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Slope Style: Sierra Nevada
We decided that a ski trip was required this year to hone our skills but mainly to spend time as a family and enjoy some fresh air away from school and work.
However, we felt a change in order and wanted something a little different to the Alps. Canada and America were just a little far away for a week’s travel so after visiting the ski show in Manchester in October, where we met Jonathan from Sierra Essence we settled on the Sierra Nevada in Spain. YES, Spain!
Flights to Malaga are simple and relatively cheap and the transfer to the mountains speedy in comparison to that of Geneva.
The Sierra Nevada is a beautiful piece of country, mountainous yet welcoming with that sunny glow that you only get in Spain.
We arrived in the village that hosts the main resort – Pradallano, and booked into our hotel (another change away from a chalet environment). A 4 star offering with all the usual trappings. Location central to the resort meant a brief walk round the corner gave easy access to the main bubble lift up to the nursery slopes and beyond.
We set off to the Rio Sport shop, Charlotte got to wear her Purple Sorel’s that she got for Christmas, in fact they were the only footwear (other than Ski boots she needed all week. Warm, practical and incredibly confortable, she adored they were the perfect boot of choice. Quickly we finalised the children’s hire requirements, confirmed their lesson bookings and picked up the lift passes. All somewhat cheaper than on offer in France.
Back to the hotel and a magnificent buffet was on offer at both breakfast and dinner with anything you care to want. The staff were attentive and incredibly welcoming; all you would expect from a hotel of this nature.
Storage of skis and direct route to the village was taken care of via the ‘Guardeski’ room in the basement of the hotel, very handy and spacious as well.
We got up early and gobbled down a hearty breakfast ready to hit the reds. Unfortunately the weather had changed overnight and the lifts were closed due to high winds. We waited to see if they would open and practiced on a little area of slope to get back into the feel. By lunchtime it was clear that there would be no full on skiing that day so we decided to explore the village and resort to Tapas!
This was the only issue as in the following days the weather improved markedly (including burning my nose in the bright sunshine!). Latterly in the week the weather was glorious which meant that the runs were challenging enough but somewhat icy in places. The children loved their instructors and improved enormously. Picnic lunches were followed by afternoons of skiing together as a family, truly lovely. Watching my kids chase each other down the slopes was great and at times comical.
Being part of Country Attire we could not go away and not ‘test out’ some of the products. This year Richard decided that a Napapijri ski jacket in black was necessary and it truly was the best ski coat he has ever had.
Warm, with multiple pockets for all manner of bits and bobs enabled him to ski all day with no problems and superior comfort.
The end of a great holiday always comes too soon, however in the words of Arnie “I’ll be back”.