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Pas De La Casa

Pas De La Casa

Set high on the border into France, Pas de la Casa really does feel like a frontier town. Loads of French and British descend, looking for tax-free bargains and plenty of cheap booze, and this makes the après-ski extremely lively. It's tacky and rather ugly, but serves a purpose, while the snow record is excellent.

Pas de la Casa is an ideal winter package holiday for 16-25 year olds on a tight budget. The skiing itself, which covers the linked areas of Grau Roig and Soldeu, is the largest in the Pyrenees, with 150km of pistes. It caters mostly to easy cruising, while boarders are much in evidence on the slopes.

There are all sorts of accommodation, from apartments to hotels, most of which you can ski to. These serve the various clientele, the young in the former, families in the latter. On-piste restaurants are better in Grau Roig, but most are no more than snack bars. The resort eateries are generally Spanish in cuisine and are largely cheap and cheerful.

This is a serious skier's resort for all standards, extremely popular with French weekenders who triple the village's population on a Friday night. A little more upmarket and expensive than other Andorran resorts.

There is a great mix of hotels and apartments, with all but a few within an easy 300-yd radius of the principal chair-lifts and more often than not right among the shops etc.

Pas de la Casa is easy to knock if you are looking for bags of Alpine charm. But, if you want to have effortless skiing and lots of nightlife, it makes a cheap and understandably popular destination. It is, however, a long transfer from Barcelona or Toulouse.

Locality:

Pas De La Casa in the extreme east of the principality of Andorra, just across the border from France (18 mls NE of Andorra la Vella, 112 mls S of Toulouse airport, 167 mls N of Barcelona airport). It is perched high on a mountain pass, hugging the foot of slopes on 3 sides.