Great news for fans of skiing and sunshine, Europe’s Southern-most ski resort the Sierra Nevada is now open for its winter season. They have been using snow cannons to ensure a good covering of snow for the start of the season and fresh snowfall this week means that skiers are in for a treat. There’s already 14km of ski runs open, 19 runs and 10 lifts and this will increase as the season progresses.
The location of this lovely ski resort couldn’t be better for those who like to combine fun in the snow with relaxation in the sun, as the Costa del Sol is just over 2 hours from the slopes. Many people hire a villa down in the sunshine for a week and go up to the slopes a few days midweek when it’s quieter. This means that non skiers can enjoy relaxing in the warmth, or pop up for the day to explore the village and play in the snow whilst the others ski. Then the whole group can relax after the skiing by walking along the beaches of the Costa del Sol – two holidays in one!
Just 2 hours from Spain’s Costa del Sol are the snowy peaks of the Sierra Nevada, Europe’s Southern-most ski resort.
December saw the heaviest rain for 50 years fall on the Costa del Sol, officially ending five years of drought in the region and filling the reservoirs to capacity. Although it meant a wet Christmas for Costa del Sol residents, it has led to wonderful conditions in the nearby mountains with the resort management, Cetursa SA, announcing an impressive 3 metres of snow cover over the ski terrain. They are working hard to piste the new snow and hope to have all the runs open soon. To find out the latest information on the state of the pistes visit the British Ski Centre website.
If you want to enjoy both the skiing and the warmth of the seaside, you should consider basing yourself on the Costa del Sol and taking a day trip up to the mountains. Alternatively, you could do a two centre holiday and stay in the mountains for one night (be warned the accommodation is expensive) and then move down to the Costa del Sol to relax before heading home.
The Costa del Sol is well-known for its beaches, but it is also a great place to ski! In just an hour from sunny Marbella, you can reach the ski resort of Sierra Nevada with its pretty alpine village and selection of runs to suit all abilities.
Many people take advantage of both of these great holiday ideas by renting on the Costa del Sol and enjoying the winter sunshine and taking a day trip or a weekend up to the mountains. Rental accommodation is limited on the mountain itself and is expensive, so this is by far the most cost-effective option.
Following the first big snowfall a few weeks ago, the resort is now officially open, although numbers are currently being limited to 2,500 per day. Good snow conditions are forecasted for this season, so it is a great place to visit for Christmas or later on into the season.