Visitor reviews for Sierra Nevada Ski Resort

Sierra Nevada Ratings

Overall: 4.0. Based on 111 votes and 83 reviews. Vote

Snowsure: 4.1

(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: 4.2

(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: 3.4

(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: 4.2

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

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: 3.8

(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: 4.4

(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: 4.1

(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: 4.6

(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: 3.1

(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: 3.2

(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: 4.5

(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: 4.2

(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: 4.4

(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: 4.0

(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): 3.4

(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 07, 2004
Abi from Ski Spain Spain
I live nearby and go fairly regularly throughout the ski season. Sierra Nevada has a strange location, being very southerly, and as such, suffers from some very changeable weather conditions. On the whole it's sunny and hot, but I've had some very cold days up there too - the hieght and isolated postition (not in a large mountain range) seem to attract some wind. It's a pretty decent resort if everything is open, although this is not always the case. Good skiers can cover pretty much all of it in 1 and a half days. Parking is a pain - the underground resort car park charges a fortune (20 or more Euros per day) so park early on at the car park on the approach road for 2 Euros a day. It's a bit of a walk in , but wear trainers and a backpack to put them in later, and carry your ski boots (boarders with comfy boots need not worry of course). Accommodation in the resort is pricey, although you can stay in Granada and drive up the mountain in 30 mins - not a bad option. There are also a few hotels half-way up that are cheaper. The atmosphere in the resort is good - lots of bars, a good number of restaurants and shops etc. - although not quite like the apres ski of Austria. Being Spain, if you want to go out at night it doesn't really start until midnight. The look of the resort is variable - some chalet style buildings which are pretty, some ugly blocks - but far better than the uglier French purpose-built resorts. Some English is spoken, but beware, not brush up on Spanish beforehand. The resort info line strangely gives an English option, but then puts you through to staff who are Spanish-speaking only. Food is far cheaper than in French and Swiss resorts, and cheaper than Austria, but about the same as Italy. A big roll and chips and a coke for lunch on the maountain is about 7.50 Euros. The lift pass is just under 30 Euros per day. A great place for beginners, intermediates and those who live nearby - but for good skiers heading out from the UK, perhaps the Alps are a better bet. By the way - Baqueira-Beret in the Spanish Pyrenees is well worth a look - I drive the 12 hours up there sometimes because I like it!
April 08, 2004
juancarlos from Ski Gibraltar Gibraltar
Hi everyone, Just checked this site and thought of updating info on Sierra Nevada. Being lucky enough to live within drivable distance to enjoy day visits, the resort is well known to the Gibraltar skiing fraternity. Parking is no longer permitted on the approaches to the resort. So unless u r very lucky, you have to pay the underground parking rate of approx. 12 Euros per day. Forfaits are expensive compared to other resorts, given that there are only 70 odd klms of prepared pistes at the best of times. Pistes are generally quite easy with very few 'difficult' runs. So pretty good fr beginners.Even the two or so Blacks would probably be Reds elsewhere. No real challenges for advanced skiiers, as even off piste is pretty much restricted, and not advisable unless u have a guide. Christmas and Easter attracts loads of skiiers, and even if the apres ski get good, the wait for chair lifts gets tedious, particularly at peak hours,although in the last year new lifts have been added to the beginners area. If u have to go peak season, avoid the main bubble.Avoid the queue that usually forms from the main square to the main bubble lift 'Al Andalus' Take the steps down to the left or right of the bubble building. There,s a chair lift to Montebajo area, which is very good and is not as crowded as the beginners area of Borreguiles. From the very top of Montebajo area as u come off the chair lift next to the Satelite Dish, u can easily ski down to Borreguiles. So, good luck and safe skiing.
December 20, 2004
lex from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
sierra nevada is a fantastic place to go for a day or two- or maybe just even the day , it can become quite dull after a while if you are an experienced boarder as theres no off piste and it always pretty rammed. But with only a three hour drive from marbella and banus how can you complain eh? enjoy.
January 12, 2005
geoff williams from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Hi everyone just returned back from my second trip to Sierra Nevada Jan 8th another fantastic 4 day break. Just a word of advice to anybody on there way out there shortly. If your stay includes a weekend the queues at the main 2 Gondalas from the village to the mid station can stretch to 2/12 hours in the morning, no fun for anyone. There is a 4 man chair which leaves the village to the right. Get that lift, there are never any queues (for some mad reason)when at the top take the 6 man upto the satalight then board down to the mid station. time in total 11 mins. There is a tough drag to the highest peak(not for the Faint hearted) but the views are totally amazing.Another great time had by all see you again next year.
December 20, 2005
matagrunch from Ski Spain Spain
welcome to the paradise? Never go on weeckend or spanish bank holidays tooooo much
January 06, 2006
John from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Quite a nice resort, it can however get very busy. Make sure you arrive before 10 o'clock because that's the peak time when everyone wants to hire ski equipment. Pistes are really easy but they are great for beginners and intermediates but it isnt much of a chalenge for experienced skiers/snowboarders. It is nice for a day or two but I wouldn't recommend it for more than a week.
January 26, 2006
Helen from Ski Ireland Ireland
Guys, the neaest airport is not Malaga, but Granada itself. It's served by Ryanair between many other companies. I reaaally enjoyed my ski there. It's the only place where I got such an amount of sunlight....clear, blue, beautiful sky most of the days!!! A visit to the Alpujarra region is very worth it. You can do off-piste at the end of your ski day from the high peaks down to this region. The quietness is amazing and the views totally stunning. I would recommend these lads as guides. They've lots of experience and know everyone and everything in the area. Here's the link: This way you don't get bored of the same slopes all the time and enjoy some real local guides, food and fine accommodation out of the big resort. I will definitely come back again :-)
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.
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
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