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The Ushuaia has been completely renovated and refurbished to create a modern mountain hotel in an enviable ski-in, ski-out location, the only one in the resort! There's great attention to detail and plenty of modern twists on a classic mountain theme.
An added bonus, all guests over 18 can join our free Neilson Mountain Experts ski guiding and coaching service throughout the week. Fully qualified instructors will guide you around the slopes whilst giving tips on your technique at the same time (if you want it).
The rooms are incredibly spacious and comfortably sleep up to four people, but it's the bar and lounge area that are the heart of the hotel giving you the ideal place to relax after a day on the slopes. Parents and younger guests alike will love the kid's play area and the slopeside terrace is a hot spot for lunch and après ski.
Nearest lift: 20m to Josep Serra chairlift
Tuition meeting point: 20m (top of lift)
Resort centre: 900m
Arinsal is the perfect place for beginners and families as there are plenty of nursery slopes, a superb British-run ski and board school and plenty of après-ski activities. Even though there's only 63km of pistes, improvers, intermediates and even the advanced will be tested at points. Hop on a bus and head to nearby Arcalis for some fantastic off-piste and even a couloir or two.
Off the mountain, Arinsal is small and friendly with a good choice of restaurants, a few shops and several lively bars to choose from. There are also a smattering of late-night bars and discos for the night owls.
Off-slope activities are easy to get to. Amazing shopping (and virtually tax-free) in the nation's capital, Andorra La Vella is only a 20 minute bus ride away. Alternatively, you could relax in the thermal waters of Caldea, a lush indoor thermal water lagoon with a spa area that's easy to love.
Ski biking is definitely a unique activity to give a go - the equipment is, you guessed it, a mix of a bike and a pair of skis.
Resort altitude: 1450m
Skiing altitude: 1550m to 2560m
Ski area size: Vallnord area 63km
Number of runs: 44
Range of pistes: Very easy 16%, easy 36%, medium 39% & difficult 9%
Lifts: 40 comprising of: 8 magic carpets, 13 drags, 16 chairlifts, 2 gondolas and 1 cable car
Night skiing: No
Cross country trails: 30km
Snowmaking: 45% runs covered
Resort bus: Yes
Take a trip to the incredible Anyos Park Spa in the neighbouring resort of La Massana. Neilson guests receive two complimentary two hour visits to the spa which includes return transport.
You're free to make the most of the impressive pool, sauna, steam room and hot tub to revitalise your legs for another day on the mountain. There's also a children's pool so little ones won't miss out either.
The Ushuaia offers half-board meals. Sit down for a filling buffet breakfast which includes a few hot options, plenty of bread, pastries, cereals, fruit as well as local meats and cheeses.
Evening meals are also buffet style with plenty of options meaning you can replenish all of the energy you spent on the slopes of Arinsal throughout the day. There's also a separate children's buffet area for little ones.
The 50 rooms sleep up to four people in comfort and style. There's plenty of room for all of your luggage and room facilities include flatscreen TV with international channels, free Wi-Fi, a minibar and bathroom with shower and wc.
In 2018/19, we're pleased to be introducing free ski guiding and coaching throughout the week from fully qualified ski and board instructors. We call them our Mountain Experts.
Designed for confident blue and red-run skiers and snowboarders, they'll show you around the mountain on free guiding sessions, and even offer free coaching sessions to help you become a more confident skier or snowboarder.
There will be at least 12 hours of sessions a week and we guarantee each guest at least two sessions a week. Your Neilson resort hosts will explain how it works when you get there.
Free guiding and coaching from fully qualified instructors on our Neilson Mountain Experts service
Free lift pass for the group organiser when 12+ people pre-book a lift pass
Official rating: ****
Spacious hotel bar and lounge area
Kid's play area with soft play, TV and games
Departure airports: Birmingham, Bristol, Gatwick, Manchester or Stansted
Departure day: Sunday
Arrival airport: Lleida (in Spain)
Flight duration: 2 hours 5 minutes to 2 hours 35 minutes
Transfer time: approx. 2 hours 45 minutes