Sierra Nevada – Much more than a ski resort

Europe’s most southerly ski resort is a great option if you want to combine winter sports with historical cities and even a trip to the beach. Follow our guide to get the most out of skiing in the beautiful Sierra Nevada.

It may be stretching the truth a little to say that the Sierra Nevada ski resort ‘belongs’ to Marbella, yet, it is only a two to three-hour drive from central Marbella to the Sierra Nevada ski slopes – a pretty remarkable bonus point to add to living the Marbella lifestyle.

The Sierra Nevada is a mountain range in southern Spain in the province of Granada. The Sierra Nevada Ski Resort is located on the slopes of the Pico de Veleta, Spain’s third-highest peak, located just 32km or around 30 minutes from the historic city of Granada. The resort was founded in 1964 and has 124 runs suitable for all levels of skiing and snowboarding.

The Sierra Nevada mountain range is visible from the city of Granada and its ski resort was founded in 1964 and is set at an altitude of 2,100 metres making it one of Europe’s highest, which means snow is pretty much guaranteed throughout the winter. The season traditionally starts in November and lasts until May, but it may begin a little earlier if snowfall permits. Not only does the Sierra Nevada boast 12 pistes, but it also has a great reputation for its off-piste skiing, which appeals to more experienced skiers. The resort is very popular with snowboarders as well, and even offers a special night skiing and snowboarding experience where two of the slopes are specially illuminated, so you can ski or snowboard under the stars. 

One of the great bonuses of skiing at the Sierra Nevada is that it is very family friendly. There is a host of activities for children in addition to ski lessons, and parents can leave their young ones in the care of professionals at the Dreamland play area. 


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Of course, if you’re not keen on skiing, there are many other activities to enjoy up in the mountains. You can climb to the peak of La Veleta in a snow machine and watch the sun rise. The après-ski facilities are excellent at the resort and the most exclusive place to enjoy them is at El Lodge Ski & Spa. Not only does it offer a ski-in/ski-out facility, but has wonderful restaurants and bars, plus games rooms that have been specially designed and equipped for children of all ages where they can enjoy anything from Lego to Playstation. There are a number of other great accommodation options at Sierra Nevada.


After two decades, the European Ski School will present a new project this year in which emotions and experiences play an integral role: Cerogrados Emotions Center. This project can be experienced in Baqueira-Beret and Sierra Nevada, two of Europe’s most prestigious ski resorts. Cerogrados offers unique services and products that can’t be found in other locations. “Our goal is to offer customers a sense of well-being”, explains Martín Oltra, director of the company. In order to achieve this goal, they adapt their services to each client’s individual needs and preferences. That’s how they can offer a unique, personalized service.

They use premium materials that are updated every year, with packages for families and activities such as night skiing or tastings, different ski destinations, cycling routes, helicopter flights, etcetera. And these aren’t the only factors that distinguish this school. “We create custom agreements with certain groups in order to offer them premium services that will make our customers feel special”. Cerogrados Emotions Center is about feeling and experiencing the snow and the mountain like never before.

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