2019 HEAD 12 Non Stop Ski Endurance Race

Sierra Nevada is hosting a 12 hr endurance race on Sat 26th January from 08:00 to 20:00. 

Sponsored by HEAD, the race is open to teams of 2 – 3 entrants, and simply consists of a 12hr endurance race passing through set control points.  The winner will be the team that successfully completes the most descents during the 12 hrs.

A full support infrastructure, with entertainment, food & drink, and evening prize giving dinner at 20:30, raffles, music  and more is on the cards, so this should be a good spectator sport as well as one for the keen skiers.  Entries are €60 per team.

FFI see the HEAD site or Sierra Nevada  web site

Sierra Nevada Opening 2017/18 Season

Its now confirmed that the ski resort up the road at Sierra Nevada opens for the 2017 – 2018 season this Saturday, 25th November 2017:







With 2 telecabines, 14 chair lifts of which 6 are high speed dismountables, 4 “magic carpets”and one tee bar servicing just under 110km of pisted runs ranging from 2100m to 3300m altitude, Sierra Nevada has something for everyone.  19 beginners green runs, 42 blue, 50 red and 7 black runs and 7 separate snow parks for freestylers and snow boarders, a 165m half pipe and a ski / snowboard cross course and more!

Latest pictures from Borreguiles – the mid station at 2625m  today:

Borreguiles 2625m alt. 22 Nov 2017

Principiantes 22-11
Técnicos en Borreguiles
cañon en Borreguiles 22-11
Borreguiles 22-11-17
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For more info on our ski days please see our skiing and snow boarding in Sierra Nevada pages.

First snows of 2017/18 season in Sierra Nevada

 The Sierra Nevada ski resort is just up the road from us here in Almunecar and the news is that the first snows of the 2017 /2018 winter season have started this morning.

Down here on the coast we have had thunderstorms and rain, but the white stuff is coming down higher up from 2500m up to to the top of the resort mountain, Veleta at 2398m the summit of Mulhacen at 3479m.

The resort is planning on opening Sat 25th November and now sports a brand new logo, which was rolled out on Monday with a large presentation and audio visual presentation projected onto the walls of the Centro García Lorca de Granada.

The new logo incorporates what is seen to be more modern colours, a new font, a revised stylisation of Pico de Veleta and a nod to Granada itself.

Daily list pass prices for are pretty well in line with last year, running from €36.50 for Spring, €46 for low season, €48 for high season with a promo price of €44 for selected dates (pries given are for adults aged 17 to 59 – discounts for under 17s and 60 years plus).

Details on our ski days up at the resorts are on our skiing in Sierra Nevada page.


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..


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:

-Welcome meeting and free dinner

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

Dinner and party Marino Balance

– 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

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.