ALMOST 30,000 visitors flocked to the ski resort of the Sierra Nevada during the recent early December holiday.

According to ski management company Cetursa, the December 6 and 8 bank holidays saw 16,000 skiers enjoy the 9.6 kilometres of open piste.

Hotels recorded a 65 per cent occupancy rate as warm temperatures and bright sunshine are believed to have been a factor in the high number of visitors.