News for the 2016 / 2017 Ski Season
The season opened on 26 November 2016.
The main event for this season is the World Freestyle Ski and Snowboard Championships (WFSSC) which takes place from 7 to 19 March 2017. This is the second-most important event ever to be held at Sierra Nevada, after the World Alpine Championships in 1996.
Slopestyle jumps in Snowpark Sulayr (Loma de Dilar)
This line of jumps, which will be used for the slopestyle discipline in the WFSSC, consists of six jumps. The earth used for their platforms was taken from Visera run (moguls and parallel moguls), which has been improved both for competitions and tourism.
Improvement of Visera run in Borreguiles, location for moguls and parallel moguls in the WFSSC
This run has been increased in scale, inclination and length - it now has an angle of 28 degrees, and has been lengthened from 210m to 250m long. Its orientation has also altered slightly, towards the north, which will improve the snow quality and make it last longer. The slope is now more consistent, which means less snow is needed in order for it to be prepared and open to the public.
Three latest-generation snow cannons
Thanks to a new agreement between the WFSSC and Techno Alpine, the world-leader in snow-making systems, Sierra Nevada has three new TF10 machines. These latest-generation models work in all temperatures and are more efficient in both energy and water, and quieter than previous models, as well as having a higher production rate.
New windbreaks in Borreguiles and Loma de Dilar
Two windbreaks have been installed, one on the last stretch of the Perdiz run, in Borreguiles, and the other in the upper section of Villen, near the corniche between the Monachil river and the top of the Loma de Dilar.
New cashpoints in Plaza de Andalucia
This season visitors will have 11 new cashpoints, which replace the previous eight, plus three more. Visitors will be able to buy a lift pass for one to seven days without having to queue at the ticket office, except for those who need to show documentation, such as the libro familiar for "formula familiar". Deposits are no longer needed. Other passes which can be bought at cashpoints are half-day, night skiing and pedestrian.
Sierra Nevada Club cardholders can recharge their cards, and those visitors who bought their lift passes vía travel agencies can also collect them at these new cashpoints.
You can also use the new ticket office and cashpoint next to the Pradollano nursery, allowing easy access to the Antonio Jara chairlift.
World Freestyle Ski and Snowboard Championships
Twenty-one years after the World Alpine Ski Championships were held in Sierra Nevada, another international-level event will be held at Europe's southernmost ski resort.
The International Ski Federation's programme includes the finals of 13 events:
six Freestyle - moguls, parallel moguls, aerials, ski-cross, halfpipe and ski slopestyle FS, and seven Snowboarding: slopestyle, halfpipe, snowboard-cross, team snowboard-cross, parallel giant slalom, parallel slalom and big air. Around 600 skiers and snowboarders will take part.
23 competitions and reorganising ski runs for races
In total, 23 official competitions in all the winter sports disciplines will be held in Sierra Nevada during the 2016/17 season, including national and regional championships.
The reorganization of runs, especially at weekends, which was scheduled to have taken place last season, will be carried out this season. This includes a new area in Cauchiles/Parador, next to the Virgen de las Nieves chairlift, especially for 5-12 year olds where they can train. At the top of Copa del Mundo run, this will have a timing system, and huts where instructors can store training materials and children can take shelter in bad weather.
Young skiers and snowboarders aged 14-18 will continue to train on Prado de las Monjas run.