Skiing in Pas de la Casa

Country: Andorra

In a nutshell: A high altitude purpose built ski resort with a wild apres ski scene and a big ski area.

We like:

  • Part of the large Grandvalira ski area which has great varied skiing and an excellent modern lift system
  • Fantastic beginner and intermediate slopes
  • Very lively apres-ski, fuelled by cheap, tax-free drinks
  • The shortest airport transfer of any Andorran ski resort (Toulouse, 2h 10 mins)
  • Most hotels and apartments have a central location and a very short walk to the nearest lift

We don’t like:

  • The purpose built resort is quite ugly compared to other Andorran villages and ski resorts
  • The intense apres ski scene can become exhausting
  • Whilst the high altitude guarantees a long season and plenty of snow, it does mean there are no tree lined runs to enjoy when the weather sets in
  • Limited skiing for advanced skiers

SKI INFORMATION

  • Resort altitude: 2,100m
  • Highest lift: 2,528m
  • Lowest piste: 1,700m
  • Transfer time from most convenient airport: Toulouse 2h 20m
  • Number of lifts: 62
  • Number of runs:
    • Green: 19
    • Blue: 49
    • Red: 41
    • Black: 18
  • Ski area size: Large – 210km of piste

RESORT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Apres ski
  • High altitude
  • Big ski area
  • Great for beginners
  • Great for intermediates

RESORT DESCRIPTION

Pas de la Casa, (often referred to as ‘Pas’) is Andorra’s oldest and busiest ski resort and now part of the enormous Grandvalira ski area. One lift pass connects several Andorran ski resorts and offers over 200km of excellent beginner and intermediate friendly pistes and three freestyle parks. What sets Pas apart from its neighbouring resorts is the wild après ski scene. Those looking for a quiet ski holiday should stay away.

Pas is a purpose built ski resort designed in the 50’s and many of the buildings are a far cry from the chocolate box ski villages people imagine when thinking a ski holiday. However, many of the hotels offer a near ski-in / ski-out location and almost all are within a very short walk from an English speaking bar that gets going in the afternoon with a popular Happy Hour promotion and closes in the early hours. As the resort is virtually on the French border it is also packed with tax-free shops selling booze, tobacco and electronic goods.

The skiing in Pas is well suited to beginners and intermediates. The red runs which lead into the resort could easily be blue and there is an excellent ski school and fenced off nursery area for absolute beginners. 

The wider Grandvalira ski area is a paradise for beginner to intermediate skiers and snowboarders. A modern lift system and lovely cruisy blue and red runs means it is easy to explore neighbouring Grau Roig, Soldeu and El Tarter in one day. There are 45 mountain restaurants and ski huts to enjoy a delicious lunch at before heading back to Pas for some noisy après ski.