As one of Europe’s highest resorts, Sierra Nevada is a snow-sure resort offering gorgeous long hours of winter sunshine and spectacular skiing. You'll enjoy fabulous views of the Atlas Mountains in Morocco while skiing the wide variety of pistes that cater for every type of skier, from beginners to experts.
The season here runs from December to April and it's a great resort for early or late skiing given Sierra Nevada's high altitude.
Resort Altitude: 2,100m
Resort Skiing: 3,300m
Total Ski Area: 102km
Green Runs: 8km
Blue Runs: 41km
Red Runs: 48km
Black Runs: 5km
Sierra Nevada is split into four separate areas that are all well-linked and easily accessible. You'll catch one of two gondolas up to the mid-station at Borreguiles where you'll find the nursery slopes. Intermediates and experts should carry on up to 3,300m where the majority of the more challenging and freestyle terrain can be found.
You'll be able to find slopes that catch the afternoon sun, of which there is plenty given the resorts southern location - especially towards the end of the season.
You'll find an excellent array of runs in Sierra Nevada, ranging from a nursery slope area ideal for beginners to some challenging black runs and exciting off-piste. The green and blue runs are well-groomed, however, the resort is best suited to intermediate skiers who can take advantage of the long reds that Sierra Nevada is famous for.
There's early morning skiing 7:30am - 9am on a Sunday, so if you're looking for empty slopes and fresh tracks then you'll want to set your alarm.
There are 15 registered ski schools in resort, many of which offer ski hire as well. There are English speaking instructors on hand to teach groups by age and ability or take private lessons (afternoon classes tend to be cheaper if you're looking to go private).
The ski schools cover everything from teaching people the basics through to off-piste or slalom classes for those looking to refine their skills. There are also guides available if you're wanting to discover Sierre Nevada's best kept secrets from a local.
Sierra Nevada has an array of excellent restaurants dotted throughout the resort, with most located by the nursery slopes in Borreguiles. You can find all the traditional European Alpine cuisine, including fondues and raclette, as well as some Meditteranean specialities - paella at Nevasol is a must.
Make the most of the reasonable prices you'll find here compared to other ski resorts.
There's a fantastic choice of bars to choose from after a day on the slopes and the resort is well known for its lively night club scene. Head to Pradollano Square at the bottom of the piste and you'll find a selection of cosy bars to relax in until things start to ramp up at around 11pm.
It's also worth heading to Granada after a day skiing, where you can enjoy the much warmer temperature, trendy tapas places and flamenco shows - you can even take a dip in the Mediterranean in late spring.
With the coast so nearby it's very easy for those that aren't taking to the slopes to head for the beach, a unique alternative option for a ski holiday. Within resort there's plenty for non-skiers to entertain themselves with, from tobogganing to ski bikes or ice-skating. At night time there's the opportunity to go star-gazing as well.
The city of Granada is less than an hours drive away and is a great place to explore, steeped in fascinating culture and heritage.