Pas de la Casa, Andorra

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Ski holidays in Pas de la Casa

Pas de La Casa revels in its status as the liveliest village in the largest skiing area in Andorra, and with boundless opportunities both on and off the slopes you may well be in need of another holiday when you get back. Perhaps more famous for its après ski culture and long sunny days, as part of the largest ski domain in the Pyrenees the skiing is not to be sniffed at- and with cut price heli-skiing on the cards it’s a brilliant choice for a second trip for snowsports aficionados.

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Largest ski area in Andorra Great place to learn Varied terrain for all

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Pas de la Casa ski resort

Not only is Pas de la Casa the highest ski resort in the Pyrenees (it sits at a lofty 2100m), but it’s also the sunniest. The après ski scene is arguably one of the best in Europe, and the resort is also home to some of the best shopping in the country… so far, so good!

The first lift was installed by ski legend Francesc Viladomat in 1956, and the resort has been growing ever since. The village of Grau Roig was soon incorporated into the ski area, and when the resorts joined forces (and linked lifts) with Soldeu-el Tarter in 2003, they became known as Grandvalira, and formed the largest ski area in the Pyrenees.

Pas itself is physically very close knit- the main bars, restaurants and hotels are all located around a central strip making everything incredibly accessible. With low drinks prices, an abundance of free shots and late opening times throughout the resort, the après ski alone is enough to justify a visit.

In fact, the town’s architecture is one of the only areas in which Pas de La Casa is lacking, and appears to have been inspired by an art deco housing project. However, after a few free shots (which are often handed out like confetti) the visual appeal of your hotel is likely to become much less of an issue...

With such focus on the off slope attractions, it’s easy to forget about the skiing you’ll have access to. There’s a great selection of runs for all abilities - 210km in total served by 64 modern lifts which can whisk 100,700 snow lovers up the mountain every hour. The area includes Soldeu-El Tarter, Encamp, Grau Roig and Canillo as well as Pas alongside some fantastic freeriding, 3 well maintained snow parks, a permanent boarder cross course and 3 snow circuits for the kids.

stats & faq

Where:Andorra, Pyrenees.
Established:1956
Nearest Airport & Transfer Time:
Lleida-Alguaire Airport - Spain150 km
Toulouse Blagnac Airport - France195 km
Winter Skiing: December - April
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced
  • 63 runs 53%

  • 30 runs 25%

  • 25 runs 21%

Top Altitude:2600m
Bottom Altitude:1710m
Resort Altitude:2100m
Longest run:5 km
Slope Orientation:NE, NW, E
Vertical Drop:890m
Skiable Vertical:890m
Night Skiing:Yes
Glacier:No

Snow Report

  • Top
  • 140cm
  • Base
  • 40cm
  • Forecast
  • 15cm

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View our detailed Pas de la Casa snow forecast or snow report and see all live webcams, piste maps, road and travel maps and lift pass prices. For a picture of historic snow conditions see the snow depths month by month with our Pas de la Casa snow history.

Downhill Runs:210 km
Beginner slopes:53%
Intermediate:25%
Advanced slopes:21%
Ski pass:240 € (adult 6 day)
Nearby resorts: Soldeu & El Tarter

Skiing in Pas de la Casa

The variety of terrain is apparent as soon as you leave the village- from the six seater Font Negre or the smaller Costa Rodonda you’ll be able to access one of the regions snowparks, the boardercross track, beginners zone and a freeriding area.

The beginners area at the base of the valley has a few incredibly gentle lifts and approachable nursery slopes and at the end of the day all levels of skier can ski right down into the village – the red/blue Tubs will take you virtually to the door of your hotel.

There’s more advanced terrain just over the mountain at Grau Roig- most of the runs here are red and black – though the gentle blue Pastora, which takes you down into the centre is the route favoured by the many intermediates on the way over to Soldeu.

Here, the two six-seater Pla de les Pedres lifts are amongst the most popular in resort and open up both sides of the mountain. The surrounding areas are an intermediates paradise, with a massive selection of red and blue runs- if you’re adept at reading piste maps you’ll be able to pick a route that starts at the peak of the Collada D’Enradort and winds its way all the way down to the village of Soldeu.

Advanced skiers and boarders will also feel at home over here, and will find the Snowpark El Tarter (expertly maintained by the staff at Coliflor freestyle), some technical mogul runs, and more designated freeriding areas. Overall there are four snowparks in the vicinity, and with some of the longest riding hours around (the parks are often open until well into the evening), unprecedented amounts of sunshine and fantastic park grooming, Grandvalira is a brilliant location for budding park skiers.

Pas de la Casa après ski

Pas de La Casa really comes into its own when it comes to the après scene, with locals and tourists alike taking liberal advantage of the duty free drink prices and late opening times.

Eating out is much cheaper than you’d expect in a ski resort as well- most of the restaurants serve a selection of family friendly European food, though you’ll be able to find some local Andorran specialties (such as the warming escudella stew) at Costa Rodona. There’s a McDonalds and a Burger King for the unadventurous, whilst El Gargantua is the place to go if you’re feeling like a fondue and at La Copa you’ll be able to enjoy steaks cooked over an open fire.

It’s the pubs and clubs that really set Pas apart from the competition. The Kamikaze Surf Bar is the first port of call for many- located on the slopes a short ski from town, the party gets going when the slopes close, and often doesn’t end till well into the night… you might want to regress to a snowplough to get home!

The pirate themed Perla Negra is a sure crowd pleaser. With decent pub grub served all day, live sports on the big screens (often with English commentary) and a nightly DJ, it never disappoints. At Deja Beer you can pull your own pints- there’s a different beer on tap at each table- and the nightly and weekly league tables on the big screens can often lead to things getting a wee bit out of hand… luckily they also serve some great tapas and delicious pizzas!

Underground is, perhaps unsurprisingly, a London Underground themed bar and is one of the oldest and most popular in resort. The party gets started here as soon as the slopes close and carries on well into the night- it’s often the reason you’ll see people still dressed for the slopes wandering the streets in the early hours!

When is best to ski Pas de la Casa?

Whilst the snow here isn’t as guaranteed as in some of the larger European resorts, it is the best in the Pyrenees, and off the slopes you’re assured of a great time year round. Visiting over peak dates is a lot less stressful, expensive and crowded than you’d expect, and the resorts infrastructure easily keeps up with an increase in the crowds. The main holiday dates are always enjoyable in Andorra- New Year is especially well celebrated- so a visit during these times is highly recommended. The best snow conditions are during February and early March, so a cheap half term trip is certainly on the cards. Late season snow isn’t always the best, but with so many al fresco restaurants and bars you’re almost guaranteed to come home with a suntan.

Peak dates

Christmas in Pas de La Casa will see you celebrating with Spanish, French and Catalan locals, as well as the great expat crowd.

Spend New Years in Pas de La Casa and you’ll be partying all week. There’ll be a truly international vibe from the locals, and tourists are made to real right at home.

February half term in Pas de La Casa will undoubtedly exceed your expectations. With great skiing, unbeatable après and far less crowds than you’d expect, it’ll be a relaxing week for the whole family.

You’ll see so much sun over Easter in Pas de La Casa that your friends will think you’ve been on the beach! Good snowmaking should ensure there’s still enough snow, but if not just head to a terrace for some sunny après. Browse Pas de la Casa Easter ski holidays ‣

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