About Sierra Nevada
Sierra Nevada, part of the Penibétic mountain range, lies 30 km south of Granada (and 50 km north of Motril/Salobreña beach, on the coast line), in the Andaluzian province, south of Spain. In 1986 the Sierra Nevada mountain range was considered Biospher Reserve by the UNESCO and in 1999 a wide area of the mountain was declared National Park due to its botanic and natural values. Mulhacén is the highest peak (3.479 meters a.s.l.) of Sierra Nevada and also the highest of Spain (not counting the Canary islands). The top of Veleta, the second highest (the third of Spain, 3.396 m.) lies only about a 15 minutes walk from the highest cota of the ski runs (3.300 a.s.l., being the lowest at 2.100 a.s.l.).
The location of this ski resort — coordinates 37º05’43’’N 03º23’59’’W (37.0953, -3.39972) —, as the most southern of Europe and the highest of Spain, allows it to benefit from more days of sun than other resorts, to enjoy the slopes for longer. As the highest ski resort in Spain, it is usually one of the last to end its winter season (normally remains open from November to May).
The total area of the Sierra Nevada ski resort is 31 km² and it counts with the service of 2 gondolas and 17 chairlifts to overcome the 1200 meters of unevenness and reach the 110,4 km of slopes, distributed along its 131 pistes.