Sierra Nevada ski holidays
Most people think of France or Switzerland when considering a ski break, but Spain’s Sierra Nevada offers some of the world’s most outstanding winter sports opportunities. Nestled high in the Andalucian Panibetic mountain range, it’s not only Europe’s most southerly ski resort, but also it’s highest, at 2,150 metres above sea level. Consequently, you’ll need to remember your suntan lotion: this is also the sunniest ski resort in Europe! Offering a fantastic and diverse range of slopes for all levels of ability, there’s really nothing Sierra Nevada lacks as a ski resort: its expansive, artificial snowmaking system means that despite all that sunshine, excellent snow conditions are always guaranteed. So why wait? From November through to April, Sierra Nevada offers an excellent range of slopes for skiers and snowboarders of all levels of ability. Here at HomeAway Holiday Rentals, we also have a huge range of private Sierra Nevada chalets for you to choose from, whether you fancy a large home fit for a family or a cosy, traditional chalet for couples. Simply read on for a rundown of everything Sierra Nevada has to offer, and start planning your break today.
Sierra Nevada ski holidays: runs and lifts
There are 45 runs in Sierra Nevada, with 18 blues for beginners, 22 reds for intermediates, and 5 challenging blacks for the more advanced skiers among you. Beginners will find wide, well-groomed slopes, while intermediates will find long, challenging runs: one of the best is also the longest, a 6.5 kilometre trail which meanders down from the summit of Veleta mountain, 3398 metres high. Advanced skiers won’t be disappointed either, with the men’s downhill World Cup run to challenge them! What’s more, with 29 lifts, Sierra Nevada offers easy access to a huge range of exciting slopes.
Sierra Nevada ski holidays: families
Those travelling with young children will find Sierra Nevada perfectly suited to a family holiday. The resort boasts an ice rink where you can get to grips with skating, and the Mirlo Blanco Activity Zone, which offers tobogganing, ski-biking and bobsledding, as well as mini skis and snowboards for little winter sports enthusiasts! Why not hop on the bobsled-come-roller-coaster ride, and make a day of it? Of course, if parents wish to hit the slopes while little ones learn how, there’s Dreamland and the Snow Garden: here, children as young as three can learn how to navigate the slopes in safety.
Sierra Nevada ski holidays: o ther activities
Sierra Nevada isn’t only suited to skiers: non-skiers and snowboarders are also well catered for. Snowboarders will find a half pipe and board park as well as opportunities for freeriding, while those looking to take a break from the slopes will find a huge range of activities to keep them entertained. For those seeking some much needed rest and relaxation, the resort offers a heated, outdoor pool, range of saunas and a well-equipped gym; while for those interested in trying some exciting outdoor activities, snowmobiling, sleigh rides and hiking are also popular options.
Sierra Nevada ski holidays: a pres ski
Sierra Nevada is renowned for its fiery, Spanish nightlife, which doesn’t usually begin until 11pm in the evening! After a hard day on the slopes, there are a huge number of bars and nightclubs to choose from: located along the resort’s main strip, they include firm favourites such as Mango, Sol and Crescendo. Replete with open fires and warm, cosy seating, the bars often serve locally produced alcohol alongside traditional Spanish fare: why not try some homemade Vino Caliente or Lumumba? Of course, for families or those looking to relax, watching a film in the cinema’s a great choice.
Sierra Nevada ski holidays: p laces to visit
The beauty of a Sierra Nevada ski holiday is the sheer diversity of opportunities available: yes, you could be skiing down high-altitude slopes in the morning, but you could also be lazing on a soft-sand beach come afternoon! The white sands of the Costa del Sol are just a two hour drive away from the resort, so it’s certainly worth a trip if you fancy a break from all that snow! Of course, the magnificent city of Granada is also nearby, scattered with Moorish ruins and churches. With spectacular architecture and a distinctly Andalucian charm, it’s a fantastic place to spend a day or two.