Sierra Nevada - Ski Resort and Snow Summary
Sierra Nevada - Spanish Ski Resort (2100m to 3300m)
Spain's highest lifts and resort, and site of the 1996 Ski World Championships following a huge investment in infrastructure improvements. Purpose built in the 1960s and '70s, facilities include underground car-parking and a high altitude training camp.
Key Facts for Sierra Nevada
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The Spanish ski resort of Sierra Nevada has direct access to 79 individual pistes, served by 24 ski lifts.
The ski resort itself is above 1500m, so skiing or boarding back to the resort is usually possible. With pistes above 2500 metres, skiing and snowboarding is assured throughout the season.
Snowmaking :- Sierra Nevada is able to augment natural snow, on 30km of ski runs, with 25 Snow Cannons.
Ski Lift Capacity :- The 24 Ski Lifts of Sierra Nevada are able to uplift 31,965 skiers / snowboarders per hour.
There are two Airports within two hours drive, so ski weekends, snowboard breaks and short ski holidays to Sierra Nevada are perfectly feasible. Granada Airport is just one hours drive away, in good driving conditions, so you can be on the piste quickly.
Skiing in Sierra Nevada
Sierra Nevada´s ski courses have been designed by European and American specialists. Virtually all well above the treeline, they are mostly long wide trails over a healthy vertical drop of 1,300 meters.
Beginners can make their first turns on the nursery slopes by the Borreguiles mountain restaurants. Three enthusiastic ski schools operate on the Borreguiles beginners area, Escuela Española de Esqui, Escuela Oficial de Esqui and Escuela Internacional.
For intermediate and advanced skier's the ski area's highlights are undoubtedly the courses which were those used in the World Alpine Ski Championships of 1996. Although the options are not unlimited because this is only a medium sized ski area there are some exciting runs on the Monachil area as well as the steep descent from the top of Valeta II back down to Borreguiles - one of Spain's toughest runs. The resort is also proud to offer all manner of snow sports in addition to traditional Alpine downhill and 'boarding. These include cross-country skiing, artistic skiing (ballet, jumps, moguls), telemark skiing, trekking and adventure skiing. Sierra Nevada also provides ski rental services.
Located in the Al-Andalus upper gondola station is the Rossignol Test Centre where one will find sunscreen, sunglasses, ski rental, a checkroom for storing personal objects and the famous Rossignol brand skis.
A skier information centre is located in Borreguiles in the control tower (Torre de Control), where the ski area crew may be notified in case of emergency.
Snowboarding in Sierra Nevada
Sierra Nevada is one of Spain´s pioneer resorts for snowboarding. The main run for 'boarders is the Tubo de Borreguiles - exclusively for 'boarders it incorporate's the resort's halfpipe.
The majority of the ski lifts are chairs and gondolas so this is a particularly easy ski area, by European standards, to get about in.
Off the slopes the resort has specialised snowboarding shops and schools.
Sierra Nevada Aprés Ski
Sierra Nevada has a great reputation for après and also for late night action. Indeed the norm is to relax until dinner at 9'ish and then for the bars and discothèques to get busy after midnight, and remain so through to 6 or 7am.
Popular bars (from a choice of about 30) include Crescendo, Vaya, and Chimenea. Most popular of the two night clubs is Sierra Nevada 53.
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Sierra Nevada in brief
Sierra Nevada Ski Resort is:
Very good for Expert Skiers.
Very good for Intermediate Skiers.
Very good for Beginners.
Good for Snowboarding.
Sierra Nevada Season Dates
Opened : November 30, 2013.
Closes : May 4, 2014.
Usual opening - Early Dec. Usually opens last weekend in November or first in December depending on how the year falls.
Usual closing - Early May. and snow cover.
NOTE:- Opening subject to Snow Conditions in Sierra Nevada.