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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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January 11, 2012
35years old 21 skiing from Ski Portugal Portugal
In the past Sierra Nevada became the most attractive ski resort for Portuguese in his generation, the 30`s. Due to low cost flights Andorra and the Alps became a much better option. The waste of 20 hours driving (meeting the speed limit, since Franco was the only "number" that didn't rise. At that time humble Spanish where driving gipsy caravans 120km/h) Solution: Charter Flights from Beja (or Lisbon) – Granada during the high season December - April For sure it will fully book, conquering Portuguese tourism again.
December 15, 2011
John Allison from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
It's December 2011 and I'm writing this from the Sierra Nevadas where were enjoying a great ski break with plenty of snow. We were worried before we arrived, as the web cams seemed to show a lot of uncovered earth, but it was obvious on arrival that the resort is just on the snow line. So far we've had a great time. The place is empty compared with our experience of other resorts. There's no waiting for lifts, and open clear runs. The runs are typically blue / red mixed. All suitable for intermediates or adventurous beginners. Nightlife is good, and with numbers down, the midday bars and restaurants all have special deals. Really glad we came - and will definitely return!
December 05, 2011
Stuart from Ski Spain Spain
We love skiing in the Sierra Nevada. We find the accommodation expensive. If you don´t mind driving 30 minutes there is a great apartment on the golf course in Las Gabias. Sleeps 6 for 60 euros per night for the apartment 10 euros each!!! under accommodationgranada on the internet .com
October 23, 2011
Jonathan from Ski Spain Spain
Hi!, Our experience in Sierra Nevada has been quite good. The last two years we had lots of snow (long season from mid November to end of May) so we were able to go off-piste in powder snow. Great place for freestyle and they have improved quite a lot of the snow park, with new jumps for beginners, mid and pro, and this year they are opening a new super half-pipe (the biggest in Spain), so probably a good place if you like snowboarding. The negative side is maybe the prices of the ski pass, parking or if you want to find a place to sleep in the ski resort. It is expensive compared to other places, but I guess it is the only one that allows you to ski and be at the beach in the same day. The best days to go are in the middle of the week, weekends are very crowded. If you want to ski "cheap" the better option is to get a hotel in Granada city, there are buses going up to the ski resort every day and are quite cheap.
March 22, 2011
colette from Ski Spain Spain
Just back from Sierra Nevada. As good as usual! I have been skiing there for 35 years now! My daughter spent a week's holiday with a girl friend and their 2 children (2 boys age 4 years old). They went to "dreamland" and enjoyed ever so much. Under 5 years old the pass is free. The 2 boys are able to ski on the nursery slopes. Next year we will be able to ski, all of us....grown up and small kids! Fantastic!
March 11, 2011
Derek from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
I have just come back from boarding in SN (Sierra Nevada) with my family (all adult children) and we absolutely love it; there is something for everyone, beginners,intermediate and good skiers/boarders. The weather was perfect for February, deep blue skies, warm sunshine and good boarding conditions. My son disappeared to the 2 snow parks for most days, doing his tricks and jumps (must be mad), while my wife and 2 girls and son-in-law tried all the different runs, quite brilliant! The atmosphere round the village I find excellent and the local people a joy to be around, and all this a 2 hour drive to the Costa del Sol where the the day time temp. was 22 degrees! It doesn't get much better......see you April 2011 (I hear you have had some good snow since we were there 3 weeks ago).
February 25, 2011
Peter from Ski Spain Spain
I live in Spain and ski most years in the Sierra Nevada resort. It is not too bad with the ski village being a great venue to stay and enjoy. On the slopes it can be quite dangerous with stupid snow boarders and irresponsible skiers. There are a lot of accidents each day. There are no marshals to supervise and the local staff don't give a damn most of the time and can be quite rude. The restaurants on the slopes are very expensive and the food is rubbish. Best to ski down to the village at lunch times as there is more choice at competitive prices. The weekends and public holidays should be avoided as it is too crowded and more dangerous with skiers all over the place, you really have to watch your back. Secure your skis when having lunch as there is a lot of stealing by young Spanish guys out for a laugh. Enjoy???
February 25, 2011
Mario from Ski Gibraltar Gibraltar
Just got back from two days skiing in SN (Sierra Nevada). Snow very good; very firm in the morning, tending to be a touch slushy after 14.00 hrs but if you've skied from 9.00am without a break, you've had enough by then! With reference to another reviewers comment re parking, if you drive up to the top of the station to the Virgen de las Nieves lift you can park there for 5 euros a day, get your ski pass from the office there and walk ten yards to the lift. It also has the cafe with the best music on the mountain!
February 07, 2011
Tony Cross from Ski Australia Australia
Having skied many different countries and resorts, I thought I would give feedback on the Sierra Navada resort. Access to the resort is via a very good road, only about 30 mins from Granada. In my experience, there are some very impatient drivers who insist on overtaking and speeding on this road. The car park is very good and will give you easy access to the resort. However, it will cost you 16 Euros for the day. A day ski ticket will set you back 42 Euro with 3 Euro returned on the pass. I have used the Visa auto tellers and the kiosks; both work well. Look for the BMW area next to the large TV screen for the tickets. There are no checks on your pass as every lift is automated (suggest you put the pass in the pocket on your sleeve or if you don't have a sleeve pocket in chest pocket). You need to activate the entry barriers with this pass for every lift. In my opinion this is the best system I have seen. Entry to the ski fields is via a long gondola lift to Borreguiles where the main lifts start, there are also ski hire and cafes here. Now the skiing is just great, especially if you are an intermediate skier, long long runs which are very enjoyable. Mid week is best as the weekends are very busy. Midweek you can pick your lifts and have very short queues. Weekend is very busy with long lift queues. Very little English spoken on the resort. Frankly, some of the locals can be very offhand and unhelpful. There are the usual numerous North African vendors trying to sell dodgy hats and glasses. For the past few years I have been skiing in Australia & New Zealand. I rate this resort equal and better in some ways than New Zealand. Certainly better access. Ski passes are cheaper than Australian Falls Creek Resort, about the same as NZ. On a personal note, I am currently living in Illora just outside Granada until the end of April, if anyone would like a ski partner for an occasional ski, please drop me an email and we could share the travel-carpark etc. My email is quintally@hotmail.com Cheers Tony
January 24, 2011
Brian from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Love the Sierra Nevada skiing; always enjoyable. However, it can be dangerous. Quite a few accidents usually caused by irresponsible skiers/boarders. Really need more supervision on the slopes. Does not appear to have any marshals to deal with problems.