bordes De Seturia where a gondola links the resorts of Arinsal and Pal as part of the Vallnord network.
 Andorra's mountainous terrain and multiple high peaks create an environment fantastic for downhill skiing. Andorra's tax free status also means you're £'s and Euros go further than in many French and Spanish resorts. Expect to pay around 3 euros for a pint of lager (compared to 6 euros in many French ski resorts). With it's tax exempt status Andorra is a great place to bring back some bargains. If you bring back cigarettes from your holiday in Andorra expect to pay around 25-30 euros for a stick of 200 which is well less than half what you would expect to spend at home.

The value for money can also be seen in Arinsal's abundant options for apres-ski which leads to it being a hit with a younger crowd who come for more than just the skiing.

Having spent a week skiing and enjoying the high life I'm now ready to hit the bike big time. My sponsor has all my kit now ready for the 2012 season as well so I can now really start to get the quality mileage in on the bike after a fantastic active holiday.

I recommend a skiing trip to any cyclist or active person I know and I also thoroughly recommend Restaurant 360, Arinsal

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