Having started this thread I can finally give my own report on skiing in Spain – at Sierra Nevada near Granada right in the south of Spain near the Costa del Sol.
The drive down from Javea (Costa Blanca) took 5 hours. Do arrive as early as you can as the drive up the mountain is stop/start (well it was Sunday) despite the road being very easy to drive with no snow.
It is strange because all the way up there was no snow and it is only when you get right to the top that suddenly you see the mountain opposite covered in white.
Parking is easy as you go straight into an underground car park (approx 13 euros per day) and you can emerge directly up into the resort.
The resort is modern, not attractive but not ugly. The bit where the lifts are is free of cars and nicely done with lots of cafes, restaurants, ski hire shops (16 euros per day for skis only).
Ski pass on weekends is 37 euros – you pay 40 euros and at the end of the day you put your pass into a machine and it refunds you 3 euros.
Even on a Sunday queues were acceptable and it was a fantastic sunny day. There are plenty of runs – 70km approx. which is loads. The only thing is that the skiing is in a big bowl – there are no trees so it’s not the most scenic place to go but if you like your skiing you have to appreciate how lucky we are as you could ski in the morning and sunbathe on the beach in the afternoon – not many places can offer that.
The drive out at the end of the day was horrendous – it took ages, mostly in 1st gear, I would leave about 4-4.30 next time (if on a weekend) and just start earlier.
There are plenty of ski schools with private lessons about 30 euros an hour.