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Visitor reviews for Sierra Nevada Ski Resort

Sierra Nevada Ratings

Overall: 4.1. Based on 102 votes and 81 reviews. Vote

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.

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.

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.

Scenery: 4.3

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

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.

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.

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: 4.6

(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.

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: 4.5

(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.

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: 3.9

(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): 3.6

(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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December 29, 2008
Karen from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
As I have relatives living by the coast my family and I have visited the Sierra Nevada a few times now. The first time we stayed there for two nights but since then we go for a day trip. My husband is quite experienced but myself and the children are beginners and we are all well catered for here. It is somewhere you can ski relatively cheaply as you can get cheap flights (Ryanair) to Granada and just stay for the weekend. We are due to go again next week and we are really excited. Yes it is true, you can ski in the morning and sunbathe in the afternoon on the beach but you would'nt want to leave the slopes. However, we have done skiing on Saturday and beach on Sunday here.
December 13, 2008
Clive from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Sierra Nevada is a great place to visit if you only want to ski for 2/3 days. Ideal as a midweek break to drive up from the coast. Avoid weekend queues. We have stayed just outside the resort and in the centre of the resort. Although more expensive to stay in the resort its better than driving up each day and parking in the car park. Then carrying your skis/bags/boots. If you intend having a few drinks and getting a taxi from the resort to your hotel down the mountain. Forget it. Only 2 taxis for the whole resort. Still Sierra Nevada is well worth a visit. We had a great time.
November 12, 2008
Hugo Leitao from Ski Portugal Portugal
Sierra Nevada is a nice resort. In my opinion, here are the positives and negatives: POS: - Good Weather - Good Vertical descent (1200m) - Well groomed slopes - Quite good snowpark - Good nightlife NEG: - Ski pass is expensive - Very Crowded (especially on Weekends and Holidays) - Lack of snow in the last years - It opens even if it has almost no slopes open, and they charge the full price of the skipass. - You can spend most of the day in queues for the lifts on weekends - After 2-3 days you did every piste
April 30, 2008
Kim from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Living in Granada and skiing in Sierra Nevada. I skied most of the 07-08 season. In general I was pretty disappointed as an advanced skier. I was told by some of the instructors that it was a bad year for snow so there was no off-piste areas available, which potentially could provide some good skiing. The in bounds areas don´t really provide much of a challenge. There´s one long black run that was closed for about half the season but needs two slowish chairlifts to access and is over pretty quickly. The ´Laguna´ area was closed pretty much all season for lack of snow. A massive array of snow canons ensure that the beginners runs are kept open all season. Granada is a good place to live, if you can find somewhere. The estate agents won´t rent you anything for less than a year so you have to try your luck with the various fly posted advertisements which is pretty tricky if you don´t time it right or speak much Spanish. Getting from Granada to SN can be done on the bus but there is really only one option at 10am from the out of town bus stop unless you get the really early bus. I got fed up with this and drove a car down from the UK at Xmas. Granada to SN takes about 45mins. Positives: Very suitable slopes for intermediates/novices who want to improve. Food very reasonably priced (esp at Tia Maria, by the cable car). Sunny nearly all the time which makes for some pleasant intermediate skiing. Lifts work reasonably well. Decent vertical drop (about 1300m). Granada. Negatives: Very little snow. Little or no off-piste or challenging slopes for advanced skiers. Relatively expensive lift pass - 1000 Euros for the season when I was there.
March 18, 2008
Jonathan Brook from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Sierra Nevada can be a great ski resort if you are fed up with the prices of the Alps. I have been to many resorts in the Alps for the last 20 years but I stumbled across this resort 3 years ago and have been back to it 5 times since. It has some very good ski runs and is a good resort to learn in because it has plenty of wide blue and green runs. There are also many more ski runs for the advanced skier but you can probably ski all of the resort in 2-3 days if you are good enough. I would highly recommend to try this resort what ever level of skier you are. A quick flight to Granada airport and car hire will set you back around £80 for a long weekend if planned right. Car hire is even cheaper if you manage to share with a few more friends. I stay at Hotel Monachil in Sierra Nevada which is by the slope so you can ski to your hotel door with no walking. They even have ski hire there. Granada airport is about 40 mins away by car and is sign posted all the way to the ski resort. The prices for ski hire, food, drink, hotels, lift passes etc are half that of say a popular alp resort in France or Austria. The weather always seems to be sunny whenever I've been so it makes for great skiing. The locals are friendly and the night life is good although do be prepared to speak Spanish or your best Spanglish at times. The atmosphere is totally different to that of the Alps and is much more laid back. There are some great long ski runs to be found if you go right to the top and can take many different routes down to the same destination to suit all abilities. You will not get bored of the ski runs. Try it. You might like it.
November 28, 2007
Andrew Roberts from Ski Spain Spain
I came across this great website in English about Sierra Nevada which seems to have all the information you might want considering there appears to be very little else available: www.sierranevada.co.uk.
October 04, 2007
laurita from Ski Spain Spain
Hello Patrick! Maybe too late to answer back but it will be useful for future visitors... you can take a bus (1 euro) back to the mid & upper area of the ski station (till 23pm) or take a taxi (10 euros)... however, most people go walking as it only takes 15 minutes to reach the hostel and bars nearby, which are even better than the ratty disco in the lower area of the station. Ciao
January 09, 2007
Dani from Ski Spain Spain
Hi Patrick, Only one way to get back is WALKING or just wait till 08.30 than you can take the chair lift. Good luck Dani
January 03, 2007
Patrick from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Not a review but more of a question. I haven't seen any forums related to the Sierra Nevada so I thought I'd try here... I am going in a few weeks with some friends and have booked a hostal in the mid range (Hostal Yeti) half way up the mountain. I was just wondering how we would get back to the hotel if we decided to apres ski in the lower region till late where all the bars and restaurants appear to be. Do taxis run till late? Any feedback would be much appreciated. Regards Patrick
February 25, 2006
Julie mckenna from Ski Spain Spain
Just spent a long weekend up the Sierra (I live a two hour drive away). Lived in Spain for 3 years now and spend as much time as possible up there through the Winter especially when the weather is not too good on the coast. It's the first time it snowed (while we were there.) Driving around town was a bit hairy; snow chains are a must if there is snow forecast. Ski conditions were great, but visibility was pretty low. Did a night ski for the first time, amazing.....highly recommended, straight on gondola, no queues and the pistes were empty and soooo quite, it's an entirely different experience. Night skiing is only allowed on Saturday nights and the odd Wednesday if the weather is good enough, only 12 euros for the lift pass. Night life is great, I would particularly recommend Sticky Fingers, great vibe, cool DJ, great crowd, we were there 'till 5am and there was no sign of a wind down. We actually stayed out as a couple of locals told us that the lifts would be closed on Sunday due to predicted gales, which as he promised was true....the whole town seemed to be taking advantage of the fact that they didn't have to get up early! Which is just as well as we were pretty wobbley from the copious amounts of drinks at Sitcky Fingers. My only complaint is a general one and that is the lack of good qualify food in the restaurants. Although it's fairly good value for money, we had a vege with us and it was almost impossible to find anything but chips for her to eat. Maybe we just chose badly. Appreciate any recommended places to eat for meat eaters and vege's alike.