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SKI HOLIDAYS PAS DE LA CASA


 

SKI HOLIDAYS IN PAS DE LA CASA

Pas de la Casa is a lively ski resort that is located in the Grandvalira ski area of Andorra. It offers a wide range of snow and ski activities as well as fantastic nightlife and other entertainment. Unsurprisingly, this resort is a top choice for young skiers, looking for an low cost, exciting holiday with great skiing.

There is plenty of affordable accommodation, with all tastes and budgets catered for. The standards in this resort are high, several hotels have won international travel awards. Its location right on the French and Spanish borders means that you get to enjoy the culture and food of both countries. There are good facilities for non-skiers to enjoy too, so it is also the perfect destination for a mixed group.

 

SKIING IN PAS DE LA CASA

The Grandvalira ski area is impressive with 210kms of well groomed runs, which are kept open with the help of 1000+ snow cannons. At 2,080 meters, it is the highest ski resort in Andorra, this means that the snow conditions are generally good throughout the season. Snow cannons cover 65% of the runs, so, provided the weather conditions are not dangerous, you can ski every day.

There are plenty of great runs for skiers and snowboarders to enjoy. The full area ski passes give you access to the six valleys of the Grandvalira area. There are 43 blue, 30 red, 24 black and 15 green runs, as well as 3 snow parks, a boardercross track and a half pipe. These runs are spread across the resorts of Pas de la Casa, Encamp, Canillo, El Tarter, Soldeu and Grau Roig. Most of the runs in the resort itself are red or blue runs, which makes this a great destination for intermediate skiers or snowboarders. Those looking for black runs just need to take the lift link to Grau Roig. From there the other resorts covered by the lift pass can be reached, giving you access to even more challenging skiing, including plenty of off-piste runs.

The resort also caters very well for beginners. There are several large nursery slopes located right in the centre of the resort, and a choice of ski schools including one that has been voted the best in Europe. Andorra’s patient, friendly, English speaking ski instructors have a reputation for being great with kids. Understandably, most families stay on the edge of the town, so that the nightlife does not disturb the children.

Nordic skiers find Pas de la Casa as a convenient base to access the 12kms of permanent cross-country skiing tracks across the Grandvalira skiing area. The larger cross-country ski resort of Sant Julia de Loria, where there is 35kms of runs is just 15kms away. There are also four snowshoe trails, which are great fun for adult and children alike. You can also try night skiing at Pas de la Casa, twice a week they turn on the floodlights and light up one of the gentler slopes near the edge of town.

 

 

 

ACCOMMODATION IN PAS DE LA CASA

There is a great selection of both self-catering apartments and hotel accommodation in Pas de la Casa. The resort offers mainly two to four star hotels, but the fact that there is so much competition means that standards are kept high. Whether you are looking for a large multi-room hotel or a smaller family one you can find it in this resort.

A lot of the accommodation is just a few minutes’ walk from the slopes, therefore, many rooms have spectacular views of the mountains.

Some of the four star hotels, like the Hotel Sporting, have luxury facilities like saunas. Others offer excursions to enable their guests to enjoy more of what the resort has to offer.

There is a wide range of cheaper apartment accommodation available. For a couple, studio style apartments are a great choice, whereas, for families and larger groups separate bedrooms are a better option. There are plenty of both types of apartment available in Pas de la Casa. 

 
APRES SKI IN PAS DE LA CASA

This resort is extremely popular with young people. The nightlife on offer is exceptional, with large numbers of young Brits, French, Irish and Spanish revellers ramping up the energy levels, you get a fantastic party atmosphere. By about 10pm the place is really jumping as the clubs and bars get busier. The fact this is a duty free resort means that a night out is really cheap. Most of the nightclubs stay open until the early hours so getting up for the first lift can sometimes be a struggle. Favourite venues include the Underground bar, and a pirate themed sports bar called La Perla Negra. The Deja Beer is another popular venue, it has 30 tables each with a beer tap built in, so there is no waiting at the bar, pull your own pints.

The resort has its own sport and leisure centre, which includes an indoor pool, a children’s pool, a steam room, jacuzzis and saunas, which all help you to ease your aching muscles after a day on the slopes. For the more active, there is also a climbing wall, a fitness room and squash courts. You can also take the bus to Soldeu and enjoy the beautiful spa facilities there while enjoying fantastic mountain views. In Grau Roig, which is a 10 minute bus or taxi ride away there is dog sled rides, snowmobiling, igloo building and a long list of other activities to enjoy. Taxis are not expensive, and there is a good bus network, so it is easy to explore the area.

The shopping is also great in Pas de la Casa, so if you want new skis, designer clothes, jewellery, electronics, alcohol or cigarettes it is worth setting some time aside to shop. In this resort, you are bound to find what you want at a good price. As Andorra is a duty free destination, it is a great place to find a bargain, as well as enjoy fantastic atmosphere and skiing.