Pas de la Casa Ski Resort Guide
Pas de la Casa is the most liveliest resort out of all the resorts in Andorra, making it the perfect location for those looking for some serious fun when on and off the slopes.
The Grandvalira area which includes Soldeu rivals some of the major resorts that can be found in the Alpes when it comes to size.
The resort of Pas de la Casa is ideally situated right on the border between Andorra and France. The resort attracts many French and Spanish families as well as British families.
There is a ridge that the slopes of Pas de la Casa extend over that will take you to the small resort of Grau Roig, here you will find links that will take you over further ridges leading you to Soldeu.
If you fancy driving to central Andorra then you can all thanks to a toll tunnel.
The central area located at the bottom of the slopes of Pas de la Casa used to have traffic but is now thankfully traffic free. At some points in Pas de la Casa you may find the traffic fumes a little intrusive as not all areas are traffic free.
If you want to breathe in some fresh fume free air then head to Grau Roig which has its own isolated hotel and is set in a stunning woodland setting, making it the perfect escape for some serious relaxation.
Most of the accommodations in Pas de la Casa are conveniently positioned to be near to the lift bases and of course the slopes, you will also be very close to all the amenities such as the shops, bars and the sports centre.
The majority of the accommodations on offer in Pas de la Casa include hotels, apartments and a few chalets. There are fantastic places to eat out, including restaurants serving Catalan foods, grills, pizza and pasta as well as French cuisine. You have so much choice, but you must try them all!
The apres ski in Pas de la Casa is absolutely fantastic, which of course you would expect from the most happening resort in Andorra, here you can enjoy many partying places some having a very British feel to them. Paddy’s Irish Pub is always a very popular place.
Activities and attractions
There is just so much to do here whether on or off the slopes including:
- Dog sledding
- Leisure centres
You can also take a trip to visit Andorra La Vella where you can enjoy a very stylish shopping experience, a must place to visit for all fashion lovers and shopping addicts.
In total there are 193km of pistes in the Grandvalira ski area, which are the kind of figures you would expect to read about for the top big named Alpine resorts, for instance Les Deux Alpes.
There are a few wooded slopes in Pas de la casa if you love to see snow covered trees and stunning greenery as you ski and these can be found in the central valley, with the slopes above this area being mainly open, which does have some downfalls regarding the weather conditions, which can make this area in particular vulnerable to the elements.
Pas de la casa’s home slopes face north east and they descend from a high north – south ridge, there are lifts located here that will take you up to the ridge at four different points. The runs that are located on the far side of this ridge do converge on Grau Roig and here you’ll find wooded terrain that is located at the head of the valley.
If you want to go further west from this point to the bowl of Llac del cubill then there is one single lift that will take you there and also to the remainder of the Grandvalira ski area. On the far side of the bowl there is an arrival station of the 6km gondola that’s up from Encamp.
If you head in the opposite direction leading out of Pas de la casa there is a six pack that will take you to the French border where you can discover Porte des Neiges. This six pack is just the beginning of a new expansion over the French border, in time there will also be three chairlifts, 50km of slopes, a gondola, the largest beginners area in the Pyrenees and twelve runs, so watch this space!
There are many fast chairs in Pas de la casa, but there are far more slow ones and draglifts than there are fast chairs. Queuing for the chairs isn’t usually a problem throughout the week, but they can get busy on weekends and during the French school holidays. You will find this more so at Grau Roig.
There are many terrain parks located in Pas de la Casa including one slope style area that contains jumps which is located at Grau Roig, there is also the Isards terrain park and one boardercross at Pas.
Snow reliability is generally very good, thanks to the height of the resort combined with lots of snow making, with the season lasting until the end of April.
Experts will find that there are very few challenges on piste however there are many off piste slopes located above Grau Roig which are said to be the best.
Confident intermediates will find that the local slopes are the best for them, where there are many top to bottom red slopes located on the main ridge. Timid intermediates may find these slopes a bit challenging and the ones located at Soldeu may be more suitable for them.
For beginners there are many great slopes located in Pas and Grau Roig.
Snowboarding is extremely popular, especially with the youngsters that that Pas de la Casa attracts.
If you want cross country then there are loopes that add up to 13km in total that are near to Grau Roig.
You will find many mountain restaurants which can be found on the ridge above Pas and also at the top of the gondola from Encamp.
The guides and schools have a very good reputation indeed and speak very good English. For families there are ski kindergartens at Grau Roig and also at Pas and there is also a non ski one at Grau Roig.