Pradollano in the Sierra Nevada
Just a brief stay, midweek in low season, December 2007 (just before Christmas). Little snow so the resort was not fully open.
Website www.cetursa.es/ To find details/pictures of Area Autocaravanas click on 'te ofrecemos'.
It's an excellent road up to Pradollano (improved for the Olympics in 1996). From the Autovia A44 (E902) take the A395 signposted Sierra Nevada. Pradollano is only 30 minutes from Granada. The autocaravan park is at the very top of the village and is well signposted.
It costs €10 per night with electric hook up. Fresh water, grey and black water disposal also available. There are no hotels or restaurants near the park and the village is a very long walk - even without ski boots. There is a €1per trip bus from the car park to the main square. The bus starts at around 9am (probably earlier high season) and ran at 30 minute intervals until 8.20pm (so if you want to dine out in the village you will need a taxi back). The bus was absolutely crammed when returning between 4.30 and 5.30pm but we always managed to get on.
The supermarkets near the square observed Spanish opening times, ie closed between 2.00pm and 4.30pm, but perhaps that changes during high season.
The Telesilla Virgin de las Nieves and Parador 11 (next to the car/caravan park) were both closed due to lack of snow at the time we were there. The ticket office, toilets and snack bar next to this chair lift were also closed.
Despite this lack of fresh snow the snow cannons were doing an excellent job on the pistes that were open. There was a 4000 people limit on the mountain due to the limited number of lifts and pistes open. There was no problem getting a skipass midweek (though the ticket office closed at 5pm and passes then had to bought on the day of skiing).
There has been a good dump of snow over Christmas and the webcams have shown that it has been absolutely heaving there over the holiday. Good advice to avoid Spanish bank holidays and weekends if possible.
When all the lifts and pistes are open , it should be fine for a weeks skiing. Photo 1. looking fom the park towards the cable going to Borreguilas Photo2 Borreguilas Photo 3. From the cable looking to the top of the village -autocaravan park just visible if you look closely.
Info from Linda and David Lewis.