The Sierra Nevada

The 29-year old Grenadian Reyes Santa-Olalla

An international reference point for skiers and tourists alike

Located in the heart of the Penibético system, the southernmost of the three systems of mountain ranges of the Baetic, in the southern Iberian Peninsula, in the municipality of Monachil (Granada), the Sierra Nevada is the southernmost ski resort in Europe and home to the highest peaks in the Iberian Peninsula (Veleta at 3,394 m and Mulhacén at 3,478 m), all just 100 Km from the Mediterranean sea and the Costa Tropical.

It has a total of 115,6 skiable kilometres on 120 marked pistes, the quality of the snow, the exceptional treatment of the slopes and the complementary leisure offer make the Sierra Nevada an international reference point and a must for both the modern skier and tourists of the 21st century.

The Sierra Nevada

Sun and Snow are assured in this emblematic environmental paradise which was declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 1986, and which acquired National Park status in 1989.

Snow and Sun, Beach and Mountain, Sport and Leisure, Art and Gastronomy, Shopping and Relaxation in any one of a number of high quality Spa’s, Sierra Nevada offers you the perfect experience, and absolute paradise for snow lovers.

It is the main Ski Resort in southern Europe, where more sunny days per year can be enjoyed, and the perfect place in which to practice all winter sports. The quality of its facilities and services, together with its lively atmosphere, make the resort a first rate gathering point for all snow lovers.

Don’t miss out the wide offer of snow sports and activities which you can practice during the day, while at night fun is also guaranteed: night-skiing, tapas and drinks alongside the slopes, restaurants, discos, etc. Light, warmth. Feel the South. Enjoy snow and much more…

Sierra Nevada focuses its developments for the new winter season in a line similar to those of the last year, supporting the family skiing, and strengthening the youth sports scene at Superparque Sulayr, which has now established itself as a freestyle area in the Sierra Nevada after expansion with the introduction of a number of new elements aimed at covering the different user levels as well as many new disciplines of snow (snowboarding and freestyle).

The ski season always depends on the climate conditions that year, but the resort usually opens in Early December, the last weekend in November or first in December depending on how the year falls, and closes in April, or May if the temperature allows for the use of snow cannons.

Precautions and recommendations

Firstly, get information regarding piste, weather and snow conditions.

You should be aware of regulations for using facilities at the resort. You should respect queues and wait in the designated areas.

You must pay attention to the explanations, suggestions and requirements of resort staff, who wear corresponding uniforms or identification. You must also respect all on-piste warnings and information.

Remember that ski passes are non-transferable, and do not ski off-piste or at the piste edge to avoid entering in prohibited or dangerous areas.

If you are skiing or snowboarding for the first time, get an instructor to show you the basics and don’t forget to wear a helmet.  It is also a good idea to hire your equipment the first time, before making the full investment.

Above all, know your limits and choose the most appropriate piste for your level.

Necessary equipment

The equipment you will need depends on the level and discipline to be practised, although the basic elements for skiing are boots, skis (short ones for beginners), bindings and poles. If you are snowboarding, simply exchange the skis for a snowboard.

As far as clothing and accessories are concerned, you should use synthetic, breathable undergarments, fleece, ski suit, waterproof/breathable trousers and anorak, suitable sunglasses for skiing.

Lastly, don’t forget your skin: high-factor sun cream and lip protection.





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