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Overview

Set in the mountains close to the French border, Pas de la Casa is the highest ski resort in the Pyrenees, which gives it an excellent snow record. It is Andorra’s largest ski resort, purpose built and is definitely it’s liveliest. Pas de la Casa is in essence a party town, but despite this it has excellent facilities for and is popular with families, largely due to its duty free status, which really helps to keep the costs down, in spite of the majority of accommodation being in apartment blocks.

Profile

Pas de la Casa is a purpose built resort and rather ugly being likened as it is to an inner city centre. This is a shame because the scenery is absolutely stunning and the skiing and snow boarding is great. The snow boarders are starting to take over here, the resort is certainly more geared towards the 18-30 brigade than families, however with the duty free status of Andorra and its value for money, it is still a popular location for all.

Mountain Information

Pas de la Casa has 100km of managed piste, enough to keep you exploring all through your holiday and is a well balanced mix of gradients to cater for all skiers. The nursery slopes are very easy to get to, located as they are right in the heart of the village with the ski schools nearby. The intermediates will find a wide variety of red and blue runs on either side of the Coma Blanca and experts will find the off piste opportunities and mogul fields as well as the slalom course a great challenge. The network of 30 lifts keeps the queues down on all but the busy holiday time when the locals flock down to the slopes whilst the installation of the snow cannons ensures skiing is available.

Apres Ski

The town of Pas de la Casa is a lively place to be; there are plenty of supermarkets, bars and restaurants to choose from. The fare is mainly Spanish influenced, paella being the order of the day. The resort boasts a cinema, indoor and outdoor pool, a gym and a ten pin bowling alley and if you haven’t had enough skiing during daylight hours, floodlit skiing is available on the Font Negre piste from 6-10pm.

The Caldea complex at nearby Escaldes-Engordany is fantastic with Indo-Roman baths, jet streams, thermal baths and even a snow patio to relax on. Where Pas de la Casa excels though is after dark, the resort is geared up as a place to have a very good time combined with somewhere to do a bit of skiing, ideal for the 21st century party goer.

Resort Information • Pas de la Casa

Resort Height Resort Height 2050m
Top Station Top Station 2600m
Bottom Station Bottom Station 2030m
Vertical Descent Vertical Descent 570m
Drag Lifts Drag Lifts 20
Chair Lifts Chair Lifts 12
High Capacity High Capacity 1
Opening Dates Opening Dates Dec - April
Rating Expert Rating Expert 5
Rating Intermediate Rating Intermediate 8
Rating Beginner Rating Beginner 7
Apres Ski Rating Apres Ski Rating 7
Snow Reliability Snow Reliability 7