Somewhere in the Pyrenees, in southern Europe, exists a snow paradise that in recent years has become an essential destination for all freeride lovers. It is the ski resort Ordino Arcalís and is located in Andorra, a small country between France and Spain, only two hours from Barcelona, where there are actually more kilometers of slopes than roads.
The valley of Ordino offers such a privileged natural environment that was declared a Biosphere Reserve by the UNESCO in 2020, and is characterized by its charming alpine villages and its incredible mountain landscapes.
The Ordino Arcalís ski resort has a total of 30 kilometers of slopes with an altitude between 1,940 meters and 2,625 meters and a drop of 685 m., but the most interesting thing about this resort is the almost 450 skiable hectares and a total of 120 kilometers of off piste possibilities. The station has also set up 3.4 kilometers of marked itineraries and has created two thematic areas for freeriders. In addition, due to its North orientation, Ordino Arcalís can brag about having the best quality and largest quantity of snow in the Pyrenees.
None of these advantages have gone unnoticed within the freerider world and proof of this is that Ordino Arcalís has been one of the stops on the Freeride World Tour since 2015 and will be again this coming season. The FWT 2023 will have 5 stops, starting in Canada and ending in Switzerland. Ordino will be the 3rd event, and it is scheduled to take place between the 4th and 9th of February 2023. It is of great importance since it is the last one before the Cut, where it is decided which riders go on to the final races, so they will certainly put their talent and creativity to the limit to draw impressive and spectacular lines.
Beyond the freeride experience, Ordino Arcalís is a mountain full of adventures and possibilities. A must-see is the Tristaina Solar Viewpoint, a spectacular ring-shaped structure 25 meters in diameter and located at an altitude of 2,700 meters that offers an unparalleled panoramic view of the Ordino valley and the Tristaina glacial cirque. In winter, it can only be accessed with snow rackets or mountaineering skiing, so it will undoubtedly be a unique experience. The excursion can also be done with the company of the GMG, expert guides who know the terrain perfectly and who can prepare excursions to make the most out of the trip and discover the most unexplored spaces of the station. The most exclusive adventurers can also opt for snowmobile activities and even practice heliskiing.
02 Feb 2023
02 Feb 2023