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Ski schools in Sierra Nevada

Learn to ski in Sierra Nevada


Located at an altitude of 2,100m within Andalusia in southeast Spain, the ski resort of Sierra Nevada takes its name from the mountain range of the same name. The resort is reached within around 50mins drive from Granada and around 2hrs drive from Malaga airport.

Sierra Nevada is the most southerly ski resort within Europe and offers 110km of pistes, with 45 blue and 53 red runs. At the heart of the resort is the village of Pradollano and the resort’s pistes are divided into 6 ski areas: Veleta, Laguna de las Yeguas, Loma Dílar, Parador y Río & Borreguiles, which is the main beginners’ area.

The skiing areas are located on the north-western slopes of the Veleta, the third highest peak in Spain (3,398m). A high altitude plus efficient snow-making facilities help ensure that Sierra Nevada has a long season, lasting from November-April.

Ski lessons for beginners in Sierra Nevada


Ski schools in Sierra Nevada offer ski lessons from age 3yrs. Group lessons last 3hrs and groups have a maximum of 8 participants. Beginner lessons generally take place in the Borreguiles area of the resort, which has plenty of beginner slopes and is directly accessible from Pradollano via the Al-Ándalus and Borreguiles gondolas. The meeting point for lessons is at the top station exit of one of the two gondolas.

First-time skiers start by learning the primary techniques of the snowplough, glide and how to brake. Once these have been well established, the ski schools in Sierra Nevada progress to slopes with more of an incline, where the snowplough turn is practised.

Beginner skiers with some previous experience are taken by the ski schools in Sierra Nevada directly to blue pistes. The focus of lessons is on optimising posture and introducing the next step techniques, such as parallel skiing.

Due to its ideal proximity to Pradollano plus its variety of green and blue slopes, the Borreguiles area is also recommended by the ski schools in Sierra Nevada as ideal for practice after lessons.

Kids’ ski lessons in Sierra Nevada


Children aged 3yrs can learn to ski in Sierra Nevada. Group lessons generally last 3hrs, although full-day options with 6hrs of lessons per day are also available. Some ski schools in Sierra Nevada offer lesson packages with equipment hire included, which is ideal for those skiing for the first time or for those who don’t have their own equipment.

Beginner lessons take place on the flat, green slopes of the Borreguiles area. The smallest learners - those aged 3-5yrs - have their first lessons on the green slope with a child-friendly magic carpet lift, by the Al-Ándalus gondola exit.

The ski schools in Sierra Nevada generally meet for lessons at the top of either the Al-Ándalus or the Borreguiles gondolas. Lessons for ski novices focus on establishing the very basic techniques of the glide, snowplough and braking. Young skiers with previous experience are taken for lessons directly to pistes that suit their ability, whether blue, red or even black.

The Veleta lift up from Borreguiles accesses various blue runs that interconnect and lead back down into Borreguiles. These provide ample opportunity for young skiers and their families to practice newly-learned techniques after lessons.

Ski lesson prices in Sierra Nevada


Ski schools in Sierra Nevada offer group and private ski & snowboard lessons. Some lesson packages have optional equipment hire. The prices stated are the lowest price per lesson within the season and do not include equipment or extras:

Kids ski lessons Adults ski lessons Snowboard lessons
Group from 29€/3hrs from 29€/3hrs from 36€/3hrs
Private from 37€/hr from 37€/hr from 37€/hr


Ski hire in Sierra Nevada


Several of the ski schools in Sierra Nevada offer lesson packages with optional ski hire. Additionally, there are 18 further ski hire outlets within the resort. Some ski schools in Sierra Nevada offer reduced price ski hire with affiliated ski hire shops.

Sierra Nevada ski pass


The Sierra Nevada ski pass is available from 1/2day upwards. The pass is divided into three categories: Kids (aged 6-15yrs), adults (16-59yrs) and seniors (60-69yrs). Children up to 5yrs and seniors aged 70yrs and upwards ski for free.

Additionally, the pass has three season rates: promotion, low and high season. The ski schools in Sierra Nevada will be happy to give further information about the ski pass.

The best ski schools in Sierra Nevada


Escuela Española de Esquí y Snowboard Sierra Nevada


Founded more than 50 years ago, Escuela Española de Esquí y Snowboard offers group and private ski lessons, plus private snowboard lessons for all ages. Lessons are given in English, Spanish & Portuguese.

Meeting point: At the Al-Ándalus gondola top station exit.

CheckYeti customers reviews: Beginner friendly, kids friendly, experienced

Happy Ski Sierra Nevada


The experienced Happy Ski team offers group and private ski & snowboard lessons for all levels. The school also offers mini group ski lessons with max. 4 participants for kids aged 4-6yrs. Lessons are given in English, Spanish & French

Meeting point: By the Borreguiles gondola top station exit.

CheckYeti customers reviews: Kids friendly, experienced, entertaining

Escuela Internacional de Esquí de Sierra Nevada


Established 30 years ago, the Escuela Internacional de Esquí offers group and private ski and snowboard lessons with or without included equipment hire. Instruction is given in English and Spanish.

Meeting point: To the right of the Al-Ándalus gondola top station exit.

CheckYeti customers reviews: Kids friendly, patient, experienced

Spin Sierra Nevada Pro Center


The Spin team offer private ski and snowboard lessons for all levels. Lessons are given in English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, German and Russian.

Meeting point: To the left of the Al-Ándalus gondola top station exit.

CheckYeti customers reviews: Entertaining, safety-conscious, beginner friendly

Escuela Sulayr


The Escuela Sulayr team offer private ski and snowboard lessons for all ages. Instruction is given in English, Spanish & Portuguese.

Meeting point: To the left of the TELESILLA SEGUROS AXA, in front of the Al-Ándalus gondola top station exit.

CheckYeti customers reviews: Beginner friendly, patient, experienced

What makes ski lessons in Sierra Nevada special


Sierra Nevada has a multitude of winter sports events that take place every weekend throughout the whole season. These include various championships: ski racing, freestyle skiing and snowboarding and even snow running.

For a different kind of entertainment, Pradollano village has a snow amusement park including two 130m toboggan runs, sit-skiing, skate skiing, skibobbing and the Russian Sleigh.

For the romantic at heart, 5,8km of illuminated night skiing and snowboarding is available every Saturday evening on the Río and Maribel runs.
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