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Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Three day escape to Sierra Nevada!

Natalia and friends on the Sierra Nevada slopes
Hi there Nat online: It’s fast becoming tradition to head up and enjoy the snow every time my birthday comes around. It’s the best way I can think of to celebrate my birthday, enjoying a sport which makes you feel so alive. One of the best things about living in Marbella, is that on the 22nd of March I was enjoying the sunshine and warm weather, and on the 23rd I was strapping on my board and surfing down the mountain, beach and snow a mere two hours away from each other!
Our trip consisted of three full days of snowboarding from Friday to Sunday. Arriving Thursday night and leaving Sunday afternoon. Usually we stay in a hotel, I’ve stayed at the Hotel Melia (there are two), Hotel Kenia and Hotel Monachil and we have always enjoyed our stay, however this year, because we were more people and our budgets were tighter we decided to rent an apartment. For three nights it cost 514 Euros, which is pretty good, especially when your dividing it between 6! There are plenty of websites in which you can find somewhere to rent just make sure that its not located too far away from the ski lifts, or you’ll have a long and heavy walk ahead of you, which is the worst especially when your going back home after a long day of skiing.
You’ll find plenty of good places to stop for lunch or have a hearty dinner, my personal favourite is La Antorcha, they specialize in carne a la piedra (steak which you cook yourself on a hot stone) and they bring plenty of appetizers before your main dish. If your not in the mood for meat there's also a new sushi restaurant called Kotobuki, which opened up this season, and was recommended to us by several people. If you like to go out and party stop by Hipodromo or Soho, their right next to each other and both have a great atmosphere!
If you’ve read my earlier post back in December you’ll remember that I’m big on getting classes, for my own and other's safety. I always go back to Escuela Tecnica Ski/Snow Carlos Ollmedo here the instructors are great, professional and super friendly. They also have close ties to a shop called White World where you can buy or rent gear at reasonable prices. Over the years I’ve bought almost all my things there.
If your thinking of going up before the season ends, don't leave if for too long, it’s been one of worst years for snow, and in some spots it’s lying thin, we were lucky because it actually snowed on Saturday and the temperatures went down on Sunday. So make sure to check the weather forecast ahead of time! Have fun and be safe!

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