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07 November / Ski Mountaineering
Each winter we have a whole new set of Sierra Nevada Ski Tours, Courses and itineraries for you to enjoy Sierra Nevada Ski Tours With good snow sure conditions from January to May, the Sierra Nevada is one of the best areas to learn the basics of travelling through the high mountains on skis. Hard to believe it is only 2 hours from Marbella! It is backcountry skiing at its finest.
An exhilarating 2 minute ride down Europe’s most southerly 3000m mountain, the Cerro de Caballo (3009m) in Spain’s Sierra Nevada More info about the ski touring potential here at http://spanishhighs.co.uk/ski-touring-sierra-nevada.php Filmed by Jens Foell of Spanish Highs
Yesterday we did a ski tour up the west flank of Cerro de Caballo, Sierra Nevada. A superb ski day! This has been a generally poor ski touring year in the Sierra Nevada but yesterday we did the west flank of Cerro de Caballo, above Nigüelas. A superb ski day! Winter 2014 has been beset by a lack of snowfall and high winds. The snow level has been higher than normal and the constant scouring of the slopes by the winds has led to huge great tracts of ice, particularly on west facing slopes.
Prefer the wide open, quiet and remote mountains? This is my kind of backcountry ski touring in the Sierra Nevada! Let’s face it, most of us are not daredevil skiers. We don’t really want to be hurtling down some ridiculously steep slope chased by an avalanche! Yes we want to be tested, be prefer the wide open, quiet and remote mountains where the only noise is the sound of skins gliding across the snows as we ascend to our peak.
“You are joking. Skiing in June, southern Spain, 2 hours from Marbella. Never”, they said disbelievingly when I outlined my cunning plan. I like a challenge so set out to prove them wrong. A report from Richard Hartley of Spanish Highs Well, we have had a superb snow year in the Sierra Nevada and at the beginning of June the snow on some faces still lay deep and consolidated. To be honest I had hung up my skis for the summer, but a chance encounter with a photo from a blog post by Ian Tupman showed the east face of Mulhacen to be laden with the white stuff.
In April 2013 we joined a Berghaus sponsored expedition attempting to make the first snowboard ascent of Klyutchevskoy Sopka (4750m), Kamchatka The expedition was led Berghaus athlete, Julia Pickering, attempting to make the first ski and snowboard climb and descent of the highest active volcano in Kamchatka, Klyutchevskoy Sopka (4750m). Richard Hartley skies into a surreal volcanic landscape Richard Hartley and Kiersten Rowland of Spanish Highs, Sierra Nevada were invited to join this Berghaus sponsored trip because of their vast mountaineering and expedition experience gained from many years in the UK, Alps and on the Patagonian Icecap.
Spain’s Sierra Nevada mountains offer many opportunities for backcountry skiing with or without our four legged friends Nothing beats ski touring up and down a mountain (skijoring) with man’s best friend, in my case our husky, named “Khumbu”! Spain’s Sierra Nevada mountains offer many opportunities for backcountry skiing with or without our four legged friends. The mountain side above Puente Palo looked bare. The thaw had devastated the snowpack. But we know a small valley (barrancillo) that holds snow well so set off to find it hoping for some good skijoring with Khumbu.
Only a thin ribbon of snow in the gully remained but it turned out to be a superb ski tour in a little known area of the Sierra Nevada Snow affected access tracks meant we only had a thin ribbon of snow in the gully to ascend and descend the mountain but it turned out to be a superb ski tour in wild and quiet surroundings in a little known area of the Sierra Nevada.
Approach using skis, climb some simple gullies and then ski out again but additional weight gave a very long day in the Sierra Nevada It sounded good on paper. Approach using skis, climb some simple gullies and then ski out again. But a blocked road meant a longer ski in. Combined with the additional weight for mountaineering kit gave a very long hard day in the Sierra Nevada. Heading up some steepening snow slopes We are always on the look out to do something different.
Jens Foell combines ski touring and mountaineering in the Sierra Nevada combating very cold and icy conditions, knife edge ridges and finishing in the dark Jens continues…………….. “This year we had a big drop in temperature here in the Sierra Nevada at the end of November. This led to two very different experiences up in the high mountains only days apart from each other. The first trip was a Spanish Highs Team ascent of the Raspones ridge, a beautiful alpine style summit ridge rising up from 2800m to well above 3000m (see article by Ian Tupman).
The snow had retreated uphill. We aimed to start low at 1800m but would we still find good ski touring on the southern slopes of the Sierra Nevada mountains? The week before had been warm. Granada basking in 30 degree heat. The snow had retreated uphill. We aimed to start low at 1800m but would we still find good ski touring on the southern slopes of the Sierra Nevada mountains?
What is it like to ski down Mulhacen, the highest mountain in Spain? Jens Foell has a marvelous descent in perfect powder snow conditions Report and photos from our guide, Jens Foell and clients, who found out recently after a frustrating few days weather led eventually to a marvelous descent in perfect powder snow conditions. Continues Jens…………… Jens Foell lead ski guide You might feel frustrated when you come on a ski touring holiday to the Sierra Nevada and you end up sitting out a couple of days of bad weather.
15 February / Ski Mountaineering / Veleta
We arrived at the Hoya de la Mora in the Sierra Nevada to find perfect weather and snow conditions for ski touring The forecast wasnt good which is why we had large smiles when we arrived at the Hoya de la Mora to find perfect weather and snow conditions. Sure, the winds were high, but the sun and gleaming white snows more than compensated. Ascending to the Loma de San Juan ridge We skinned up past the Virgen de las Nieves and up keeping as far away from the ski pistes as we could.
The Sierra Nevada makes a wonderful winter holiday destination. When snow is in abundance there are many more ways for you to enjoy this winter wonderland The Sierra Nevada makes a wonderful winter holiday destination. Most people though are only aware of the downhill skiing opportunities, based at Pradollano on the northern slopes of the range above Granada. However, during the winter months from December to May when snow is in abundance there are many more ways for you to enjoy this winter wonderland.
A good weeks ski touring despite some adverse weather. The party skied Mulhacen, the highest peak in mainland Spain We have just had a week long visit by members of the Eagle Ski Club to Spain’s Sierra Nevada. A good weeks ski touring was had, despite some adverse weather affecting some of the itinerary. During the week the party skied Mulhacen, the highest peak in mainland Spain. The** Eagle Ski Club** is the UK’s largest and most active ski touring and ski mountaineering club, with over 800 members.
17 February / Mulhacen / Ski Mountaineering
Mulhacen is a magnificent ski touring peak. What ski descents are available for backcountry skiing enthusiasts? Heading up Mulhacen, Sierra Nevada As can be seen from our trail map below, there are options for all grades of skier. Easier ways for the beginner or for marginal snow conditions, and tougher runs for the more experienced on good days. Most 2 day ski tours will overnight either at the Refugio de Poqueira (guarded), or the Caldera refugio (unguarded), or even wild camp at Siete Lagunas.
A marvellous day’s ski touring on the south side of the Sierra Nevada. Good weather, great snow conditions and best of all, no other people! We set off from the recreation centre at Puente Palo in the Alpujarras. I was disappointed to find that the high temperatures of the previous week had affected the snow pack and we had to walk up through the forest track carrying the skis and boots.
Report from Jane Fields on her experiences on the Patagonian Icefield Expedition in 2010 Patagonia Icefield Expeditions Expedition photos Day 1 Rolling across the Patagonian Steppe on un-surfaced roads on a crowded bus was how this journey began. Nothing for miles but open grassland and hills on the horizon. My daydreams were interrupted by a stop at an Inn in the middle of nowhere where we were treated to coffee and delicious home-made cakes.