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Sierra Nevada

Sierra Nevada

Sierra Nevada defies many 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.

 

Facts at a Glance (09/10):

Sierra Nevada
Resort Base Level 2100m
Top Station 3300m (Veleta peak 3398m)
Vertical Drop 1200m
Slope Orientation NW & W
Pisted Runs 102.89 kilometres (inc. Snowboard Park) over 115 runs
Green Runs 16
Blue Runs 40
Red Runs 50
Black Runs 9
Longest Run “El Aguila” – 6.18 kms
Cross Country Skiing 1 circuit. 4 kilometres
Number of Lifts 29 (2 Gondolas; 16 Chairlifts (6 Detachable); 2 T-bar drag lift; 8 Conveyer Belt, 1 rope drag)
Lift Opening Times 09.00 to 17.00 (Last lift up 16.45)
Total Lift Capacity 47,141 skiers per hour
No. of Ski Areas 6 (Veleta; Laguna De Las Yeguas; Borreguiles; Lomar de Dilar; Rio Monachil; Parador)
Snow Making 350 canons & 725 hydrants over 33 kms of piste on 32 runs.
Child Care
2 options: 1 – The “Snow Garden” in Borreguiles main ski area, 2 – The crèche at the base of Al-Andalus Gondola)
Night Skiing Saturdays from 19.00 to 21.30hrs (subject to weather /snow conditions)
Freestyle Parks 1 with half-pipe, full range of jumps & rails plus a small lift. 1 Mini-Park with a small selection of ramps and rails.

As one of Europe’s highest resorts it is, perhaps surprisingly, very snowsure and typically has a long season. Traditionally the season starts around the end of November running through to the end of April or even into the first week of May. 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 3,000m in the country. The Mulhacen at 3,482m is the Iberian Peninsula’s highest.

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.