Pal - Arinsal
Unlike its lift pass neighbour, Arinsal, Pal is very quiet. There is minimal accommodation and limited après-ski and off-snow activities. However, it is only 5km from Arinsal, so you can get out in the evenings. That said, you'll find the taxi fare back very pricey. The skiing is the main reason to visit, even if snow is not quite as reliable as Arinsal's. There are 35km of pistes, most of which are set among trees. General standards are slightly higher than at Arinsal and more for intermediates. Advanced skiers will only appreciate the best of Pal when there is plenty of 'tree and powder' off-piste.
It's an extremely peaceful resort, with queues only evident at the weekends. The on-mountain eating options are little more than average. The ski school is good, but there are only a few English-speaking instructors, while there is some childcare provision.
Overall, Pal is a decent ski area that keeps its mountain feel. It should therefore be seen as a two-part venue, with Arinsal for three days and then Pal for three more. This half-and-half combo would be ideal for learning skiers.