The combination of skiing at a snowsure altitude and duty-free shopping has made Pas de la Casa a popular ski destination throughout its 55-year history.
Its proximity to France and a drag lift and ski run allows visitors from across the border to ski on Andorran slopes with relative ease. In recent years, however, this link has aided the movement of people heading out of Andorra for lower-priced goods and services in France, rather than vice versa.
In 2004, Pas de la Casa ski resort merged with Soldeu to form the giant Grandvalira area, the largest in the Pyrenees and one of the world’s 50 largest resorts, with more than 200km (124 miles) of pistes linked by a state-of-the-art high-speed lift network.
Today, Pas de la Casa is officially just another part of Grandvalira and, despite a gradual move upmarket, it maintains its strong independent identity and reputation as a base for hardcore snow sports fans and après-ski devotees; perhaps more than any other Andorran ski village.
Pas de la Casa ski resort is part of the Grandvalira ski area, which takes up much of the northeastern region of the small principality of Andorra. Andorra is sandwiched between Spain to the west and France to the east in the Pyrenees mountains, and is about 160km (100 miles) north of the Mediterranean Sea.
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