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Skyrace Comapedrosa Arinsal Andorra 2016

SKYRACE COMAPEDROSA 2016

The race returns to the Skyrunning elite scoring for the Sky Series of Skyrunner® World Series

The SkyRrace Arinsal, with 15 kilometers and 1,415 meters of positive altitude change, completes the race program

Registrations for the SkyRace Comapedrosa are now available for an edition that is set to break records for attendance and participation. The World Series of Skyrunning International Federation have chosen the SkyRace Comapedrosa as the sixth race of the Sky Series, in a competition that will consist of 8 races in 6 countries on 3 continents, and will land in Andorra on July 31, 2016.

The SkyRace Comapedrosa keeps the tough 21 kilometers with 2280 meters of positive altitude change track. A highly demanding race that crowns the peak of Comapedrosa, the highest of Andorra, which is climbed in 900 meters on two kilometers.

The program of the race will be completed with the SkyRace Arinsal of 15 kilometers and 1415 meters of positive altitude gain,  which in turn will also be a race for the promotion of young talents with an special ranking for runners between 15 and 18 years.

Registration is now available at.ticketoci.net

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Cirque du Soleil 2016 Andorra: Scalada Vision

  • VISION invites you to discover a world full of surprises, technology and magic with which you will recognise a multitude of unmistakable elements of Andorra. As something new, Scalada: VISION will be performed under a spectacular tent. A 100% magic and perfect stage for this new show.

  • SHORT SYNOPSIS

    VISION, a new performance that will show you an imaginary, surrealistic and futuristic world at the hand of a boy and his little sister, whose sentimental connection is apparently unalterable.
    The main characters in this edition will be taken to the future, to a new dimension between reality and fiction. The brother and sister will be faced by their own separation in a totally unknown universe on a trip in which each one must overcome the challenges of their own reality for themselves. Only their instinct and their strong fraternal bond will be the key to their meeting again.

    WHEN?

    Scalada: VISION will be showing every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 2nd to 30th July 2016. The show will begin at 10 p.m. and will have a duration of 60 minutes. There will also be a 30-minute animation shown prior to the show.

    WHERE?

    The show will be located in the public car park of the Parc Central, in the centre of Andorra la Vella, and will have a capacity of 5000 people per session. This year, the show will take up nearly all of the space. There will be a catering area on-site where food and drinks can be purchased.

    HOW?

    There are 2 types of tickets. Free tickets will give access to the area in front of the stage, and is standing room only. Paid tickets are seated in the stands.

     

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BLOG News in Arinsal - Pal, Vallnord, Andorra

24-04-2015

Meritxell Shrine: Free Guided Tours

The Sanctuary of Our Lady Meritxell, the patron saint of Andorra, recently recognised by the Pope as a minor basilica, stands in Meritxell, in the parish of Canillo.

MERITXELL SANCTUARY, part of the Marian Route

The ancient Romanesque Meritxell sanctuary, restored and modified in the 17th-century, was destroyed by fire in 1972. The present temple erected alongside the ancient hermitage for years later was dedicated in the Consell General (Parliament of Andorra) to the prestigious Catalan architect Ricard Bofill, who conceived it as a “Romanesque recreation”.

Inside there is a reproduction of the Romanesque Our Lady of Meritxell, and also the sculptures of the seven patron saints of the parishes of Andorra.

The two most emblematic parts of the sanctuary are the open cloisters and the mirror room. The building of the ancient chapel was prepared for visiting and now holds the permanent exhibition “Meritxell memòria”, a collection of objects and images that evoke the adoration of the Virgin of Meritxell through history.

“Minor Basilica”

Pope Francis has awarded the church of the Sanctuary of Meritxell the title and dignity of “Minor Basilica”. This is a distinction granted directly by the Pope to churches whose history, culture and liturgical and pastoral life has made them particularly significant. This recognition is added value for the most important place of worship in the Principality.

From 2014, the sanctuary will form part of the  Ruta Mariana (Route of Mary); it also is one of the attractions on  Andorra Tourist Bus route 2, from June to September.

Free Guided Tours 

Starting today, April 24, until 31 October, the Basilica of Meritxell have a cultural guide service attached to that Marian Route will carry out visits to publicize the history and features one of the most significant in the country. This service is completely free and will be guided without reservation prior Catalan, Spanish, French and English, from 10am to 19 pm (last visit at 18:30 pm), every day of the week except Tuesday, from weekly rest. The average duration of these visits is about 30 minutes. Between 13 July and 13 September these visits are extended to all days of the week.

 

The St Moritz team

15-04-2015

End of Winter Season 14-15

Vallnord closes the 2014-2015 season with 681,000 ski days

 

Vallnord closed on Sunday the 2014-2015 winter season, after 130 days opened, with 681,000 ski days, a figure that represents approximately 8% less compared to ski days accumulated last season. But it must be said that with a considerable improvement in the results of the operating companies, EMAP and SECNOA.
The fall in the number of ski days due mainly to having open later than planned and to adverse weather conditions. During the "Immaculate Holiday" only the Arcalis sector remained partially opened while Arinsal and Pal delayed their opening until 12 December. During this period, it was lost more than 50% of ski days. The fact that the season accumulated 10% less operating day, 130 days before the 143 last year, has also been a factor.
Despite the drop in the number of ski days, the results of the companies foresee better than last season. The investments made in improving infrastructure and services, as well as managing the sales process and customer service, have increased the benefits in restoration and the ski school.

SECNOA: Ordino-Arcalis
The Arcalis station has had this season 170,000 ski days (175,000 last season). The sector, despite being forced to close eight days of the season because of the weather, lost only 3% of days of skiing. Meanwhile, income from catering sector remain almost the same with respect to last year, while the ski school grow 12%. The director of Arcalis, Xabier Ajona, who joined SECNOA last September, made a highly positive evaluation of the season given the circumstances: "The team has worked highly motivated and customer benefit has emerged. We are on the right track". Ajona also highlighted "the events organized during this last season, especially the World Cup of Mountain Ski and the Freeride World Tour have contributed to vindicate our station as one of the best natural areas to practice skiing and other disciplines".

EMAP: Pal-Arinsal
Meanwhile, the sectors of La Massana: Pal and Arinsal, close to 511,000 ski days, 9% less than last season, was especially affected by the delay in the opening and the decline of Russian customers. However, revenue from the sale of services as well as catering and ski school, grew at Pal. Investments carried out, including the new restaurant Pla de la Cot Ski & Lounge, among others, have satisfied customers and have generated a higher average spending per customer.
"Focus on the customer and firm commitment to quality will pay off in the medium term. The results we achieve, closing with profits for the second consecutive year, despite having experienced a difficult season, confirm that the decisions taken in the company EMAP will allow us to ensure the sustainability and competitiveness of our stations", says CEO of EMAP, Josep Marticella. "We are now fully immersed in the summer campaign when there will be many exciting events and we are also planning the next winter season," sentence.

INTERNATIONAL MARKETS
International markets have shown both sides of the coin. The Russian market has fallen more than 60% as a result of the devaluation of the Ruble and the problems arising from the war in Crimea. British and Irish markets are stable as to traditional tour operators but with growing independent clients, which use the routes offered by low cost aviation companies. Related to customer proximity, the Spanish visitors are stable or grow slightly, while the French continue to respond positively to the promotional efforts undertaken by Tourism of Andorra, stations and other stakeholders in the tourism sector of Andorra.

INTERNATIONAL EVENTS
The most prominent test has been the Freeride World Tour, which was held for the first time in Andorra and will remain, according to the contract, for two more years. Recall that, finally, this year they played two rounds of the FWT, that of Andorra and the one that was canceled in Fieberbrunn • hosted and attended by both Andorran riders Dani Fornell and Lorelei Torres. Other important events were the World Cup ski and White Fountain Cup celebrated in Arinsal and Arcalis, both ended with a double victory for the Catalan runner Kilian Jornet. In addition, the traditional Buff Epic Snow or Snow Festival, among others, have also successfully completed the schedule of events this last winter.

SUMMER
Recall that this summer season will begin on May 1 with the partial opening of Vallnord Bike Park La Massana. This week was also put on sale the new annual pass Bike & Ski. This happens only 1 euro worth more than the price proposed Vallnord for the winter season 2014-2015 and can be obtained at the tourist offices of La Massana and Ordino, as well as the virtual store Vallnord.


More information at 
www.vallnord.com

Press Department of Vallnord

28-01-2015

Next Feb. 19 in Arinsal...

19/2 DINNER AT THE SLOPES WITH POLAR BAR RESTAURANT!

On Thursday February 19, 2015 enjoy dinner on the Arinasl piste with Polar Bar Restaurant for only € 35 per person.


The menu includes a welcome glass of cava, tapas for starters, main course, dessert and drinks to choose from. Round trip transportation is also included! We will pick you up at 19h00 and we'll bring back at 22h30 to the center of Arinsal.


For more information and reservations, please contact us at
santmoritz@santmoritz.com or call us at +376 737 878.

Please find below the details of the menu:

 

STARTERS: Tapas

Smoked Salmon with Tartar Sauce

Anchovies with roasted Vegetables

Serrano Ham with "Paambtomaquet"

Assortment of Cheeses and Andorran traditional sausages

MAIN COURSE: to choose from

Lamb with Mushrooms

Steak with baked Potatoes

Cod with Vegetables

Duck with Orange Sauce


DESSERT: to choose from

Apple pie with Ice-cream

Mel-i-mató

DRINKS:

1 glass of cava + Soda, beer or glass of wine

 

See you on the slopes!

 

The St. Moritz team.

08-12-2014

Vallnord recorded 6,200 skiers during last weekend

Slopes in Sectors of La Massana, Arinsal and Pal, will open on Friday 12 December!


Vallnord partly opened on Friday 5 December the new winter season 2014-2015. With 40% of open runs Ordino Arcalis, 6,200 skiers were recorded during the 4 days of the bank holiday. To this figure must be added the tourists who have visited Arinsal and Pal and have enjoyed catering services and activities.


Vallnord Arcalis will remain open continuously this week, providing 40% of open pistes and 30% of lifts. The levels range between 35 and 65 centímetres powder snow. With snow forecast for this afternoon and tomorrow, Vallnord expects to expand the opening to the other sectors in the coming days.


Regarding the sectors of La Massana, Arinsal and Pal, all services will remained closed until next Friday, when all the station will open. The opened slopes and lifts will depend on the weather conditions of the coming days. However, the technical teams will continue to work constantly in order to open with a level of service and optimal snow quality and safety.

 

Forecast

According to current weather forecast, acute cold front will come through the Pyrenees during Monday's afternoon and could leave thicknesses between 20 and 50 cm at Vallnord. The air mass is cold and snowing is expected at all levels.

Vallnord will inform of changes that may occur across its website, social networks and common channels.

 

More information: www.vallnord.com

PRESS RELEASE

12/08/2014