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Ski resorts in Spain

Most people may not associate Spain with skiing, but the fact is that Spain has many beautiful ski resorts for skiing both lengthwise and crosswise.

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Sierra Nevada. Photo: Albergue Inturjoven

Sierra Nevada has already opened for the season and this weekend some of the ski resorts in the Pyrenees will be opening. Ski resorts in the inland of Spain are not yeat ready to open.

Sierra Nevada
The ski resort of Sierra Nevada, with the same name as the mountain chain, is located in Andalusia in southern Spain with Granada as the nearest town. Trere are more than twenty peaks over 3000 m. The highest, peak Mulhacen, measures 3482 meters and is the highest mountain on the Iberian Peninsula. The ski resort Pradollano is facing south at about 2100 meters elevation, protected by the second highest peak, Veleta (3395 m.)

Sierra Nevada normally has very reliable snow conditions and they have recently bought a large number of modern snow cannons. The season therefore now normally lasts from mid / late November to 1 May, sometimes even longer. The resort has a large and very modern lift system and 122 very well-maintained trails and additionally good cross-country ski trails.

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The picture is from december 5th – 2014 Photo: Cetursa.

The resort is easily accessible by car via the A-395 from Granada a journey of only 27 km. If you do not want to travel by car, it is possible to get there by regular bus from Granada. The first bus leaves already at 08 a.m, and the last bus back leaves Pradollano leaves at 6.30 p.m It is also not very far from the coast up to the ski resort. From motril on the Costa Tropical it is less than 100 km and from Malaga about 160 km.

Today om December 11th there are 11 lifts and 51 trails that are open, and later today, another elevator and a trail are excpectet to open. Natural snow debth varies between 20-80 cm and are of quality “Polvo”. Total length that is open today is 45.51 kilometers. Thanks to the recent cold they expect to open up many more lifts and trails this weekend.

What it looks like with snow, lifts and slopes can easily be seen on the resort’s website, where there also are more webcams. There you can also book accommodation and see what the ticket costs etc.

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Sierra Nevada – Plenty of space for skiing, but there may be queues for the lifts at weekends. Photo: Cetursa.

See you in the slopes this winter!