Number of runs: 118
Resort Height: 2050.0M
Top Lift Height: 2640.0M
Total Length of runs: 210KM
Easy runs: 42
Medium runs: 30
Difficult runs: 25
Annual Snowfall: 250CM
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Pas de La Casa Ski Holidays - Best variety in ski areas
All of Andorra's ski areas are now included on a 'Ski Andorra' Pass' and with all the resorts so easily accessible its possible to stay in or near Andorra la Vella, the capital, and enjoy a different resort every day. Indeed, with the new Funicamp cable car at Encamp in central Andorra, Pas de la Casa's lift system now covers half of the country. 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 111 hectares of the mountain (23km of piste).
Last minute ski holidays in Andorra are benefitted by English speaking ski schools have an excellent reputation, regularly winning awards for being the best in Europe. There are 3 ski schools, one in Pas de la Casa, one in Cortals (an area of Funicamp) and one in Grau Roig with a total of 180 instructors, most of whom speak English. Tuition is available in skiing, snowboarding, telemarking, cross-country, snowblades and snowshoeing. Night skiing is now no longer available.
Last Minute Ski Holidays in Pas De la Casa - Great for beginners
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 blue runs and 23 reds.
Intermediates on a last minute ski holiday will find this is an area they can easily get around and even beginners, with some tuition, shouldn't have too much difficulty.
Cheap Ski Holidays to Pas De La Casa - More challenging slopes
For experts on a cheap ski holiday 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.
There are 2 slalom stadiums at the Costa Rodona and a smaller one at Grau Roig where the young Andorran teams can regularly be seen training. The Grau area has most of the trees and this is where the 3 cross country circuits are located, following the course of the River Valira these are well planned circuits with a total of 12 km of cross country piste for all abilities to keep even the most avid skier hapy on a cheap ski holiday in Andorra. With 8 mountain restaurants theres alway a good refreshment stop nearby and as usual prices are very reasonable. The Refugi dels Llacs del Pessons has views over the nearby lake while the Solanelles has amazing panoramic views.
Pas de la Casa/Grau Roig has plenty of chairlifts so snowboarders, especially beginners, will find it easy to get around. The snowpark and half pipe Coma III in the Grau Roig area in the main meeting place for boarders and this is also where the new high speed 6-seater has been installed. Andorra is a country which has been welcoming snowboarders since the sport began to take off in the 80s. Consequently, many of the major surf and boarder cross competitions are held here.
The British Snowboard Championships have been held here several times and won by Jamie Phillip, a Brit who has lived in Andorra most of his life. 2000 saw the largest gathering of snowboarders ever in the Pyrenees for the V Snowsurf competition where there were nearly 1,000 competitors. All the big names in boarding were there with the latest brands in clothing and equipment on show. The competition was made up of 2 races, one boardercross and one big jump.
With 30 bars in Pas de la Casa holidaymakers 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. The Milwaukee bar, Billboard, West End, Pas 83 all have a lively atmosphere with music and dancing. The Underground Bar seems to be one of the most popular but all the bars have very reasonable prices. Most bars have Happy Hours starting as soon as the lifts close.
Most of the larger hotels are well equipped with their own gym, swimming pool, saunas and jacuzzis. At Canillo, on the road to Andorra la Vella, there is the Palau de Gel (Ice Palace) with its olympic ice rink, swimming pool, squash court, gym and restaurant.
In Andorra la Vella at Escaldes-Engordany a fabulous complex has been created under a huge crystal dome. Caldea is located at the point where Andorra's rivers all meet , and water is used in every imaginable form for maximum relaxation and well-being. With around 6,000m2 of aquatic space there are thermal baths, jet streams and waterfalls, steam, Indo-Roman baths, saunas and jazuccis, an outdoor pool and even a snow patio. After your relaxation theres the panoramic bar Sírius located in the Caldea tower which is 50m high and has magnificent views over the valley.
The swimming pool in Andorra la Vella and the covered tennis courts in Aldosa, la Massana are both Olympic facilities and well worth a visit. For golfers there are 2 magnificent courses at Puigcerda which is less than an hour's drive from the Principality, and a course in Aravell, also about a half hour's drive.
Food and drink are very reasonably priced. Andorran cuisine is generally simple and unsophisticated, but is wholesome, tasty and often served in large portions. Most of the dishes are meat based due to the lack of arable crops grown. Numerous restaurants offer three or four course meals including bread, house wine and service at good prices and even the most expensive restaurants are a great deal cheaper than the UK.
Pas de la Casa has an amazing 63 restaurants offering a variety of cuisine which is mainly Catalan, French, Spanish and English. Several of the bars serve excellent tapas. Tapas are a Spanish delicacy, they are like our starters and theres a huge variety of them. They can be made up from any type of meat, fish, or vegetables. Calamares, or squid as popular tapas, many people mistake them for onion rings until they taste them!
La Raclette is popular with couples looking for a quiet candlelit meal, the menu is varied and very reasonably priced. The Underground Bar is well recommended for its lively apres ski atmosphere and has a fast food restaurant as well. Later in the season when the mediterranean climate kicks in you should try a unique Andorran form of cooking - the slate barbecue; vegetables and meat are grilled on a large heated slate prepared with oil and seasoning. Most picnic spots have suitable cooking places set up, as well as tables and benches; the pine smoke gives the food an extra-special taste and greatly sharpens the appetite.
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