PAS DE LA CASA, ANDORRA
Pas de la Casa ski holidays…
Pas de la Casa sits at an altitude of 2,050m and boasts the highest lift in Grandvalira at 2640m, it's the highest resort in the Pyrenees.
Pas de la Casa is a lively mix of off-hill action and amenities, folded into a vibrant hub conveniently located directly at the base of the slopes of Grandvalira ski domain. Teaming with shops, restaurants, accommodations and day-to-day essentials, the Village anchors a year-round mountain culture and has everything to meet the needs of those who gather here. Just over the mountain is Grau Roig, home to the adventure centre where you can go paintballing, hire snowmobiles, try archery, build an igloo and much more!
Pas de la Casa, Andorra
SKIING PAS DE LA CASA
What to expect…
Located at an altitude of 2050m, the highest of the Andorran resorts, Pas de la Casa is never short on snow especially with there being significant investment in a snow making system. The largest of the Grandvalira resorts, Pas as it's known lovingly to locals, is a prime spot for skiers and snowboarders of all levels, with alpine, cross country and freestyle skiing all catered for, there is something for all levels and abilities.
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"In Pas de la Casa it's impossible to be bored! With 210km of linked runs on your doorstep to enjoy in the daytime, when the slopes have closed you have ample shops, restaurants and bars to keep you entertained all through the après ski".
LOCAL SKI AREA - PAS DE LA CASA
Being the highest resort in the Pyrenees, at 2100m, Pas de la Casa in Andorra boasts an impressive natural snow record!
With an excellent snow record along with plenty of blue sky days, it is no wonder the slopes of Pas de la Casa are a popular choice for mixed groups. The high altitude resort has plenty of challenging red runs or easy cruising blues, and beginners have a special area with more gentle slopes, complimented by a ski school, with an excellent reputation and a good number of English speaking instructors. The resort has 64 lifts, many of which are quick and modern, meaning access to the ski area is efficient and less prone to queues.
The Pas bowl itself is ideal for beginners to get to grips with the mountains with long, wide, sweeping runs. There is a huge variety of runs within the immediate ski area with reds, black and blues all side by side. A popular red is Pala Nova as it is wide, quite steep in places, and flattens out as you pass by the Igloo Hotel, which gives you a chance to pick up some speed to finish the run.
For those looking to try their first black run then Mirador is a great choice, as it's not quite as challenging as most but will give you the confidence and accolade to try more adventurous runs. Snowboarding is particularly popular in Pas de la Casa, especially amongst the younger crowd, who head for the Xavi snow park to try out the halfpipe. Pas de la Casa also offers night skiing, two nights a week and access to a floodlit snow park via bus.
WIDER SKI AREA - GRANDVALIRA
Grandvalira is the largest ski resort in the Pyrenees, reaching an altitude of 2640m.
It is very easy to stay within the slopes of Pas de la Casa, as there are lots of runs to play on but those skiers seeking to get more miles under their ski belt, the 210km of Grandvalira is the perfect area to explore. Heading over towards neighbouring Grau Roig, you can take a button lift up to the Montmallus red run, which isn't that steep, and is lined with trees so it makes you feel like you are riding through the forest. Slightly further into Grau Roig there is the Cami de Pessons, which twists and turns round the mountain and leads you to Refuge L'lac de Pessons, a lovely restaurant with a terrace that overlooks the frozen lake. There are lots of freestyle areas around here that are fairly quiet and sheltered, so great for those seeking powder.
If it is scenic skiing you are after then heading to the top of Solanelles is strongly recommended, as on a clear day you can see all of the surrounding mountains. From here you can drop in Soldeu via Gall de Bosc, which is one of the longest and prettiest blue runs in Grandvalira, or go further and into El Tarter and enjoy a blitz on some nice cruisey blues such as Rossinyol, which boarders into Canillo and is full of bends to practice your turns and mini rolling hills to have fun on.
Heading back to Pas de la Casa via the Port blue run is recommended as it gives you views of Soldeu and Pas de la Casa as you weave down the mountain. An intermediate skier would need a good couple of hours to get from Pas de la Casa to El Tarter and then the same back if you wanted to do the loop in a day. For those less experienced the Grandvalira is linked enough for you to enjoy different resorts each day.
SKI EXTRAS IN PAS DE LA CASA
For access to the slopes of Pas de la Casa, Grandvalira lift passes covering the full 210km ski area, including Pas de la Casa, Encamp, Grau Roig, El Tarter, Soldeu & Canillo can be purchased. Collect your Grandvalira lift passes the bottom of the slopes of Pas de la Casa. Non consecutive lift passes are also available.
Lessons in Pas de la Casa are organised by the ski school servicing the whole of the Grandvalira area. 3 hours of instruction, all English speakers are provided for each day of lessons you book, leaving you plenty of time to practice your freshly learnt skills either before or after your lessons.
You have a choice of the two Rentaski shops who provide all our ski rentals. Your equipment can be picked up from 15:30 the day before your rental starts.
Book your lift pass, lessons and equipment together under one of our packages to get big savings on buying them separately. We have various combinations and are happy to guide you when booking.
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Approximate transfer times:
- Barcelona: 4 Hrs
- Toulouse: 2¾ Hrs
- Lleida: 3¼ Hrs
PAS DE LA CASA VILLAGE
Pas de la Casa is a man-made town built around the foot of the slopes just up from the French border.
Pas de la Casa is a bustling resort and is arguably known to have one of the liveliest après scenes in Andorra with many younger people flocking here for fun on and off the slopes. Situated just over the border from France the village is situated at the base of the slopes and has an abundance of shops, bars and restaurants with a hybrid of Spanish and French culture surrounding them.
Access to the slopes are from village level with a gondola especially for beginners and chairlifts to access the upper runs that bring you back into resort at the end of the day. Pas de la Casa has all the amenities you would probably want and then some. There are supermarkets, tax free alcohol and tobacco shops alongside a good range of boutiques and department stores stocking designer fashions, eyewear, perfumes and jewellery, alongside music shops, electronic goods retailers and sports equipment outlets.
RESTAURANTS & BARS
Dining out in Pas will cater to all tastes, from fast food joints and cafés, to pizzerias, traditional trattorias and tapas bars and a few more upmarket restaurants.
With Pas de la Casa being located on the French / Spanish border there is a great choice of restaurants that have influences from both cultures and with the majority of visitors being British there is an array of options to cater for everyone's tastes. Kamikaze Surf Bar (KSB) is a popular choice that specialises in meats grilled on an open fire with fantastic views of the slopes. Steaks come in size order with an XXL weighing in at 1.3kg! La Perla Negra has 23 different pizza options and has an ‘eat as much as you like ribs' offer on every day. For something a bit more special El Provencal offers traditional raclette and fondue for those seeking something more authentic.
As Pas is an après hotspot there is an abundance of bars, pubs and clubs that attract large crowds from early evening through to the early hours of the morning. Irish themed bars are popular in Pas with Paddy's Bar and the Dubliner both lively and guaranteeing fun and frolics as well as live music and all the sports. Many bars are open until the early hours like Underground Bar and Club where DJ's from Ibiza swap sun for snow and bring the party to the piste. The bar at the Iglú Hotel has to be one of the ‘coolest' (quite literally) bars in the country. Constructed every winter, it is made entirely from ice and snow and can be found in the resort of Grau Roig. Almost like being in Narnia, you can choose to stay the night in a shared dorm or sample luxury with your own private room.
For the early birds, you can enjoy hearty breakfasts whilst watching the mountain views against the sunrise.
Llac de Pessons near Grau Roig, is perhaps the best mountain restaurant in Grandvalira where you can enjoy grilled meats while sat overlooking the frozen lake.
For more mountain views while you eat then head to Coll Blanc at the top of the TSD6 lift. The restaurant looks like a UFO has landed on the mountain, so it is pretty unmissable. The food is great, and the panoramic views will keep you there until the DJ comes on at 4pm each day where you can dance away on the terrace before skiing back down.
Pas de la Casa is often referred to as the Ibiza of the mountains, with a number of clubs to ensure there's a buzzing nightlife.
With a strong youth vibe Pas de la Casa has après finely tuned to a tee. With bars opening when the last lifts stop and closing when they open again, it is easy to lose all track of time and days here.
Live music, karaoke, DJs, or big-screen sports feature in most bars with Pas 83 a good starting point as situated on the slopes and has welcoming staff and a cosy open fire. Deja Beer is unique in Andorra in that it's a cellar-style bar with a different beer tap on each table, so you can pull your own pints. Your total litres are shown on screens around the bar with a league table for the night and the week while Paddy's Irish Pub provides serious competition with a two hour long happy hour and a full English with a pint included to get you going again in the morning.
Speed across the slopes in a slightly more alternative way and experience the mountains from a different angle offered by snow-mobiling.
Pas de la Casa has a variety of activities on offer to keep you just as busy with your skis off. There is the Grandvalira Mountain Park which is an adventure activity centre located at Grau Roig where you can have a go at dog sledding, snowmobiles, paintballing and snow tubing amongst other fun activities.
Pas de la Casa's hidden gem has to be an Igloo Hotel! This can be an extra special night which you can spend sleeping in a hotel made of ice.
Many people come to Pas and don't ski as there is lots going on to keep them busy. The tax free shopping attracts many bargain hunters looking for clothing, electronics and perfume. The resort has a variety of shops or a short bus trip to the capital Andorra La Vella will give you a plethora of shopping options or alternatively have a relaxing day at Caldea, a thermal spa.
At the bottom of the town there is a large leisure centre with a 25 metre swimming pool along with a jacuzzi, sauna and Turkish bath that is open to the public. If you have your own equipment you can make use of the indoor climbing wall or take it easy in the café while the children have fun in the soft play area.
WHO IS PAS DE LA CASA SUITABLE FOR?
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APRES & NIGHTLIFE
Pas de la Casa is often known as the Ibiza of the mountains, due to its lively and exciting nightlife.
Pas has quickly become the go to location for groups of youths, student trips and stag/hen dos. The draw is the cheap drinks and large measures that ensure that the party doesn't take long to get started. On the piste there are some great après bars that kick off at lunchtime and have DJ's blasting music out on the sun terraces. Off the slopes there are themed bars such as ‘pour your own beer' and Irish style restaurants and bars, with live music every day.
Many of the clubs are open all night and you can pretty much go from partying to first lifts, although we wouldn't recommend it. Throughout the season, many famous DJ's from Ibiza will make appearances and festival type events will pop up for a full week as well.
HIGH ALTITUDE & SNOWSURE
Being the highest resort in the Pyrenees, at 2100m, Pas de la Casa in Andorra boasts an impressive natural snow record.
Located at 2050m and the highest of the Andorran resorts, Pas is never short on snow. There has been a significant investment in snow making capabilities over the last few years, so the resort's snow record is excellent and blue sky days are common. Due to the high altitude of the resort, it rarely closes before the end of April. There are 1013 snow cannons across Grandvalira that guarantees snow at more than 65% of the total ski area.
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MAP OF PAS DE LA CASA
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Here's our map of Pas de la Casa showing you the key hotels and apartments as well as some of the main points of interest.