Andalucia’s top ‘snow resort’ is open for the winter season

The Sierra Nevada Natural Park has started its informative safety campaign this winter to ensure that members of the public can enjoy the mountains and the snow in safety for its most popular seasons.

The protected park is open to all sorts of leisure activities and winter sports such as snow hiking, cross-country skiing, mountain climbing and its lesser known organised sledging activity.

Every week between November through to July the authorities will publish leaflets and news updates on social media on safety with the purpose of preventing accidents and to make sure all can enjoy the park’s facilities. The incentive will enable all to be fully informed and up to date information on weather reports, current state of the access points and the mountain refuges, as well as any safety precautions.

Visiting the snow whilst staying in Nerja

Except for those in the know, it’s hard to imagine that you could possibly enjoy snow while on a Mediterranean holiday. Sun, sand and snow don’t really go together unless you are talking about Spain’s Sierra Nevada Mountains.

Located around 1 and 1/2 hour drive from Nerja, it’s possible to hit the slopes in the morning and return for a paddle on Burriana beach in the afternoon.

Situated 3,478 metres above sea level, the Sierra Nevada Ski Station is the most southerly place to ski in Europe with a season which lasts from late November to mid-April.

This year the ski resort opened a week earlier than normal for on November 24th due to a seasonal drop in temperatures that allowed them to operate the snow-making cannons sooner than expected.

The resort boasts 110km of pistes with 21 lifts is capable of handling 45.207 skiers per hour. It also has a cross-country ski circuit, snow-park for the kids and recreational areas for non-skiers.

Tip- The resort is extremely busy over the weekends and on national holidays but is relatively quiet during the week. Also, don’t forget the sunscreen and dress in layers as you may want to take your jacket off as believe it or not, it can get warm on sunny days.

sierra nevada ski slopes inflatable rings

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Fun for all the family in Sierra Nevada 

Don’t be put off if no-one in your family can ski as there are so many more activities available to do at the resort. One family activity is the inflatable rings that have been designed for non-skiing visitors and those who fancy enjoying the snow in a different way. There are various slopes with snow with different gradients to choose from that children through to adult will enjoy. Prices are €10 for 30 minutes.

Another fun and safe activity for all are the children’s snowmobiles. These are enjoyed on a closed circuit that is 70 metres in length and costs €10.

sierra nevada grenada hiking

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A snow hike to remember.

If you are travelling up to the Sierra Nevada for a day out, how do you fancy a guided panoramic excursion in the Ski Resort? Depending on the snow conditions this activity will be carried out in Borreguiles, Pradorredondo, or Suerte de Fuente Alta. The special snow hiking shoes or snow rackets are included in the 25€ charge as well as a guide. The guide and the partakers will decide upon the physical level this activity would require and the walk will last approximately 2 hours.

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