Vallnord

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Vallnord
The Ordino-Arcalís ski resort at Vallnord
The Ordino-Arcalís ski resort at Vallnord
Vallnord is located in Andorra
Vallnord
Vallnord
Location within Andorra
LocationLa Massana and Ordino, Andorra
Nearest major cityAndorra la Vella
Coordinates42°32′34.01″N 1°29′32.73″E / 42.5427806°N 1.4924250°E / 42.5427806; 1.4924250Coordinates: 42°32′34.01″N 1°29′32.73″E / 42.5427806°N 1.4924250°E / 42.5427806; 1.4924250
Top elevation2,625 m (8,612 ft) (Arcalis)[1]
Base elevation1,550 m (5,090 ft) (Pal-Arinsal)[1]
Runs
  • 69 total
  • 42 at Pal-Arinsal
  • 27 at Arcalis[1]
Lift system
  • 44 total
  • 30 at Pal-Arinsal
  • 14 at Arcalis[1]
Total length
  • 93 km (58 mi) total
  • 63 km (39 mi) at Pal-Arinsal[1]
  • 30 km (19 mi) at Arcalis[1]
Snowmaking
  • 397 snow cannons total
  • 296 cannons (Pal-Arinsal)
  • 101 cannons (Arcalis)[1]
Websitewww.vallnord.com

Vallnord (Catalan pronunciation: [ˌbaʎˈnɔɾt]) is a ski/snowboard resort in the Pyrenees mountains in the country of Andorra, close to the border with Spain at Tor, Pallars.

Overview[edit]

It encompasses the linked sectors of Pal and Arinsal (the sectors were linked by a cable car, opened in 2005, from the top of the Arinsal sector) and the Ordino-Arcalis sector some kilometres away.

All the separate sectors within Vallnord contain green, blue, red and black rated runs as well as restaurants and ski schools.

Cycling[edit]

In mountain biking, Vallnord was the venue for events during the 2008, 2009, 2013 and 2017 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup. The 2015 UCI Mountain Bike & Trials World Championships were held in Vallnord.[2]

In road cycling, Arcalis was used for a stage finish in the 1994 Vuelta a España, and Pal as a stage finish in the 2010 Vuelta a España. Vallnord was used for stage finishes in the 2007, 2009 and 2011 Volta a Catalunya. Stage 10 of the 1997 Tour de France, Stage 7 of the 2009 Tour de France and Stage 9 of the 2016 Tour de France also all finished at Arcalis.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Vallnord". arinsal.co.uk. Retrieved 10 July 2016.
  2. ^ "UCI Mountain Bike & Trials World Championships". Union Cycliste International. Retrieved 10 July 2016.
  3. ^ "Stage 9: Vielha Val d'Aran / Andorre Arcalis". Tour de France. Amaury Sport Organisation. Archived from the original on 28 June 2016. Retrieved 10 July 2016.

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