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Ibiza of skiing
Pas de la Casa (Andorra)
Author Name: Sooz294
Pas de la Casa (Andorra)
Advantages: Great pistes, snow brilliant
Disadvantages: Loads of "lager louts" & foul language everywhere
Not ideal for families, long transfer (over 3 hours), resort one of those that's built up the side of the mountains rather than one in the valley that's all level, so lots of uphill walking to do, which is exhausting when you first arrive as you're not used to the altitude - it kills the lungs & legs, though by the end of the week it's not really a problem!! If you're a first time skier be careful which accommodation you choose as it can be a long and uncomfortable walk to the beginner slopes & ski school meeting points if you've never skied before, not too bad if you can ski as you can get on to the slope fairly easily and ski over to the meeting point. If the weather's good there's some great skiing, loads of runs, wonderful snow conditions with well kept pistes - not as bad as Italian/French ones i.e. a black in Pas would be a red in Italy - if the weather's bad it can make life miserable as it can get very windy and you end up loosing a layer of skin where the wind whips up the snow/ice and throws it in your face!! Not as cheap as it used to be (we went to Andorra 15 yrs ago), I'd say that the only less expensive thing to buy in Pas is booze (don't know about cigs as I don't smoke) & that's not much different now to UK prices due to the euro being almost 1 for 1 to the pound. A bottle of perfume was cheaper in my local Debenhams! Eating out - in the town 7 euros for a cheese & tomato pizza, in the happy hour it was 2 Magners for 6 euro's, they've got a burger king there but at 5-8 euros for a meal not cheap! - up on the slopes hot chocolate 3.5 euros, coffee 1.5 euros, chips 3.5 euros, paella/spag bol 7 euros. Ski wear is cheaper in my local ski shop (in Pas it was 150+ euros for a Roxy jacket). Unfortunately there's no ban on smoking in public places so it can get very smoky in bars/restaurants. We were very disappointed with/ashamed of the majority of brits that went there, lots of bad language, drunkeness - the stereotypical "Brit abroad", great if you're with a load of mates & that's what you want to do, but if you're a family go somewhere nicer, just watch out for brochures that say "lively resort" as it usually means loud offensive brits up til all hours - I saw on another review (after we came back) that it was the Ibiza of skiing which just about says it all!! To sum up, if you're young, with mates & like getting drunk fabulous place to go, if you're a family, especially with younger children go somewhere else (another country) as the layout of Pas and some of the "fellow" holiday makers can make it an unpleasant place to be
Summary: Great if you're young & like to drink - families choose a different country!
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