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Pas de la Casa – Andorra

Resort Information for Pas de la Casa, Andorra

Overview:-

Pas de la Casa, linked to Grau Roig, is the highest and sunniest ski resort in the Pyrenees with the best snow record. Located by the French border, set in the spectacular Andorran Pyréneés, it is a lively resort with the ubiquitous duty free shopping. Because of it’s north facing position snow quality and quantity is virtually guaranteed from early December to mid-May, with computer controlled state-of-the-art snow-making providing back-up when required.

Pas de la Casa / Grau Roig is part of the Grandvalira Ski Area with access to 286 individual pistes. In addition to the skiing in Pas de la Casa / Grau Roig, the appropriate ski Lift Pass will allow you to ski or snowboard in the other Grandvalira ski resorts of Canillo, Encamp and Soldeu el Tarter.

The ski resort itself is above 1500m, so skiing or boarding back to the resort is usually possible. With some pistes above 2500 metres, skiing and snowboarding is generally assured throughout the season.

 

Public Transport:-

There is a limited bus service operating around the town, although there is no real need for it as all the accommodation is fairly convenient for the slopes.

 

Location:-

In the extreme E of the principality, just across the border from France. 18 mls NE of Andorra la Vella. Perched high on a mountain pass, hugging the foot of slopes on 3 sides.
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Dialling Code: 376

Postcode: 200

Serving Airport(s)

112 mls S of Toulouse airport (France)

167 mls N of Barcelona airport (Spain)

 

Market Suitability

Beginners  4/5    Intermediates  4/5    Experts  2/5   Snowboarders 3/5

Due to their position Pas de la Casa and Grau Roig are virtually guaranteed snow from the beginning of the last week in November until the first week in May. To complement the natural snowfall there is an advanced automatic computer controlled snow making system with 427 cannons covering some 23km of piste.

Improvements to the resort have included the development of a new beginner area, the Piso, at the Funicamp mid-station so beginners can start off very gently with only a short ride up on the Funicamp from Encamp. Pessons which is Grau Roig’s beginner area is right beside the car park with 4 beginner lifts and the ‘Pas’ beginners can start off at Abelletes with 3 beginner tows for practise. A total of 8 green runs making up 25% of the overall skiing area ensures ample area for practise before progressing on to the wide range of blue runs. 55% of the slopes are aimed at intermediates, this is made up of 11 easy and 23 medium graded runs.

Intermediates will find this is an area they can easily get around and even beginners, with some tuition, shouldn’t have too much difficulty. For experts looking for something more difficult there are 13 black runs. The Fis Taupes above the village can be a challenge, depending on the snow conditions and for a black run through the trees theres Granota on the Grau side.

A natural choice for snowboarders, Pas de la Casa/Grau Roig’s snowpark and half pipe Coma III in the Grau Roig area is the main meeting place for boarders and this is also where the new high speed 6-seater has been installed.

Snow Information:-

Total Kms of Piste                        100Km

Piste Type                              No. of Runs

Easy                                            50

Medium                                    37

Difficult                                     23

100km Downhill Pistes

15km Cross Country Trails

31 Ski Lifts

590m Max Vertical

2640m Highest Lift

2050m Lowest Piste

2050m Resort Altitude

Apres Ski

With 30 bars in Pas de la Casa holiday makers are spoilt for choice. Something for everyone depending on whether you want to relax over a quiet meal by a log fire or join the non-stop party scene.

You will find a wide choice of good-quality cuisine with a strong French influence. Lots of fast-food places, including the odd pizzeria.

There is also a broad spectrum of quality tax-free goods; undoubtedly the best choice outside the capital.

Tourist Board: www.pasdelacasa-andorra.com