Sierra Nevada: how about a snowy end to 2019?

Sierra Nevada: How about a snowy end to 2019?.

You might be basking in the Marbella sunshine this Christmas, but festive fun of a very different kind is also not too far away. Head for the snow at the Sierra Nevada, just a couple of hours’ drive away from Málaga, and you’ll soon be taking to the slopes just like Santa and his reindeer themselves!This, the biggest ski station in Spain, provides an impressive 50 kilometres of pistes alongside world-class facilities. Sierra Nevada’s excellent amenities combined with the panoramic views attract large numbers of skiers of all abilities who love to return year after year.

Winter season starts late

This year’s season began a week late due to bad weather, but it’s not putting off skiers who are showing up in their droves to enjoy the start of the peak season in this popular Andalusian resort.

Since Saturday 23 November there have been more than 13 kilometres of pistes skiable in the Sierra Nevada, with snow reaching between 20 and 80 centimetres thick at below 900 metres.

Popular runs this season are at Borreguiles and El Río. Lifts are fully operational at present at the Al-Ándalus telecabin, Dauro, Borreguiles and El Bosque gondolas. Emile Allais, Veleta II and Veleta chairlifts are also busy transporting skiers to their favourite slopes.

Not just for skiers

This impressive mountain range is home to the peaks of Veleta and Mulhacén – the highest on the entire Iberian Peninsula. Not only does the Sierra Nevada make for prime ski conditions, it attracts nature lovers too. The area is protected as a national park and biosphere reserve due to its remarkably rugged rock formations, lagoons and Mediterranean woodland, which together form a stunning and unique landscape.

The Sierra Nevada ski resort is definitely not just for adults. When not learning on the nursery slopes, children love the Mirlo Blanco activity park, which is now partly open for those wanting to tackle some of the new attractions this year, such as tubbing, sledges and the ‘Russian sled’. And the good news is the non-skiers of the family can also join in without the need to wear skis!

Meanwhile, the Los Cahorros Route offers great adventures from its hanging bridges stretching across parts of the beautiful Monachil River. Come to the Sierra Nevada this year and experience a touch of the Alps on the edge of the Costa del Sol.