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Sierra Nevada Resort Reviews

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Sierra Nevada Resort Reviews

Visitor reviews for Sierra Nevada Ski Resort

Sierra Nevada Ratings

Overall: 4.0. Based on 98 votes and 81 reviews. Vote

Access: 4.5

(1) At least one overnight stop, (2) requires a whole day, (3) requires more than half a day – you may have time for a few turns (4) arrive by lunchtime and ski all afternoon, (5) there is a main airport within an hour of Sierra Nevada.

Public Transport: 3.9

(1) There are no buses or taxis to Sierra Nevada, (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.

Scenery: 4.2

(1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.

Accommodation: 4.5

(1) No places to stay in/near Sierra Nevada, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.

Cheap Rooms: 3.9

(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.

Luxury Hotels: 4.5

(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Sierra Nevada.

Ski in/Ski out: 4.5

(1) The ski area is located far from any accommodation, (3) a free ski bus takes you to the ski area in a short trip, (5) Ski-in ski-out accommodation is available.

Childcare: 4.2

(1) There are no child care facilities at Sierra Nevada, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.

Snowsure: 4.2

(1) Occasionally gets enough snow for skiing, (2) is often closed due to a lack of snow, (3) occasionally suffers from a lack of snow, (4) rarely suffers from a lack of snow, (5) Sierra Nevada is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.

Snowmaking: 4.5

(1) Sierra Nevada relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.

Snow Grooming: 4.7

(1) There are no snow groomers at Sierra Nevada, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Sierra Nevada are groomed daily.

Shelter: 3.2

(1) there is nowhere to ski when it is windy or visibility is bad and lifts often shut, (3) there are some trees for poor visibility but main lifts sometimes close, (5) Sierra Nevada is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.

Nearby options: 2.4

(1) If snow conditions are poor at Sierra Nevada, it will be poor everywhere nearby, (3) there are good alternatives within an hours drive, (5) other locations on the same lift pass provide a rich variety of snowsure ski conditions.

Regional rating: 4.5

(1) Sierra Nevada usually has poor snow conditions compared to other resorts in region, (3) has average conditions for the region, (5) usually has the best snow conditions in the region.

Lift Staff: 3.9

(1) The staff at Sierra Nevada are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Sierra Nevada are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.

Crowds/Queues: 3.3

(1) the resort is always busy and there are usually long lift queues, (3) it is quiet apart from occasional weekends and school holidays, (5) it is uncrowded and lift queues are very rare.

Ski Schools: 4.6

(1) No ski schools available, (2) one or two ski schools but local language only, (3) a few ski schools but book early for multi-lingual instructors, (4) plenty of ski schools and multi-lingual instructors available, (5) excellent ski schools with friendly multi-lingual ski instructors.

Hire and Repairs: 4.7

(1) Nothing can be sourced, not even ski-wax or ptex. (3) there are some ski shops but rentals need to be booked in advance, (5) good quality ski equipment can be purchased or hired and overnight repairs are possible.

Variety of pistes: 4.3

(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Sierra Nevada has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.

Beginners: 4.6

(1) Beginners can only watch others ski and snowboard, (3) a few gentle slopes but beginners will get bored in less than a week, (3) Vast areas of gentle terrain.

Intermediates: 4.7

(1) No intermediate terrain at Sierra Nevada, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.

Advanced: 4.3

(1) Nothing for advanced skiers and snowboarders, (3) enough steep terrain for a few days with some good offpiste, (5) Enough steep terrain and offpiste areas to entertain advanced skiers for at least a week.

Snow Park: 4.6

(1) Not even a kicker at Sierra Nevada, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.

Off-piste: 3.5

(1) No off-piste worth mentioning, (2) off piste is out-of-bounds, (3) some varied offpiste that stays fresh for one or two days, (5) a vast array of off-piste routes that can stay untracked for several days.

Cross-country: 3.5

(1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around Sierra Nevada, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.

Luge/Toboggan: 3.1

(1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) Sierra Nevada has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.

Mountain Dining: 4.1

(1) Nowhere to buy food by the pistes, (3) some places to eat up on the mountain but they are often busy and expensive, (5) there is a variety of excellent mountain eateries right next to the slopes to suit all budgets.

Eating: 4.3

(1) Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. (5) A wide variety of places to eat and drink in the resort, from fast food to fancy restaurants.

Apres-Ski: 4.5

(1) Nothing to do, not even a bar, (3) there are a few bars in the resort but nothing special, (5) clubs and bars stay open until very late and have a friendly atmosphere.

Other Sports: 3.8

(1) No sports facilities at all apart from ski lifts, (3) resort has just a small public swimming pool, (5) resort has all kinds of sports facilities, including a full-size swimming pool.

Entertainment: 3.9

(1) Besides the snow and walking there is nothing to do here, (3) the non-skier will find things to do for few days but may become bored after a week, (5) the resort area is a fascinating place to visit, regardless of winter sports.

Winter Walks: 3.7

(1) Very limited walking and no snowshoe trails, (3) a couple of designated scenic walking/snowshoe trails, (5) extensive and diverse winter walking trails for all abilities.

Ski Pass Value: 3.3

(1) A 1 week ski pass is overpriced compared to the number of lifts available, (3) the ski pass is averagely priced and covers a reasonable number of lifts, (5) ski passes are excellent value for money and cover a lot of lifts spanning a big area.

Value (National): 3.5

(1) Overall, Sierra Nevada is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the country and not worth the money, (3) overall represents average value for money, (5) overall offers the best value resort in the country.

Value (Global): 3.5

(1) Overall, Sierra Nevada is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world, (3) overall it offers pretty average value for money compared to resorts from other countries, (5) internationally the resort offers excellent value for money.

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March 06, 2013
Mike Warrington from Ski Spain Spain
Lots and lots of new snow lately, and windy at times. I live in Spain, an hour's drive away. The site is what it is and as there is nowhere else around you have to make the most of it. No one must compare it to other Alpine resorts : Courcheval, Morzine, La Tania etc, but the runs are good and generally well pisted, not crowded if you are able to go midweek (Tues Weds Thurs). Well worth a visit for a good day's skiing but not for a week's skiing. They have just extended the season into May as there is so much snow! Enjoy.
March 01, 2013
Terry from Ski Spain Spain
Hi everyone, I do agree with much of the negative aspects of the place but just got back from a long weekend in Sierra Nevada. Staying with friends in a nice clean and warm apartment (not expensive). Made full use of the shuttle bus in resort and the chairlift in town. Glad to say that the views out are 1000 x better than the views towards the resort. Had some early issues with town planning maps, 150 steps and a blizzard, but that's another story. The skiing, after the fresh snowfall, was great. We skied off-piste all day in glorious sunshine. Finished the day with vino caliente in cosy and atmospheric crescendo bar. I have to say, a weekend's skiing with friends doesn't get much better than this. Until the next one that is. P.S. the hot chocolate on the terrace of Suite Nevada is to die for. Maybe see some of you there.
February 26, 2013
Jose from Ski Spain Spain
This resort is almost the only option for people living in the south half of Spain. It makes it an extremely crowded place, with expensive accommodations and the most expensive ski-pass in Spain. You won't see a tree in the whole station. And it is almost as difficult to see any signs of the name and difficulty of slopes as it is to see a tree. The signage is terrible and anyone who does not know the station has a high probability of ending up lost within it. By the way, if you are able to find a map of the station, do not place trust in the colors of the slopes, there are "red" slopes that are almost blue in all its extension, "blue" slopes that have red non-marked areas inside. Given all this, Sierra Nevada is an entertainment complex located near a historic city worth visiting, with many miles of tracks and really good facilities. So enjoy it.
January 23, 2013
Terry from Ski Spain Spain
I have been skiing most Sundays since the resort opened (end of november) with day ski trips organised by Marbella Ski club. The snow cannons have made a good and consistent snow base on all the main runs. Recent heavy snow has covered everything giving the resort some charm. I haven't seen any queues even when some areas were busy. Ok, the skiing is not as extensive or varied as many alpine resorts but you can ski some nice long red and blue runs with spectacular views of the Mediterranean sea and Granada. Everyone seems to have fun with something for everyone to enjoy the snow.
January 19, 2013
nicholas from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Usually good snow incl mech made, due to altitude but not much good in cloudy weather. Access good except in snow, chains/4x4 required. All staff very helpful. Very crowded at weekends, weekdays plenty of space. Pistes well maintained with a good range of difficulty. Really good centre / support / facilities for disabled skiing, probably requires advance booking via Sierra Nevada Club website, also good for offers. Parking is fairly expensive, get there early for limited street parking. Accommodation is relatively costly but look for offers, recommend Ski Andino near older telecabina for kit hire, landscape marvelous, Good high long runs from Telescope. La Laguna valley is great for more challenging skiing. Enjoy!
January 18, 2013
Ian from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Just got back from 3 days skiing / boarding. Been here several times now as we have a villa within an an hour and a half away. We were very lucky to have snow just before we arrived and overnight too. Great on and off-piste. It does appear they shut the back runs for the slightest of reasons, so limited to the main bowl area and a few other runs but all were fantastic. The resort is bland, not very pretty so go for skiing and nothing else. Also go out of peak times to have runs to yourself as we did and have done so before. Overall, a great few days.
December 11, 2012
David from Ski United States United States
OK skiing but not terrific, extremely crowded and not too much snow. They had the snow makers going but there is something about barren patches of rock 50 ft from the runs that makes it very appealing. If you are an ace skier you might enjoy the actual skiing itself, but it's not pretty. No trees. The resort itself is an absolute nightmare. It feels like a factory, massive carpark and a sprawling expanse of ugly apartment buildings and hotels. Lots of bars and restaurants of very low quality. No good beer. I guess I'm spoiled being from the Western US, but this place just doesn't feel like a ski resort. It feels like a bunch of concrete slabs with fake snow on it. You couldn't pay me to go back.
March 08, 2012
Vicky from Ski Spain Spain
Ok, I admit that I am biased about this, bearing in mind that as I right this, I am looking out at Mulhacen back lit by a full moon. In skiing I am very much a beginner, but that has not stopped me taking various trips to the ski resort itself during the winter months. I live about 50 mins drive away. Skiing wise, I found that the beginners section on the slopes were pretty good, though it could be said that the green slope is pretty blue at the top, which to the terrified novice, can be tricky. I did not use a ski school either, something I regret now, as having investigated for a trip up to the resort this year, I have found an abundance of English speaking instructors. There are plenty of places to eat. I have not sampled many, but am sure that there is something to everyone´s taste. I read a comment from someone stating that there was not much choice for veggies.. this could be said for many places in Spain, where if it has not got pork in it, you are not sampling traditional fare. Snow wise, this year has been quite poor as we have had very little bad weather at all. I am hoping that what there is left, lasts till the end of the month when I go! From a tourists point of view, with the beautiful city of Granada just down the road and so many other options for sports available, this resort (though not so cheap) is fantastic!! I love it!!
January 25, 2012
Derek Greenwood from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
We bought a property in Granada province on the coast over 12 years ago, which is only 1 hour 20 mins drive to the resort. It used to take longer but the road infrastructure has so improved with motorway access from the coast. You can usually ski in the morning and sunbathe on the beach in the afternoon if you are so inclined. A few times over the years I have been disappointed with the strong winds that sometimes plague the resort and close the lifts, but usually only for one or two days. The pistes are excellent, well groomed every day. The lift staff are also superb and helpful. First aide and lost children support is really good. There are lots of places to eat and drink at reasonable prices, you don't have to queue much at the lifts except at weekends. In 2010, at end of October, I was able to ski a few of the runs and the season ended at the end of April 2011. A really good year for skiing.
January 12, 2012
MARK from Ski United States United States
January 12 2012, in the Lake Tahoe area at this time we have the poorest natural snow pack we have seen in years. The ski resorts have done what they can making snow. In order to really get up to speed with good conditions we are going to need about 5 feet. This will open up some of the mountains. We really need about 8 feet to be able to ski our beloved areas. This !#%&#@ high pressure system that has been off the coast and parked for more than a month has got to go. Maybe this next week things might change. Mother nature can be unpredictable, last year there was endless days of waist deep powder, a total of 810 inches by the end of the year. This year 18 inches of man made and that's ice cap. Things could truly turn around as mid January and February are usually big storm periods, I hope for the best, the season is passing, bye!