Season discounts for skiing in April in Sierra Nevada

April will bring us not only the spring but also activities and discounts to Sierra Nevada for skiing.

The 30th of April is the last day of the ski season, if you are willing to take part in the called event ‘ski the spring in Sierra Nevada‘, you are yet on time.

Sierra Nevada activities and discounts in April, 2017

Spring discounts for skiing

The first week of April you can get ski passes with discount. With 20€ you can enjoy a full skiing day. There is a limit of 3000 ski passes with discount.

If you have a season ski pass you can recharge it for 25€.

If you are willing to learn how to ski now you can do at a reduced price, for 35€/day. The available days for the ski lessons are the 2nd, 9th, 22nd and 29th of April.

April activities in Sierra Nevada

Among the many activities planned in Sierra Nevada for April is the skiing in swimsuit event. An event where the participants have to ski or snowboard without clothes.

The 30th of April the skiing season ends with a big people’s paella.

Sierra Nevada in autumn

Visiting Sierra Nevada in autumn is not expensive at all, now we can find very cheap flights to Malaga. These low prices in autumn on flights, hotels and car rental allow us to know some places in the province of Granada, located just 90 minutes from Malaga and the Costa del Sol.

Autumn in Sierra Nevada

Now in October and November, shortly before the start of the ski season  is an ideal time to enjoy the attractions of Granada without being the weather too cold.

Visiting Granada in October and November

Alhambra Granada

If you want to convince anyone coming with you, the cheap flight is a perfect excuse to spend some time in Malaga and Granada, It is a perfect opportunity to know more of these cities which are so different from each other:

  •  Malaga, ancient port city that opens to the Mediterranean, with the charm and joy that characterizes the coastal cities.Autumn is definitely a good season to visit the province without  feeling too hot.
  • Granada, where lingers its Arab heritage in every corner and its monuments, with the magnificent Sierra Nevada in the background. You can enjoy a city break, visit the Alhambra or simply enjoy the environment.

For the more adventurous there are many opportunities to enjoy Sierra Nevada and practice outdoor or adventure sports and thus combine sightseeing with exercise. Some examples of activities in  Sierra Nevada are canyoning and mountaineering. You can simply enjoy hiking in one of the highest peaks of the peninsula, as the highest road in Europe rises to almost 2,500 metres.

There is parking in Pradollano, the skiing resort in the Sierra Nevada, where the National Park provides buses for those who prefer to climb the last stretch more easily, without missing the spectacular views where on clear days we can even see the Rif Mountains in Morocco.

Do not miss it

It is a unique excursion, at a short distance from Granada and Malaga, which allows us to glimpse a great nature and extraordinary high mountain environment at only 120 km from Malaga airport and definitely a place you should not miss.

You might be interested also to know which month is the best to visit Malaga.

Skiing in swimsuit in Sierra Nevada on April 23

The end of ski season is approaching and like every year there is being organized a skiing in swimsuit event, a rather striking event which has been held since a few years being this the fourth edition. If you ever thought how it would be to ski or snowboard without clothes it is your chance to try it.

This event also aims to promote the upcoming World Championships in Freestyle Ski and Snowboard in Sierra Nevada.

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The fourth season edition of this event takes place on 23rd April at the ski station of Sierra Nevada.

You have live webcams where you can check the status of the tracks.

Ski pass at half price if you bring your bikini or bathsuit

To take part in this event you must sign up at the official website (signing page is down so I guess you have to signup personally). There is usually a limit of 500 participants, those participants who join the event will be also able to buy the ski pass at half price (€ 17.25 is the price in 2016).

To benefit from the discounted ski pass it is necessary to bring your ID card which you must show at the box office (open at 9am)  then you will be given a registration card that will give you access to services, prizes and a ski pass at exclusive price; then you get rid of your clothes and stay in swimsuit.

For your warm clothing you can use a wardrobe in Borreguiles (closes at 11:20am) that has been free in earlier years, so we assume it will remain free for participants … be patient if there are many people, the fun is only a few minutes away.

After all these steps you just have to take the chairlift and warm up the muscles, the event is about to begin, try to be careful, falling on snow in a swimsuit carries more risks than doing it protected with special clothing for skiing.

It is not allowed to overtake the person who goes first,  you must follow that person at all times. Shortly after the descent they will proceed to the awards ceremony and the wardrobe will reopen for you to take back your belongings.

Remember that participants must bring their own equipment.

Free ski pass?

Those who want to enjoy a day of skiing with free ski pass will have to wait until May 1st. During the last day of the season the price for ski pass at the station of Sierra Nevada is free.

Tips for skiing in swimsuit

Do not forget sunscreen… the sun’s rays are specially dangerous here because of the sun´s reflection on the snow so it is necessary to be well protected with sunglasses and sunscreen.

Avoid risks, we already know you are a pro…do not try to impress the bikini girls or guys in bathsuit by practicing your special skills without enough protecting clothes.

Video of previous events in Sierra Nevada

If you have never been yet to Sierra Nevada this is a good time to visit,  we have a page with information about the ski resort as well as where to park your car.

World Snow Day or a weekend with children in Sierra Nevada

world snow dayWorld Snow Day is coming the next weekend and Sierra Nevada participate by offering dedicated activities and ski lessons for children.

This event is organized worldwide and most of the ski stations around the globe participate on it, officially it’s just one day, Sunday…but they use to extend it for the whole weekend and some ski stations even offer it one weekend every month.

The aim of this worldwide event is to introduce children into the practice of this winter activity. Who has visited the snow being a child and have no good memories of it?

When is the World Snow Day?

The next 17th in January the World Snow Day is celebrated but you will be able to find deals for the whole weekend.

There are also activities planned for both days.

Coming to Sierra Nevada

This year Sierra Nevada offers different holiday packages, one of those packages includes ski learning classes, ski-pass and all the needed material for skiing; there is another offer which also includes accommodation, all of this at a cheaper price than any other day.

Saturday and Sunday are full of events and activities for the children, some of those activities among many others sound promising: night skiing, cinema or the Gymkhana; children might enjoy them as much as their parents.

More information about World Snow Day

You can visit the official website for information about events in Sierra Nevada and at any other ski station which participate on this event.

http://world-snow-day.com/en/wsd/Event_Locator/Spain/Sierra_Nevada/World_Snow_Day

World Snow Day
Plaza de Andalucía 4
18196 Granada
Spain
+34638302057

Flights from London to Granada with free check-in for skiing gear

hispania airlinesOnly an hour and a half drive from Malaga and the Costa del Sol are rising the highest mountain ranges of the peninsula, Sierra Nevada in Granada, the southernmost ski resort in Europe. With the recent rains, this resort located on more than 2,400 meters above sea level, and from where on clear days you can see the Mediterranean Sea and Africa, is preparing for the new 2012-13 season.

Among the varied promotions we also found an offer of the company Hispania Airways, which offers free billing of skiing equipment or Snowboards on its flights to Granada. This promotion, which is already available on the company’s website, will be valid as from the first days of December, specifically the 6th, when the airline starts connecting Granada-Sierra Nevada with London, Rome, Paris, Madrid and Barcelona.

From London-Gatwick flights take place twice a week (Mondays and Fridays, round trip). This offer responds to the growing numbers of British skiers who book a getaway to Sierra Nevada. But not only the British enjoy this ski resort with more sun in Europe, just 30 minutes from the historic city of Granada, about an hour from the Costa Tropical and 90 minutes from the Costa del Sol.

However, if you prefer to stay in the resorts of the warm Costa del Sol but want to enjoy a getaway to the snow and the cold of Sierra Nevada, you can take your flight to Malaga airport and from there book a transfer to Sierra Nevada or hire a car in Malaga.

Sierra Nevada opens season with 26 kilometers of skiing slopes

The southernmost ski resort in Europe, Sierra Nevada in Granada, opens this Saturday November 26th the season with the largest skiing area in history at the beginning of the season.

For this last weekend in November Sierra Nevada is ready with snow depths of 20 centimeters to 1 meter in the areas of Borreguiles, Veleta, La Laguna de las Yeguas and in the area of ​​Loma de Dilar, where this year opens a ‘half pipe’ located in the snow park Sulayr. Sierra Nevada is now the only station in Spain with sufficient snow to start the season.

The ski resort is located in one of the two national parks in Andalusia and from its peaks you can see on clear days the Mediterranean Sea and the African coast.

Skiing and freestyle lovers can enjoy a wide variety of slopes and facilities for the enjoyment of snow sports as well as hotels, restaurants and so on to make pleasant your stay at 2,000 meters above sea level. The nightlife in Sierra Nevada is also very famous. The area also offers many activities for non-skiers and children, thus the whole family can spend a fantastic day in the snow.

And do not forget that the highest mountain in the peninsula is located just an hour’s drive from the Costa Tropical of Granada and 90 minutes from the Costa del Sol in Malaga. The season in Sierra Nevada is also usually the longest due to its height and usually it is possible to ski until Easter; a time when we can see already the first bathers on the Costa del Sol. Thus Sol y Nieve (Sun & Snow) is not a media overstatement as in fact it is possible to ski and take a dip in the Mediterranean Sea on the same day.

The first snow of the season in Sierra Nevada, Granada

The southernmost ski resort in Europe, Sierra Nevada in Granada, has already registered its first snowfalls, leaving a thickness of between 5 and 7 cm from 1,800 metres above sea level. These first flakes on the highest mountain peaks of the Spanish Peninsula have been a good reason for many people who went during the weekend to Sierra Nevada to enjoy the snow with the family, throwing snowballs and sliding on sleds.

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The opening of the skiing station Sierra Nevada is scheduled for the weekend of 26 and 27 of November.

Tourists who come to Malaga in autumn and winter for a short holiday, taking advantage of attractive prices of flights, can practice winter sports only 130 km away in Granada.

The last Moorish kingdom of medieval Spain is also a fantastic destination for a tour of the historic city and a visit to her most famous monument, the Alhambra. From various viewpoints of the city you can enjoy fantastic views of the Arab fortress with the white peaks of the Sierra Nevada as a backdrop. During these months we can also witness great sunsets.

Now, you should dress up warm! Although Granada is only 40 a minutes’ drive from the Costa Tropical and an hour and a half from the Costa del Sol, the change in temperature could not be sharper. In the picture you can see that only a few miles in a straight line are separating the snow from Mediterranean Sea; however, due to the great height of the mountain there are differences in temperature of 20° C and more.

Therefore, the slogan “Sol y Nieve” (Sun and Snow) from Sierra Nevada is not exaggerated, because technically it is possible to ski in the morning and sunbathe on the beach in the afternoon. In the resort you can rent the entire equipment, although you should not forget sunscreen and sunglasses!

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  • Skiing lessons in Granada
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From Malaga to Sierra Nevada in Granada – Quick Guide

The Sierra Nevada National Park is situated between the provinces of Granada and Almeria and is located about 120 km from Malaga city. In the Sierra Nevada is located the highest peak of the peninsula, the Mulhacén, 3.481 meters high. The National Park of the Sierra Nevada is a nature reserve declared by UNESCO.

There are two ways to reach the Sierra Nevada. One runs inland, on the Highway A-72. It is a very entertaining journey, slowly increasing in altitude, as we move away from the coast and the lush subtropical vegetation. After the mountain pass “Las Pedrizas” nearly 800 metres above sea level, before our eyes open vast spaces of mountains and countryside, only occasionally punctuated by country houses and large olive groves.

Traveling from Málaga to Granada on the A-72, we can find some interesting villages on the road such as Loja, Alhama de Granada and Montefrio, about 70 km from Malaga. These villages, tucked behind hills and close by rivers, retain a rich and diverse historical legacy.

Arriving in Granada, opens a majestic view, the peaks of Sierra Nevada, which for much of the year are covered with snow, under a deep blue sky.

From Granada city the well signposted A-395 leads to the most southerly ski resort in Europe, Prado Llano, whose lifts are also open to the public in summer and therefore it is a great choice for excursions year-round.

From the Pico de Veleta you can see on clear days the Mediterranean coast and even the Rif Mountains in Morocco. If get up to this height, take a warm coat, also in summer, as temperatures are usually quite low!

Another route through the Sierra Nevada from Granada is to the south on the A-44, through Lecrín Valley, whichin spring is covered with blossoming lemon and orange trees. Taking the winding road A-348 to Lanjaron, we can literally feel like going through “the Gate” to the magical Alpujarra, on the southern slope of the Sierra Nevada.

Here, time moves at a different pace; the white villages have kept to this day their Arab heritage; deep valleys with a special microclimate and fruit trees and numerous springs, many of them with medicinal properties. Here we can find charming villages such as Bubión, Pampaneira or Capileira, the Buddhist monastery Oseling on Mount Atalaya, located at 1.800 meters, and one of the highest villages in Spain, Trevelez, at almost 1.500 meters, which is famous for its ham (Jamon Serrano).

The newly opened A-44 instantly takes you back to the coast, with a descent of nearly 600 meters in altitude. However, the much prettier route is the old national road to the coast, the N-323, through Velez de Benaudalla, who takes us through spectacular mountain scenery, opening in the last bends to the Mediterranean breeze, a pure pleasure to drive this route!

The coast of Granada greets us with her white village Salobreña, situated on a hill. From here we can enjoy the coast road and appreciate the differences in the Granada coastline, with steep cliffs, holding with their wild and rugged aspect a particular beauty that contrasts sharply with the massive building along the Costa del Sol. We can also quickly return on the A-7, which leads back to Malaga city, the heart of the Costa del Sol.

For all of you who don´t require to rent a car in Malaga, there are Malaga airport transfers services for groups from Malaga to Sierra Nevada.

Sierra Nevada offers free ski pass for children under 5 years

The ski resort of Sierra Nevada (Granada) has launched, coinciding with the arrival of Christmas, the campaign ‘Sierra Nevada Family‘, which since December 25th gives free ski passes for children aged 0-5 years. This promotion will run until the end of the season.

In addition to this campaign there is another special promotion of “three golden days at Christmas” where children until age 12 to can ski a 50% cheaper on 25 December 25th and January 1st and 6th.

With these promotions is strengthened the support to families in the resort of Sierra Nevada, which during this season is also reflected in the new extended family area located in Borreguiles.

Meanwhile, snowfall in the last days and the forecast for later this evening give a very good outlook for skiing during the Christmas holidays in Sierra Nevada.

Sierra Nevada plans to open on Monday with 95 km ski slopes

The winter resort of Sierra Nevada, located in Granada, plans to begin the last week of the year with the opening of 95 km of slopes suitable for skiing, coinciding with the favorable weather forecast and a hotel occupancy reaching 90 percent.

In this sense, the ski station has reached its maximum extension on Sunday and has opened the first line of modules of the new snow super park ‘Sulayr’, one of the most significant novelties of this season.

As reported by Cetursa, the company that manages the park, the first ‘snowboarders’ and freestyle fans enjoyed this Sunday the mid-level modules of ‘Sulayr’ while on Monday will be incorporated the most demanding jumps. In the new ‘Sulayr’ is also installed background music and soon ‘WIFI’.

Thus, the premiere of the new ‘Sulayr‘ has coincided with the day that Sierra Nevada has reached the largest ski area in the season with 84 kilometers of slopes in a day of sunshine and good weather to the enjoyment of skiers and snowboard fans.

For Monday, the area will exceed 95 kilometers with slopes in all areas of the station and levels of snow of more than two metres in some areas and quality of powder snow throughout the ski area of Sierra Nevada.

On the occasion of Christmas, the ski station also has invited its customers to a glass of champagne on the terrace ‘chill out’ of Borreguiles, an invitation that will be repeated on January 1st and 2nd.

Moreover, on January 1st there will be a magic show for parents and children in the cinema Telecabina and on January 4th one of puppets on the same stage. On January 3rd will be held a parade with the pages of the Three Wise Men. And in the afternoon of January 5th the Three Wise Men come down skiing the slope of El Rio.