I have to admit to not being much of a fan of cold weather hence my blog name! My husband however loves the snow and persuaded me to give it a go with a taster trip to the Sierra Nevada for a weekend. We are so lucky to live where we do as not only can we be on the beach dipping our toes in the Mediterranean in the morning but by lunchtime we can be skiing down snowy mountains as the slopes are only a three hour drive away. The Sierra Nevada is in the region of Andalusia and has the city of Grenada nestled at its base. It’s pretty unique as it’s high peaks mean skiing is possible in one of Europe’s most southerly ski resorts during the winter months. We headed up for the season opening and I’m so glad we did!
We stayed at Inside Plaza apartments and our apartment was clean, spacious and perfectly located in the heart of the Sierra Nevada ski resort. The resort is situated on a mountainside and I wouldn’t have relished the thought of navigating steep slopes and hundreds of steps with 2 tired young children so the fact we could step outside and be tobogganing or on the ski lifts within seconds was perfect. The girls also loved being able to look out of the window and see all the action without having to be outside. We’d start every morning by bundling the girls up in their ski jackets over their pyjamas and doing a lap of the building so the first footprints were ours after the nights snowfall. I of course stayed inside with a cup of coffee and sent the husband under the justification of wanting to capture it on camera!
As we were only staying two nights and Elise was too young for ski school we chose to not actually ski but but instead have some snow fun. We built snowmen, went tobogganing multiple times and took the cable car to the top of the mountain where we sat and enjoyed churros and chocolate in the surprisingly hot sun! There is a crèche for younger children but I knew the girls wouldn’t have wanted to be separated and to be honest we were having a great time and had no need for it. We plan to go back next year when both girls will be old enough for ski school and we will attempt a few lessons.
The resort also has a family area which both girls loved. There was an impressive bobsleigh ride, an ice rink, and an area where you could hire snow bikes and inflatable rings. I was a big fan of this area as instead of having to trudge up a big hill pulling a sledge behind you which more often than not contained a pretty hefty child there was a very convenient conveyer belt which kindly saved you a lot of leg work and transported you to the top.
I haven’t been to any other ski resorts to compare but I found the Sierra Nevada to be captivating and mesmerising. We were lucky enough to have snow each night and as we are early risers it felt like we were walking through Narnia as we stepped out each morning. Without a doubt we’ll be returning and hopefully sooner rather than later!