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Snowboarding Daytrip in Sierra Nevada, Spain

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If there is one sport that I would take up professionally and make part of my lifestyle, it would be snowboarding. Ever since I first tried it in Andorra in 2016, I became hooked. Since I was staying in Granada (Southern Spain), I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to go snowboarding in the Sierra Nevada mountain range. And you shouldn’t either.

Getting There

It’s really simple. In order to get to the bus station in Granada, take the SN1 bus opposite the cathedral in Granada at 14 Gran Via for 25 minutes. It’s €1.20 for a single ticket.

When you arrive at la Estación de Autobuses, buy your ticket from one of the machines or at the Alsa counter. From Monday to Friday, buses from Granada to Sierra Nevada leave at either 8am, 10am or 5pm. For Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays, there is also an extra bus at 3pm.

From Monday to Friday, buses from Sierra Nevada to Granada leave at 9am, 4pm or 6.30pm. On Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays, there’s an extra bus at 1pm.

The journey takes around 50 minutes and costs €5 one way. I would recommend taking the 8am bus for a full day of skiing or snowboarding. We returned at 4pm because the cable car to the slopes closes at 5pm. Although, I later realised that you can ski or snowboard down to the bottom. But there is a sign that indicates this is for experts only.

Slopes

The ski season starts in early December and normally finishes around the end of April.

The slopes are colour coded for difficulty. Green is for beginners. The blue is intermediate. Red is difficult and black is very difficult.

It was really sunny and quite icy when we visited. Tip: bring a snood and suncream to protect your face against windburn and sunburn.

Costs

A one day forfeit ticket is €45/47 for low season/high season which gives you full access to the slopes and cable car in the ski resort. Two days cost €86/93, three days cost €125/133 and a whole week is €242/259.

There are different rental shops, so shop around first to find the cheapest gear. I paid €15 for the snowboarding equipment, €6 for a helmet and €5 for gloves. If you need more gear, you will pay around €5 for goggles and €10 each for jacket and trousers.

In total, I spent about €90 for the day including transport, equipment and food.

Lessons are also available for newbies. Prices range from €39 to €48 per hour, depending on the company. Tip: It’s cheaper to do a lesson in groups. 


There’s no doubt that skiing and snowboarding are expensive hobbies. It puts a lot of people off doing it. It shouldn’t though. We choose how we spend our money, whether it’s on new clothes or an unforgettable experience.

Where’s the best place you have ever gone skiing or snowboarding?


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19 Comments

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    Rachel K
    February 15, 2017 at 4:45 pm

    Wow nice looking powder! What an awesome experience to get to have. Did you learn at all if lessons are available on the slopes for snowboarding newbies? I’ve only ever cross-country skied!

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      journeywithchloe
      February 16, 2017 at 12:31 pm

      I know, I feel so lucky to have done it! Yes lessons are available on the slopes for newbies from different companies in the ski rental shops – i’ll have to add this to the post, thanks! What is cross-country skiing?!

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    Wendy Maes
    February 15, 2017 at 4:55 pm

    I’ll just keep skiing, but never thought of going to Spain. I consider it for next winter because I prefer Spanish food over Austrian of Swiss.

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      journeywithchloe
      February 16, 2017 at 12:32 pm

      Yes, the food in Spain, and especially in the Andalusian region is ridiculously cheap and delicious! Hope you will give it a try!

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    Becky
    February 15, 2017 at 5:17 pm

    My friend used to live in Spain and we visited Sierra Nevada but with two young boys we never did anything adventurous. I have done snowboarding once and fell over a lot so maybe it is time to try it again!

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      journeywithchloe
      February 16, 2017 at 12:33 pm

      I guess it’s a different experience with kids! You should definitely try it again. Once it clicks, it’s honestly so much fun. You could even get a short lesson to help you.

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    Lena
    February 15, 2017 at 8:02 pm

    Wow, this looks amazing. I just went skiing for the first time in my life in Sweden and it was SO PACKED! Your pictures are just snow and mountains, it must have way fewer people, probably because Spain doesn’t come to mind when you think of skiing. Worth considering for my next skiing season.

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      journeywithchloe
      February 16, 2017 at 12:35 pm

      I have never been to Sweden, where did you go skiing there? Yeah there wasn’t as many people as other ski resorts but I think it’s also because it was a weekday. Definitely think about it, it’s beautiful and cheaper than most other ski resorts in Europe.

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    Valerie Hansen
    February 16, 2017 at 3:01 am

    Amazing post and pictures! Who knew there was Sierra Nevada in Spain too…I live in the US..mtns here called that! Anyway what a fun ski trip..wish I was there!

    Valerie

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    Flo
    February 16, 2017 at 6:36 am

    Who knew there was skiing in Spain? That’s incredible! I’ve never tried skiing or snowboarding but we are going for the first time ever (in Japan) next month!

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      journeywithchloe
      February 16, 2017 at 12:36 pm

      I know right?! It doesn’t come to mind when thinking of things to do in Southern Spain. Wow, that will be incredible. I’ve followed you on instagram, hope to see pictures of the snowy mountains in Japan. Which ones are you going to? I thought it would be very expensive to do it there!

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    Kellyn Jeremy
    February 16, 2017 at 6:43 am

    I never think snow capped mountains when I think of Spain. Interesting to know the country is so versatile. You can go from summer to winter in the same country. It’s been years since I did anything this adventurous. Certainly something to experience.

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      journeywithchloe
      February 16, 2017 at 12:37 pm

      Me neither before this! You can ski and go to the beach in the same day in Granada. It was definitely an experience I’d recommend.

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    Joy Generoso
    February 16, 2017 at 8:06 am

    I haven’t tried snowboarding yet but it’s on my list of things to be knocked off. I didn’t know snowboarding can be done in Spain. This is something new to me. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

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      journeywithchloe
      February 16, 2017 at 12:39 pm

      You will love it once you try it and get the hang of it. Patience is key 😉 It’s definitely not something you would think of when thinking of Southern Spain!

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    Jordyn
    February 16, 2017 at 12:23 pm

    What fluffy white snow! Snowboarding is one of those sports that I love, but just can’t do! Props to you gal!

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      journeywithchloe
      February 16, 2017 at 12:41 pm

      Ooh but it’s so worth it once you get the hang of it. The key is patience and no fear! I hope you give it another try!

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    Jain
    February 16, 2017 at 1:35 pm

    Snow and Spain! Quite unimaginable! lovely photos..!

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