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.

Luxury Travel Guide – Global Awards Shortlist

We’re very proud to have been short listed for this year’s Luxury Travel Guide awards, having received notification that Totally Sorted Sports has been nominated as a potential winner in the 2016 Holiday & Tour Specialist Awards.Luxury Travel Guide Shortlist 2016

Sponsored by United Airlines, these annual awards celebrate & reward excellence in many areas, and recognise companies regardless of size or location across categories including:

• Service Excellence
• Local Knowledge
• Online Visibility
• Use of Technology
• Marketing & Branding
• Employee Satisfaction
• Cultural Understanding
• Diversity
• Communication Skills
• Disability Provisions

The awards are based over feedback received over the past 12 months – they have been receiving votes for individuals & companies throughout Europe, with subscribers, hotel guests, travel agencies and industry experts all voting on who they feel is most deserving.

Activity Holidays – New B&B Accommodation

We’ve been working hard over the festive season to bring even more options to you for your activity holiday accommodation choices.  Over the past few months a few people have asked for more choices along the “B&B” lines – something a bit less formal than a full on hotel experience, but still with quality rooms, decorations  and still close to the beaches and the old town.

View from terrace
View from terrace

Well, Julie has managed to find an absolute gem in Casa Roja – the Red House.  This is a super casa, run by Manuela, her partner Alvaro and Kana the labrador.

All the boxes are ticked, as it is just 10 mins walk into the old town, and the same or slightly less to the beach and water-park.  And, as always, with our activity holidays staying here we take care of all the transport to and from the activity sites, so you have no driving or parking worries while on holiday.   The house is decorated superbly in a traditional Andalucian style, with local themes and colours used throughout.  All the rooms have been named after the locally grown tropical fruits such as Chirimoyas, Granadas (pomegranates) and Mangos.

Guayaba Bunkroom

Guayaba Bunkroom

Mango Bedroom

Mango Bedroom

View to Pena Escrita from terrace

View to Pena Escrita from terrace

Mango

Mango

Aguacate Bedroom

Aguacate Bedroom

Living Room and view out to terrace

Living Room and view out to terrace

Papaya Bedroom

Papaya Bedroom

Granada Bedroom

Granada Bedroom

Terrace, Pool and view over Rio Verde

Terrace, Pool and view over Rio Verde

Poolside

Poolside

The house has a two floor layout, with communal areas in the upper level and the bedrooms and accommodation in the lower level.  The living room is surrounded by a lovely terrace, from which you can enjoy the views of the tropical crops and the surrounding mountains.  The spacious gardens of the house contain the swimming pool for summer use.  There is also a barbecue area for your use while you stay – and you are also welcome to use the kitchen whenever you wish, which is well equipped with everything you need during your stay.

Casa Roja easily sleeps 14 px – with a further 2px able to be accommodated on sofa style beds.  There are five spacious bedrooms, all air conditioned and decorated and finished to a high standard, with three of them having double beds with terrace (Granada, Mango & Aguacate), one of which (Granada) has a sofa bed so can accommodate 3px.

A further 2 twin rooms (Chirimoya & Papaya) are furnished with two single beds, and again one of these is also available with an additional sofa bed / folding bed for occupation for 3px.

There is also a further large “bunkroom” (Guayaba) which is fitted with with bunk beds. This sleeps up to 4 persons and is offered on a shared accommodation basis, or it may be reserved for dedicated use for children’s occupation or small groups subject to availability.  This gives great flexibility as it is ideal for, say, two families with families as you can park all the teenagers in their own bunk room!

All rooms share two separate bathrooms: one of them with shower and a bath, the other with shower. Television is available in the living room, with some English channels such as BBC News, CNBC.  Full tea & coffee making facilities as well as a large fridge are available in the kitchen, which is always available for your use.

The house is conveniently located in the Los Pinos area of Almuñécar, and has super panoramic views over the chirimoya fields in Rio Verde towards the mountains of Sierra de la Almijara and the Valley of Rio Verde, yet as mentioned is only a short 10 mins walk to the beach or old town – even less to the feria where the Friday and Sunday markets are held.

More info on these activity holidays

Please see our pages on activity holidays staying here, or download a brochure.