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Visitor reviews for Grandvalira-Pas de la Casa Ski Resort

Grandvalira-Pas de la Casa Ratings

Overall: 4.1. Based on 27 votes and 30 reviews. Vote

Snowsure: 4.3

(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.

Variety of pistes: 4.6

(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.

Off-piste: 4.0

(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.

Scenery: 4.0

(1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.

Access: 3.5

(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: 3.6

(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.

Accommodation: 4.7

(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: 4.6

(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.

Luxury Hotels: 4.0

(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: 4.5

(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.

Childcare: 4.0

(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.

Snowmaking: 4.4

(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: 4.7

(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.

Shelter: 3.5

(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.

Crowds/Queues: 3.8

(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: 4.5

(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.

Beginners: 4.5

(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.

Intermediates: 4.8

(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.

Advanced: 4.3

(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: 4.3

(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.

Cross-country: 3.4

(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.

Luge/Toboggan: 2.7

(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.

Eating: 4.6

(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.

Apres-Ski: 4.5

(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: 4.2

(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.

Entertainment: 3.8

(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: 3.8

(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: 3.9

(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): 4.2

(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.

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September 01, 2003
Sinbad from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
I have been snowboarding twice in Pas. The first time was in 1997, and that was my first ever time snowbaording. The second time was in 1998, late season. I would highly recomend Pas for beginners, or those on a tight budget; the instruciton was excellent, and the conditions were pretty good. The town itself isn't exactly eye candy, but if you're after cheap booze, fags, or electrical goods, then Andorra is the place to go. The nightlife is fairly vibrant due to the nature of the cheap booze; most bars will give you a free shot just for walking through the door. The clubs and bars are cheesy though, so if you're a serious clubber/vinly spotter then don't get too excited; this town is pure cheddar. Overall, Pas is an excellent 'cheap and cheerful' ski area, its downsides are the smallish area of terrain, and I wouldn't go back there now beacuase after sampling some of the greatest resorts on the planet, I think I would get bored within a couple of days. Saying that, I think Pas was going to be eventually linked to another resort in Andorra (Soldeu?, Pal?) so the terrain may well be alot more sizable these days, plus I sure there is some decent back country to be had if you know the area. Definatley a place worth checking out if you are new to snow sports.
September 24, 2003
David Hayes from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
I was in pas de la casa last December over the christmas period. Fantastic place.. cheap booze... loads of party's... and the skiin is pretty good too. the terrain is not in itself that big.. 100kms... but def worth going to.. they say pas is geared towards intermediates and beginners but i wouldnt completely agree... The back country is excellent... the week i was there last year the snow was excellent and the back country was great.. for an advanced skiier is a good week... i didnt seem to get bored as i constantly hiked for better off-piste and powder.. Some of the blacks are pretty decent too.. the black mogul field on the pas mountain is excellent and will challange even the top skiiers. Grau Roig hosts some pretty good powder up in the tree's both right and left of the base and can be accessed by a number of lifts very easily. Def a good resort for anyone.. whether you are looking for a skiing hol or a partying one.. its got it all...
December 30, 2003
Mark Vincent from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Pas, Grau Roig, Soldeu and El Tarter are now all linked! it costs ?22 or so for the week for the extra magnetic pass, but well worth the money. The soldeu side has lots and lots of nice easy, wide runs for beginners and intermediates, whilst there's a whole load of off piste stuff available too. Well worth the extra coin. I went (2nd time this year) with 2 skiers, and they had almost as much fun as me. This is an excellent resort for all but the most advanced and adventurous skiers/boarders, and with the new linked resort pass, youve got to really have a short attention span to get bored in a week.
November 18, 2004
paul from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Went to Pas de la casa feb/march 04.As mentioned in previous posts,the skiing area of the three other nearest resorts is all now combined.You pay about £20 extra for 'gran valiera' lift pass that covers the whole area.You would have to be serious to get it done in 3 days! Pas town itself is pretty ugly and reminds you of an inner city center.But the nightlife is very lively (ibiza stylee),a stark contrast to swiss/austrian resorts,you make your mind up what type of holiday you want! Usually very good late season snow cover,was still rideable at the end of march with nearly all lifts open.
January 20, 2005
laura mckillop from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
5 gals on a boarding holiday jan05. Was by far the best holiday we'v ever had. Gorgoeus sunny weather everyday, yet slopes managed to stay well groomed. No ice! We went with Inghams and although we were moaning about the prices before we left, we were all in agreement that it was more than worth it. Great cheap clothes,drink,grub. Great people great atmosphere! Inghams(G.I. JOE,ALISON AND EMMA) had something organised everynight of the week from bar crawls to tex mex nights to shopping and even bum boarding.Was great. Would happily recommend the resort to anyone. What more could you ask for. Thanks Inghams for a great holiday!!!!
February 16, 2005
Louise from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
I just had to return to pas last week to see if I had dreamt the most hedonisitc, fabulous previous holiday the year before. I hadn't it was even better! Wide, well groomed, speedy pistes, abundance of free alcohol, and a 12:1 ratio men to women. HEAVEN.
August 30, 2005
Charlotte Wray from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Went to Pass de la Casa in April 04 and it was the best ever ski holiday...ever. Lovely people, great , and I mean GREAT food and loadsa nice bars and clubs open, even in April. Although it was late in the season there was pleanty of snow. Amazing, a must see must SKI resort.
November 15, 2005
Melanie from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Please don't be put off Andorra by the tales of cheap booze and easy slopes. Although it does have these in abundance there is a whole side to Andorra that few reviews every mention. Yes, Pas is rather ugly... however if you don't want the package tour area and electrical hardware stores then head over to Canillo or Encamp. There are also some great hotels in Andorra La Vella or Escaldes and access to the slopes is either by the little white bus/train or by your hire car. There are some great runs in the Grand Valira area and a great deal more off-piste or blacks than usually mentioned. Andorra has invested so much money into their skiing/boarding that the lifts now easily outstrip those in many of the 'top class' resorts such as Verbier and their attention to service is utterly 5 star. It is a great place to visit with excellent boarding and skiing.
January 26, 2006
Kathie Phelps from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Stay somewhere else and ski Pas from there! Access from Encamp by Funicamp cable car is the best. The night life is great all over Andorra. However, the Skiing is fabulous in Pas, Grau, all over to Soldeu, Canillo -a wicked Black - and El Tarter aka Piccadilly Circus. Bet you can't do every run in the Grand Valira in a week. Also, for a romantic lunch, the gourmet restaurant by the lake in the trees on the Grau side is lovely.
February 02, 2006
' SMITHMEISTER ' from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
I have just returned from Pas(29th Jan)and what a wonderful time I had . The snowboarding was awesome; there are so many good runs. Managed to go over to Soldoeu and El Tarter. There were some good blacks too!!! The nightlife is fantastic and cheap too!! I can see why its called Mandorra though, men to women ratio is about six to one I reckon, so make sure you get on the pull early!!!!! Make sure you visit the Millwakee bar and the Underground club. Also, Kyu and Billboard clubs are well worth the visit . I stayed at THE HIMILAIA hotel. It was fantastic there and it's right on the slopes. Lovely lounge bar with large settees too!!! Food in Andorra is cheap and good. A decent steak is around 9 euros so no need for half board. May as well eat out. There is a Burger King and Macdonalds too!!!! Have fun, I'll be back next year.