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Skiing in the South of Spain

Published on 12th December 2016 by Luxury Villas Marbella

It’s all about the location

The Sierra Nevada extends across two provinces, and after the Alps is the second highest mountain range in Europe. It’s highest peak rises to 3482m. On a bright day, Morocco’s Riff mountains are clearly visible from the Sierra Nevada. As it is one of Europe’s highest resorts, it is very snow sure and the season is usually long. Typically it begins around the end of November and runs until the end of April sometimes even into the first week of May. The location of the resort makes is a very attractive destination. In 90 minutes you can be enjoying some tapas on the beach and in even less time, you could be strolling around the Alhambra.

Sierra Nevada Skiing

Sierra Nevada Ski is Europe’s most southerly ski resort and offers some of the best spring snow conditions in Europe. The proximity of the resort to the Mediterranean coast means that the sunshine is virtually guaranteed and the ski season is long. Depending on the snowfall, the 2015/16 ski season should open on the last weekend of November.

It is one of the few places in the world where you can ski in the morning and go to the beach in the afternoon.

What is on offer?

Although it may not be the most picturesque by alpine standards, the Sierra Nevada resort offers a fantastic location and ski conditions and,  it has got everything you need. Access and parking for coach or car is easy. In the main square, you will find all the hire shops, accommodation, restaurants, bars, lift pass office and the two main gondola lifts serving the skiing areas.

Piste and off-piste this is a friendly, well-equipped resort offering something for everyone including cross-country and downhill skiing, as well as snowboarding, sled-riding, and snowshoe hiking. You can expect some varied skiing for all abilities over nearly 100 km of piste in two large open sunny bowls. This is a great resort for beginners or intermediate skiers, but there are also some challenging red and black runs as well as many off piste tracks for the more experienced.

The new Sulayr Freestyle Snowpark is for more experienced snowboarders and freestylers. Attracting some of the big names of the international snowboarding scene, the Sulayr Snowpark offers a great variety of freestyle obstacles including the largest half-pipe in Spain, ramps, jumps and more. You can also enjoy music, free Wifi and the bar.

Family friendly

The nursery and intermediate slopes are perfect for beginners and kids under five. They can join the ski school or take part in many other activities.

There is a creche guardería for ages four months to 8 years. Also at the resort level is the Mirlo Blanco park, a dedicated snow activity area with ice rink, toboggans, ski-bike, chair-bike, mini-ski, mini-snowboard and the latest addition of a roller sled, which is a combined bobsled roller coaster ride. And in 2013 the giant ski-through Whale was added in the new family-friendly ski area.

Summer in the Sierra Nevada

The Sierra Nevada Ski and Mountain Resort stays open in the summer and offers a range of sporting and outdoor activities for all ages.

Out of season the cable car and chair lift are operating and the recreational area Fuente del Mirlo Blanco offers some great activities for kids including the roller-sled, bike slalom, slides, children’s park, trampolines, zip-lining,  and even ice-skating!

Category: Marbella Guides