Pas de la Casa Ski Resort Information
Pas de la Casa
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 gym. However, other resorts on the Grandvalira pass, linked by a bus service, do widen the choice.
Try 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. A large and luxurious spa centre, the Sport Wellness Mountain Spa (tel: 870 510; www.sportwellness.ad) can be found in Soldeu.
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.
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.
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.