Sierra Nevada Ski Weekends
At an altitude of 2,100m in southern Spain, Sierra Nevada is graced with reliable snow coverage and plenty of sunshine. Sierra Nevada’s ski season runs from December until April, sometimes as early as November and as late as May. Its proximity to Malaga airport makes it a fantastic ski weekend destination.
With a total of 102km of skiable terrain, there is plenty of skiing across the four areas that are all interlinked. Slopes are best suited to beginners and intermediates with plenty of wide, long blue and red runs that are perfect for practising turns.
Approximately 2 hours from Malaga
Approximately 1 hour from Granada
- Famous for its long red runs
Just an hour from Malaga, this Spanish resort is extremely easy to get to as well as being great value for money. Sierra Nevada is the most southern ski resort in Europe and claims to have 80% of sunny days. Many of the slopes and restaurant terraces catch the afternoon sun so you can warm up outside. Take the Laguna chairlift up to Veleta peak, which is 3,398 metres-high and on a clear day you will be able to see the Mediterranean stretching towards Morocco and the tips of the Atlas Mountains.
Sierra Nevada is split into four well-linked areas; catch the gondola to the mid-station Borreguiles where you'll find the nursery slopes and wide pistes to practise turns on. More experienced skiers will find more challenging runs at 3,300m as well as the freestyle park. On Saturday night there is night skiing on Río and Maribel, and there’s early morning skiing on Sunday’s between 7.30-9.30am, so you can make the most of empty, wide slopes - a fantastic benefit for weekend skiers looking to optimise their time on the slopes.
Après and Dining
Sierra Nevada has great Spanish restaurants as well as European restaurants that serve popular plates. Most of the tapas bars and restaurants are centred around the main square, Pradollano Plaza and there are more in the Borreguiles area. Order tapas bites or dine on Mediterranean dishes and traditional Alpine cuisine like fondue and raclette. We highly recommend the paella at Nevasol by the Borreguiles nursery slopes. In the evenings, the resort livens up at around 11pm, when the bars open for drinks and dancing.
There are some great activities for the whole family that include Russian sleigh rides, tobogganing, watching the sunset from the Veleta peak and snowshoeing. Children can even try snowmobiling on a circuit near the Jara chairlift. Montebajo sports club is an extensive complex with a gym, indoor and outdoor swimming pool as well as a sauna and jacuzzi, which is perfect for soothing aching muscles. There is also an athletics track and multi-purpose gym for volleyball, basketball, tennis and football.