One of Europe’s, highest ski areas, Pas de La Casa’s lift system has now extended to cover half the width of Andorra, stretching from the French border to the town of Encamp, only 5km/3 miles from the capital, La Vella. The resort is also now linked to the skiing of Soldeu and it seems only a matter of time that all five of Andorra’s ski areas, already participating in a joint lift ticket, will be physically linked by ski lifts too. The link back to Pas de la Casa from Soldeu was upgraded for the 1999 – 2000 season with two new six-seater chairs aiding the return effort. The mood is more French than elsewhere in Andorra and even if the resort is slightly bland and uninteresting accomodation is usually plentiful and fairly cheap. Apartments are mostly convenient for the slopes and are generally pretty well served with shops and bars nearby. An increasingly popular package destination. So far Pas de La Casa has not yet become as Brit dominated as Soldeu or Arinsal, but it does get very busy and is more international during the high seasons. The resort’s snow record is good both in real terms and compared with Andorra’s healthy reputation gained over recent seasons.
|Opens||Mid Dec – Mid April|
Pas de la Casa has not been short on investment in thier lift system in recent years. Skiing covers three valleys over to and beyond Grau Roig. There are over 50 lifts now to cover over 150km of piste between Pas de Las Casa and Soldeu and El Tarter. The new gondola from the valley town of Encamp to the top of Grau Roig has made a big difference and allows visitors to stay further afield but to miss out on the daily drive up the twisting roads and access the skiing and riding directly. The main skiing and riding is on either side of the north-south orientated Pic des les Abelles and the Coma Blanca. The majority of lifts are well linked on the fronts of either of these mountain faces, and there are usually alrenatives making this a fair choice for mixed ability groups. Main access from Pas de La Casa is via a quad chair There are a few smaller drags up on to the Mont Malus. A popular ski area for beginners the resort has nursery slopes village-side at the Pas de la Casa and Grau Roig bases. Intermediates have the most terrain to enjoy, with long cruising pistes, especially in the uncrowded area beyond Les Cabanettes. Experts are slightly limited in terms of prepared piste skiing but will find black mogul fields and off-piste opportunities with heli-skiing also available and an option to purchase a pass covering all of Andorra’s resorts. The ‘Font Negre’ piste is illuminated with 20,000 watts of light from 6 pm to 10 pm nightly (opening dependent on conditions within the station). Beginners are well served with a good choice of wide, accessible green runs. The ski school employs plenty of English speaking instructors and has a good reputation.
|Accommodation & Apres Ski|
No shortage of entertainment, restuarants and pubs. Drink remains cheap compared with the rest of Europe and consequently the nightlife is prolonged and lively. There is a good choice of French, English, Spanish and Catalan food served in the cafes and restaurants. Five half decent nightclubs with dancing in many of the bigger bars also. The Discoteca Billboard, Millwakee and KYU are among recent recommendations for late night action. Families may prefer to choose to stay in the quieter, outlying areas and avoid some of the noisy, late night revelry.