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Pas de la Casa / Grau Roig Ski Resort

Pas de la Casa / Grau Roig Resort Guide

Pas de la Casa / Grau Roig, Andorra

Rated: 4/5 (from 6 ratings)

Pas de la Casa / Grau Roig Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForExpert Skiers, Intermediates, Beginners, Snowboarders and Apres-Ski!
Total Piste Length100km62 miles
Highest Lift2,640m8,661ft
Resort Height2,050m6,726ft
 Nearest AirportsPerpignan and Carcassonne
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Pas de la Casa / Grau Roig at a glance

Pas de la Casa, linked to Grau Roig, is the highest and sunniest ski resort in the Pyrenees with the best snow record. It gained its first drag lift in 1957 and has added a lift virtually every year since, now boasting 8 quad chairs, three of them high speed, and three six-seater chairs and a combined uplift of 46,175. Located by the French border it's a lively resort with the ubiquitous duty free shopping. Because of it's north facing position snow quality and quantity is virtually guaranteed from early December to mid-May, with computer controlled state-of-the-art snow-making providing back-up when required. The resort also boasted an FIS Approved Slalom Stadium.

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Pas de la Casa / Grau Roig Facts, Stats and Ratings

Pas de la Casa / Grau Roig Rated

Ratings for Pas de la Casa / Grau Roig
Expert Skiers
Intermediate Skiers
Beginners
Snowboarding
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Apres-Ski

How High is Pas de la Casa / Grau Roig?

Max Vertical and Resort Altitude for Pas de la Casa / Grau Roig
Highest Lift2,640m8,661ft
Lowest Piste2,050m6,726ft
Resort Altitude (Pas de la Casa / Grau Roig)2,050m6,726ft
Max Vertical590m1,936ft

Ski Area, Pistes and Lifts

Pas de la Casa / Grau Roig Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats for Pas de la Casa / Grau Roig
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
23
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
37
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
32
Green Pistes
Beginner Runs
18
Downhill
Total Length
100km62 miles
Cross Country
Total Length
15km9 miles
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts
31

Grandvalira Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats for Grandvalira
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
25
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
30
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
42
Green Pistes
Beginner Runs
21
Downhill
Total Length
192km119 miles
Cross Country
Total Length
13km8 miles
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts
66
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Pas de la Casa / Grau Roig Summary

The Andorran Ski Resort of Pas de la Casa / Grau Roig is part of the Grandvalira ski area with access to 192km119 miles of downhill skiing, with 286 marked pistes, served by a total of 66 ski lifts. In addition to the skiing in Pas de la Casa / Grau Roig itself (100km62 miles of pisted ski runs), the appropriate ski Lift Pass will allow you to ski or snowboard in the other Grandvalira ski resorts of Canillo, Encamp and Soldeu / El Tarter.

The ski resort itself is at 2,050m6,726ft, so skiing or boarding back to the resort is usually possible. With ski lifts as high as 2,640m8,661ft, skiing and snowboarding is assured throughout the season.

Pas de la Casa / Grau Roig Piste Map

Pas de la Casa / Grau Roig Piste Map
Pas de la Casa / Grau Roig

Pas de la Casa / Grau Roig Overview

Half a dozen of Andorra’s ski villages, including the best known resorts of Pas de la Casa and Soldeu, share a common ski area called Grandvalira. This is the name by which the ski resort prefers to be known – like a giant French resorts such as La Plagne and Les Arcs – one ski area with ,multiple base villages; however decades of being separate ski resorts mans many people still call the area by individual resort village names like Pas de la Casa and Soldeu.

But however important the name may seem to marketing people, the reality is that the experience is the same. Whichever village you stay in you’ll have access to a very big ski area, indeed now one of the world’s 50 largest as well as the biggest in the Pyrenees, and with some of the planet’s most up to date lifts too. These now straddle the border in to France as well as taking up a large swathe of North Eastern Andorra itself. The different villages are of course of different sizes and have different facilities, but the lift pass issued at each covers the full ski area between them all.

Andorra itself is a tiny duty free principality in the southern Pyrenees. It’s a country ideally suited to snowsports with its high snow sure mountains and almost Mediterranean. Its ski areas have seen constant development for many decades, growing from “Cheap and cheerful” in the 1970s and 80s to be increasingly sophisticated in the 1990s and since 2000 with modern lift infrastructure, ever expanding ski areas reaching world-class dimensions and resort bases moving up market.

Grandvalira came about in 2004 when the previously fiercely competitive resorts of Pas de la Casa and Soldeu, which had spread their ski areas across the mountains to meet each other, finally buried the hatchet and became a single ski area – Grandvalira. It has six key bases or access points, including Pas de la Casa, Soldeu, El Tarter, Grau Roig, Canillo and Encamp.

The largest of these is Soldeu which sits between Pas de la Casa and El Tarter. Soldeu is a typically lively, high value, friendly Andorran resort with a larger than average ski area. The biggest investor in skiing in the Pyrenées during the 1990s, the resort added a new eight seater gondola for the 1996/97 season and new hotels. Then for 1999-2000 the resort again made a huge investment with three new six seater chairs together with a second eight seater gondola. It continues to invest as part of Grandvalira today. Soldeu is a modern, dynamic resort set in dramatically picturesque surroundings. First rate for bumps and moguls - Soldeu is a regular venue for freestyle mogul comps.

The base at El Tarter is more traditional and many visitors choose to stay in the town of Canillo, 4km (2 miles) down the valley which has the lion's share of the 'off slope facilities' in the area. Access to the resorts is simple with the Funicamp (mountain cable car) making the journey from Encamp, Andorra's most central village, in 14 minutes up to the slopes - a journey which would previously have taken four times as long on a winding mountain road.

As well as being one of Andorra's most popular ski resorts Pas de la Casa is also a border town - the gateway into the country from France. The name Pas de la Casa (literally Pass of the House) derives from the days when all you would have found there was a shepherds' hut which served as a landmark for travellers crossing the River Ariege. Nowadays it is a busy border control manned by customs officers checking on the numerous visitors who come here either solely for the duty free shopping or to enjoy the variety of snowsports on offer. It is popular with the young French and Spanish too who frequently make the border crossing to enjoy the unrestricted nightlife in this unique Catalan snow-filled Tijuana.

The skiing at 'Pas' was first developed in 1957 by Francesco Viladomat, a local businessman, it started with only one draglift and gradually grew with more lifts introduced every year. Until 1976 the station was on one mountain only, the Peak of Envalira; by the 1980s it had spread to Monmalus and the Peak of Cubil up to the area of Cercle de Pessons and the Cortals d'Encamp.

Until the 1950's Andorra's economy centred mainly on the summer pasturing of sheep and cattle and the harvesting of tobacco, rye, olives and grapes while industry was limited to processing these products and the production of handicrafts. Since then tourism has taken over as Andorra's main source of revenue, exploiting its scenic mountains and recognising the massive potential for wintersports. Due to the lack of customs duties and low or non-existent taxes, Andorra has become an important international centre of retail trade attracting millions of shoppers from all over Europe to its duty free haven.

The 1990's brought dramatic changes to Andorra and its massive financial investments have brought Andorra's sports facilities, both on and off the mountains, firmly into the 21st century.

Pas de la Casa / Grau Roig - On the Mountain

The longest possible descent in Pas de la Casa / Grau Roig is 4km2 miles long and the most difficult run is the 'Avet No Fifteen', which is 2km1 miles in length.

Skiing in Pas de la Casa / Grau Roig

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).

Andorra's 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.

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 will find this is an area they can easily get around and even beginners, with some tuition, shouldn't have too much difficulty. For experts 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. 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.

There are a variety of pistes to suit all levels of skier ability, from Beginner to Expert.

Snowboarding in Pas de la Casa / Grau Roig

A natural choice for 'boarders, including from an après ski perspective, Grandvalira has great free riding terrain with natural jumps above the treeline and then great fun descents down through the trees. The access to the slopes by chair and gondola is also very 'boarder friendly and the resort's positive attitude to the sport on and off the slopes has been rewarded in hosting several top international events in recent seasons.

There's a half pipe and boarder cross and an additional natural half-pipe. For first timers the separate beginners areas and specialist ski school offer an ideal combination to get you 'boarding.

Pas de la Casa/Grau Roig's 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.

When is Pas de la Casa / Grau Roig open?

We don't currently have confirmed season dates for Pas de la Casa / Grau Roig.

Usual opening is late November, and usual closing is Mid April.

NOTE:- Lift and Piste openings are always subject to Snow Conditions in Pas de la Casa / Grau Roig.

Snow Making

Pas de la Casa / Grau Roig is able to make snow, on 78km48 miles of ski runs, with 1008 snow cannons.

Ski Lift Capacity

The 31 ski lifts of Pas de la Casa / Grau Roig are able to uplift 47,435 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Where is Pas de la Casa / Grau Roig?

Pas de la Casa / Grau Roig is in the Andorran Pyrenees in Carretera de Grau Roig, Encamp, Andorra.

How can I get to Pas de la Casa / Grau Roig?

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The nearest airports to Pas de la Casa / Grau Roig are Perpignan, Carcassonne and Barcelona. There are four airports within three hours drive.

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Pas de la Casa / Grau Roig - Off the Mountain

Pas de la Casa / Grau Roig Aprés Ski

Soldeu El Tarter's three bases are usually lively from lift closure in to the small hours and its fortunate that the free ski bus runs to 1am. It's particularly busy in the holiday periods. The duty free priced drinks, cheaper than pretty well anywhere else are a major contributing factor to the fun, international young feel of this resort.

The most popular haunts tend to follow an Anglo-American theme with names like the Aspen Bar, Pussycat and Fat Alberts. The El Duc discotheque is one of five helping to keep the action going through the night, with the Piccadilly Bar especially lively with a different theme every night of the week.

With 30 bars in Pas de la Casa holiday makers 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.

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