Sierra Nevada is not much than a winter resort, the most attractive to the Portuguese due to price and distance.
The best time to visit it is around Easter, when the sun shines in the snow, and, less that one hour distant you have the marvels of "moor" Granada.
Unless your purpose is only ski, the best is to stay in Granada and make the way forth and back when needed, taking advantage of the best in both sites.
Try to get your ski pass as early as possible especially on Fridays and weekends as there can be a big queue at the ticket counters. If you are not going to ski there is a cheaper ticket which is a return. Once you have finished with the ski passes return them to the Ticket office where you will be given 3 euros for returning them.
La Alambra is just about a 30 minute drive from Sierra Nevada. It is worth taking a day out from the skiing and visiting La Alambra. It is well worth it! Have a look in Granada pages.
Yes built a snowman ! This is a snowman and dog I built with a couple of my friends. The dog was extremely difficult to built!
It is great go up and down on the cable car, they have lots of them there we went on the Telecabine one.
90 per cent of the people go there to ski, we were that 10 per cent just to looking at people skiing and have some fun with snow.
we don't have a lot snow here in Portugal.