Spain's highest lifts and resort, and site of the 1996 Ski World Championships following a huge investment in infrastructure improvements. Purpose built in the 1960s and '70s, facilities include underground car-parking and a high altitude training camp.
Sierra Nevada´s ski courses have been designed by European and American specialists. Virtually all well above the treeline, they are mostly long wide trails over a healthy vertical drop of 1,300 meters. Beginners can make their first turns on the nursery slopes by the Borreguiles mountain restaurants. Three enthusiastic ski schools operate on the Borreguiles beginners area, Escuela Española de Esqui, Escuela Oficial de Esqui and Escuela Internacional. For intermediate and advanced skier's the ski area's highlights are undoubtedly the courses which were those used in the World Alpine Ski Championships of 1996. Although the options are not unlimited because this is only a medium sized ski area there are some exciting runs on the Monachil area as well as the steep descent from the top of Valeta II back down to Borreguiles - one of Spain's toughest runs. The resort is also proud to offer all manner of snow sports in addition to traditional Alpine downhill and 'boarding. These include cross-country skiing, artistic skiing (ballet, jumps, moguls), telemark skiing, trekking and adventure skiing. Sierra Nevada also provides ski rental services. Located in the Al-Andalus upper gondola station is the Rossignol Test Centre where one will find sunscreen, sunglasses, ski rental, a checkroom for storing personal objects and the famous Rossignol brand skis. A skier information centre is located in Borreguiles in the control tower (Torre de Control), where the ski area crew may be notified in case of emergency.
Sierra Nevada has non-skiing day-care for children aged three months to four years of age after which ski school has special classes for children. Some of the hotels such as the Sol y Nieve operate their own playroom's with evening daycare for children aged 5 to 11 five nights per week. Sierra Nevada's friendly, sunny atmosphere and off slope facilities like ice skating and swimming coupled with unpretentious accommodations and eateries make this a good choice for many families.
There are about 30 places to eat around the resort, with local cuisine centred on Andlusian tapas - small plates of olives, seafood, sausage or tortillas served in the many tapas bars. International cuisine available including French crèperies and croissanteries, Italian pizzerias and a Turkish restaurant. The slopeside Borreguiles, one of four mountain restaurants is one of the more highly regarded.
Sierra Nevada has a great reputation for après and also for late night action. Indeed the norm is to relax until dinner at 9'ish and then for the bars and discothèques to get busy after midnight, and remain so through to 6 or 7am. Popular bars (from a choice of about 30) include Crescendo, Vaya, and Chimenea. Most popular of the two night clubs is Sierra Nevada 53.
Sierra Nevada is one of Spain´s pioneer resorts for snowboarding. The main run for 'boarders is the Tubo de Borreguiles - exclusively for 'boarders it incorporate's the resort's halfpipe. The majority of the ski lifts are chairs and gondolas so this is a particularly easy ski area, by European standards, to get about in. Off the slopes the resort has specialised snowboarding shops and schools.