Sierra Nevada makes its own snow slopes

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DUE to a lack of snowfall Sierra Nevada is not the place for off-piste skiers at the moment.

However, if you like skiing on the marked runs then the Granada resort – just a couple of hours drive from the Malaga – is in perfect order.

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Even after the huge number of visitors that have graced the slopes over the Christmas New Year period the runs are still in great shape.

The investment that has been made in snow making equipment and the expansion of the two reservoirs that house the water required for this operation coupled with cold temperatures has meant that artificial snow has been produced in abundance and the pistebashers spend each night moving it around to keep over 70km of runs open.

It looks a little weird skiing down the pistes with bare ground either side but the condition of the snow is good. Even the Snowboard Park remains open and now houses a 165 metre half pipe, one of the largest in Europe.

Jonathan Buzzard of The British Ski Centre last weekend he said: ‘This is the best start to a season the ski school has ever had and for the first time in our history we have not lost any days skiing due to high winds which can be a problem up here or to the lack of snow.

We have worked every single day since the resort opened on the 26th November.’

If you fancy a trip up to Sierra Nevada the this month is a perfect time to go.

The holidays are over and the crowds have dissipated. It is now ‘Millionaires Skiing’ as you almost have the slopes to yourself with no queueing for lifts.

By Richard Shanley

CATION: FUN DAY: Briton Lynne Lewis enjoying the slopes on 3 Kings Day

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