If you are looking for a ski destination that combines sun, snow and culture, look no further than Sierra Nevada. This ski resort is located in the south of Spain, near the beautiful city of Granada, and offers a unique experience for skiers of all levels.
Why ski in Sierra Nevada?
Sierra Nevada is the highest and most snow-sure ski resort in Spain. It has over 100 km of ski runs, with more than 120 pistes for beginners, intermediates and experts. You can enjoy skiing on slopes that go up to 1,200 metres above sea level, with stunning views of the Mediterranean Sea and the African coast.
Sierra Nevada also has a modern lift system, a cross-country skiing circuit, a snow-park and recreational areas for non-skiers. You can find plenty of accommodation options at the resort base or nearby villages, as well as restaurants, bars and shops.
But what makes Sierra Nevada really special is its proximity to Granada, one of the most charming cities in Spain. You can easily combine your ski holiday with a visit to the Alhambra Palace, the Cathedral or the Albayzín district. You can also sample the delicious tapas and wine that Granada is famous for.
When to ski in Sierra Nevada?
The ski season in Sierra Nevada usually runs from late November to early May. The best time to ski depends on your preferences and budget.
If you want to enjoy sunny days and mild temperatures, you should go between December and February. However, this is also the peak season when prices are higher and slopes are more crowded.
If you want to avoid crowds and find cheaper deals, you should go between March and April. The weather is still good but there might be less snow on some lower slopes.
If you want to experience spring skiing with warm weather and soft snow conditions (and maybe even some flowers), you should go in May. This is also when some events and festivals take place at the resort.
What else can you do in Sierra Nevada?
Besides skiing or snowboarding on its varied pistes (or off-piste if you are adventurous), there are many other activities that you can do in Sierra Nevada:
- Take a ride on a dog sled or a snowmobile
- Go ice skating on an outdoor rink
- Try snowshoeing or hiking on scenic trails
- Relax at a spa or wellness centre
- Enjoy live music or nightlife at one of the bars or clubs
You can find the latest snow report here.
Getting to Sierra Nevada:
Sierra Nevada is only 32 km away from Granada city centre. You can reach Granada by plane from several European cities or by train or bus from other Spanish cities. From Granada you can take a bus or a taxi to Sierra Nevada. In southern Spain, 32 km (20 miles) southeast of Granada, the nearest international airport. 160 km (100 miles) from Malaga, 435 km (270 miles) from Madrid.
You can also drive to Sierra Nevada from Malaga airport (about 2 hours) or Almeria airport (about 2.5 hours). There are car rental companies at both airports.
Vertical Drop: 1,198m/3,930′ and 6 km (3.72 miles) lenght.
Top Elevation: 3,396m/11,141.73′.
Lifts: 21 (They include gondola lifts, high speed chairlifts, fixed-grip chairlifts and magic carpets)
Marked Runs: 61 km
For more information, check out the official Sierra Nevada ski website, for information on ski-lift prices, piste conditions, apres-ski activities and much more.
And don’t forget to visit Granada for some cultural sightseeing and gastronomic delights!