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Predominantly French influenced Pas de la Casa is Andorra's largest ski resort

Pas de la Casa is a lively purpose-built resort situated on the French border at the foot of the largest, most extensive ski area in Andorra. It has an efficient modern lift system enhanced by an excellent snow record, with good conditions usually lasting well into April. Even before the link with Soldeu, Pas de la Casa had the biggest ski area and highest lift-served terrain in Andorra. However, with the two resorts combined and referred to as GranVilara there are 192 kilometres of pistes, which is about the same as some of the big-name Alpine resorts such as Kitzbühel, Wengen-Grindelwald and Les Deux Alpes. The longest run at the resort is 20 kilometres with a 700 meter vertical drop. 

The Font Negre surface lift above Pas de la Casa has been replaced by a six pack, which now extends up towards the top of the Pic Blanc ridge. Two of the three Llac del Cubill surface lifts to the Grau Roig area from the Encamp side have also been upgraded to a six pack. Last season's developments also include the expansion of the Pas de la Casa beginner area, extra snow-making and improvements to the terrain-park and boarder-cross area. The local slopes are situated on a high, treeless, north/south ridge, with Pas de la Casa on the east side and Grau Roig on the west. To the south of Grau Roig, towards the head of the valley, is Mont Malus, a small wooded area served by a drag with a couple of scenic reds and a black run through the trees. To the west of Grau Roig, a quad chair goes up to a ridge from which pistes lead into the next valley and lifts from there up to the Colada d'Enradort, 2447 metres up and the Funicamp top station, which is connected to the village of Encamp by a 6 kilometre gondola. You will now also find 6 kilometres of new off-piste runs, down by the gondola mid-station. The link with Soldeu also starts here.

Snowboarding is very popular in the GranValira ski area with a good range of terrain to conquer and a board park and half-pipe on the Grau Roig side of the mountain to pull off the tricks. Other resort attractions include duty free shops, bars, cafés, restaurants and nightclubs. There is also a sports centre with a swimming pool, tennis, squash and a gym. For non-skiers a snowmobiling exploration of the area is sure to thrill or you may like to take a duty-free shopping trip to Andorra's capital, and visit the Caldea Spa and Sport Wellness centre in Soldeu. 
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2015-05-04
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