The holy trinity of skiing holidays is great snow, lively nightlife and value for money. A trip to Andorra’s Pas de la Casa ticks all three boxes.
Snow cannons work round the clock to keep the pistes in good condition
Nestled in the Pyrenees, ‘Pas’ is the highest resort in Andorra. Its wide and open slopes make it a powder lover’s dream after heavy snowfall – but it’s also vulnerable to strong winds. On a blustery day, most skiers head to the wooded terrain in the Grau Roig valley, which links to five other resorts to make up the Grandvalira ski area.
The resort’s après-ski scene takes centre stage after the last lift of the day
Equally as seductive, at least for some, is the prospect of indulging in the resort’s lively après-ski scene. Come nightfall, local bars and clubs promptly fill up with devout partygoers, whether in the merry embrace of Milwaukee’s Bar or popular discotheque Bilbord.
If you’d rather avoid the crowds, reserve a table at the rustic Grau Roig Hotel, or swing by Cal Padrí for some authentic Catalan fare.
When to go?
Pas de la Casa stays open in summer, attracting walkers and climbers
An ideal combination of high altitude and hardworking snowmakers mean Pas can nearly always be relied upon for good snow, but February and March tend to yield the season’s biggest snowfall. Alternatively, go in May for milder temperatures, guaranteed sunshine and cheaper rooms.
Where to stay?
Hotel Sporting – Pas de la Casa, Andorra
Located just a minute’s walk from the nearest chairlift, Hotel Sporting provides all the comforts needed after a long day on the slopes. Delicious buffet-style meals, comfy king-size beds and a complimentary spa (which includes a hot tub) are among Booking.com guests’ top recommendations.
Hotel Cristina – Pas de la Casa, Andorra
Hotel Cristina is favoured by Booking.com guests thanks to its hardworking staff and on-site restaurant, which serves up fresh breakfast and delicious dinner every night. There’s also a bar, games room and TV lounge with board games, to ensure you’re kept entertained in the evening.
Hotel Kandahar – Pas de la Casa, Andorra
The staff at Hotel Kandahar go the extra mile to make guests feel comfortable during their stay. Each day there’s a freebie on offer, from an Irish coffee in the bar to bespoke ski tours on the slopes. There’s also free supervised children’s activities, meaning parents can relax in the Turkish baths unperturbed.
Hotel Meta – Pas de la Casa, Andorra
Budget-friendly Hotel Meta scores high across the board for Booking.com guests. Its location, spacious rooms and comfy beds score high marks, but it’s the warmth and diligence of hostess Lola and her team that really earns Hotel Meta its rave reviews.
Hotel Casado – Pas de la Casa, Andorra
Hotel Casado offers warmth and respite after an intense day’s skiing. You can cradle a hot chocolate in the hotel bar or sneak a siesta in your cosy room, before eating out in the town centre, just a short walk away. The friendly and helpful staff are a big hit with Booking.com guests.