With 16,000 visitors expected each day over this long bank holiday, safety is being taken very seriously at the Sierra Nevada skiing resort.
Both the Guardia Civil and the Monachil Policía Local will be patrolling the streets, hotels, recreation areas (shops & restaurants), roads, parking, as well as the slopes.
Consequently, visitors will not be able to park in the Hoya de la Mora area because of the chaos that reigns there each year because drivers park their vehicles on both sides of the road. Those drivers who do attempt to park there will face a fine of between 80 and 200 euros.
There will also be traffic controls, with police looking for people driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. There will also be speed traps on certain stretches of the mountain, access road.
As in previous years, there will be a careful count on the amount of vehicles attempting to access the ski resort on the busiest days which could result in the road being closed off if congestion threatens to collapse the traffic flow. This has happened on previous occasions.
As for safety on the slopes, the Guardia Civil, mountain-rescue service (Sereim) will be present so that if there is a problem, they can react immediately and provide assistance. It’s home turf for them as between 60 and 70 percent of all their rescue missions take place on the Sierra Nevada.
The other Guardia Civil unit, Seprona, whose task it is to protect the environment, will also be present to make sure that the rules governing the Parque Nacional de Sierra Nevada are followed – poachers be warned.
(News: Sierra Nevada, Granada, Andalucia)