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Thursday, 15 December 2011

Day trip to Sierra Nevada!

Natalia online:  I missed the opening, but I managed to get up there this past Saturday. We had an early morning start, and once we had packed our gear into the car we were on the road! We took the new motorway between Antequera and Malaga AP- 46 which cut off roughly 30mins from our trip! Dani drives faster than most so we made it in 1 hour and a half, however for most people it should take roughly 2 hours.
We parked in the underground parking which you will see on you right just before entering the village, its usually quite difficult to find parking on the street, so I recommend heading directly to the underground parking, for 7 hours we paid 15 Euros.
Having changed we quickly made our way to buy our forfaits (ski passes), and thanks to our early start we beat the long lines! Each forfait costs 43Euros but you need to keep in mind that at the end of your ski day you give the cards back and they reimburse you 3 Euros per pass.
On my first few days back on the slopes, I always like to have an instructer to re-fresh and hone my snowboarding skills. My teacher is called Pedro, he's been my instructer since last year and he's awesome! He works at Escuela Tecnica Ski-Snow Carlos Olmedo, if your new or like me like to re-fresh your skills then I highly recomend this ski/snow school. Everyone is very friendly and incredibly professional. You can have a one-on-one class or make your own little group, if your of similar level and not more than 4! For one hour they charge 44 Euros, which is money well spent especially if it's your first time snowboarding or skiing. You should always have a professional teaching you so that you don't hurt yourself or others!
Being a Saturday the slopes quickly filled up, it's important to keep your eyes open for any rogue skiiers! The weather was great, snow somewhat thin on some parts but overall good, being of a soft and powdery texture. The ski lifts close at 4:45 pm, in order to again, beat the long line of cars going down the mountain we left at 4pm, if not your trip back to Marbella is likely to take up to an hour more.
Overall our day in Sierra Nevada was fantastic, we had a wonderful time and we're already planning to go again in January, but this time for a couple of days. I'll post more info on where we stay and where we eat next time, so keep in touch!