Sierra Nevada - Practical and Technical Information

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The resort of Sierra Nevada offers a variety of facilities for its visitors

Practical and TECHNICAL INFO ABOUT THE SIERRA NEVADA SKI resort

LOCATION

  • Nearest town: Monachil, 20km
  • Nearest city: Granada, 31km
  • Highest mountain peak of ski area: Veleta, 3,398m


ALTITUDE

  • Resort base level (Pradollano): 2100m
  • Top station: 3300m
  • Vertical drop: 1200m
  • Slope orientation: north/north-east



RUNS

  • Number of ski areas: 9 (Veleta; Laguna de las Yeguas; Borreguiles; Lomar del Dilar; Rio Monachil; Parador; Jardín Alpino; Parque Sulayr; Pista del Mar)
  • Total distance of marked runs: 110km
  • Total number of runs: 131
  • Green runs (very easy, beginners' or "nursery" slopes): 19
  • Blue runs (easy): 45
  • Red runs (intermediate): 53
  • Black runs (expert): 7
  • Orange runs - Snowpark (varying levels of difficulty): 7
  • Longest run: Pista del Águila (6,253km)
  • Cross-country circuits: 1 (5.8km marked)

 

 

Operating hours of lifts:

Borreguiles and Al- Ándalus góndolas: every day from 9.00 to 16.45
Parador chairlift: every day from 8.30 to 17.30
Other lifts: every day from 9.00 to 16.45
Gondola for night skiing: Thursday and Saturday from 19.00 to 21.30
Chairlifts for First Tracks: Sunday from 7.30 to 9.00

 

SKI LIFTS

  • Total number of ski lifts: 21
  • Gondola lift: 2 (detachable)
  • Chair lifts: 14 (6 detachable)
  • T-bars: 1
  • Rope lifts: 1
  • Carpet lifts (conveyor belts): 4

Total ski lift capacity: 45,207 skiers per hour

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Fun for all the family at Sierra Nevada

Ski lifts in special areas

  • Snowpark Sulayr (see below): 2 chairlifts
  • Borreguiles Recreation Area:
  • Mirlo Blanco: 1 carpet lift and 1 sleigh
  • Dreamland (Children's snowpark): 3 carpet lifts (one covered)
  • Nursery area: 1 carpet lift
 

SNOW-MAKING FACILITIES

  • Snow producing machines: 350 canons and 725 hydrants
  • Reservoir capacity for exclusive use of snow machine: 195,000 cubic metres of water
  • Artificial snow runs: 44
  • Total km of artificial snow: 35 Km

SKI SCHOOLS

  • Number of ski schools: 15
  • Number of instructors: 400
  • Night skiing: Thursday and Saturday 7.00pm - 10.00 pm (subject to weather conditions) on Rio and Maribel runs
  • First tracks (Zona Loma de Dilar/Rio): Sunday 7.30 am - 9.00 am
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Watching the sunset at Sierra Nevada Ski Resort

OTHER WINTER SPORTS AND ACTIVITIES

Snowparks: Superparque Sulayr (see below), plus 1 minipark (jumps and rails)

Superpark Sulayr:

  • Location: Loma de Dilar
  • Length: 1080m (in 3 areas)
  • Width: 80m
  • Vertical drop: 210m
  • Half-pipe: 165m (biggest in Spain)
  • Cross circuit ski-cross and snowboard-cross: 750m
  • Altitude: 2360-2625m
  • Format: Freestyle and snowboard
  • Level of difficulty: Easy S (Minipark); Intermediate (see 4 Sectors listed below); Very difficult (Pro-line Copa del Mundo)
  • Natural snow obstacles and artificial snow obstacles (painted orange and black according to difficulty) with marked routes according to level of difficulty: total 60
  • Lifts: 2 four-seater chairlifts (Loma de Dilar and Monachil)
  • Half Pipe: (XL) 165 m in Loma de Dílar
  • Cross circuit: Sited in Superparque Sulayr for Ski and Snowboard Cross
  • Opening hours: 10am - 4.30pm

 

 

SECTORS OF SULAYR SNOWPARK

There are eight sectors of the snowpark, each with a selection of natural and artificial jumps and obstacles, for snowboarders and freestylers. In some cases, riders have a choice of heights so they can take the one which best suits their ability. The snowpark features the longest line in Europe, with 60 modules, including 46 in a single run, and there are 110 modules in the snowpark in total.

This is the longest *slopestyle" slope park in Europe.

It includes an area for children to learn freeriding, Minipark, which has a smaller version of typical obstacles such as boxes and rainbows.

Sector 1.- (Intermediate)

Downhill Rail

Jump 4 m

Jump 5 m

Jump 6 m

Rail 6-8 m + Box 6 m Combination

Rail 6-8 m + Box 6 m Combination

Jump 4-6 m

Sector 2.- (Intermediate)

Jump 5 m

Step-up

Step-up

Sector 3.- (Intermediate)

Rail 6 m

Curved Rail 4 m

Rail 4 m

Quarter Pipe

Sector 4.- (Intermediate)

Fun Box 3 m

Pyramid Tube 6 m

Downhill Box 6 m

Transfer Double Jump 7 m

Sector 5.- (Advanced)

Jump 8 m

Jump 10 m

Jump 12 m

Sector 6.- (Intermediate)

Wall Ride Box 4 m

Banana Box 6 m

Banana Donkey 6 m

Flat Rail 8 m

Coil

Downhill Rail 6 m

Downhill-Flat-Downhill Rail 8 m

Curved Left box 6 m

Curved Right Box 6 m

Rail 8 m

Sector 7.- Minipark: Burton Progression Park (Initiation)

Platform A:

Jump 2 m

Jump 2 m

Flat Box 2 m

Platform B:

Jump 2 m

Jump 2 m

Pump Box 3 m

Platform C:

Flat Box 3 m

Downhill Box 6 m

Jump 2 m

Platform D:

Flat Box 3 m

Jump 2 m

Fun Box 6 m

Final Platform:

Jump 5 m

Uphill-Flat-Uphill San Francisco Box 6 m

Sector 7.- Super Pipe (Very difficult, only experts)

Snow Half Tube

FOR CHILDREN: KIDSPARK AND FUNPARK

There is also an area for children to learn snowboarding tricks and freestyle: Kidspark. It is located on the side of the Loma de Dilar chairlift.

Kidspark

  • Floor Box
  • Flat box
  • Mini Rainbow

Snow parks for other winter sports:

  • Borreguiles - tubing, parallel slalom, private competition hosting
  • Fuente de Mirlo (Pradollano) - "Russian sledge" (Roller-sled on rails, a cross between a roller-coaster and a bob-sled, for 2 passengers - 2 adults, or one adult plus children aged under seven)
  • Toboggans, ski-bike, ski-scooter, ski-seat, slalom bike, mini-snowboarding, mini-ski, eco-friendly open-air skating rink, motorised snow-scooters for children aged 5-12 years on 70m closed circuit next to Jara chairlift
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Aerial view of Sierra Nevada Ski Resort

 

 

SPECIAL ZONES

  • Children and Family Area: Pista del Mar and Pista del Bosque in Borreguiles Area, Sat and Sun 11.30 - 13.30
  • Playground Fuente del Mirlo Blanco: "Russian sledge" and magic carpet
  • Dreamland (Snow Playground): 3 magic carpets, one of them covered, Every Day 10.00 - 16.00, Age from 3 to 6

OTHER FACILITIES

  • Nurseries: 2 (1 in Borreguiles and 1 in Pradollano)
  • Sports clubs: 1 (Club Deportivo Montebajo)
  • Covered car park: 2644 spaces below Plaza de Andalucía
  • Open car park: Los Peñones 750 spaces next to the chairlift Virgen de las Nieves and Albergue Inturjoven. Las Sabinas 513 spaces next to Centro de Alto Rendimiento
  • Buses: 25 spaces in Pradollano, next to covered parking

 

Some useful Spanish SKI-RELATED VOCABULARY

  • remonte - ski lift
  • telecabina - gondola lift
  • telesilla - chair lift
  • telesquie - T-bar
  • telecuerda - rope lift
  • cinta transportadora/alfombra magica - carpet lift (moving conveyor belt)
  • forfait - ski pass
  • esqui de fondo - cross-country (Nordic) skiing
  • esqui de montaña - ski touring
  • pista - ski run/piste/trail
  • bache - mogul

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