The new skiing season at Sierra Nevada is set to start on 24th November 2012 and run through till 21st April 2013.
Each year improvements are made to the infrastructure making Sierra Nevada one of the best skiing resorts in Spain.
Depending on the climate, the season can last nearly six months. The resort has a great selection of all types of hotel and apartment accommodation, restaurants, bars and night life and 100+ kms. of ski slopes, including off-piste – for all levels of skiers, 15 ski schools, 1,200 metres height deviation, 21 lifts, 353 snow cannons and the Sulayr Super snow park.
And where in Europe can you snow ski and water ski on the same day?
Ski in Sierra Nevada, overlooking the city of Granada, and water ski on the beaches of the Costa Tropical, just an hour’s drive south to the coast.
New Gatwick to Granada flight service
A new service starting 7th December from Gatwick will provide UK based skiiers with a direct flight twice a week (Monday and Friday) to Granada airport, situated just 30 kilometres from the ski resort. The service is to be provided by Hispania Airways and was announced last week at the Ski and Snowboard Show in London. All passengers of Hispania Airways are permitted up to 20 kilograms of checked luggage and are welcome to carry their ski equipment free of charge upon their flight purchase.
The season at the Sierra Nevada started at the weekend with 26 kms of pistes open to skiers, including the most difficult. Current snow depth goes from 20cms to a metre on the highest routes.
The resort hopes to attract more than a million visitors this winter, and has become one of the first in Spain to start the season. Cetursa is the company which runs the resort and director, María José López, said they expected to have 10 red, 8 blue and 11 green pistes open. She said it was the first time that veteran skiers could enjoy the pistes in the area of Laguna at the start of the season, and that Valeta and Borreguiles were also both prepared after ‘a great effort’ by the workers at the resort.
Some 300 workers have prepared the opening of the season, and snow which has fallen in recent days has supplemented the artificial snow which has been prepared since November 4.
The amount of pistes open is expected to be extended to 31 kms shortly. There are now 13 cable cars and ski lifts in operation.
The resort wants to attract more younger people, and this year opens new attractions including a ‘half-pipe’ in the Sulayr Park specially designed for snow boards. At 165 metres long it is the largest in Spain, and reaches a height of six metres which allow users to make three jumps on each side.
Support for families has also been improved with free access to the under 5’s and discounts for children in packages which include accommodation.
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