About two weeks ago I booked a VERY last minute trip to the slopes. I know when you think of skiing everyone thinks of the obvious places like Verbier, Meribel etc. but my friends found a hidden gem and I’m going to share it with you but shhhh!
Sierra Nevada, Spain has to be the least talked about ski resort. I for one had never heard about it and I think now that I have been there I won’t stop talking about it. Located just over 2 hours from Malaga airport it is extremely accessible and if one wanted to factor in a couple of days in a warmer climate this could be done too. Two holidays in one, what’s not to like?! In this blog post I will be talking about how we booked the trip, where we stayed, how to get there etc.
- Return flights from Cork to Malaga. January 19th, flight departed at 6:45am arrived in Malaga at 10:35am. January 22nd, flight departed at 8:30pm arrived in Cork at 10:30pm. We flew Aer Lingus.
- Booked a bus to Granada when we arrived in Malaga, leaving just after 11am, ticket cost €11. The bus stop and ticket office is literally just outside the airport. Upon arrival we hopped in a taxi at the bus station from Granada to Sierra Nevada. Arrived at 2:00pm.
- To get back to the airport we hitched a ride with friends but I’m sure the transfer back by bus would have been just as simple as going.
Things to note:
- If the weather is very bad the road to the mountain can be closed. However this is EXTREMELY rare and if you are arriving after lunch it should be cleared. This is a chance you take on any ski holiday.
- You can book a transfer direct from the airport, but it is more expensive. Car hire is also available.
- Departing we left our hotel at 4pm to beat the mountain rush which starts around 5pm. You don’t want to get caught in it as you could miss your flight!
- Spain are one hour ahead of Ireland, note flight times.
Ski Passes, Ski Hire, Lessons etc.
- We booked all of this through the British Ski Centre. They are so helpful! Just send an email or call them.
- I opted for one lesson just to get myself going again. I hadn’t skied for years!
- We got our skis and boots fitted on the Thursday when we arrived. This can be done from 6pm onwards if you are not skiing on the day of your arrival. Doing this saves time in the morning as it can be quite busy. Once again everything was so straight forward.
- Regarding lessons you get the name of your instructor from the British Ski Centre along with your ski pass. Then it is straight up on the Gondola (like a cable car) to the top of the mountain where your instructor will be waiting for you.
Things to note:
- A lesson/guide is always a good idea if you haven’t been to the resort before. It is so important to get your bearings. The last thing you want to be is lost up a mountain or stuck up a slope that is outside your capabilities.
- Don’t lose your ski pass!
- Make sure your ski boots fit correctly. This could be the making or breaking of your holiday.
- All the lifts are very straight forward and there is an array of green, blue, red and black slopes. It really suits everyone.
- The ski season in Sierra Nevada runs from the end of November to the first week in May.
- If you return yearly and want the same instructor/guide book in advance as they book up quickly.
Hotel Meliá Sol y Nieve
“Maximum comfort after a day out in the snow.”
“At Meliá Sol y Nieve, the rustic and the modern blend together in a warm atmosphere with stunning views of the mountains. You will be surprised by its wide range of après-ski activities.”
- Meliá Sol y Nieve is classified as a 4-star hotel but in my opinion it has most of the attributes of a 5-star hotel minus the price tag.
- I couldn’t fault anything, the service, rooms, food, drink etc. were all great. It is definitely the perfect place to come back to after a long day skiing.
- Located very near lifts and the British Ski Centre.
- They provide lockers for ski gear in the basement of the hotel and have free WiFi.
- The Spa is a must (see below pictures) and they have a separate area for children.
Things to note:
- Book the hotel through the British Ski Centre. They get better rates and have a great relationship with the hotel.
- When checking in make sure to sign up for Melia Rewards if you are not already signed up. These are great as you get a discount in the spa and on treatments. They will also be beneficial if you stay in any other Melia hotel.
- Make sure to bring flip flops and a swimming hat for the spa. If you forget them you can buy them there but obviously they are a bit more pricey.
Hope you enjoy reading this post as much as I have writing it. I think writing a blog post about a trip and flicking through pictures is one way to help beat the holiday blues! And as always if you have any questions just let me know! You can contact me here or on any of my social media channels.