Sierra Nevada Ski Station
The Sierra Nevada Ski Station is a ski resort
Ski resort
A ski resort is a resort developed for skiing and other winter sports. In Europe a ski resort is a town or village in a ski area - a mountainous area, where there are ski trails and supporting services such as hotels and other accommodation, restaurants, equipment rental and a ski lift system...

 in the Sierra Nevada
Sierra Nevada (Spain)
The Sierra Nevada is a mountain range in the region of provinces of Granada and Almería in Spain. It contains the highest point of continental Spain, Mulhacén at 3478 m above sea level....

 mountains in the province Granada in southeastern Spain
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. The ski area is on the northern slopes of Veleta
Veleta (Sierra Nevada)
Veleta or Pico del Veleta is the third highest peak of the Iberian peninsula and the second highest in the Sierra Nevada. Its height is given variously as , and ....

, the third highest peak in Spain. This is the most southerly ski resort of Europe
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The resort hosted the 1996 Alpine World Ski Championships
FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 1996
The FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 1996 were held at Sierra Nevada near Granada city in southeastern Spain, February 12-25, 1996. The championships were to be held in 1995, but were postponed due to lack of snow.-Medals table:...

, and regularly hosts high-level races of FIS Alpine Ski World Cup. It has been selected to host the 2015 Winter Universiade
2015 Winter Universiade
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, the world university games.


Sierra Nevada is Europe’s southernmost ski station
Ski Station
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, and the highest in Spain. With its high elevation
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, the skiing season can last from late November until early May. Particularly towards the end of the season you can enjoy long, sunny days of skiing, although wind can be a problem due to Veleta's prominence
Topographic prominence
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 and few trees. The resort is situated 27 km (17 mi.) from the city of Granada
Granada is a city and the capital of the province of Granada, in the autonomous community of Andalusia, Spain. Granada is located at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountains, at the confluence of three rivers, the Beiro, the Darro and the Genil. It sits at an elevation of 738 metres above sea...

, and is accessed by the A-395. It is also less than 100 km from Motril
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, on the Costa Tropical
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, which means skiing and swimming on the same day is an option. Nearest bigger city is Malaga
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 (a population of nearly 600,000 people), is accessed by the highway A-7
Autovía A-7
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/European route E15
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 (Malaga-Motril), highway A-7
Autovía A-44
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/European route E902 (Motril-Granada) and then route Granada-Sierra Nevada Ski Station.

At the foot of the slopes there is a resort village, Pradollano, which stretches up a hill to the north of the pistes. The bottom of the village is at about 2100 meters above sea level, while the top is at almost 2400 meters above sea level. Pradollano is home to a large number of shops, including many that sell or rent ski equipment, souvenir shops and a small supermarket. There are also a variety of ski schools, restaurants, cafés, bars and nightclubs.

The mid-station Borreguiles, which is served by two cable cars that run from the bottom of Pradollano, is at 2675 m (8776 ft). Here there are a few cafés and restaurants, a ski school
Ski school
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, a few hire shops and lockers.

The resort is run by a private-public enterprise called Cetursa Sierra Nevada, S.A..


By far the main attraction for visitors to the resort is the 100 km (62 mi.) of alpine skiing runs. With abundant snow, it is possible to ski almost anywhere on the mountain, as the whole resort is above the tree line. It should be noted that the resort does not carry out avalanche blasting, and skiers are generally advised against leaving the pistes due to avalanche risk. As the resort mainly caters to locals, and less to people visiting for a whole week, it is much busier at weekends. There are rarely any queues mid-week outside the main Spanish holidays (first week of December, Christmas through to 6 January and Easter). Even at weekends, queues are generally fairly short if the whole resort is open, allowing skiers to spread out across the mountain.

In recent years the resort has made an effort to increase the number of services it offers, including expanding the Mirlo Blanco recreation zone, which now has an ice rink, toboggans, ski-bikes, mini-skis and a track for wheeled toboggans.

In summer you can go walking, cycling, horse-riding and mountain climbing in the area. One of the cable cars and one chair-lift are kept open in July and August, making it relatively easy for hikers to reach the summit of Veleta. On a clear day, you may be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of Africa from the peak of the mountain.

Also during the summer months, the National Parks office runs a microbus service from Hoya de la Mora, just above the resort village, to Posiciones del Veleta, at 3,100 metres. The service includes a guided commentary about the geology and ecology of the Sierra Nevada.


A bus service connects the resort to the main bus station in the city of Granada, with the journey taking approximately 45 minutes. The bus station is on Avenida de Juan Pablo II. During the skiing season, weekday buses run from the bus station to the resort at 08:00, 10:00 and 17:00, returning at 09:00, 16:00 and 18:30. At weekends and on public holidays they leave Granada at 08:00, 10:00, 15:00 and 17:00, and return at 09:00, 13:00, 16:00 and 18:30. Outside the skiing season, there is a daily bus to the resort at 09:00, while the bus back down leaves at 17:00.

There is also a microbus service that shuttles between the bottom and top of Pradollano, as well as a chair-lift suitable for non-skiers that connects the bottom, middle and top of the village.

See also

Sierra Nevada National Park
Sierra Nevada National Park (Spain)
The Parque Nacional Sierra Nevada is located in Granada and Almería provinces in south-eastern Spain. It was declared a national park on 14 January 1999. It stretches from the Alpujarra to El Marquesado and the Lecrin Valley, covering a total area of 85,883 hectares, making it the largest national...

Sierra Nevada
Sierra Nevada (Spain)
The Sierra Nevada is a mountain range in the region of provinces of Granada and Almería in Spain. It contains the highest point of continental Spain, Mulhacén at 3478 m above sea level....

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