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Pas de la Casa resort information & après-ski

Après-ski

Pas de la Casa has a reputation as the top party resort in Andorra, and attracts a largely young crowd who maintain this standard to the full. The action continues around the clock, but the key period is typically from 2300 (when the numerous après-ski bars get going) through to the official closing time of 0300 (0400 for clubs).

Billboard (Carrer Bearn 14) is especially popular with the British and Dutch and plays all types of music through to the early hours. Crack (Carrer de la Solana 20) is also open late at weekends with music ranging from dance to grunge. The Kamikaze Surf Bar (or KBS) (Carrer dels Vaquers 13) has live music and theme nights with a ‘surf' atmosphere until 0300.

Eating out

There are about 50 places to eat in Pas de la Casa ski resort, so there's plenty of choice. The majority of establishments are small, family-run businesses serving affordable pizza or paella and international dishes.

However, those looking for fine-dining restaurants in Pas de la Casa need not be disappointed, as The Marmita in Hotel Grau Roig (tel: 755 556; www.hotelgrauroig.com) is highly regarded for its use of fresh, local produce in its culinary creations.

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Beyond the slopes

Pas de La Casa ski resort has fairly limited facilities beyond snow sports, but there is a leisure centre with an indoor pool and a gym. However, other resorts on the Grandvalira pass, that linked by a bus service, do widen the choice.

Test your skills behind the wheel when ice karting or ice driving on the Grandvalira Circuit, located at Port d'Envalira, five minutes from Pas de la Casa. The circuit is the highest in Europe (2,370m/7,775ft) and is the site for one of the stages of the prestigious Andros Trophy and the Andorran ‘Speed on Ice’ championships.

Canillo, a 20-minute bus ride down towards La Vella, has another sports centre with a small indoor pool, ice rink and squash courts. Other activities here include snowmobiling, snowshoeing and dog sledding. Nearby Encamp also offers a range of on-snow activities; while a large and luxurious spa centre, the Sport Wellness Mountain Spa (tel: 870 510; www.sportwellness.ad), can be found in Soldeu.

Family fun

Pas de la Casa is a friendly resort for families, with very good childcare and ski-school facilities – just be wary that the accommodation does not incorporate a lively late-night bar, as getting children to sleep may be an issue.

The local nursery (tel: 872 920) in Grau Roig accepts children from a year old, while there are additional nurseries in Canillo, El Tartar and Soldeu. The Grandvalira Ski and Snowboard School (tel: 871 920), which has a special snow garden nursery incorporating indoor areas, takes kids from age three.

Retail therapy

Pas de la Casa's growth and success has, in part, been built on retail as well as winter sports. Its location on the French border meant it was the first place for visitors arriving from France to be able to purchase duty-free goods, so it rapidly grew in popularity.

The most widely available duty-free items are tobacco, spirits, electronic goods, music, jewellery, perfumes and cosmetics, designer clothing and photography equipment. These products can be found in a number of shops in Pas de la Casa.

For a wider choice, it’s a 30-minute drive to the province’s capital, La Vella, where there’s a vast range of retail options.

Splashing out

Ease the post-ski aches and pains at the Caldea spa (tel: 800 999; www.caldea.com). For the ultimate in relaxation, choose one of the spa’s two-day packages encompassing various massages and treatments; among the options is the Massages of the World package that includes a Thai massage, Hindu foot massage and a facial ayurvedic massage.

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Hotels

Although not the prettiest resort - accommodation in Pas de la Casa is mainly found in concrete box-style hotels and apartment buildings near the lift base and slopes - there is plenty of choice when it comes to apartments and hotels in Pas de la Casa; and there are also a few chalets.


Font d'Argent

739 739.

This slopeside 4-star hotel is the perfect place to unwind with its saunas, hot tubs, steam rooms and massage service.

Carrer de Bearn 20-24, Pas de la Casa, Andorra

Hotel Meta

755 635.

Hotel Meta is a slopeside 3-star hotel that's near all of Pas de la Casa's main facilities. On-site parking is available for use by guests, and the hotel features a friendly bar.

Plaça dels Coprínceps 19, Pas de la Casa, Andorra

Hotel Llac Negre

755 025.

Hotel Llac Negre provides cheap, cheerful and clean 2-star accommodation with basic facilities and good food.

Carrer de Sant Jordi 43, Pas de la Casa, Andorra

Getting there and around

Getting there

Nearest airport: Toulouse-Blagnac Airport (TLS); Barcelona Airport (BCN).

Distance to resort: 160km (100 miles); 186km (116 miles).

Driving time: 2 hours; 3 hours.

Getting around

Most accommodation, ski lifts and facilities in Pas de la Casa are within easy walking distance of each other. A ski bus circulates around the village and between ski area bases throughout Grandvalira. Driving can be difficult due to road overcrowding and limited parking.

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