Ski touring on Veleta

Today was a ski touring day. We parked at the Hoya de la Mora. A short 15 min walk took us to the snow at 2600m. We skied via Borregueilles to near the summit of Veleta. Surprisingly there is a lot of snow! The snow was hard in the morning (perfect for skiing) but by mid-day was beginning to soften and by 2pm was slushy, especially at lower altitudes below 2900m.

On the southern side the snow level is higher with large drifts found above 2800m, Again, if you are travelling before 11am then you may find an axe and crampons useful depending on what route, peak you are doing. After 11am then snowshoes may be more appropriate! 

We took axes and crampons today just in case, but didnt need them. I forgot the camera so can’t post some photos until next week when I get some sent in.

Written by:
Richard Hartley

Richard is an avid blogger and the founder of Spanish Highs Sierra Nevada. He is author of the Cicerone Guidebook Walking and Trekking in the Sierra Nevada