A high-altitude, sunny resort perched on the French border, Andorra's Pas de la Casa has great snow, great bargains and a legendary nightlife. Pas de la Casa makes up part of the GrandValira ski region, along with picturesque Soldeu and the quieter resort of El Tarter, all sharing a single lift pass and over 200 km of piste.
With fantastic learner facilities and long, rolling blue and red slopes, this is mainly a beginner-intermediate ski region.
First time skiers will love the large nursery area right by the resort, wide sunny slopes, easy-to-ride lifts and gentle blues to move on to. Intermediates can cruise all day on a variety of well-groomed fast blues and reds above the tree line.
Experts have more limited terrain, but there are some steep Slalom trails running down Pas de la Casa, and there 23 black slopes across the GrandValira area. Sitting at 2100 m, it is Andorra's highest resort; the snow is usually the best in Andorra and can make for some good off-piste trips. The resort has become a popular place for pro snowboarders to head for the season, with good off piste, terrain park and pipes, and they offer specialist freestyle camps including video analysis and top coaching.
Consistent updates mean a fantastic modern lift system that for the most part will have you up the mountain in no time. The purpose built village is not the most attractive in the region, but still has a unique charm - its closeness to France means there's a strong French influence especially in the food. You'll find crepes offered alongside local Catalan dishes. Younger holidayers are drawn here by the excellent shopping (the largest shopping centre in the Pyrenees), cheap prices, duty-free bargains and a raucous nightlife that sees vibrant bars, pubs and clubs packed late into the night.