Aqua Arena

You can always tell that summer is here as the Aqua Arenas are being set up just off the shore here in Almunecar as well as La Herradura.  Now that the sea temperature is well over 21c these are always incredibly popular.  And, even better, for a limited time we have free sessions to give away for new bookings for Sat 19 August onwards – so if you fancy yourself as an Aquatic Gladiator then dive on in!!

 

2017 Sierra Nevada Freestyle Snowboard World Championships

2017 Sierra Nevada FIS World Championships Timetable
2017 Sierra Nevada FIS World Championships Timetable

Dates between Tuesday 7th and Sunday 19th March for the 2017 Sierra Nevada FIS Freestyle ski and Snowboard World Championships have now been announced.

For the planned event times and male / female events run times click on image to expand – please NB that times / dates / etc are liable to change so for any updates see the  Sierra Nevada site .

For more info on the various disciplines see here and select “Disciplinas” (click “idioma” at top left to change language) Spanish version).  Don’t forget we only have limited places on the transport each day and will be leaving early in order to get decent parking and beat the queues – so if you want to come up and see this event then please contact us ASAP.

  • Mon 6th Moguls Practice 10:30
  • Tue 7th Opening ceremony 18:00
    Parallel moguls, slopestyle & aerials practice
  • Wed 8th Slopestyle, Moguls, Half pipe, Aerials practice
    moguls finals
  • Thu 9th Slopestyle heats half pipe, Parallel moguls finals, Aerials heats
  • Fri 10th Slopestyle heats, Snowboardcross heats, halfpipe heats, snowboardcross heats. Aerials finals
  • Sat 11th Snowboard cross heats Slopestyle Final
    Halfpipe Final
  • Sun 12th Snowboardcross Final
  • Mon 13th Giant slalom heats SkiCross Final
  • Tue 14th Parallel Giant Slalom Final, Big Air practice
  • Wed 15th Parallel Slalom final Halfpipe Big Air
  • Thu 16th Slopestyle practice, Skicross practice, Big Air heats, Halfpipe heats
  • Fri 17th Slopestyle heats skicross practice, Big Air finals
  • Sat 18th Skicross Final
    Halfpipe Final
  • Sun 19th Slopestyle Finals
    Closing ceremony

For ski trips up to Sierra Nevada please contact us for prices and availability.  Don’t forget we can arrange all your Ski / Snowboard / Ski Jacket / Ski Pants / Helmet hire as well as English and other language tuition if required.

Sierra Nevada Skiing 2016 – 2017

The ski season has got off to a great start up at Sierra Nevada, with some good early snowfalls and the resort opening on schedule on Saturday 26th November.  The taster video below was shot from the top of Stadium chair lift on Tue 7th Dec – a cracking day with no wind and bright sun above the clouds in the valleys below gave us some superb early season skiing.

Chocolate caliente con ron
Chocolate caliente con ron

Sadly the cloud cover extended over the Mediterranean, so we didn’t get a chance to see the Riff mountains over the water in Africa, so consoled ourselves with a hot chocolate laced with the local rum!

As always skiing / snow boarding is a part of our winter activity options.  We realise, though, that first timers usually have to commit to a series of ski school lessons.  We can supply expert qualified tuition with English speaking instructors if you fancy a quick refresher.

However, for total beginners who’d like to join in we recommend using SnowBlades instead of trying to ski for the first time on full size skis. Snow Blades  are small skis only a foot or so long, which are easy to turn and steer.  Also, being a shorter than regular skis they aren’t as fast, so as a result you feel in control.  Highly recommended, as these will give you a superb taster of the fun to be had, without all the expense of having to book formal lessons, etc.

2016 – 2017 Season Ski Lift Pass Prices

As a part of our winter activity choices the cost of your lift pass is included, but for adSierra Nevada 2016-17 Ski Pass Prices-hoc trips the new lift pass prices for this season have now been published, along with the dates for off peak & peak season (click on  image for a full sized version).

Don’t forget we have a full schedule of mountain biking, 4×4 buggy safaris, horse riding, superb mountain walks & hikes and much more for the winter season as well as superb diving, so grab some winter sun and come on over.

You don’t need to commit to a full week – we’re happy to do bespoke long weekends or mid week specials for 2px or more – just let us know what you’d like and we’ll put together a tailor made package for you.

For more details please see our winter activity holiday options on the main web site.

PADI Five Star Centre In Spain

Big congratulations to Marcin & Sara in the Black Frog dive centre for being awarded the PADI Five Star dive centre accolade.  They’ve been really busy this year not just with all the trial dives and snorkel safaris but doing a lot of instruction and training for all levels of courses, from Scuba Diver thorough Open Water, Rescue Diver to Dive Master and more, as well as gaining accreditation with the Handicapped Scuba Association.  14462906_1142739299140457_5165027338424727095_n

To understand more of what “Five Star Centre” means the following explanation from PADI themselves sums it all up..

PADI Five Star Dive Centers are progressive dive shops that provide a full range of PADI scuba diving education programs, equipment selection and experience opportunities, while encouraging aquatic environmental responsibility.  These businesses excel in providing quality services to divers, present a professional image and actively promote the benefits of recreational scuba diving, snorkeling, dive travel, and environmental protection.

PADI Five Star Dive Centers embrace the PADI System of diver education and offer regular continuing education programs to ensure divers have the opportunity to advance their skills and knowledge. These dive businesses are active in the community and are committed to providing customer satisfaction along with great dive experiences.”

PADI Open Water Diver Training On Holiday

Don’t forget you can easily qualify as a PADI Open Water Diver while here on holiday.  You can complete all the theory while still at home, so when you arrive you’ll just have all the actual fun stuff to do (and none of the “classroom bit”) while on holiday!

We’re happy to accommodate any leaving and start dates – and can do all sorts like horse riding or walking for non diving partners.  Just contact us for details and a free no obligation quotation.

 

Diving Seminar May 2016

13 to 15 May this year sees an important date for all the diving community.  Equilbriomarino are hosting an open conference and “get together” to address conservation, pollution and all matters of concern to the underwater community – as well as to enjoy some of the best diving for over 100km in any direction..

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As you probably already know, the protected marine reserve right on our door step between La Herradura and Maro is of immense importance, with a wealth of indigenous fish as well as important soft corals to enjoy.

We’re really lucky with all that right on the doorstep, and with the wealth of sea life to see our shore based PADI Trial Dives are immensely popular with our clients, as they give an excellent opportunity to try diving “for real” in a safe, controlled environment.

The outline agenda is as follows:

Friday:
-Welcome meeting and free dinner

Saturday:
Free -Diving (book with partnering dive centres).
-Photography And underwater video
-Beach activities Beach for non-divers
-Group meal
-Break
-Conferences And debates:
Marine Protected Areas Management
Balancing social movement Marino
Promotion of Ecotourism & Diving
New Marine Protected Areas

Dinner and party Marino Balance

Sunday: FIRST UNDERWATER CONCENTRATION
– Inauguration: Puerto Marina del Este (The Marina)
-Boat diveswith guide, tank and weights.
-Shore dives
Group Photographs
-Draw  thanks and gifts
-Giant Paella
-Conclusions and farewell

*Prices:
Weekend. Price: 67 €, including Saturday: food, conferences, dinner, party – Sunday: scuba center from boat + guide + bottle + weights, participation concentration and paella.

Weekend. Price: 55 €, including Saturday: food, conferences, dinner, party – Sunday: diving from beach with own equipment, participation concentration and paella.

Only Sunday. Price: 27 € includes participation from diving centers boat + guide + bottle + leads and paella.

Only Sunday. Price: 15 €, for divers from beach or companions, including participation and paella.

 

More details on equilibriomarino or check out our  diving holidays in Spain.

 

Ski Conditions Improving at Sierra Nevada

This last few days has seen a welcome bit of snow up at Sierra Nevada.  The resort has been heavily dependent on the snow cannons to date, but now with the last dump things are starting to look up and skiing conditions are set to improve.

Sierra Nevada 7 Jan 2016
Sierra Nevada 7 Jan 2016

There’s a bit more of the white stuff forecast for the end of the week and weekend, but along with most of Europe this has not been the best start to the ski season, with some sources reporting this is the worst start to the season since 1986.

The forecast lowering of the temperatures, however, will mean the freezing line is looking to descend from 2200m to 1600m, so the snow cannons will again be working full time to give us the best possible skiing and snow boarding conditions.

On the plus side, the good weather has meant a marvellous start to the year down here on the coast – just an hour and a half away it’s been nudging 22C today!

Ah well, they do say “There’s no such thing as bad weather – only inappropriate clothing”!

Winter Activity Holidays

As always, you can find more info on our winter activity holidays and skiing days on the main web site.

Sierra Nevada Ski Station Opening Date 2015

Sierra Nevada 2015 Ski Lifts Opening

The official opening date has just been released today – it’s Saturday 28th November – so start sharpening those edges and waxing those bases.

Poster for Sierra Nevada opening date 2017

The early opening is all down to the low temperatures we have have had for the last week.  These have enabled the use of the artificial snow canons in the Borreguiles beginners area over the last couple of days.

Exactly how big the opening area will be won’t be known until Friday night, but today (Wed 25th) the pisteurs had already prepared nearly 2 kilometers around the ski chairlift at around Emile Allais and the Borreguiles carpet lift.

Access to the area will by the Borreguiles gondola lift, which runs to and from the resort of Pradollano.  As usual, a reduced price lift pass will be offered of €20 (youth €18 & juniors €16) which will run until 2nd December.

Meanwhile, the artificial snow system will continue to run, depending on the temperatures, with snow production in adjacent areas being incorporated into the ski area.

The station will also open the Mirlo Blanco recreation area and also have a restricted piste for wooden sledges in the final stretch of the Rio piste available.

Finally, as a bit of a bonus, underground parking in the Plaza de Andalucía car park will be free until December 2, 2015.

More Info

For more info on our ski trips up to the resort, please see the itinerary for our winter activity holidays.