The Sierra Nevada Ski Resort is found in Monachil, a municipality 25 minutes, 31 kilometres, by car from Granada, in southern Spain. From Quartiers Marbella Apartments, on Costa del Sol, there are approximately 250 kilometres (155 miles), a 3 hours drive to reach the ski resort.
Enjoy the snow and sunny days in the Sierra Nevada mountains
The Sierra Nevada ski resort is a paradise for snow lovers. It’s the southernmost ski resort in Europe, where you can enjoy the snow and sunshine at the same time. It’s the European ski destination where one enjoys the greatest number of sunny days a year. It’s the perfect destination for practising all kinds of winter sports.
The cared-for facilities and services and the friendly atmosphere make the resort a meeting centre for snow lovers from all over the world.
Daytime, the enormous variety of snow sports and activities are the main attractions. In the evenings and at night diversion and entertainment are found everywhere. Night skiing, tapas and drinks next to the slopes, concerts, restaurants, nightclubs and bars etc.
Sierra Nevada ski resort
The ski resort offers visitors from all over the world a full range of services and facilities, among which the Sierra Nevada Club Card is worth mentioning. The card is free and offers its affiliates many benefits. Members get free information regarding the state of the slopes via SMS, discounts for equipment rental, and many more advantages. The card is also your digital ski pass and you can load and reload it on-line. You can find out more on this link: https://sierranevada.es/en/winter/ski-passes/sierra-nevada-club/
The ski passes rates vary depending on the dates and the day of the week. The season 2019 – 2020 the resort opened on November 23 and the closing will probably be on May 3. You can check the rates on this link: https://sierranevada.es/en/winter/ski-passes/
The resort consists of nine areas: Veleta, Laguna de las Yeguas, Borreguiles, Lomar del Dilar, Rio Monachil, Parador, Jardín Alpino, Parque Sulayr and Pista del Mar which all together encompass 131 runs in total. More than 110 km and over twenty ski lifts.
Sulayr Snowpark is the zone for snowboard enthusiasts and freestyle skiers. Snowpark Sulayr is the largest and most well-equipped snowpark in Spain. It is well known all over the world. The largest permanent half-pipe in Spain can also be found here. There is also a minipark for beginners, ideal for the first forays into snowboarding to practise moves, jumps and tricks before undertaking slopestyle. The “Kidspark” is an area designed for children to start practising freestyle skiing safely together with their parents and helped by instructors.
Nearest town: Monachil, 20 km
Nearest city: Granada, 31 km
Highest mountain peak of the ski area: Veleta, 3.398 m
Resort base altitude (Pradollano): 2100 m
Top station: 3300 m
Vertical drop: 1200 m (largest in Spain)
Slope orientation: North/North-East
Green – very easy, for beginners: 19
Blue – easy: 45
Red runs, intermediate difficulty: 53
Black runs for experts: 7
Orange runs – Snowpark Sulayr. Several different levels of difficulty: 7
Longest run: Pista del Águila
The total number of ski lifts: 21
Gondola lifts: 2
Chair lifts: 14
Rope lifts: 1
Carpet lifts (conveyor belts): 4
Total ski lift capacity: 45,207 skiers per hour
Borreguiles and Al- Ándalus góndolas are open every day from 9:00 to 16:45. The Parador chairlift is open every day from 8:30 to 17:30. The rest of the lifts are open every day from 9:00 to 16:45. The Gondola lift for night skiing and snowboarding between Borreguiles and Pradollano, along the El Río and Maribel pistes (5,8 km), with 52 light points is open on Saturdays. Chairlifts for First Tracks are open on Sundays from 7:30 to 9:00.
Quartiers Marbella Apartments tips
Always check the weather conditions before you decide to go. Although the Sierra Nevada resort enjoys the best skiing weather in Europe with mild temperatures and much sunshine, the pistes remain closed on windy days and when heavy snowfalls are expected.
You might need snow chains on the road from Granada to the Sierra Nevada.
When planning the drive to the ski resort keep in mind that it takes time. The distance between Granada and the Sierra Nevada is short, but you will be driving up a mountain road that ascends from Granadas 738 metres above the sea level to 2100 metres above the sea where the ski resorts base is located.
Sierra Nevada Ski Resorts official webpage is https://sierranevada.es/