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Set amongst the Sierra Nevada mountains in Andalusia, you will find Europe’s southernmost ski resort. High above sea level at 2100-metres, the Pradolano resort sits beneath Pico del Veleta (3298m), also one of the highest skiable European peaks.
While not considered a huge resort, there are still 105km of pistes, from greens to blacks – with stunning views down to Granada. With Andalusia offering a very high proportion of sunny days, astounding weather is guaranteed throughout the season. But don’t worry the introduction of snow machines means that glorious weather will not affect the slopes. Being so close to the Mediterranean means skiing in the morning, before heading to the coast, or nearby Granada, in the afternoon. Enjoy the best of both worlds in this Spanish ski resort.
Sierra Nevada is 54 kilometres (Approximately 50 minutes) from Granada Airport.
Sierra Nevada offers some of the best bluebird skiing in Europe, and clear skies makes for easier skiing. There are 18 green runs, and 42 blue, so it is great for beginners and those who have limited skiing experience. The transition from green to blue should be an easy process here. There are three ski lifts giving access to three of the best beginner slopes in the area: Borregiles I, Emille Allais and Veleta II.
Most of the pistes in the Sierra Nevada mountains cater for the beginner, but there are some brilliant runs for those with more skiing knowledge. The red runs in the resort are higher up the mountain, with some of the best running from the top station at Veleta to Pradallano station along the Aquila piste. But, as with any major resort, venture away from the main runs and you are sure to find a quieter or more difficult run to suit your style.
The top of the mountain offers some difficult reds and a few black runs, so venture down the Laguna tracks for views of the Mediterranean and Rif Mountains in Morocco. From here, take the Dilar chairlift into the Loma de Dilar where you will find legendary black runs Fuente del Tesoro and Neveros. These were made famous by Alberto Tomba during World Cup runs. Also in this area you will find the terrain park, perfect for snowboarders and freestyle skiers.
There are plenty of things to do for families, both skiing and non-skiing. The three family areas for children to learn how to ski are brilliant. ‘La Piste del Mar’ has sea-themed obstacles guiding them down the slopes. ‘El Bosque’ is a forest themed slope, and the Dreamland Alpine Garden gives kids the chance to play and learn with qualified instructors. There is also sledding, treasure hunts, and an amazing ‘snow-rollercoaster’ for those more adventurous children.
As in any resort, there is a big après ski scene and it is well known for its lively tapas bars and skiers clomping around in their boots. For the night time scene, this is a typical Spanish resort and people will not go out until at least 11pm – after dinner or a siesta. Head over to the Plaza de Andalusia for great sunset opportunities and people watching. For those looking for more than food and drink, the YHI spa in Hotel Meliá provides great treatments in what is known as the best hotel in the Sierra Nevada mountains.
Late November to April
2100 m / 3300 m at vertical peak
|Lifts||22 - including two gondolas and 15 chairlifts|