Southern Spain's Sierra Nevada ski resort opens this week

File photograph of the Sierra Nevada ski and mountain resort.
File photograph of the Sierra Nevada ski and mountain resort. / REUTERS
  • The winter season was scheduled to start on 28 November but the health crisis and restrictions forced its postponement

Lovers of skiing and snowboarding in the south of Spain will be able to enjoy a white Christmas in the sun, as Granada’s Sierra Nevada ski and mountain resort is opening its doors on 18 December. Covid-19 restrictions impose a limit of 50 per cent of its usual capacity.

The start of the winter season was originally scheduled for 28 November but the health crisis and movement restrictions to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus in Andalucía forced the postponement.

However, from 18 December, during the second-phase of the easing of movement restrictions in Andalucía, it will be possible to move from province to province within the autonomous community.

Although all necessary coronavirus control measures will be in place Cetursa has said that ski passes will only be available for purchase online via their website thereby speeding up access and minimising queues in the resort.

The resort has received several snowfalls in recent days and there is a thickness of between 30 and 100cm on the slopes says Cetursa – the public company that manages the resort.

To guarantee good skiing the company has also installed some 100 new snow cannons bringing the total to more than 300 – almost all of them automatic.