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  • Accommodation & Tuition Enquiries for Winter 2017-18

    The vast majority of self-catering apartments don´t release their rates or accept bookings until November for the upcoming season. Many of the hotels do not release rates until the Autumn either. As such, there are just a few options we can give you now. As we are "out of season" our response rate will be much slower. We intend to respond to any enquiries on a weekly basis. Most accommodation options nowadays offer a "flexible" tariff which allows future modifications and/or cancelations. We can generally compete very well with alternative options found elsewhere and so would urge you to consider this so that when more options open themselves up to us you may well be able to take advantage of a better deal later in the autumn. Ski tuition enquiries will be responded to from the beginning of November although please do send in your requirements as soon as you know them in order to be responded to in priority of latter enquiries! Provisional rates for 2017-18 are now posted on our...

Rio Monachil & the Parador

RioMonachilFrom Borreguiles, you will find the start to the long run back down to the ski village, "El Rio". This 3.2km run follows the Monachil river in motorway style with ample space for everyone.

The upper section takes you first through the "Genil" area where you will find a restaurant with an excellent sun terrace.

At this point there are a couple of options available:

A particularly useful one is the gentle blue access back to the ski village via the "Directa" which is really no harder than a green run in the most part. The track follows the contours of the mountain around to the top of the ski village where a series of tracks zig-zag their way gently down, providing access to the different levels within the ski village depending on where you are accommodated. In this way, clients can avoid busy queues for the Parador lift or the shuttle bus service back up to their accommodation.

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The Maribel piste is a good alternative to the remainder of the Rio especially during busy times. Kids love the tunnel that passes beneath the "Universiada" piste (used for the Super G and Giant Slalom competitions of the 2015 Winter Universiade Games). It also gives also access for intermediate skiers accommodated in the mid-zone of the ski village including the Hotel GHM Monachil and the 1 bedroomed Slalom BE Apartment.

From the Genil zone, the Rio continues onto a couple of steeper sections including the infamous "Valle de los Caidos", loosely translated as "The Valley of the Fallen", a section that becomes steeper and narrows a little with a rather ominous craggy rock face imposing from the left hand side.

The reward for passing this section is a wide yet gentle motorway section all the back to the village and the gondola's.

The Rio is often best skied earlier in the day although at busy times, it is wise to stick higher up so as to avoid possible delays with queues on the gondola's back up to Borreguiles. At the end of the day the Rio can get very crowded primarily during peak periods.

Every Thursday and Saturday during much of the season is when the gondola opens for night skiing. Both the Rio and Maribel pistes are fully floodlit for a superb experience on freshly groomed slopes and with few people around!

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