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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.

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 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

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OverviewEdit

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.

Arinsal is particularly popular with British and Irish tourists,[2] while the Arcalis sector is popular with locals at the weekend.[citation needed]

CyclingEdit

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.[3]

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.[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Vallnord". arinsal.co.uk. Retrieved 10 July 2016.
  2. ^ M Clinch, A postcard from the Pyrenees, Daily Mail, 2004-01-28.
  3. ^ "UCI Mountain Bike & Trials World Championships". Union Cycliste International. Retrieved 10 July 2016.
  4. ^ "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. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)

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