From March 24th to March 27th, the Esquiades.com team travelled to the Sierra Nevada ski resort. The reason of the ski trip was simple, to get to know better the area, the people, the hotels, the services we offer on our website and the slopes. Why? To inform our customers even more and because we are skiing experts, as simple as that.
Sierra Nevada is a National Park, located in Andalucia, Spain. It is also known as the gem of the South and these mountains are very different from the ones in the Pyrenees. The location and altitude of this mountain range is key to enjoy lots of snow and long sunny days.
The Sierra Nevada ski resort is located inside these mountains and offer skiers 110 skiable kilometres, with a very easy access, good food and many accommodation options near the slopes and in Granada.
Where did we stay?
We were accommodated at the 3* GHM Monachil Hotel, which is 400 metres from the Parador I chairlift, only 5 minutes down the road on foot. Next to the chairlift there are ski pass machines were you can get your ski passes. The Parador I chairlift takes you further up the urbanisation or down to Plaza de Pradollano, where you can access the resort using the Borreguiles cable-car.
Ski in and ski out of the hotel, if there’s plenty of snow and you are brave enough, you can ski down the slope that’s right next to it.
The hotel offers a buffet for breakfast and dinner, a 24 hour reception service, an outdoor car park, a spa and treatments, a games room, an apres-ski bar and ski hire service. Everything guests need to have a nice and comfortable stay.
The ski resort
The Sierra Nevada ski resort is one of the biggest resorts in Spain. It has 2 main cable-cars that depart from Pradollano and 2 chairlifts that pass by inside the town.
The highest point of the resort is nearly 3,300 metres high, the Veleta Summit, that makes the slopes very long and the height difference is of 1,200 metres. So, you can ski from Mount Veleta to Plaza de Pradollano without having to stop.
110 skiable kilometres are available and are compound by 126 slopes. 20 of them are green, 42 are blue, 55 are red and 7 are black.
The resort also offers other services such as a snow park, 15 ski schools, a cross-country circuit, car parks and snow activities that take place at the ‘Mirlo Blanco’.
What did we do and see?
As mentioned above, the main reason of our trip was to get to know better the area and services we offer on our website.
So, we got to see the ski hire shop and ski school we work with, the ‘Escuela Internacional de Esquí’. Furthermore, we visited the hotels and apartments that our customers like the most, here’s a small list: 5* Vincci Rumaykiyya, 4* Melia Sierra Nevada, 3* Mont Blanc, 2* El Ciervo, GHM Gorbea Apartments, among others in Pradollano, Monachil, Güejar Sierra and Granada.
To finish our stay, we also go to ski a bit at the resort (that was obvious that was going to happen). And we even got invited to the Melia Sol y Nieve’s spa, what an experience!
Our recommendations are simple:
1.Check our website and get to know what hotel is the best option depending on who you are going to travel with.
2.Ski from Mount Veleta to Plaza de Pradollano, a 1,200 metre altitude descent.
3.Visit the Alhambra when you leave.
4.Enjoy the area's great food.
5.Have great fun!