Sierra Nevada | Information
You wouldn’t normally think of Spain for a winter holiday when looking for an alpine type resort, well now it is possible to combine sun and snow. You can either book or buy a ski chalet or apartment and stay a few days in the mountain resort of Sierra Nevada and then transfer down to the coast for a sun and sea holiday, or base yourself in the coastal strip of Costa del Sol and make daily visits to the ski resort, it’s only a 2 hour drive from Marbella.
It compares favourably with any of the European resorts, but has the added advantage of being less than 90 mins from the coast and the beaches of the Costa del Sol. The ski station is in the province of Granada on the north western slopes of Mount Veleta, the third highest mountain in all of Spain, and the resort is the most southerly resort in the whole of Europe.
Sierra Nevada (meaning snowy range in Spanish) is in contrast to the many concepts associated with a ski resort in that being so southerly in Spain it is almost guaranteed sunshine and being so high it has a surprisingly long season, opening in late November and generally closing in late April sometimes running through to May. Giving it some of the best spring snow conditions in the whole of Europe. For those years where the snow is not plentiful there are many strategically located snow machines to augment nature and there are over 105km of alpine class ski runs serviced by many ski lifts and tows.
The resort in the main is used by locals and the Spanish who live nearby, it is generally busier during the weekends and as already stated being so close to the Costa del Sol the attraction of living beachside and enjoying the many world class facilities of the coast, driving up to ski every other day and on alternate days lying on the beach and relaxing . There is rarely a queue for the lifts during the week more so on weekends.
In recent years the resort has made an effort to increase the number of services it offers, including expanding the Mirlo Blanco recreation zone, which now has an ice rink, toboggans, ski-bikes, mini-skis and a track for wheeled toboggans. Some of the heaviest investments have been put into developing what is currently the longest slope style line in Europe with over 71 modules and a possibility of linking 46 of them in one continuous line. In addition to this, the largest half pipe in the country has also been developed.
When compared to other European ski resorts Sierra Nevada is not the largest, but any competent skier or snowboarder can find many challenging slopes to amuse and to pit themselves against with plenty of slopes available to allow the beginner to become more practised.
Sierra Nevada has plenty of amenities from excellent restaurants, ski bars and cafes to while away the afternoon and watch the antics of the skiers on the lower slopes. In the ever-expanding village Monacil at the bottom of the slopes there are quite a few hotels and aparthotels as well as many apartments all within easy reach of a ski lift to take you down to the centre of the village.
Costa del Sol is a perfect place to visit to combine many pastimes…..You won’t find another place where you can ski in the morning then play golf in the sunshine or relax on the beach in the afternoon.