In the immediate vicinity of Borreguiles there are three restaurants for all your refreshment and nourishment needs. The Borreguiles Restaurant offers a self-service style buffet plus snack bar. The Campanario offers a fast food style service with various sandwich, burger and salad options. The Alcazaba is Borreguiles's more select restaurant offering quality dishes served a-la-carte and being situated on the first floor the spacious balcony gives you all the views you need to complement your dining overlooking the sun terraces below and beyond across the slopes.
There are ski lockers here both for day packs as well as for renting out during your stay to store your skis and boots if you so desire. Be sure to check with your ski rental store on the situation that could occur if, on your last day, you were unable to go up to Borrguiles due to lift closure and their policy applied so as to avoid being charged extra for the equipment!
This is the busiest area over the ski terrain as it also serves as a general meeting point for ski schools and access for non-skiers who travel up the gondola to admire the views and bask on the sun terraces.
Anyone starting for the first time will come here to it's impressive wide open nursery area served by two "Magic Carpet" travelator belts. The Emille Allais and Borreguiles chairlifts provide the first experiences of longer descents once initial techniques are in place.
For the advanced (and flexible) who wish to put their knees to the test, skills and dexterity are most definitely required down the mogul run created on the short but steep black run, "La Visera", overlooked by the impressively huge radio telescope dish.
This stunning area offers spectacular views over the vale of Granada and boasts a superb array of long, wide blue runs providing ample ski entertainment among its rolling hillocks and soft ridges.
Now home to one of Europe's officially quoted "best" snowparks, the "Sulayr Superpark".
This is a great area for getting your teeth into the technique and sensations of carving and free riding which has exploded on the slopes over recent years.
Heavy implementation of snow cannons in the area have guaranteed great skiing here.
The area is typically quieter than Borreguiles, making for a peaceful escape from the hubbub of high season periods.
The World Cup Giant Slalom and Slalom black runs, the "Fuente del Tesoro" and "Neveros" are accessed from this area as well as a few others which are guaranteed to test your speed control or at the very least your adrenaline limits.
The expansive, gentle rolling, open fields that make up the Lomar de Dilar area make it a superb spot for also enjoying and improving off-piste techniques after fresh snow falls.
The 2014-15 winter season saw the Superpark hit new heights by boasting the longest line of slopestyle in Europe. With a total of 71 different modules and ramps, it is possible to rack up to 46 of these in just one descent!
Slopestyle has been of significant focus since 2012-13 in particular and it has paid off very well indeed with Sierra Nevada recieving International repute for it's efforts and design ingenuity. Having hosted world class events including the World Junior Championships (2012), the World Snowboarding and Freestyle Championship Finals (2014) and the Winter Universiade Games (2015).
The halfpipe is Spain's largest descending an impressive 165 metres with walls surpassing 6 metres high.
Rio Monachil & the Parador
From 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.
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!
Veleta & Laguna de las Yeguas
Advanced skiers will find plenty of action both on the Veleta peak and in the Laguna valley.
Filled with challenging reds and a couple of "Itinerary" (unpisted) black runs, there is also ample off-piste terrain overshadowed by the crags of the "Tajos de la Virgen" and the “Cartuja” peak.
Unlike other areas within the ski terrain, the Laguna holds much more of an Alpìne feel by being surrounded by peaks as opposed to looking down over the vale and beyond. The sense of actually being in another resort can be overwhelming at times!
From the top of the Zayas T-bar and the Laguna chairlift, do not miss the stunning views out to sea and, on clearer days, the Rif Mountains lining the coastline of Morocco.
Catching the afternoon sun transforming the sea to a sparkling golden blanket dotted with ships of varying sizes is perhaps one of the most memorable sights to take away with you!
Mountaineering expeditions lead off from this point to the back country areas such as into the Alpujarras or around to the Guarnón and San Juan valleys for some spectacular experiences.
The Zayas T-bar leads to the longest run in the resort, the “Aguila” (Eagle), which runs for 6.1 kilometres practically from the Veleta peak to the village base. The Zayas and Panoramica reds offer wide, steep and superbly consistent slopes from advanced training or simple blasting according to preferences. Head across to the "Descenso Hombres" pìste and imagine shussing in a straight line from there as they did in the World Cup Downhill event of 1996 and also in a couple of other world class events since then.