Sierra Nevada Snow Report 36 Featured

The following Report is Valid For: 13th November 2012

PLEASE NOTE: We will only know if the lifts are open for sure, after 9am! Before this time we cannot provide any guarantees!

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Min./Max Snow Levels:
40 - 150cms
Last Significant Snow Fall:
15th April 2012
Ski Areas:
Average Snow Depth Range:
Borreguiles:
 
40 - 150cms
Veleta:
40 - 150cms
Laguna:
CLOSED
Lomar De Dilar:

CLOSED

Rio Monachil:

40 - 150cms

Parador:
CLOSED
Sulayr Super Park: Open
Half Pipe: Open
Number of Kms Skiable: 25.10 out of 106.00 kms
Vertical Drop: 1,100 of 1,200 metres
Number of Lifts Due to Open: 7 out of 22
Number of Pistes Due to Open: 19 out of 120 (216.00 Hectares)
Recent Weather: Cloudy with snowfall
Forecast Temperature Range: Max: 1º Min: -5º (Wind chill not counted)
Tomorrow's Forecast Wind Speeds: Light to Moderate North-Westerley's
Snow Quality: Powder
Off-Piste Coverage Rating:

3

(0-Un-Rated, 1-Very Limited; 2-Some; 3-Reasonable; 4-Good; 5-Excellent)

Avalanche Risk (1 - 5) 1 - (Negligible)

Comments:

Persistent heavy snowfall overnight and throughout the day today mean't more than just a few fresh powder tracks for all. Whilst the afternoon was marred somewhat by high winds closing the lifts down, the snow is continuing to fall and expected to continue throughout the night tonight and into the morning. Forecasts are indicating that the cloud will lift by the afternoon so a truly "Gran Powder Finale" to the season is well on the cards!

Snow chains were needed today so please come prepared!

If you have them, come prepared with snow chains (even if the forecast is clear) and call before making a special trip up for latest weather forecast ammendments.

 

Call the following numbers between 9am - 10am and from 5pm - 8pm for up to the minute snow, ski school and general resort information:
(PREFIX: 0034) 646 178406 / 629 540089

Note On Driving to Resort On Weekends:

IF YOU ARE DRIVING UP (ESPECIALLY DURING WEEKENDS), BE SURE TO GET INTO THE RESORT EARLY (BY 08.00).

If you have tuition booked for 10am or 11am, do ensure you are at the gondola by 9.20am in order to make it to the meeting points on time.  

NOTE: Even if you have classes from Midday onwards, please get into resort much earlier as the main underground car-park can fill up as early as 09.30 / 10.00am. If this is the case, you will be directed (very slowly) by the police to higher parking areas which will delay you further to getting to the lifts.

We recommend that you prebook your passes to aid you in getting up to the slopes quicker (minimum 3 days only). Click here for online booking form.

The lift pass office opens at 08.00 daily (except during the final days of the season when this may be ammended), whilst the ski lifts do not open until 09.00. At weekends, the lifts occassionally open 15-30 minutes earlier!

WHEN THE WEATHER FORECAST INDICATES POSSIBLE SNOWFALL, POLICE OFTEN CARRY OUT STOP-CHECKS ON THE MOUNTAIN ROAD TO ENSURE YOU HAVE CHAINS IN THE EVENT OF THE ROAD BECOMING TREACHEROUS. IF YOU DO NOT HAVE CHAINS OR A 4x4 VEHICLE YOU WILL BE TURNED AROUND.
 
Chains can be acquired from most petrol stations around Granada and on the mountain route up to the resort. Along the Granada bypass there are two car stores that also sell chains, called "Tiendas Aurgi" (on the Malaga junction), and "Centers Auto" (on the Armilla Junction).

In the resort there are a couple of places that also sell chains, but there is often a higher markup in price than down in Granada!

Understanding Resort Closure Decisions:

HIGH WINDS: Closure of the resort is a heavy decision made by the organisers (Cetursa S.A.) and is directly related to the overall safety of all skiers and snowboarders.

A single gust of wind is capable of creating sufficient momentum of a chair or cabin to de-rail the cable from its runners. If there is even the slightest of risk of this happening, they will (understandably) not allow anyone to go.

In addition, if the weather monitoring systems indicate the likelihood of high winds coming in or increasing, a decision for closure may be taken in order to avoid the possibility of sending up hundreds (or even thousands) of skiers and boarders with limited skiing/boarding capabilities and being faced with evacuation scenarios.

ICE: The season of 2006/7 proved unique in terms of extreme weather phenomena. The mild temperatures and hence rain that fell created the additional situation of lifts becoming heavily iced up and the pistes quagged.

When a cable is coated in a thick layer of ice, the safety implications of running the lift are immense. De-icing the lifts has no easy solution and may take days before the lift becomes safely operational again.

For example: Saturday 10th February 2007 saw a unique situation whereby winds were the initial cause for closure but, on top of this, the heavy rainfall had created streams and rivulets over many pistes and frozen to solid ice in the upper sections, making on-piste skiing conditions hazardous as well as making it impossible to open the majority of the lifts. As a result the piste workers had to literally re-work all of the runs in order to get them into a skiable condition for the following day!

It must be understood that the ski industry is very big business, and the resort will never be closed unless these safety measures are deemed absolutely necessary!

 

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