Sierra Nevada

Its finally ski season again in Sierra Nevada, so that means its time to think about ski season and book that ski holiday! I’m suddenly thinking thermals not bikinis!

It is one of the only resorts worldwide where you can be on the slopes skiing in the morning, then sunning yourself on the beach in the afternoon and the best thing of all its virtually on our doorstep, with the new toll road its under a 2 hour journey from Marbella.

The ski resort of Sierra Nevada defies all concepts associated with skiing. Located barely a stone’s throw from the Mediterranean coast, it has practically guaranteed sunshine, the best Spring snow conditions in Europe, and is still reasonably priced compared to many of its European counterparts.

As one of Europe’s highest resorts it is (perhaps surprisingly) very snowsure and typically has a long season. Traditionally the season starts now and runs through to the end of April or even into the first week of May like it did last season. The longest season on record was the winter of 2008/9 which ran from the 15th November 2008 until the 17th May 2009.

Sierra Nevada literally means “Snowy Mountain Range”, and it includes some of the highest peaks in Europe, not to mention the highest concentration of peaks over 3,00m in the country. The Mulhacen at 3,482m is the Iberian Peninsula’s highest. This beats many worldwide ski resorts some of which peak at just 1800m.

The ski terrain is majestically overlooked by the jagged glacier-formed Veleta peak, at 3,398m, Spain’s third highest after Aneto (3,404m) in the Pyrenees. The Sierra Nevada ski resort offers its visitors a wide and ever expanding range of facilities as well as a ski terrain to suit skiers and boarders of all standards. Much of this is due to the resort organisers working extremely hard at preparing the runs each and every night. An important factor, which very few resorts can boast, is that you are practically guaranteed sunshine throughout your stay! Being so far south, the climate is superb for brushing up on the deepest ski tan you are likely to get anywhere! Visitors are consistently stunned at how the snow lasts during the typically deep-blue-skied and sun-blazoned days.

Last season saw the opening of the Marbella Clubs “El Lodge” which is virtually impossible to get a reservation, however whittling away a few hours on the terrace with a drink in hand is most desirable. The Melia Hotels in the town centre are great if there is a group of you, however my favourite hotel up there is the Vincci Hotel which has the most amazing restaurant, even if you aren’t staying in the hotel, you are able to eat there. There is a huge array of private apartments for rent also which is very handy for families.

Anyhow I must stop typing, dust off my ski’s and start looking at some on-line deals!

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