The village of Arinsal is part of Andorra’s popular ski and mountainbike resort Vallnord. The resort also offers a great variety of climbs for road cyclists. The climb up to the Estacio d’Arinsal, a ski station, is one of them. Although not the most famous one it comes up with amazing views.
Starting from La Massana the road steadily drags up with gradients varying from 6 to 10 percent for around 2 kilometers. Arriving in Erts one has the option to turn left at a roundabout and head up towards Pal and the Port de Cabús. The road to Arinsal continues straight along the Riu d’Arinsal. Arinsal is only 2.5 kilometers up the road. However, it is here that the climb starts to get harder. The gradient can go over 10 percent at some points and is a harbinger of the final part of the climb.
Leaving Arinsal the road describes a sharp left hand turn, before passing the lower cable car station. The final 4.5 kilometers average at 8.1 percent and have an elevation gain of 370 meters. The riding is seriously stunning with the Andorran alpine world right on hand. The Pic dels Aspres and the Cap de les Canales de Ribanelles are overlooking the valley and the switchbacks that lead up to the summit.