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The Sierra Nevada in the Granada province of Spain are perhaps the southernmost skiing location in all of Europe. Veleta Peak, at an elevation of 3,398 meters (11,148 feet) above sea level, is a popular destination for skiers and snowboarders. The rapid transition from lofty ski runs to Mediterranean beaches within a few hours’ drive has made the Sierra Nevada region popular for both outdoor and urban tourism. Image courtesy of Earth Sciences and Image Analysis Laboratory, NASA Johnson Space Center. [1]
The Sierra Nevada in the Granada province of Spain are perhaps the southernmost skiing location in all of Europe. Veleta Peak, at an elevation of 3,398 meters (11,148 feet) above sea level, is a popular destination for skiers and snowboarders. The rapid transition from lofty ski runs to Mediterranean beaches within a few hours’ drive has made the Sierra Nevada region popular for both outdoor and urban tourism. Image courtesy of Earth Sciences and Image Analysis Laboratory, NASA Johnson Space Center. [1]


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[edit] History

[edit] History of the Sierra Nevada, Granada, Andalucia, Spain [2]

Sierra Nevada has had a unstable past throughout history. In the first century, it was called the Monte Solarius and was used as the border between the Roman provinces of Hispania and Taraconense. In the Visigoth period, the name changed to Monte Solorio.

Later, after the arrival of the muslims, and because of their strong presence in Granada (where the Alhambra Palace was built, one of the richest cultural landmarks of our country), the name was changed again to Yabal Sulayr (or Monte de Sol in Spanish - Sun Mountain in English). It has also been known as Monte de la Nieve (Snowy mountain), Sierra de la Helada (Icy snowy peaked mountains), and after the 18th Century, it took the current name of Sierra Nevada (Snowy-peaked mountains).

The Sierra Nevada has been a direct testament to the turbulent chapters in Spain's history. It was the staged scene of the arrival of the muslims, observer to the arrival of the Romans, and also direct witness to events such as the Rebelión de las Alpujarras (Rebellion of the Alpujarras) in the 16th Century.

The 18th Century marked the turning point in Sierra Nevada's history. During this time, Spain witnessed the period of the Ilustración, the Century of Lights, and a new interest in exploring and discovering the mountains in all of their detail. Frequent expeditions were made by zoologists, biologists, botanists, geologists, and experts from other scientific fields who found in Sierra Nevada a virgin paradise to explore.

In the world of literature, Sierra Nevada and its white, snowy peaks, have been a source of inspiration for many a writer.

Sierra Nevada's most important moment in modern history happened in 1986 when UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) declared it a Biosphere Reserve, and later in 1989 when it was declared a Natural Park, and again in 1999 when it reached the status of being a National Park.


[edit] Sierra Nevada as a Ski Resort

The beginning of its history as a ski resort started in the late 19th century, but the first historical reference of skiing in the Sierra Nevada are traced back to 1912, with the foundation of the Sierra Nevada Society, which is actually Spain's third oldest club.

In the 1920's, after the highway of Granada was modernized, Sierra Nevada became a more attractive vacation spot for the people of Granada, and little by little, skiing started to become a popular sport there.

In 1964 Cetursa, a business dedicated to reserving ski tickets, was born. From this point on, the development of the ski resort in Sierra Nevada has reached the capacity and fame seen today.

Ganivet and the Andalusian Fin

The writer, Angel Ganivet was from the city of Helsinki. There he developed his job at the consular, and defined theSierra Nevada as the Finland of Andalucia because of its constant, picturesque blankets of snow, and images similar to those of his Scandanavian country.


[edit] THE HISTORY SOUTHERN SPANISH SKI RESORT [3]

Today the Sierra Nevada Ski resort is a thriving centre of activity, but not so long ago it was nothing more than an isolated area within the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. According to official sources at Cetursa, the organisation that runs the ski station, the first person to express interest in building a resort in the area was the Spanish consular officer stationed in Helsinky. No doubt living in a ski-loving, snow-filled culture inspired Ángel Ganivet to suggest that his compatriots back home in the Granada area think about making it possible to enjoy such wholesome fun in their own nearby mountains.

Nothing really happened however, until sometime later when a group called the “Ten Friends Limited” formed in 1912. They built the first mountain refuge and not long after, in 1914, Spain’s National Sport Week was celebrated there. That marked the beginning of a long history of important competitions that have built the ski station’s present day prestige.

What’s happened over the years since Sierra Nevada made its first big splash in the sports scene:

  • 1914 - National Sports Week
  • 1932 - Hispano Andorrano Competition
  • 1940 - Spanish Alpine Championships
  • 1941 - National Alpine Ski Trials
  • 1943 - National Alpine Ski Trials
  • 1945 - National Alpine Ski Trials
  • 1956 - International Sports Week (through 1966)
  • 1975 - European Women’s Alpine Ski Cup
  • 1976 - VII Eurosport Alpine Ski Trophy
  • 1977 - Men’s and Women’s World Alpine Ski Finals Cup
  • 1986 - International Ardilla Children’s Alpine Trophy (to 1992)
  • 1990 - Men’s and Women’s World Alpine Ski Finals Cup
  • 1993 - Men’s World Alpine Ski Finals Cup
  • 1994 - Women’s World Alpine Ski Finals Cup
  • 1996 - World Alpine Ski Championships
  • 1998 - European Men’s Alpine Cup
  • 1999 - World Cup Final Alpine
  • 2003 - Women’s Alpine World Cup
  • 2004 - European Alpine Ski Final Cup
  • 2005 - Nokia World Snowboard FIS Cup
  • 2006 - World Cup Ski Cross
  • 2007 - Women’s World Alpine Ski Cup
  • 2008 - FIS Freestyle Ski World Cup SX
  • 2009 - FIS Freestyle Ski European Cup MO
  • 2010 - FIS Freestyle Ski Word Cup SX, MO FIS Freestyle European Cup SX, MO
  • 2012 - FIS Snowboard Junior World Championships SBX, PSL, PSG, SBS, HP


(1) - Dossier de Prensa, Sierra Nevada, Temporada 2007-2008, sección Historia, Cetursa

[edit] Also See

  • Link to FIS web site for the World Cup 2010 see [5]
  • Link to the Mountain on Wikipedia [6]
  • Link to Ski Area on Wikipedia [7]

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