Skiing and snowboarding is one of the most popular sports in the winter season. Whoever chooses the Sierra Nevada as a holiday or excursion destination has the unique opportunity to go skiing or snowboarding in the mornings on more than 3,000 m and to surf or bathe in the afternoons on the nearby beaches of the Mediterranean coast. The journey takes about one hour from the Sierra Nevada to the coast.
The ski season in Pradollano, the highest peak in Spain, lasts from November (when the first snow falls here) to May. The Sierra Nevada is a very innovative ski resort in terms of the service required for skiing and snowboarding fans:
- A daily groomed snow park with various kickers, rails and a half pipe.
- A high number of gondolas and chairlifts, which the boarders in particular enjoy.
- Wide slopes and the interesting terrain off the slopes (jumps and deep snow slopes).
- Numerous specialist shops, ski and board rentals and ski schools.
- Cozy après-pubs with splendid sun terraces and an exciting nightlife.
- Cheap to high-priced accommodation and hotels.
The Sierra Nevada stretches west-east along a part of the southern Mediterranean coast of Spain. Partly, the steep slopes reach as far as the Mediterranean, as for example in and around Almería. The highest peak is the Mulhacén (3,482 m), followed by Pico del Veleta (3,397 m) and Alcazaba (3,392 m). The melting water of the Sierra Nevada provides the surrounding area, including the greenhouse cultures in Almería, the Vega of Granada and the cities of Granada and Almería with drinking water. The most famous mineral water brand in Spain, Lanjarón, also draws its water from a source in the homonymous place in the Alpujarras, which form the southern side of the mountains.
Via the village of Pradollano (also known as Sol y Nieve) you reach the summit of the Pico del Veleta over the highest road in Europe. With your own car you can drive to the Hoya de la Mora (2,500 m). If you want to get up to Veleta, you have to walk, by bike or by buses of the national park. Sol y Nieve is an artificially created winter sports resort in which the Alpine World Ski Championships were supposed to be held in 1995. However, as that year saw no snow in the Sierra Nevada, the event was postponed to the 1996 Alpine Skiing World Championship. In addition, the 2000 World Mountain Bike Championships took place here. The next major events were the Winter Universiade 2015, followed by the now in March 2017 World Championship in freestyle skiing and snowboarding, for which one of the largest snow parks in Europe was built in 2013.
From March 7.-19.: The Freestyle Ski and Snowboarding World Championship 2017 will take place in the Sierra Nevada!
The current weather, ticket prices, many webcams and information about all events can be found at: https://sierranevada2017.es/en/