Sierra Nevada, Spain

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Sierra Nevada ski holidays

Established in 1964 the Spanish ski resort Sierra Nevada lies at 2102 metres altitude in the Granada region of the Spanish Sistema Penibetico. With the highest lifts and ski slopes at 3305m the area is snow sure. Over 25 snow cannons ensure artificial snow making covers 30km of trails, which equates to around 35 of the slopes. The nearest airport transfer to Sierra Nevada is Malaga at a distance of 161km or approximately ? minutes driving time. Their season runs from December to May.

SNO-man says

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.

Alpine Downhill Runs

Beginner Trails
 4 runs ?km
8%  Intermediate Trails
 18 runs ?km
49%  Advanced Trails
 18 runs ?km
40%  Expert Trails
 5 runs ?km

Resort and Holiday Stats

Apres Ski
Family/child Friendly
Value for money
Lift Pass Prices (adult 6 day)€? - €?
Traditional Village / Purpose Built Resort
Resort OpensDec 2016
Resort ClosesMay 2017
(snow conditions often influence opening/closing)

Mountain and Slopes

Downhill Runs86km
total length of Sierra Nevada trails
Longest Lift-Served Run5.9km
longest piste or trail reachable by lift
Slope OrientationN
direction Sierra Nevada area faces
Top Altitude3305m
top station of highest lift
Bottom Altitude2102m
bottom of lowest run
Resort Altitude2102m
centre of Sierra Nevada ski resort
Vertical Drop1198m
total descent from top lift to bottom piste
Skiable Vertical^v 1198m
can include extra hike up above top lift

Skiing in Sierra Nevada

45 pistes and trails means approximately 86km of runs. 19 Sierra Nevada lifts have capacity to transport 31965 per hour. The longest run in the Spanish ski resort is over 5.9km.

SNO-man says

The mountain has 8% beginner runs or nursery slopes, 49% intermediate, 40% advanced slopes and 11% for experts - the most difficult piste is the ?km ? run, with a steepness/slope angle of 60%. There is no night skiing.

Rating for skiing gets 4 stars out of 5 overall    

Snowboarding in Sierra Nevada

Of the 19 ski lifts, 5 are surface lifts or "drag lifts" - this gives an indication of how modern the lift system is and how good Sierra Nevada is for snowboarding - especially for beginners learning to board. Facilities include 1 terrain parks and 0 half pipe (longest half pipe length is 0 metres), 0 quarter pipe and 0 boardercross courses.

SNO-man says

Rating for snowboarding gets 3 stars out of 5 overall    

Sierra Nevada Apres Ski

Off-Slope activities include:

28 apres ski bars 30 restaurants 0 bowling 2 night club 1 cinema 0 billiards / pool 0 games room 0 concert 1 indoor swimming 0 outdoor heated pools 1 saunas 1 hot tubs 1 solariums 1 masseurs 0 indoor ice skating 1 outdoor ice skating 1 indoor sports centre 1 indoor tennis 0 squash racquetball 1 sleigh rides 0 ballooning 1 horse riding 10 prepare winter walks 0 climbing 1 golf 0 fishing 0 museum 0 library Plus these additional apres ski facilities Aerobics, Badminton, Basketball, Canyoning, Fiesta, Indoor Football, Handball, Hang Gliding, Hiking, Indoor Running track (130m straight sprint track), Mountain Biking, Power Lifting, Rollerblading, Scuba Diving, Shot Putt, Ski Mountaineering, Table Tenn.

SNO-man says

One of the Sierra Nevada´s most exciting features, night skiing was introduced in 1994 with lighting along the El Rio slope (3km/545 vertical drop), its normally open Fridays and Saturdays. There is also a Slalom course (1,100m vertical drop). Skiing and lift schedules are established according to the time of sunset. However, a minimum of an extra two hours of skiing will be available along a freshly groomed course. The Montebajo Sport Club is a fantastic facility of 3,000 square metres. The club´s five floors include a 130 person capacity conference room with simultaneous translation equipment and full range of audio-visual equipment, recreation hall, meeting rooms, work rooms, Gymnasium with workout programmes, aerobics, weight training and state-of-the-art equipment, multi-purpose gym for practicing indoor sports, massage rooms, saunas, turkish baths, jacuzzi, indoor/outdoor swimming pool and solarium. Centro de Alto Rendimiento - High Performance Athletic Training Centre (CAR), located at 2,320 meters above sea level, has been specially designed for the high altitude training of athletes of all disciplines. The centre, in an ideal location for testing the limits of the human body, has the latest state-of-the-art equipment which it provides for athletic federations and clubs as well as individual athletes for a perfect training programme. High altitude training has been scientifically proven to provide physiological and constitutional benefits to athletes. The CAR is also available to the resort´s visitors, skiers and other athletes during special times, according to the centre´s regular athletic training programme. The centre's facilities include a 6-lane indoor running track with a 130m straight sprint track. It has an adjoining track room for high, long and triple jump and pole vault and a multi-purpose gym for volleyball, basketball, handball, tennis, badminton and indoor soccer as well as a weight and power lifting room. The sports medicine facility is equipped with electrotherapy, strength and clinical analysis testing facilities. When the snow melts there are outdoor jogging tracks at 1,800, 2,300 and 2,600 meters altitude, 6-lane outdoor running track, 400 metre artificial turf field and a shot putt area. Throughout the winter season Sierra Nevada also offers a number of different activities including table tennis, hang-gliding, horseback riding, mountain biking, hiking, rollerblading, scuba diving classes, ski/golf packages and adventure skiing.

Rating for apres ski gets 3 stars out of 5 overall    

"Sierra Nevada" by any other name

The Spanish resort is also known as Sierra Nevada Veleta and has common misspellings:

The direction which the various Sierra Nevada slopes face can make or break your ski holiday. To guarantee good snow conditions, choose a resort with piste which face the right way for the time of year you're travelling.

- In the coldest winter months of January and February pick a resort with sunny south facing slopes, so your days on the snow doesn't feel like a polar expedition. Conversely, in the warmest spring skiing months of March and especially April, a resort with cool and shady north facing trails will ensure you're not riding on slush, but benefitting from best late season snow. The best destinations have areas which face in all directions so that you're guaranteed greating conditions whatever the weather. Sierra Nevada has slopes facing N.

Rating for snow gets 3 stars out of 5 overall    

Childcare in Sierra Nevada, Spain

Sierra Nevada day and evening care plus snow ski schools and babysitting.

Sierra Nevada has non-skiing day-care for children aged three months to four years of age after which ski school has special classes for children. Some of the hotels such as the Sol y Nieve operate their own playroom's with evening daycare for children aged 5 to 11 five nights per week. Sierra Nevada's friendly, sunny atmosphere and off slope facilities like ice skating and swimming coupled with unpretentious accommodations and eateries make this a good choice for many families.

3 stars out of 5 overall    

Sierra Nevada Shopping

Sierra Nevada shopping - fashion boutiques, outdoor gear and food shops

Shopping is limited in the resort but its worthwhile taking a trip to Granada for a far bigger choice as well as a visit to Alhambra.

Sierra Nevada value for money gets 4 stars out of 5 overall    

Ski Equipment Rental Shops in Sierra Nevada

Sierra Nevada hire shops - overview of all shopping in Sierra Nevada

Shopping is limited in the resort but its worthwhile taking a trip to Granada for a far bigger choice as well as a visit to Alhambra.

Sierra Nevada ski rental shops value rating gets 3 stars out of 5 overall    

Main Ski School in Sierra Nevada

Sierra Nevada ski school - snowboarding course & skiing lessons

The official ski/board school is called Escuela Española de Esqui and has 100 teachers teaching in English, French, Spanish and taking students from a minimum age of 4.? ? 480168

Sierra Nevada for beginners         gets 4 stars out of 5 overall    

Sierra Nevada for intermediates  gets 4 stars out of 5 overall    

Sierra Nevada for expert skiers   gets 4 stars out of 5 overall    

Sierra Nevada for snowboarding  gets 3 stars out of 5 overall    

Mountain & Snow Sports in Sierra Nevada

Sierra Nevada snow sports - off slope winter mountain sports

Cross Country Skiing (langlaufen) in Sierra Nevada: 8km X C ski trails, Lessons available? Y

Easy XC Ski Trails: 8km     Intermediate XC Trails: 0km   Difficult XC Trails: 0km

Telemark Tuittion: Y     Telemark Rental 1      Paragliding schools: 1

Snow mobile Rental: 1     Toboggan Run Length: 0km

Non Skiing Winter & Snow Activities in Sierra Nevada

Sierra Nevada snow fun - off slope winter activities

Outdoor Ice Rink: 1 Indoor Ice Rink: 0 Balloon Flights: 0

Prepared Winter Walks: 10 Snowshoeing: 0 Hang Gliding : 1

Snow mobile Rental: 1 Toboggan Run Length: 0km Paragliding schools: 1

Sierra Nevada non skiing facilities also include Aerobics, Badminton, Basketball, Canyoning, Fiesta, Indoor Football, Handball, Hang Gliding, Hiking, Indoor Running track (130m straight sprint track), Mountain Biking, Power Lifting, Rollerblading, Scuba Diving, Shot Putt, Ski Mountaineering, Table Tenn.

Sierra Nevada reviews, 3.8 star rating and information is collated by SNO man from staff experience and customer feedback.
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