Grandvalira-Pas de la Casa Resort Reviews
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Visitor reviews for Grandvalira-Pas de la Casa Ski Resort
October 18, 2013
Skiguy from Andorra
I live in Andorra and ski almost every day of every season for 5 seasons. Pas is a pretty nice ski area, but it has two things that make it tricky. It's mostly eastern exposure, so it gets a lot of sun in the early part of the day, and gets cold again in the afternoon. It has different weather than Grau Roig, one of the colder areas with pretty good snow, and tends to get more fog and clouds than other ski areas. The approach from the top of the lifts to Pas is either advanced terrain, or through one place that has a lot of traffic. Lower down it's better. Grandvalira is a big resort with different snow everywhere; if you don't like it move to other places. There are some easier runs in the valley after Grau Roig that have some good snow, and might be better than Pas on a sunny day. With respect to snow, the weather brings what it brings. The most reliable is February and early March, 2012/13 it was hard to go wrong. This year is predicted by many people to be as epic as last year. Enjoy the season.
Grandvalira-Pas de la Casa Ratings
Overall: 4.2. Based on 22 votes and 28 reviews. Vote
(1) At least one overnight stop, (2) requires a whole day, (3) requires more than half a day – you may have time for a few turns (4) arrive by lunchtime and ski all afternoon, (5) there is a main airport within an hour of Grandvalira-Pas de la Casa.
Public Transport: 3.8
(1) There are no buses or taxis to Grandvalira-Pas de la Casa, (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.
(1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.
(1) No places to stay in/near Grandvalira-Pas de la Casa, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.
Cheap Rooms: 4.7
(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.
Luxury Hotels: 4.1
(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Grandvalira-Pas de la Casa.
Ski in/Ski out: 4.6
(1) The ski area is located far from any accommodation, (3) a free ski bus takes you to the ski area in a short trip, (5) Ski-in ski-out accommodation is available.
(1) There are no child care facilities at Grandvalira-Pas de la Casa, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.
(1) Occasionally gets enough snow for skiing, (2) is often closed due to a lack of snow, (3) occasionally suffers from a lack of snow, (4) rarely suffers from a lack of snow, (5) Grandvalira-Pas de la Casa is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.
(1) Grandvalira-Pas de la Casa relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.
Snow Grooming: 4.6
(1) There are no snow groomers at Grandvalira-Pas de la Casa, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Grandvalira-Pas de la Casa are groomed daily.
(1) there is nowhere to ski when it is windy or visibility is bad and lifts often shut, (3) there are some trees for poor visibility but main lifts sometimes close, (5) Grandvalira-Pas de la Casa is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.
Nearby options: 3.2
(1) If snow conditions are poor at Grandvalira-Pas de la Casa, it will be poor everywhere nearby, (3) there are good alternatives within an hours drive, (5) other locations on the same lift pass provide a rich variety of snowsure ski conditions.
Regional rating: 4.5
(1) Grandvalira-Pas de la Casa usually has poor snow conditions compared to other resorts in region, (3) has average conditions for the region, (5) usually has the best snow conditions in the region.
Lift Staff: 4.2
(1) The staff at Grandvalira-Pas de la Casa are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Grandvalira-Pas de la Casa are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.
(1) the resort is always busy and there are usually long lift queues, (3) it is quiet apart from occasional weekends and school holidays, (5) it is uncrowded and lift queues are very rare.
Ski Schools: 4.4
(1) No ski schools available, (2) one or two ski schools but local language only, (3) a few ski schools but book early for multi-lingual instructors, (4) plenty of ski schools and multi-lingual instructors available, (5) excellent ski schools with friendly multi-lingual ski instructors.
Hire and Repairs: 4.8
(1) Nothing can be sourced, not even ski-wax or ptex. (3) there are some ski shops but rentals need to be booked in advance, (5) good quality ski equipment can be purchased or hired and overnight repairs are possible.
Variety of pistes: 4.7
(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Grandvalira-Pas de la Casa has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.
(1) Beginners can only watch others ski and snowboard, (3) a few gentle slopes but beginners will get bored in less than a week, (3) Vast areas of gentle terrain.
(1) No intermediate terrain at Grandvalira-Pas de la Casa, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.
(1) Nothing for advanced skiers and snowboarders, (3) enough steep terrain for a few days with some good offpiste, (5) Enough steep terrain and offpiste areas to entertain advanced skiers for at least a week.
Snow Park: 4.4
(1) Not even a kicker at Grandvalira-Pas de la Casa, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.
(1) No off-piste worth mentioning, (2) off piste is out-of-bounds, (3) some varied offpiste that stays fresh for one or two days, (5) a vast array of off-piste routes that can stay untracked for several days.
(1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around Grandvalira-Pas de la Casa, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.
(1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) Grandvalira-Pas de la Casa has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.
Mountain Dining: 4.3
(1) Nowhere to buy food by the pistes, (3) some places to eat up on the mountain but they are often busy and expensive, (5) there is a variety of excellent mountain eateries right next to the slopes to suit all budgets.
(1) Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. (5) A wide variety of places to eat and drink in the resort, from fast food to fancy restaurants.
(1) Nothing to do, not even a bar, (3) there are a few bars in the resort but nothing special, (5) clubs and bars stay open until very late and have a friendly atmosphere.
Other Sports: 4.3
(1) No sports facilities at all apart from ski lifts, (3) resort has just a small public swimming pool, (5) resort has all kinds of sports facilities, including a full-size swimming pool.
(1) Besides the snow and walking there is nothing to do here, (3) the non-skier will find things to do for few days but may become bored after a week, (5) the resort area is a fascinating place to visit, regardless of winter sports.
Winter Walks: 4.1
(1) Very limited walking and no snowshoe trails, (3) a couple of designated scenic walking/snowshoe trails, (5) extensive and diverse winter walking trails for all abilities.
Ski Pass Value: 4.0
(1) A 1 week ski pass is overpriced compared to the number of lifts available, (3) the ski pass is averagely priced and covers a reasonable number of lifts, (5) ski passes are excellent value for money and cover a lot of lifts spanning a big area.
Value (National): 4.5
(1) Overall, Grandvalira-Pas de la Casa is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the country and not worth the money, (3) overall represents average value for money, (5) overall offers the best value resort in the country.
Value (Global): 4.1
(1) Overall, Grandvalira-Pas de la Casa is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world, (3) overall it offers pretty average value for money compared to resorts from other countries, (5) internationally the resort offers excellent value for money.
December 29, 2012
Paulo from Portugal
Been to Grandvalira several times, usually using Pas de la Casa as a base. Arrived there the 16th December, returned a week later to Portugal. There was enough snow but it was hard and the many slopes had pebbles and stones all over the place, many of them not signaled. Didn't see much of an effort to, at least, keep the resort decent. Little snow production (and it was cold enough for sure, mostly during the night), some slopes poorly groomed. During the week, the temperature started rising during the afternoon, so the snow was really humid during that period. The night life was quite "weaker" this year. Don't know if I'll return, but if I do, surely it won't be in December as they act as if the season only starts in Xmas, though they open up early December.
October 31, 2009
Lucy from United Kingdom
I went to Pas (Grandvalira-Pas de la Casa) with my firends last winter and had a excellent time. Baring in mind we are a group of 12 girls who have very mixed abilities, the ski area suited us down to the ground. The area is excellent. The Lift pass was expensive in the resort, so we purchased the lift passes through pasdelacasainfo.com. We got them about 20€ cheaper than in the resort. The nightlife was excellent. We are a group of 12 girls out for a good time. The best places had to be Paddys Bar, Condor, and for later on Bilbord. It seems to me that in all resorts, the Irish bars are always the most poplular and the best; Paddys Bar in Pas de la Casa, Paddy Mcquintys in Sauze, and I am sure there's many more. Have a wicked time in Pas (Grandvalira-Pas de la Casa), we will be back this winter in March.
April 07, 2009
Shaun Fieldhouse from United Kingdom
Me and 3 of my mates went to Pas De La Casa (Grandvalira-Pas de la Casa) in late January and what a week it was. The snow conditions were perfect; some pistes left unbashed for powder loving snowboarders, and the well used and long runs prepared perfectly with a dusting of fresh snow on top. Ideal conditions for both skiers and boarders. I don't know how they were grading the runs, but some blues should have been red, some blacks should have been blues etc. But there is something for everyone at Pas de la Casa (Grandvalira-Pas de la Casa) and the wide slope back into the town centre is perfect for beginners: not too steep and nice and wide for turns. Away from the centre there is a huge snow park, with jumps, rails and half-pipes, with DJ's playing all around, brilliant.
Now the important bit, the night life. I have never been anywhere quite like it. There are so many bars you will need more than a week to get to them all, and the 2 clubs are always a good laugh. Get to the happy hours to get the night started as beers were about 3 euros. Plenty of good places to eat out, make friends with anybody and everybody, keeps drink and food prices down.
All in all, Pas de la Casa (Grandvalira-Pas de la Casa) is a great place if you're going to get up late with a sore head, ski or board 'til your legs hurt and then do the same all over again.
February 07, 2009
Gavin from United Kingdom
Just returned from a week in Pas (Grandvalira-Pas de la Casa) on the 1st Feb. I have been skiing since I was twelve and am now thirty five. I would class myself as an advanced skier. The last time I went to Andorra was twenty years ago and stopped in El Tarter. To say the area has changed a bit is an understatement. My recent visit to Grandvalira-Pas de la Casa was with a group of sixteen people, some beginners some intermediates. I have skied in all the top resorts across Europe and after reading some of the poor reviews about Pas was a bit unsure how it would stand up to these. To say Pas (Grandvalira-Pas de la Casa) is for beginners and intermediates and not much for advanced is untrue. There are not many steep runs full of moguls, granted, but there is more to being an advanced skier than going down a steep black full of moguls. There are miles and miles of excellent off-piste most of which is accessible by the lift system (no guide required). I only went to two of the three terrain parks and I thought one was very good; the other was average. Also if you're getting bored why don't you go to one of the two half-pipes (advanced skiers also like these). Although there are not many really long runs they are kept in good condition. The lift queues are short with a lot of fast lifts that link very well. Thought the food on the mountain was better than any French resort I have been to also not as expensive. The skiing is good for all levels so don't be put off by people who say it is not good for advanced skiers. They obviously stick to groomed pistes with both skis firmly on the ground. The night life in Pas (Grandvalira-Pas de la Casa) was also good compared to a lot of European resorts. The most expensive pint was 4 euros, the cheapest 1.75 euros. Most bars have happy hours and were quite happy to extend them for our group of sixteen people so we would stay in their bar. Found everybody friendly in the resort and would recommend it to anyone at any level.
January 12, 2009
nath from United Kingdom
just got back from Pas (Grandvalira-Pas de la Casa). Went from the 4th Jan to the 11th 2009; first time skiing and if you're looking for a cheap, no frills holiday then Pas is the place. The snow was brilliant; we had 40 cms of new snow fall in 3 days. The tuition was great plus we used the ski storage right next to the slopes which for 20 euros was good value. One thing I must say is don't stay in hotel Camalot. The food is appauling and the staff are vile, never smile and don't want to help you with anything. Also don't do the ribshack in Milwalke, it's the biggest waste of money I've ever spent. It cost 50 euros for me and my missis. We left hungrier than when we arrived. No matter what the reps tell you don't go they only want you to because they get commission. But apart from that, it is great skiing, good value for money and I would definitely recommend it for beginners.
December 30, 2008
Johny from United Kingdom
Hi, Just came back from Pas (Grandvalira-Pas de la Casa) last week. We had an excellent Christmas holiday in Pas. We stayed in hotel Cal Ruiz, which was nice. The only problem was the walk to the ski lifts each day. We used the ski storage up on the piste. It was excellent value, 20€ for the week and your boots where warmed for you in the morning.
The resort was quieter than what I had expected. The slopes seemed empty and there was no queues for any of the lifts.
Nightlife was good, the busiest and best bar was Paddys Irish Bar. Check it out when you are there. Overall the holiday was great.
We will be back in March for sure.
November 21, 2008
Ian from United Kingdom
Hi, been going to Pas for the last 4 years, for the last 2 years the snow has been poor like everywhere. We picked Pas again because the nightlife is excellent and cheapish drinks compared to France, Austria, and Italy. Going back this year at new year. It's looking excellent for snow already. Any one going out new years week, see you all in Paddys Irish Bar (Pas's best bar by far) for some quality drinking from apres-ski to the early hours.
See you all then
July 29, 2008
Jim from United Kingdom
Just come back from Pas on the 25 Feb 2008. Had an absolutely awesome time. The snow was good, the runs where good, the area is big (193km) and the off-piste unbeatable!!
After a good day on the piste we went for a bit of apres-ski which was superb. The best place for drinking had to be Paddys Bar, It cost us 1.5euro for a pint of lager or any short with mixer at the apres-ski. We where rocking before we knew it. Top time. See you next year.
March 01, 2008
warren from United Kingdom
Pas de la Casa; only 1 bar rocks. There is an underground bar. Get yourself in and, for sure, the staff will look after you with free drinks and shots.