Non-Skier Activities - Sierra Nevada
Those who wish to enjoy the snow, but who do not want to partake in any type of skiing, or snowboarding, have plenty of options. Families will especially enjoy the snow activities on offer. Chilling out, breathing in the wonderful alpine air, strolling around the resort, a spa day... the options for the non-skier are endless.
In Pradollano, at the bottom of the El Rio run, there is Mirlo Blanco funpark (2,100m). Here you can ride on the famous Trineo Ruso (Russian sled), a cross between a roller-coaster and a sled, with a vertical drop of 550 m. Children under four years are not allowed, and children aged over 8 can ride without an adult. Other snow activities include ski-bikes and tubing.
In addition, the Jardin Alpino in Borreguiles offers the youngest the chance to get used to the snow, as well as indoor activities. For ages 3 to 12.
You can also ride either the Borreguiles or the newer and slightly faster Al-Andaluz gondolas (cable cars) from Pradollano up to Borreguiles at 2,650m. Walk around and enjoy a restaurant or cafe terrace and take in the atmosphere. The one-trip return day pass for either ski lifts costs 21€. You can ascend in one and return in the other if you prefer.
In Borreguiles there is a dedicated 600-metre slope for sledding, at 2,600 metres.
There are also two chairlifts that can be ridden by non-skiers. One is the Jara chairlift; a return pass is 15€ for adults. The other, theParador chairlift, passes between Zonas Alta and Baja, and costs 6.50€ one-way or 10€ return. In addition, season passes for both lifts are also available.
All the other chairlifts require the skier's forfait (ski pass) to access. Skiers must be wearing their skis and snow boarders must have the board attached to their front foot, with back foot free so they can step onto the chairlift boarding area.