Europe’s southernmost ski resort in Sierra Nevada has not had much snow so far this season, but now this has changed dramatically – thanks to the polar front that entered Spain last weekend.
Yesterday afternoon there was 25 cm of snow in Pradollano Borreguiles and the snowy has only continued. At the moment there is between 40 and 60 cm of natural snow on the ground and a good foundation with artificial snow in the slopes. Moreover, it is cold up in the mountains now, so producing more artificial snow is no problem for Cetursa in the current situation.
The snow was very much needed and the head of the Association of Sierra Nevada, Enrique de la Higuera exclaimed: “We welcome the snow with open arms, kneeling while we sing hallelujah. We have always had an optimistic view of the winter to come. This is the first major snowfall of the season. “
The storm is likely to continue a couple of days, but then we expect to be able to open a much larger ski area.
For those wishing to travel up today the road up to the ski area is open, but it required to use snow chains, otherwise you would not be allowed to enter.
There are a number of roads in the Sierra Nevada area where it is required to use snow chains today and the main road up to Puerto de la Ragua is still completely closed.
About Sierra Nevada
The ski resort of Sierra Nevada, with the same name as the mountain range, is located in Andalusia in southern Spain with Granada as the nearest town. There are some twenty mountains with an altitude over 3000m. The highest peak, Mulhacén, measures 3,482 meters and is the highest mountain on the Iberian Peninsula. The south facing ski resort of Pradollano is at about 2,100 meters altitude and is protected by the mountain range’s second highest peak Veleta (3,395 m.)
It is also Europe’s southernmost ski resort, just 27 km from Granada. 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 on the Costa del Sol it is about 160 km.
Snow, lifts and prices
You can check for yourself how it looks with snow, ski lifts and ski trails at the resort’s website, where there are several webcams: sierranevada.es. You can also book accommodation and see what tickets cost etc.