The Sierra Nevada is a towering mountain range located in Spain’s southern Andalusia region. Just a short drive from the historic city of Granada, its steep slopes are home to the most southerly ski resort in Europe. The resort is small in comparison to the sprawling French Alps resorts, but it nonetheless offers a fantastic skiing weekend for beginners and experts alike. The resort is built around the town of Pradollano, which offers a range of accommodation options, as well as bars, supermarkets and equipment rental shops. This ultimate guide to skiing in the Sierra Nevada will explain everything you need to know to make the most of this incredible resort, including transport, accommodation, lift passes and après-ski entertainment.
When is the Sierra Nevada ski season?
The ski season in the Sierra Nevada runs from late November to early May. This is an impressively long ski season for a resort located so far south. Of course, the exact dates of the ski season will vary every year depending on snowfall.
How big is the Sierra Nevada ski resort?
The Sierra Nevada ski resort offers a total of 110.4 km of skiable slopes, spread out over 131 runs. It is the steepest ski resort in Spain, with a 1,200m incline.
How to get to the Sierra Nevada ski resort from Granada
The most reliable way to get the Sierra Nevada ski resort from Granada is by bus from the station. The service is run by Autocares Tocina. During the ski season, there are 2 morning buses a day from Granada, departing at 8am and 10am. The return buses from Pradollano are at 4pm and 6.30pm. A single fare costs 5 euros, while a same day return costs 9 euros. The bus journey takes just under an hour
Alternatively, it is often possible to get to the Sierra Nevada resort using the ride sharing app blablacar, which is very popular in Spain. This is generally a cheaper and faster option than the bus. The journey time by car is about 30-40 minutes and the average cost is around 4 euros each way. Of course, this isn’t a scheduled service so check in advance that there are journeys available on the day you intend to travel.
Where to stay in the Sierra Nevada ski resort
If you’re skiing with a group, Airbnb is a good option for accommodation, as there are plenty of affordable apartments in Pradollano. We recommend looking for somewhere close to the central square (Plaza Pradollano), to be closer to bars, shops and equipment hire. However, don’t worry if you find somewhere you like that’s slightly further away, as there is a chairlift that runs from the square to the top of the town, stopping halfway up.
Another option is the Albergue Inturjoven, run by the Junta de Andalucía. Prices change depending on demand, however if booked in advance it’ll cost around 20 euros per person. It is a lively hostel with excellent facilities, and they often run excursions and other social activities. It’s the perfect place to meet others who share your love for snowsports.
If you want to stay somewhere a bit more stylish, there are plenty of hotels in Pradollano. They tend to be expensive, however if your budget can cover it then this is the most comfortable option. Check popular room finder sites like Trivago for options.
How much does a lift pass cost in the Sierra Nevada?
A 1-day lift pass at the height of the season costs 50 euros. Towards the end of March, the price is usually reduced on a discretionary basis to encourage more end of season skiing. On Wednesdays, the price is slashed to 40 euros.
If you are a student at the University of Granada (UGR), you can take advantage of the fantastic subidón offer. To do so, follow the instructions on the Sierra Nevada website to upload proof of student status and unlock access to the subidón pass. With this deal, you can get a 2-day lift pass for 75 euros, or a 5-day lift pass for 166 euros, working out at just 30 euros a day. There are also other packages which include lessons for beginners.
Where to rent equipment in the Sierra Nevada
There is no shortage of equipment rental options in Pradollano, as you’ll find shops on every corner. Ski 3 offers excellent equipment at good value for money. For example, beginner ski rental costs just 8 euros a day, while the most expensive expert-level skis are 22 euros a day. They also offer ski clothes, helmets, and everything else you need for a great day on the slopes.
Bars and restaurants
The Sierra Nevada resort offers a generous choice of bars and restaurants, both on the slopes and in the town of Pradollano. Check out Café Vertical for an unbeatable mulled wine, or wander round the town’s many churros cafes. On the slopes, check out the champagne bar under the telecabin, or enjoy a well earned hot chocolate at the Borreguiles telecabin station.
This concludes our ultimate guide to skiing in the Sierra Nevada. Time to hit the slopes!