Pas de la Casa
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Located in the heart of the Pyrenees, Grandvalira is one of the largest ski areas in the world and is situated in the tiny country of Andorra.
Take advantage of the incredible value of tax-free Andorra, where prices are significantly lower than in the Alps, and possibly even lower than in the rest of the Pyrenees.
Grandvalira was formed by the merging of two separate ski areas, Pas de la Casa-Grau Roig and Soldeu-El Tarter, in 2003. The resort has since expanded and developed into a popular destination for winter sports enthusiasts. It offers a modern and efficient infrastructure, including state-of-the-art lifts and facilities.
The ski area is well connected with numerous access points throughout - There's 7 different sectors to choose from.
Pas de la Casa and to a lesser extent Soldeu are the resorts to choose for a party at the end of the day.
This is very much a beginners and intermediates resort, half the piste map is blue, and the blacks are considered easy by wider European standards. This is not to say it's boring, the size and diversity of slopes and connections across the area make it a great option to explore.
When powder day comes, this also means a lot of easily accessible terrain off piste.
Key Resort Differentiators
Pas de la Casa
Lively apres selection
Not the best looking resort
Cheaper end of the scale - purpose built dominates
Busy main road - not the most family friendly
Not a huge selection of off-ski alternative activities
Most accommodation is within easy distance of the slopes
Good resturant selection
More subdued apres
When it comes to quick access to the focus of the ski area, Camillo and Encamp are slighly further removed.
has it's own small sector of runs
Including a great kids/ families area
Great for those who want a quiet holiday
Has no return ski runs
The "Funicamp" gondola takes you all the way up to the top of the ski area in 15min.
First resort you encounter on the way from Spain
However, the total from end to end Encamp to Pas de la Casa is a 20min ski bus
(Airports, trains, shared options)
6 day pass
Euro / km
The ski pass actually includes 303km, the whole of Andorra. The connected area of Grandvalira is 202km.
The additional areas are Pal Arinsal and Ordino Arcalís.
A fairly lengthy (3hr +), but straight forward transfer if you're coming from Barcelona or Toulouse.
Andorra-La Seu d’Urgell Airport is relatively new, it's got connections from Madrid
Train + Bus Option
Toulouse - Gare Matabiau
International lines into Toulouse or Barcelona can link to the coach services that offer direct transfers (See next section).
For regional travel, the closest train access is detailed below:
The Madrid-Lleida AVE high speed train brings you to the nearest railway station in Spain.
From France, the nearest railway stations are those in L'Hospitalet-près-l'Andorre (acces by Skirail) and La Tour de Carol.
The easiest way to plan train travel is use The Trainline (click the logo below)
This is because it's the most comprehensive integration of all European train operators, so you can even plan cross-border travel.
On average you can book 3-4 months in advance, read our full Guide to European Rail travel
There's quite the selection of transfer operators going to Andorra, depending on your start points.
It's roughly 4hrs coach from Encamp to Barcelona airport, 3hrs to Toulouse.
ANDORRA - BARCELONA
There are three bus companies that offer this route;
Directbus that stops in both Sants Train station and the
El Prat Airport
Andbus that stops solely in the airport, offers more than 100 stops around Andorra, select from Hotels, apartment blocks or landmarks.
ALSA that will take you to the Estació del Nord train station.
ANDORRA – TOULOUSE:
This bus route is controlled by Andbus and has two stops in Toulouse;
Matabiau train station
offers trips to and from the capital of Andorra (Andorra La Vella) Alsa also offers routes to and from Andorra La Vella.
The Montmantell bus company appears to have disappeared, but offered services to Andorra from the following train stations in 22/23. TBC on resumed service.
LLEIDA -also check ALSA connections
LA SEU D'URGELL