The sweet summertime is over, but that does not mean the adventures have to end! Now the ski season is here, and one of the many advantages of renting or buying a property on the Costa del Sol is that you can be on the pristine slopes of Sierra Nevada in less than two hours!
Everything is possible in Andalucia
It’s winter, it’s getting colder, there’s snow on the distant hills….. no we’re not talking about the Scottish Highlands, we’re talking about Sierra Nevada, here in Southern Spain. Located just 1.5 hours from Malaga, this winter wonderland is a haven for ski enthusiasts, day trippers and thrill seekers alike. If this is your sort of place to go, please read on! If not, read on anyway…you never know!
You might not think of Southern Spain when you think of skiing in the winter, but everything is possible in Andalucia! Sierra Nevada ski resort opened on the 25th of November this year and is expected to close around April 2023. So pack your bags, put your ski glasses on and get ready for skiing in the sun! Sierra Nevada provides one of the widest and most attractive ski domains in southern Europe. This winter season resort has 110.4km of skiing distributed in 131 pistes with the largest ski slope in Spain, measuring 1,200m!
Sierra Nevada lies near the city of Granada
The Sierra Nevada ski resort is in Granada, less than one and a half hours from Malaga. If you have never been, Granada is a must if you are going to ski in Sierra Nevada. The city is located at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountains and is known for its medieval architecture, whereof the most famous piece of architecture is the Alhambra which is protected by the Unesco World Heritage. No wonder, since it is the most visited monument in Granada – even in all of Spain.
Sierra Nevada belongs to the third highest mountain range in Europe, which peaks are the highest in the Iberian Peninsula, with more than 20 mountain peaks above 3000 meters altitude. In addition, Sierra Nevada has 105 new state-of-the-art cannons this ski season, so in total there are 315 new units of high energy efficiency and great capacity for snow production in marginal conditions. In other words, what every ski-lover dreams of!
Ski passes & equipment
When the Sierra Nevada ski resort is open, you can rent all equipment there. It is possible to rent skis, snowboards, boots, clothes, safety gear and accessories for both adults and children on-site or in advance online. We definitely recommend that you purchase your ski pass (forfait) in advance via the Sierra Nevada website. This way, you can go directly to the print-it-yourself machine when you arrive so you avoid waiting in line. The price for an adult ski pass for one day starts at 46 euros.
Best places to stay on your trip
Built from seasoned Finnish timber, El Lodge boasts sophistication and comforting familiarity in one. El Lodge offers you the possibility of reserving the entire hotel and the opportunity of being enamored by the chic and unique vibe. Whether for a family holiday, a romantic trip, a product presentation or corporate team building session, El Lodge can become your very own chalet with the comforts of having our entire staff at your disposal. El Lodge is also the sister hotel of the iconic Marbella Club Hotel in Marbella.
This luxury retreat is nestled in the heart of Granada, and boasts 21 guest rooms, most of which benefit from their own outdoor terraces and Jacuzzi for the utmost in rest and relaxation. All of the rooms at El Lodge offer the same cozy interior that offers both class and beauty, without compromising on comfort.
An ultra modern contemporary property located near Granada. This stunning luxury villa occupies an enviable position close to the historic city of Granada at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, with the local town of La Zubia only a five minute drive away.
The sloping site offers unrivaled views down to the city of Granada and up to the peaks of Sierra Nevada, where the excellent ski resort offers skiing, snowboarding and winter activities for over 5 months of the year.
The location of the villa is perfect – less than 15 minutes to Granada city and around 40 minutes to Sierra Nevada ski station by car, which is included with your stay.
An experience at Silverfield Villa is one of a kind, which will stay with you for the rest of your life!
What if I’m not big on skiing?
For the more relaxed and laid back among you, there’s plenty of choice for chilling in front of a roaring fire, enjoying a cocktail hour or even taking a dip in a heated pool.
El Lodge has the only open-air, heated pool in the Sierra Nevada. Enjoy a swim with the heat of the Sierra sun at your back and the picturesque mountain backdrop.
The outdoor area is complemented by a large sauna with natural light flooding in and a Finnish hot tub. Enjoy a sensation of total wellness, relaxing your body and mind while taking in the fresh mountain air.
You can also unwind and plan your next Sierra Nevada adventure at The Bar, a fun and contemporary take on vintage ski décor. The menu features an exciting blend of classic cocktails and original concoctions, such as the “Gluhwein El Lodge” so why not pop in for a pre-dinner aperitif or stay for a casual late drink!
We hope you enjoyed our guide to Sierra Nevada. The resort is now open and waiting for you to visit and we know you’ll have great fun on the slopes! . Until next time, it’s adios from us.